Where to seal the deal - In town for business? Swap the boardroom for one of these swanky restaurants, and you’re sure to set the right impression.
In Dubai's fast-changing, big business scene, no location in the city is more vibrant than Dubai International Financial Centre. And when it comes to the best restaurants for wooing business associates or potential clients, nowhere is better equipped than the sleek sushi restaurant, Zuma. With its clean-lined furniture, striking feature staircase made from glass and wood, and simple layout, the venue is very much in alignment with its key clientele: modern, sophisticated and chic professionals. And when it comes to the food, the experience loses none of its allure. The Ebisu Lunch (AED130) is served from Sunday to Thursday between 12.30-2.30pm and showcases the restaurant’s contemporary Japanese fare – including assorted sashimi, seared ginger, garlic and soy beef and the house special of miso-marinated black cod.
Zuma, Gate Village 6, Podium Level, Sheikh Zayed Road
+971 4 425 5660
Intersect By Lexus
If you’re nervous about what to talk about other than business, then this venue provides all the talking points combining technology, art, music, cuisine and, of course, cars, all under one roof. This Lexus boutique-café located in the Dubai International Financial Centre is the second branch in the world (after Tokyo). And with its set business lunch (two courses AED90 or three courses AED110) served from 11am to 3pm, there’s no need to speed through the proceedings.
Intersect by Lexus, Gate Village 7, DIFC, Sheikh Zayed Road
+971 4 355 9524
A spectacular view is sure to set the tone for an impressive business meeting, and the one from high on the 52nd floor of the Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel – looking out over Dubai Marina and Palm Jumeirah – is hard to top. Once diners have torn themselves away from the floor-to-ceiling windows, they can look forward to modern classics such as prawn cocktail, herb-crusted rack of lamb, and crème brûlée with a hint of espresso to leave guests office-ready after a sumptuous meal, which is available from Sunday to Thursday between 12-3pm and is priced from AED90 for two courses.
Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel, Dubai Marina
+971 4 319 4795
With a Parisian-style boulangerie on the ground floor and a crisp white bistro on the first floor, this is a popular spot among the business fraternity. There’s not a set lunch menu, leaving diners free to choose from the a la carte menu - whole roasted chicken with foie gras and truffle anyone? Bon appetit!
VIDA Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd
+971 4 428 6969
Choose a table in the open dining room or the chic lounge of this Spanish imported restaurant within the Four Seasons hotel in Dubai’s financial district. Indulge in a four-course menu at just AED130 any afternoon, featuring a selection of Mediterranean flavours. The interior and graphic design is a talking point before you’ve even looked at the menu.
Four Seasons DIFC, Dubai International Financial Centre
+971 4 506 0000