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New restaurants to try in Dubai

Here’s our guide to Dubai’s hottest new eateries
When it comes to food in Dubai, name it and you’ll find it. The city presents a world of cuisines to savour. From authentic Asian street food to traditional Arabic specialities and gourmet Indian, check out our shortlist of the hottest spots in town.
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Tasca

Land meets sea

Tasca

Land meets sea

Discover the distinct flavour of Portugal

Treat your palate to a dinner at esteemed chef Jose Avillez’s new restaurant in Dubai. With a flair for serving up authentic fare in a sharing-style concept, Avillez’s creations reveal a contemporary take on Portuguese classics. Sink your teeth into divine piri piri chicken with smoked avocado cream, or savour the best of land and sea with the signature surf and turf platter. Guests can enjoy both indoor and outdoor seating, where they can take in views of Dubai’s sparkling skyline on one side and the beautiful Arabian Gulf on the other — we recommend booking a table just in time for sunset.
Contact details
  Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Jumeirah Beach Road
  +971 4 777 2231
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The Loft

Dubai Opera dining

The Loft

Dubai Opera dining

Dine beneath the Burj Khalifa

Situated atop one of the city's cultural gems, The Loft at Dubai Opera more than delights. With a theme inspired by the aesthetic of a seaside cliff, its chic oyster shell design concept complements the inspired menu of modern European cuisine. Sit out on The Terrace for an astonishing view of the iconic building Burj Khalifa, which towers above your table. Head there on Friday for the Lofty Caviar Brunch to enjoy premium varieties alongside fresh oysters and barbecue specialities.
Contact details
  Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai
  +971 4 362 7312

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Taikun

Japanese garden

Taikun

Japanese garden

Social fun with Downtown views

Treat your tastebuds to the flavours of Japan in a vibrant urban garden setting. Located at the base of Vida Downtown hotel, this restaurant boasts views of the famous Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard and Burj Khalifa. While you’re here, dig into their selection of dim sum, grab a portion of the dynamite prawns for the table, and don’t forget to indulge in a few bao buns to pass around. It’s the perfect spot for date nights.
Contact details
  Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai
  +971 4 442 8383
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Masala Library

Indian with a twist

Masala Library

Indian with a twist

Have a tasty adventure with Jiggs Kalra

Don’t miss the chance to check out famous restaurateur Jiggs Kalra’s new Dubai outpost at JW Marriott Marquis. Wrap your tastebuds around his twist on Indian classics that have been elevated using modern culinary techniques such as molecular gastronomy. Try the signature 12-course degustation menu, which features delights such as the caviar malai prawn with smoky pink peppercorn, chicken tikka that’s presented in three tantalising variations, and a delightful ‘ashen’ kulfi that combines the creamy flavours of the dessert with edible charcoal. Just make sure to snap a photo for your Insta followers before digging in.
Contact details
  4th floor, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road
  +971 4 414 0000
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LOWE

Local bites

LOWE

Local bites

Creative new delights in the city

Celebrating local ingredients and homegrown produce, LOWE is a welcome addition to the city’s burgeoning culinary scene. Located in KOA Canvas, a development taking shape next to Dubai’s Al Barari, the vibe is vibrant yet relaxed, with matching decor – think woven thatch ceiling tiles, hanging greens and exposed concrete. While famed for breakfast choices that go beyond the conventional (such as the irresistible molten cheese vegemite toastie), a long, lingering lunch here is also recommended. Try the woodfired bread with bottarga and sesame salt, local clams with orzo, and the charcoal roasted market fish with carrot escabeche and coconut aioli – every bite bursts with flavour.
Contact details
  KOA Canvas, Wadi Al Safa 3, near Al Barari
  +971 4 320 1890
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miX by Alain Ducasse

Fine French

miX by Alain Ducasse

Fine French

Magical menu by the Michelin-starred chef

With cascading lights, shimmering gold and a show-stopping menu, miX Dubai is a chic take on dreamy. The first restaurant in Dubai by Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse delights visitors with inspired French cuisine. While signatures such as the pan-seared duck foie gras and marinated raw blue shrimps are delicious, try dishes with a local twist such as the hammour fish couscous and date soufflé with a labneh sorbet. There are three distinct spaces to dine at, including the main restaurant, lively lounge and miX+ area, with each offering unique culinary surprises and impressive views.
Contact details
  Emerald Palace Kempinski, Palm Jumeirah
  +971 4 248 8860

