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Food & Drink

Top 10 fine dining experiences

Tue, August 31, 2021

Discover world-class cuisines and signature dishes at these popular restaurants in Dubai.

Discover world-class cuisines and signature dishes at these popular restaurants in Dubai.


Peruvian classics at Coya

COYA in Dubai
Embark on a culinary getaway to the Andes via Dubai at Coya. You'll find Peruvian-style delicacies, ideal for sharing. Don't miss out on their tiradito – traditional Peruvian sashimi. Other standouts from the menu include scallop-stuffed conchas (sweet bread roll), crispy cancha (corn nuts) and aji limo peppers, and the signature citrus tuna with ginger and maracuya. All meals are complemented by Coya’s exquisite service and an opulent setting in the stunning Four Seasons Jumeirah hotel.

Japanese delights at Zuma


Located in the heart of Dubai’s financial centre, Zuma is a world-famous, contemporary Japanese restaurant that is just a stone’s throw away from the Burj Khalifa. While Zuma’s seafood selection is second to none, they also manage to impress with vegetarian dishes. Select an assortment of their signature sushi, robata and sashimi, and be sure to order the ribeye no wafu sauce gake, comprising melt-in-your-mouth beef topped with garlic chips. Gourmands covet the counter seats so they can watch the chefs at work.


Succulent steaks at Nusr-Et

Nusr-Et Steakhouse in Dubai
Meat lovers, unite! For a truly memorable experience, visit Nusr-Et Steakhouse in Dubai and order the Lokum steak. Top it off with a goat cheese salad and a selection of garnishes, including mashed croquet, mushroom and onion flower. If it’s good enough for Leonardo DiCaprio, it’s good enough for us. Who knows, you might even be lucky enough to meet Salt Bae, the celebrated Turkish chef Nusret Gökçe, himself.

Far East flavours at Pai Thai

Pai Thai Dubai
Find the best Thai food in Dubai at Pai Thai. Located at Madinat Jumeirah, you can choose to arrive at the restaurant by abra (traditional wooden boat), gliding along the picturesque waterways. Book a table on the outdoor terrace for the perfect romantic experience, savouring al fresco views and authentic delicacies such as roasted red duck curry with Thai basil and goong tod kratiem made of crispy tiger prawns.

Indian molecular gastronomy at Tresind Studio

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Chef Himanshu Saini weaves stories with the intricately-plated and expertly-spiced degustation menus he presents in fine dining spot Tresind Studio. Hidden away behind a discrete door off the main Tresind restaurant, this insider haunt seats just 18 at a time and presents a multi-hour extravaganza that unfolds with theatrical flourish. The innovative, Insta-worthy dishes taste as good as they look, and themes change seasonally so fans never get bored. This is must-try for serious foodies.


Magical Mediterranean fare at 101

Best High End Dining
Situated inside the One&Only hotel in Palm Jumeirah, the 101 Dining Lounge offers stunning ocean views alongside light Mediterranean fare. It is the ideal date-night location to impress the one you love. When scouring their menu, don’t look past the chicken paella. This Spanish speciality is made from bomba rice, chicken, bell peppers and onions. Book your spot today to enjoy some fine dining in Dubai.

French-Vietnamese glamour at Indochine

Best High End Dining

This New York import has been wowing the city's culinary connoisseurs thanks to its decadent colonial-style interiors in bold colours, a foliage-bedecked terrace and unique take on French-Vietnamese dishes, always plated up beautifully. Regulars recommend the always buzzing eatery's signature Asian ravioli and lamb char sui; be sure to book in advance as this hotspot in Dubai International Financial Centre has become a beacon for the fashion set. There's a great value set lunch menu to be had too.


Classic French fare at LPM Restaurant

If you ask residents in Dubai where they go for a perfect fine dining in Dubai experience, most will say LPM Restaurant. Since opening its doors at Dubai International Financial Centre in 2010, the restaurant has consistently brought the best of France to the city. You'll have to order the bestselling escargots de Bourgogne dripping in garlic butter, though everything on the menu is exemplary.

Masterful Japanese at Nobu

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There's something magical about dining at Nobu. Created by Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa, this restaurant at Atlantis, The Palm delights with an array of exceptional dishes, including a few with an Arabian-inspired touch. Whether you're planning to dine with a loved one or friends, every meal here becomes a special occasion. Don't forget to order Nobu's irresistible black cod – it more than lives up to the hype.


Unforgettable Arabian nights at Ninive


Thanks to an enviable setting complete with Arabic cushions, twinkling lights, tall palms and Downtown Dubai views, Ninive feels like a culinary oasis right in the heart of the city centre. The food here is equally irresistible, combining all the best flavours from the region, including sharing-style favourites from Morocco, Turkey, Iraq and beyond. A must-try foodie stop for every visitor's holiday itinerary if you're looking to experience some fine dining in Dubai.

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