With a revolving door of new restaurants opening up yearly in Dubai, if your favourite eatery is not here yet, there’s no doubt it will be soon. Here are just some of the picks from the past few months that have caught our eye.
Fish Beach Taverna
Description: Fish Beach Taverna is one of Dubai’s latest seafood establishments, with an ambiance reminiscent of sitting at a cafe in Santorini. Adorned in blue and white decor, Fish Beach Taverna serves up authentic Aegean sea fare that is traditional along Greece and Turkey’s coastline. With today’s ever-popular sharing culture in mind, this restaurant offers small plates along with fresh daily catches that the chef is ready to cook up to your liking.
Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
+971 4 511 7139
Description: Known for their innovative selection of both ceviche and guacamole, Zoco’s modern Mexican and Latin American cuisine is one of the newest additions to The Atrium at Al Habtoor City. Boasting views of the Dubai Water Canal, Zoco’s all-brick interior makes this unpretentious venue the epitome of cool. Stop by to visit one of Dubai’s newest districts, take a stroll along the canal to see the new waterfall and spice it up at Zoco.
The Atrium, Al Habtoor City
+971 4 437 0044
Description: La Môme is a nostalgic daydream taking guests back to 1950s Paris. Inspired by iconic French musical sensation, Edith Piaf, La Môme is a homegrown establishment bringing traditional French dining to Dubai’s modern culinary scene. Situated on the 49th floor of Nassima Royal Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road, this restaurant’s atmosphere extends past the interior with its beautiful views of the financial district’s urban skyline.
Nassima Royal Hotel, Trade Centre Area
+971 4 308 0470
Description: Situated on Palm Jumeirah, the AED120 million retail complex Club Vista Mare has recently launched with seven new restaurants, all set directly on the beach boasting of great views of the city’s landmarks. Top picks include Aji, a restaurant that’s creating a fusion of Japanese and Peruvian flavours, a blend known in the culinary world as Nikkei. With a trendy interior and outdoor seating situated on the Palm’s eastern shore, this restaurant is a must-try for foodies seeking a combination of atmospheric dining and great eats.
Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah
+971 4 552 0244
Il Borro Tuscan Bistro Dubai
Description: The newly opened Jumeirah Al Naseem brings Il Borro Tuscan Bistro Dubai to the table. At this first international outpost of the famous Tuscan estate owned by the Ferragamo fashion family, fresh fish, aged meats and fine cheeses form the backbone of a menu you’ll enjoy in stylish environs. To add even more authenticity to the mix, much of the new bistro’s produce will be sourced directly from the famous estate itself, like olive oil, honey and more.
Madinat Jumeirah, Jumeirah Al Naseem
+971 4 366 5165
Description: Located in the swanky new Palazzo Versace, Enigma is more than just a restaurant - it's a new dining concept that overhauls its menu - chef included - every three months. And these are no ordinary chefs, either - mostly they hail from Michelin-starred eateries to include Spain's Quique Dacosta and Sweden's Björn Frantzén, who have been given the challenging task of creating a bespoke food narrative. Guests must pre-book and can select seating, but bring your curiosity and your appetite as the food remains a mystery until it's on your table.
Palazzo Versace, Umm Hurair
+971 4 556 8888
Description: This sassy new place is the latest venture from food heroes Tom & Serg who've brought us some of Dubai's favourite cafes (Tom Arnel is Australian, Sergio Lopez is from Spain). The turquoise-hued eatery offers Mexican staples, including the duo's take on tacos, quesadillas and chili beef, all served in fresh and playful ways. Ask for diablo shrimps served on a cut pineapple, or a signature charcoal chicken. Feeling brave? Opt for the Muchachas fiesta menu, where the chefs will do the thinking for you.
Holiday Inn Express Dubai, Safa Park, Al Safa
+971 4 3275878
Description: The clashing flavours of Asia come together in this high-rise restaurant in the edgy W Hotel. Namu brings the best of rival Japanese and Korean cuisine together, ranging from sushi and sashimi to barbecued steaks and wagyu ribs, cooked in live stations. Located on the 31st floor, guests can also enjoy the sweeping views over Sheikh Zayed Road.
W Hotel, Al Habtoor City
+971 4 4366677
Carnival by Tresind
Description: Newly opened in September, Carnival by Tresind promises to bring post-modern Indian cuisine to the Dubai food scene. The DIFC eatery is the second venture from the minds behind Tresind, one of the top-rated restaurants in town. With items on the menu including Happy Halloween (a soft Indian bread stuffed with pumpkin) and Life is Short, Eat Dessert First (a yoghurt-based dish served with the traditional Indian sweet, jalebi), Chef Himanshu Saini puts on a festive show, served with a touch of theatre and packed with flavour.
Burj Daman DIFC
+971 4 421 8665
Firebird Diner by Michael Mina
Description: This new eatery serves American favourites with a regional twist. At the helm of the diner (located in the swanky Four Seasons Hotel), is Michelin-starred Egyptian-American chef Michael Mina. With its comfy booths and a 1950s jukebox, Firebird offers a relaxed eating environment, transporting you to old-school USA, with an added layer of luxury. Diners can enjoy hearty meals of classic buffalo wings, corn dogs and burgers, and polish it off with a sweet sundae or a cup of coffee.
Four Seasons Hotel, DIFC
+971 4 506 0000
Description: The latest Jamaican restaurant is a New York City export, pitched as beach shack-meets-diner (it’s nowhere near the beach, though). With a soundtrack of smooth reggae and walls plastered with vinyl records (do we hear Bob Marley?), diners can enjoy Caribbean favourites such as jerk chicken, curry goat and a highly recommended coconut-flavoured jerk corn platter, while sipping on Jamaica’s signature grapefruit soda, exclusively available here.
5th Floor, Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road
+971 4 354 4074
Description: Japanese flavour with a Western twist: that's how this London-run restaurant bills itself. Ramusake puts its own spin on the laid-back tradition of a Japanese izakaya (an informal eatery). Its varied menu offers everything from traditional sushi rolls to the out-there “chilli j-dogs” - a hot dog packed with wagyu beef and pickles, to a sashimi pizza.
DoubleTree by Hilton, The Walk, JBR
+971 4 559 5300