09 December 2016

 

5 best restaurants in Dubai

Our favourite places to eat. Enjoy awesome food and stunning decor

Romance begins at the end of a pier

1. Pierchic

Romance begins at the end of a pier

Our favourite place to eat

Many a love has been kindled at the end of a pier. Pierchic is no different. Set on stilts out at sea, the stroll along wooden planks towards this beautiful restaurant will set most hearts afloating. As you’d expect, surrounded by the ocean, the menu focuses on seafood and catches of the day, like crispy salmon with parsnip purée to black tiger prawns. Its dessert list, like many sweetheart establishments, is also extensive - and a great way to continue gazing into your partner’s eyes. Just be sure to book as you won’t be the only Romeo and Juliet!

Al Qasr Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah

Tel: +971 (4) 366 6730

Five star food – without the prices

2. Bu Qtair

Five star food – without the prices

This popular restaurant is, in fact, a shack, set right on the beach, in stark contrast to its neighbour, the iconic Burj Al Arab. So don’t expect glitz. There isn’t any. Plastic chairs are what you get – and be grateful for them. Eateries like these provide welcome respite from Dubai’s luxurious onslaught. Popular with Asians who grew up on this food, the menu offers local fare, beautifully done, like prawns or hammour, combined with curry sauce, naan, rice and soft drinks. For less than Dhs100 for two, it’s a must-eat.

Road 4d, Umm Suqeim   Tel: +971 (55) 705 2130

High fashion on the high table

3. Cavalli Restaurant

High fashion on the high table

If there’s one thing Dubai does better than any other place, it’s attracting the world’s most fashionable labels to its shore, from handbags to shoes. So why not combine this flair with a restaurant? Like mixing Florentine fashion guru Roberto Cavalli with the most seasonal and freshest Italian ingredients? The restaurant screams glamour, glitterati and gold, with exotic zebra-print upholstery and Swarovski crystals dripping from the ceiling. And the food, prepared by Italian chefs, is just as creative. Naturally, even the crockery is designed by Cavalli. Oh, this place is sooo Dubai!

Fairmont Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road   Tel: +971 (4) 332 9260

Dubai’s latest A-List backed restaurant

4. Ketchup

Dubai’s latest A-List backed restaurant

It’s Ashton Kutcher’s Ketchup! Like the alliteration? You’ll love this actor-backed eatery that goes all-American on its menu, with steaks, burgers, smoked meats and five varieties of ketchup leading the charge. It’s fun yet modern, designed in red and white (and blue skies). The staff is friendly, welcoming and helpful. We loved the hickory smoked lamb, with tender meat dressed in Southern, sweet and smokey flavours complete with sweet potato fries. And your choice in ketchup: barbecue, curry, maple, Louisiana and spicy. Enjoy!

Boulevard Plaza, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard   Tel: +971 (4) 363 8595

A restaurant 007 would be proud of

5. Ossiano

A restaurant 007 would be proud of

Set in Atlantis, on the top frond of Dubai’s man-made Palm Island, is Ossiano, its most slick and stylish restaurant. As if out of a Bond movie, you sweep down the staircase to be surrounded by crystals, chandeliers and high ceilings. There’s the obligatory sexy husky singer, and right in the middle, a huge aquarium with a roaming leopard-print sting ray. Try not to be fed to it by the bad guys! On the subject of food, from the unique blue crockery to the sweet desserts, Ossiano delivers a show James would be proud of.

Atlantis, The Palm   Tel: +971 (4) 426 2626

 
 
 
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