When it comes to food in Dubai, name it and you’ll find it. With more than 2,000 restaurants opening up in the past year and a half alone, 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 (and tantalised our taste-buds).
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
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
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.
Podium Level, Burj Daman, DIFC
+971 4 421 8665
Firebird Diner by Michael Mina
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
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
Japanese flavour with a Western twist: that's how this London-run restaurant bills itself. Ramasuke 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