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Food & Drink

Feast on the best Chinese food in Dubai

Tue, May 17, 2022

From spicy Sichuan flavours to steamed dim sum, discover authentic plates and fusion fare at these popular restaurants.

From spicy Sichuan flavours to steamed dim sum, discover authentic plates and fusion fare at these popular restaurants.


Savour Cantonese fine dining at Hakkasan


The Dubai outpost of the world-renowned Cantonese restaurant continues its innovative spirit. Located at Atlantis, The Palm the low-lit eatery serves up signature plates like the crispy duck salad, steamed lobster dumplings and Jasmine tea-smoked ribs alongside vegan and vegetarian options. Lattice screens, slate stone and blue accents punctuate the refined interiors, adding to the fine dining feel of Hakkasan.


Feast with the family at Din Tai Fung


Known for their trademark xiao long bao soup dumplings and noodles, Din Tai Fung has become an institution in Dubai with foodies flocking to its branches across the city. Great for families, if you're looking for reasonable prices and Taiwanese favourites in a casual setting, Din Tai Fung should be top of your list. End with a delicious dessert – their fluffy egg yolk custard buns should't be missed.


Sample famous recipes at Demon Duck

demon duck hot sour chicken

Celebrity chef Alvin Leung – nicknamed the 'demon chef' due to his frequent on-screen outbursts – showcases his prowess at this restaurant in Banyan Tree Dubai. There is plenty to satiate those who aren't fans of the signature ingredient, but the stand-out dish is undoubtedly a whole slow-roasted Peking duck teamed with calamansi bao buns. There is even a multi-course 'duck journey' that aficionados can embark on.


Spice up your life at Hutong

Hutong Dubai

If you can handle the heat, then book a table at Hutong which specialises in North Chinese cuisine. Take your seat around the wishing tree at the centre of the main dining room, or opt for the terrace in cooler weather, and feast on spicy delights like wagyu beef in Hunan chilli sauce or their Sichuan chilli prawns. It is also great for those looking for gluten-free options, showcasing the team's culinary versatility.


Dine in opulence at Royal China

Royal China Dubai

The London original is known for its expansive dim sum menu, and the Dubai location lives up to Royal China's reputation. From prawn-filled dumplings to vegetarian spring rolls, both steamed and fried favourites all feature on the menu, with a popular all-you-can-eat offering on weekends. Great for big groups, you will find dishes not found on other menus at this DIFC favourite, with their lotus fried rice a must-order.


Dive into Long Teng Seafood

Long Teng Seafood Restaurant

Even though Long Teng's sprawling space spans five floors, it has such a strong reputation for quality that it always requires prior booking. Focusing on seafood, as the name suggests, fresh produce is top of the agenda with aquariums housing hammour, king crabs, lobsters and other catch-of-the-day, each prepared to your liking. Expect niche delicacies and accessible dim sum alike, with return visits practically guaranteed after one bite.


Celebrate regional cuisine at Long Yin

Long Yin - Le Meridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Centre

One of the most established Chinese restaurants in the city, Long Yin has cemented its reputation as a well-priced, authentic go-to. The Le Meridien Dubai eatery, helmed by chef George Chee, celebrates diversity with Mongolian beef sitting alongside Sichuan-style chicken and 34 varieties of dim sum. Keep an eye out for weekly dining deals too as there's always something to savour here.


Join the regulars at The China Club

China Club in Dubai

If you're looking for old-school stalwarts, then China Club heads up the list. A long established space in Deira, known for its weekend all-you-can-eat yum cha dim sum, it's a beacon for regulars. Knowledgable staff guide you towards signatures like Nanjing roast duck, while the crimson interiors are comfortable and ideal for hosting large groups. The menu spans Peking, Cantonese, Sichuan and Indo-Chinese cuisines, so there's truly something for everyone.


Take in picturesque views at Zheng He's

Zheng He's Dubai

Perched on the edge of the Madinat Jumeirah waterways, the tranquil setting of Zheng He's with Burj Al Arab views is just one of the draws. Expect contemporary Chinese flavours served up in decidedly upmarket surroundings. Everything is delicious so you'll have no regrets no matter what you order, but we suggest you try their tasting menu that showcases top dishes. Both the six-course Voyager Menu and eight-course Explorer Menu will leave you more than satisfied.


Share authentic eats at Shang Palace

Given its Asian pedigree, it's not surprising that Shangri-La Hotel's signature restaurant excels when it comes to Chinese food. Located on the first floor balcony of the hotel, overlooking the main lobby, Shang Palace has a comprehensive menu. Choose from popular as well as more niche dishes, including solid vegetarian options, over 30 varieties of dim sum and Cantonese specialities.


Dinner with a view at Chuan

Chuan in Dubai

There are no western substitutes on Chuan's menu. Everything you’ll find here is brilliantly authentic, which means top-class dishes from start to finish, including perhaps the best Peking duck in the city. Located on The Pointe, Chuan also dazzles thanks to the waterfront views from its outdoor terrace. Head over early to this seafood specialist watch the sunset.


Fine elevated specials at Shanghai Me

Shanghai Me Dubai Restaurant

From the acclaimed team behind some of the city's hottest restaurants, Shanghai Me is an exceptional place to dine in the city's DIFC neighbourhood. This homegrown restaurant makes Pan-Asian flavours sing, inspired by exemplary dishes from all over the continent. The dim sum is a bestseller, while the signature crispy duck salad and stir-fried dishes are not to be missed either.


Laidback fare at New Shanghai


Located on the lower ground level of The Dubai Mall, New Shanghai pulls out all the stops to present a modern take on Shanghai-style cuisine. It's the perfect spot to refuel after a day of shopping and sightseeing, with an array of hot pots, rice and noodles, wontons and soup dumplings prepared fresh in the restaurant's 'dumpling theatre'. We keep returning for the duck gua bao, which features tender duck slathered in a sticky, sweet sauce and served in delicate steamed buns.


Tan Cha

Tan Cha
If you're looking for a special night out featuring some of the most delicious Asian dishes in the city, then Michelin-selected Tàn Chá should be on your hit list. Channeling the vibrant energy – and diverse tastes – of Hong Kong, this upbeat venue, located at JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, has secured its place in Dubai's foodie scene. The eatery cleverly walks the line between being inventive and innovative with bold new pairings like slow-cooked short rib dressed in mandarin sauce.
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