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Michelin-worthy: Dubai's best fine dining restaurants

Mon, August 24, 2020

When only the best will do, book a table at these top restaurants in Dubai.

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When only the best will do, book a table at these top restaurants in Dubai.

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folly by Nick & Scott

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Homegrown heroes in Dubai’s culinary scene, chefs Nick Alvis and Scott Price are not afraid to innovate. The joint venture by the protégés of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay – folly by Nick & Scott – is helping put Dubai on the world foodie map. The restaurant at Madinat Jumeirah has it all, including waterway views, expansive terraces and a menu of contemporary dishes that champion creativity, such as the lamb saddle with whipped pine nuts and salsa, and monkfish cheeks with paprika and lemon.

Known for: A local take on modern European fare

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LPM Restaurant

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A name whispered in awe by gourmands in the city, LPM at Dubai International Financial Centre remains a firm favourite. Setting the mood with slick marble, bright artwork and welcoming vibes, the restaurant impresses on every level. The Niçoise restaurant, which also has locations in London and Miami, presents fine French Mediterranean cuisine. Try signatures such as the creamy burrata salad, roast baby chicken marinated in lemon, and roasted rib of beef to taste the difference at this Dubai culinary gem.

Known for: French classics in an elegant setting

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Nobu

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The talented Michelin-starred chef Nobuyuki ‘Nobu’ Matsuhisa continues to earn praise for his restaurant in Dubai’s five-star Atlantis, The Palm resort. From the brilliant decor and friendly service to the contemporary Japanese menu, it’s all a vibrant showcase of creativity. As expected, the sushi served at Nobu is in a league of its own, while the black cod with buttery miso and a hint of yuzu citrus is utterly addictive.

Known for: Japanese food with a South American twist

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COYA

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Every once in a while, a restaurant comes along and exceeds every expectation – COYA is one of them. One of London’s most popular restaurants, COYA opened its Dubai doors in 2014, instantly making its mark on the city’s culinary scene with its inspired Peruvian plates – think refreshing ceviches, delightful tiraditos and flavour-packed anticuchos. Nestled in the Restaurant Village by Four Seasons Resort, this is the place to go to for fine cuisine in a stunning setting, complemented by slick service.

Known for: Contemporary Peruvian fare and a buzzing atmosphere

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Zuma

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With locations in the world’s most exciting destinations, including Miami, London and New York, Zuma is right at home in vibrant Dubai. Inspired by nature’s elements, the setting features chic granite counters and rusted-steel walls. Whether you take a seat at the private dining area, sushi and robata counter, or main restaurant floor, you won't be disappointed. The menu has it all, from small plates such as salmon and tuna tartare with sevruga caviar, to signature dishes including seabass with yuzu, truffle oil and salmon roe. You'll soon be back for more.

Known for: World-famous sushi in a chic setting
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Rüya

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For a taste of Anatolian cuisine, head over to Rüya at the Grosvenor House hotel. Located in the lively Dubai Marina area, the restaurant has become a very welcome addition to the city's fine dining scene. The menu, designed by executive chef Colin Clague, offers diners the chance to try authentic dishes from different regions in Turkey. From pides to kebabs, you'll find delicious, fresh food that takes you on a culinary journey. If you're just stopping by for a light bite, enjoy tasty mezze in Rüya's vibrant lounge, complete with an outdoor terrace to enjoy people-watching over the bustling marina.

Known for: Delectable dishes from all over Turkey

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Trèsind

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Trèsind has become a much-respected favourite among Dubai foodies. Noted as the birthplace of innovative Indian cuisine in Dubai, its flagship restaurant on Sheikh Zayed Road is a must-visit for those looking for an exciting dining experience. Sample modern Indian dishes, served up with serious flair thanks to molecular gastronomy cooking techniques. For equally photo-worthy Indian dishes in a more funky setting, head over to its sister restaurant, Carnival by Tresind at the Dubai International Financial Centre.

Known for: Picture-perfect Indian dishes with a modern twist

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Il Borro Tuscan Bistro

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If you're on the hunt for a delicious meal in opulent surroundings, Il Borro is your table. This award-winning Italian restaurant based at Jumeirah Al Naseem delivers authentic flavours using seasonal, ethically-sourced ingredients, many brought in from the restaurant's own farm in Italy. Complete with olive trees and gentle folk music playing in the background, you can't help but feel like you've been transported to a charming corner of Tuscany.

Known for: Fresh Italian fare in Tuscan-themed surroundings

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