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Food & Drink

Eat around the world in Dubai

Mon, January 18, 2021

Explore award-winning restaurants and chefs who bring a slice of their native heritage and food from different countries to Dubai.

Explore award-winning restaurants and chefs who bring a slice of their native heritage and food from different countries to Dubai.

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Home-style Greek at Mythos

Tucked away in a Jumeirah Lakes Towers basement is Greek-owned Mythos Kouzina & Grill. Step inside and you'll be greeted by an authentic taverna featuring rustic-style furniture and Cycladic design elements. There are plenty of hearty dishes to sample – including popular favourites such as gyros and souvlaki – and a warm, welcoming vibe that will make you feel right at home. It's become a fast favourite, with people travelling from far and wide for what many consider to be Dubai’s best Greek food.

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Classic Lebanese at Babel

Lebanese cuisine has seeped into Dubai’s lifestyle and culture over the years, ensuring you’re never too far from an authentic venue. One such restaurant is casual concept Babel at La Mer, where you’ll find a chic setting and fabulous fresh food including hot-off-the-oven breads, succulent grills and the finest seafood. Simultaneously chic and laid back, this beachfront restaurant gives traditional delicacies a contemporary twist to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.
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Peruvian plates at Coya

Peruvian cuisine has taken the world by storm and a host of restaurants offering the eclectic cuisine have opened in Dubai over the years. There’s one that has long reigned above them all – and that is COYA. Think refreshing ceviches, delightful tiraditos and flavour-packed anticuchos. Nestled in the Restaurant Village by Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, the celebrated dining destination presents flavour-packed cuisine in a stunning setting, complemented by slick service.

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Persian delights at The Iranian Club

Serving up a smorgasbord of Persian food, The Iranian Club is a weekly pilgrimage for Dubai's Iranian residents. Most opt for the juicy mixed grills, with the saffron-spiced shandiz (lamb chops) and pan-fried zobeidi fish being firm favourites. A large space capable of hosting groups for celebrations, the cultural centre caters to a more conservative crowd, with guests expected to follow a modest dress code that includes hair-covering headscarves for women.

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Mighty Mexican at Luchador

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Part modern Mexican restaurant, part hip hangout for Dubai’s weekend crowd, Luchador is one very cool cantina. Attracting its fair share of amigos, there’s fresh, made-to-order platters of tacos, quesadillas and a ceviche assortment with flavours that pack a punch. Diners are encouraged to take their time and linger long into the evening. Transforming into a Latino lounge, Luchador is sure too entertain night owls with in-house band and a DJ into the early hours. 

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Terrific Turkish at Kaftan

Located in La Mer, diners can enjoy a summery al fresco meal at Kaftan featuring Turkish favourites such as bal and kaymak, an organic fresh honeycomb dolloped with thick cream and scooped up with oven-baked bread. There's also some delicious Arabian grills and mezze sharing plates available till late. A local favourite, Kaftan is well-known for its excellent breakfasts. There's also another outpost in Jumeirah, where you can enjoy your meal in secret garden full of lush greenery and clear paneling.

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Portuguese favourites at Lana Lusa

The power behind this cosy all day eatery, Jessica Feliz, was determined to bring her grandmother's authentic recipes to the table and Dubai's diners have fallen for this painstakingly created spot's charms. Find signature plates like salted cod croquettes, a monkfish rice stew and tomato-topped sardines ideal for mopping up with crusty bread. Save room for the sweet course as their custard tarts, lightly dusted with cinnamon, will transport you to Lisbon as soulful Fado musicians add to the ambience. The fact that all the decor comes straight from Portugal, from the artisanal crockery to cork menus and familial pictures that decorate the walls, fully immerses you in the country's culinary culture.

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South African flavours at Nezesaussi

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The name might seem like a mouthful, but the casual dining concept is actually a mouth-watering portmanteau. Nezesaussi is a humble ode to the rugby-playing Tri Nations – New Zealand, South Africa and Australia – and its name is a blend of all three countries together. Its menu is a mix of hearty fare and specialties from the homelands – think nachos, burgers and meat pies. It's located at the Address Dubai Marina, next to Dubai Marina Mall, with a second Nezesaussi in Manzil Downtown.

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Vietnamese wonders at Hoi An

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This Vietnamese teahouse in the luxurious Shangri-La Hotel offers a full menu of authentic dishes for an unforgettable dining experience. You’ll be spoilt for choice with the extensive selection, which the enthusiastic staff can guide you through. The menu offers a range of Vietnamese food with French touches to the table, ensuring plenty of old favourites with new twists. Try the pho with Wagyu or lobster, or the deep fried sea bass with mango salad.

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Canadian cuisine at Weslodge

Mixing modern North American with a unique ‘Rock and Roll’ vibe, this Toronto import is brimming with contemporary cool. Located 68 floors up in one of the world’s tallest hotels, JW Marriot Marquis, it is also sure to offer you views like no other. While the menu is varied, there’s a couple of staples to look out for: the lobster poutine and the southern fried chicken. It might not be a small-town diner in Canada but this is North American soul food at its best.

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Irresistible Irish at The Irish Village

The Irish Village in Garhoud is less of a village and more of a cosy tavern with a sprawling outdoor area – complete with a pond and some wandering ducks. The bangers and mash and hearty cottage pie take top billing on a menu that mainly sticks to Gaelic comfort foods. The venue hosts a steady stream of musical acts throughout the year and Irish celebs such as Sir Bob Geldof have made regular appearances.

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Japanese flair at Zuma

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

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Contemporary Indian at Tresind

Tresind is a favourite of many in Dubai, having cultivated a following who will travel for its ‘modernist Indian cuisine’. Long heralded as some of the most innovative takes on Indian cuisine in the city, Tresind offers a menu that pushes the envelope of fusion dining. Try dishes like the peanut butter medallion with mint chutney and tomato powder, or the Wagyu satay. The restaurant’s livelier sister, Carnival by Tresind, is also worth a try.

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