Dubai is all about high-octane glamour and that translates into the food as well. Celebrity-endorsed and run restaurants are popping up all over the city, although there are many other fantastic places to eat. You’ll be truly spoiled for choice in this modern city, so the decision-making may have to come not to the quality of the food, but the views from the windows. Here are our top five restaurants in Dubai.
Dine aboard a boat for a maritime experience in Dubai! Situated opposite the British Embassy, this fantastic venue has a red carpet entrance and you’ll certainly feel like royalty when you step aboard. And the boat isn’t moored – it sails as you dine so you get to enjoy beautiful views of Dubai Creek. Book a window seat if you can. Diners receive complimentary fruit juice and canapés upon arrival and alcohol is served once the boat has started moving. While the food is a buffet, it’s of an incredibly high standard and the live music makes this a very special few hours.
Based at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, this airy restaurant is high up on Dubai culinary hotlist. Outdoors, there’s a lovely wooden terrace and indoors, huge windows make you feel as though you’re outside but with the benefit of air-conditioning! This place is truly international and perfect if you’re not sure exactly what you’re after for dinner. Its chefs serve up South East Asian, Chinese, Japanese, Indian and European flavours from live cooking stations dotted around the restaurant.
The Rib Room
If it’s steak you’re after, look no further than the Rib Room in the Emirates Towers. Popular with meat-craving business people and families alike, this is a top spot for dining in Dubai. The design if very funky and there’s always a good atmosphere to go with the great food. While steak and meat is obviously the focus here, there are other options available.
Reflets by Pierre Gagnaire
If you want to splash out on a special meal, this very modern restaurant might be the place to go. Located in Dubai Festival City, there is a classically French atmosphere and a constantly changing menu. Try the taster menu – six courses plus desert and with a few extras thrown in. The combinations here are unique and interesting, and you’ll taste high quality ingredients presented with flair and style.
Nina Indian Restaurant
If you’ve got a craving for curry whilst in Dubai, you’ll find unbeatable versions of the hot stuff at Nina. The décor is rich and opulent and very Indian. Many of the tables are only candlelit, creating a lovely atmosphere. Located inside the Royal Mirage Hotel, it’s popular with guests and non-guests alike. The butter chicken comes highly recommended, as do many of the tempting starters. Try the breads and pickles, and the deep fried soft shell crab, served with a fresh mango salad and spicy seafood broth.