Dubai foodie culture: Three more venues to try
BB Social Dining
It’s all about the bowls and bao at this tightly stacked DIFC eatery, which has the narrow, winding layout of an old Parisian townhouse. A fusion of Middle Eastern and Asian eats await, so join the eclectic crowd in tucking into Vietnamese-style pho, Japanese-inspired beef tartare and a spinach-stuffed pretzel that you’ll still be thinking about three weeks later. Licensed.
Where: Gate Village 8, DIFC
Contact: +971 4 407 4444
Expect to find this Spanish-leaning Mediterranean restaurant absolutely heaving on a Thursday night as the DIFC crowd pour in the blow off some steam. Grab a seat at the bar for huge boards of brilliant calamari, washed down with a glass of ice-cold grape (of which you’ll find a superlative selection). Don’t miss the lemon olives… Licensed.
Where: Gate Village 6
Contact: +971 4 323 1833
Cool usually comes at a cost. And indeed it does elsewhere on this list. But not so at this trendy (and not too try-hard) café inside an unassuming hotel apartments block, which serves up the likes of avocado pizza and shakshouka tacos without the overblown industrial interiors. Açai bowls here are held in particularly high regard – and should be, given they start from AED36. Unlicensed.
Where: Auris Metro Central Hotel Apartments, Barsha Heights
Contact: +971 4 452 9529