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The London Project

Fashionable fare

The London Project

Fashionable fare

The world on a plate

The restaurant’s name is a reflection the city’s ‘essence’ – a medley of global cultures, twinged with London’s affinity for art, music and fashion. All this translates to an inspiring setting, complete with botanical features, specially-commissioned artwork and even a podcast studio – London Project Live – that streams thought-provoking discourses. The food is equally eclectic with perfect sharing-style dishes such as beef tacos, seafood ceviche and buttermilk chicken that packs a delicious flavour punch.
Contact details
  The London Project, Bluewaters Island
  +971 4 580 8570
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Bab Al Mansour

Moroccan flair

Bab Al Mansour

Moroccan flair

Fine food complemented by prime views

Taking pride of place opposite the Dubai Opera along the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, this restaurant serves up impressive views alongside fine fare. Bab Al Mansour’s menu has been conceptualised by the famous Moroccan chef Choumicha, and champions the use of fresh, organic ingredients. Arrive hungry as there’s lots to try, including the couscous lamb shank, seafood tagine, briouate pastry with kofta, and signature tanjia – slow-cooked lamb marinated with preserved lemon and saffron.
Contact details
  Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai
  +971 4 350 9440

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24th St. Dubai

Taste of Asia

24th St. Dubai

Taste of Asia

Street food surprises at every turn

The sleek Dusit Thani Dubai hotel is home to one of the city’s hottest food concepts – 24th St. Impressing gourmands as the first and only Asian hawker centre in a high-street setting, there’s plenty to savour. Kim’s Korean, Momo San Japanese, Chatakana Indian and Lucy Wong’s Chinese cook up a storm for lunch and dinner, every day of the week. Try the baked cod fish served with flourish atop an orange, or the spiced up rice-based bibimbap.
Contact details
  Dusit Thani Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road
  +971 4 343 3333

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Crab Market

Seafood feasts

Crab Market

Seafood feasts

A celebrity spin on classics

What do you get when you mix one of the world’s most celebrated chefs with a lively Downtown Dubai address? Culinary magic. Chef Vladimir Mukhin more than impresses with a signature menu at Crab Market, showcasing superb seafood from waters both near and far. Think creamy oysters from Fujairah’s own Dibba Bay, wonderful Chilean seabass and the best Kamchatka crabs from Russia. The restaurant’s decor is slick and as inviting as the menu, with plush seating, mood lighting and sparkling skyline views.
Contact details
  15th Floor, Emirates Financial Towers, North Tower, DIFC
  +971 4 564 5525

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Hell’s Kitchen Dubai

British brilliance

Hell’s Kitchen Dubai

British brilliance

Chef Gordon Ramsay does it again

Nestled in the five-star surrounds of the Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai, Hell’s Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay has turned up the heat in style. With a theatre-style setup – inspired by the celebrity chef’s reality TV show of the same name – guests can savour signature dishes such as the delicious sticky toffee pudding, pan-seared scallops and beef Wellington. Come for the setting, stay for the show.
Contact details
  Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai, Bluewaters Island
  +971 4 556 6466

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Hillhouse Brasserie

Casual chic

Hillhouse Brasserie

Casual chic

Tea for two by a golf course

Take a seat at Hillhouse’s outdoor terrace and linger awhile – a meal here is not to be rushed. With slick service, hearty bistro specialities and Instagrammable views of the pristine golf course and city skyline in the distance, you’ll soon make this restaurant your home away from home. Whether you’re looking for breakfast classics or a dinner treat, there’s something on the menu to satisfy all cravings from the vegan Buddha bowl to the oven-roasted Grimsby hake and house-spiced chicken burger.
Contact details
  Dubai Hills Golf Club, Dubai Hills Estate
  +971 800 666353

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OPA Dubai

Go Greek

OPA Dubai

Go Greek

Chic island vibes abound

Now you can enjoy the best of Greece right here in Dubai. Helmed by chef Kyriakos, the menu is authentic with homemade pies and meaty dishes such as the pastitsio with Wagyu beef and béchamel sauce, and the grilled lamb kebab with spicy tomato sauce and yoghurt. While there are other gourmet Greek options to try in the city, OPA impresses thanks to its friendly, laid-back ambience that will have you reminiscing about island hopping in the Mediterranean.
Contact details
  Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road
  +971 4 3570557

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Mitra

Elevated dining

Mitra

Elevated dining

Dine at an Indian fusion bistro

Set on stilts atop the historic waters of Dubai Creek, Mitra is a charming foodie stop. You’re in for a treat as the menu is dedicated to progressive Indian cuisine. Take, for example, the ‘Istree mutton arayes’, which enhances the traditional Arabic flatbread stuffed with meat with a spiced up version. Other highlights include the ‘English keema’ made from spicy minced meat and bocconcini gratin, as well as the ‘tandoori momo’ that injects South Asian dumplings with a burst of oven-roasted goodness.
Contact details
  Heritage Zone, Al Seef, Dubai Creek
  +971 4 388 5555

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