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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 Japanese kaiseki and Asian street food to traditional Arabian specialities and gourmet Indian, check out our shortlist of the hottest spots in town. 
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Asian street food

Miss Tess

Asian street food

Miss Tess

A deliciously surprising venue

Tuck in to the very best of Asia right here in Dubai. Miss Tess at Taj Dubai embraces the bold from all angles – from the restaurant’s eclectic decor with a colourful tuk-tuk parked right in the centre to a dinner menu inspired by the fictitious Miss Tess’ travels across Korea, Thailand, China and Vietnam. Take a seat and prepare to feast on modern Asian street food, served with a side of theatrical music and dance. Whether you’re craving dim sum, spicy noodles, fresh sushi or Korean BBQ, the restaurant more than satisfies using just the right amount of culinary magic. Miss Tess is fun, quirky and always memorable.

Our recommendation: Book a table on Miss Tess’ terrace for Instagram-worthy views of the world’s tallest tower, Burj Khalifa.
Contact details
Taj Dubai, Business Bay
+971 4 438 3121

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Beachside bites

Masti

Beachside bites

Masti

Feast on inspired Indian fare

Staying true to its name – translated from Hindi as ‘fun and mischief’ – the food at Masti is a creative ode to the flavours we all know and love. Located at Dubai’s hottest new beachfront destination, La Mer, the restaurant serves up an irresistible array of sharing plates that combine elements from other global cuisines. Standouts from the menu include duck kheema crostini, sun-dried tomato prawns, sweet chilli glazed lamb chops and its version of beef carpaccio with a creamy creole curry aioli. It’s all tantalisingly refreshing, and a fitting tribute to modern India.

Our recommendation: While Masti’s interiors feature a colourful vibe, book a table on the beachfront terrace and enjoy Dubai’s perfect winter sunshine and skyline views.
Contact details
  La Mer, Jumeirah 1
  +971 800 62784

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Indian indulgence

Little Miss India

Indian indulgence

Little Miss India

Sugar, spice and all things nice

Little Miss India, designed to resemble a colonial mansion, invites guests to discover the history and diversity of Indian cuisine in a distinctly homely setting. With colourful truck art and a private courtyard, this dining destination is like nothing you’ve ever seen before. The menu unfolds with each dish enhanced by exotic spice blends and traditional cooking techniques. Savour Indian classics such as lamb rogan josh and butter chicken, as well as more intriguing dishes such as the spicy shrimp curry that blends chilli, tamarind and coconut for a flavour crescendo.

Our recommendation: Try the signature tandoori raan – a marinated leg of lamb slow-cooked for eight hours and finished in the charcoal tandoor for an irresistible taste.
Contact details
  Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah
  +971 4 457 3457

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Japanese kaiseki

Kohantei

Japanese kaiseki

Kohantei

Say konnichiwa to this Downtown gem

Kohantei is Dubai’s only Japanese restaurant offering a ‘kaiseki’ experience and it’s the real deal. Marrying its prime location at Dubai Opera District with warm hospitality, Kohantei is a wholly refreshing addition to the city’s dining scene. Headed by chef Hisao Ueda, the multi-course concept involves a series of dishes crafted from seasonal ingredients, many of which are flown in directly from Japan. A careful attention to detail is reflected in every aspect of the restaurant, from the traditionally-dressed Japanese staff to the architecture, complete with sliding shōji doors and tatami flooring. Kohantei features only three private dining rooms and an intimate dining area with five tables, so reservations are essential.

Our recommendation: Choose one of Kohantei’s five multi-course menus featuring premium Japanese beef and seafood.
Contact details
  Dubai Opera District, Downtown Dubai
  +971 4 4 243 4951

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Farmhouse flair

Bleu Blanc by David Myers

Farmhouse flair

Bleu Blanc by David Myers

For wholesome family favourites

Savour a meal to remember at celebrity chef David Myer’s restaurant in Dubai. With a herb garden wall, bright blue doors and vintage-inspired crockery, there’s no mistaking Bleu Blanc’s rustic roots. The menu makes the most of the wood-fired grill, and there’s plenty to choose from including prime cuts of meat and succulent seafood. Vegetarians will love the comfort-filled mac and cheese with a hint of truffle, and grilled pumpkin with yoghurt and mushroom veloute. Everything is prepared in front of guests at the open-plan kitchen, making for a convivial homely atmosphere.

Our recommendation: Book a table at Bleu Blanc’s terrace that presents sweeping views of the glittering Dubai Water Canal.
Contact details
  Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Downtown Dubai
  +971 4 512 5533

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Emirati fare

B’Dou Cafe

Emirati fare

B’Dou Cafe

A modern take on traditional Arabic cuisine

While Dubai’s City Walk is no stranger to great new launches, B’Dou Café is something a little special. The Emirati concept has modernised traditional favourites, taking time-honoured Arabic recipes from their grandmothers’ kitchens and plating them up for contemporary tastes. Dedicated to the heritage of the Arabian horse rider, the atmospheric yet airy space has made the café a welcome reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the shopping precinct, with locals happily meeting up to debrief over lunch or an Arabic coffee and a slice of irresistible saffron-spiked milk cake. The mains are a delicious take on Emirati classics, with iconic dishes such as chicken machboos and the mixed Arabian grill made with farm-fresh ingredients and strikingly presented while still retaining all of the charm of the original.

Our recommendation: While there’s an extensive array of desserts - the rose-flavoured ones are an instant crowd pleaser. Try the rose milk cake and the rose chia seed pudding.
Contact details
B'Dou Cafe, City Walk, Al Safa Street
+971 4 228 8775

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Reinvented favourite

Brunswick

Reinvented favourite

Brunswick

A new incarnation of a Dubai institution

Australian-inspired Brunswick Eatery has undergone a complete interior and menu facelift, to resounding approval from both first-time and long-time visitors. The lush greenery-draped terrace features gorgeous Art Deco-style windows, introducing an element of brightness and light to the space, with this theme continuing inside with pretty, feminine touches throughout. The new farm-to-table based menu base invites a fresh crowd of those looking for an off-beat superfood lunch, a gourmet take on a hot dinner, or the restaurant’s ten course brunch. Its Australian background abounds, with a lamington souffle and Aussie beef burgers appearing. The Brunswick still welcomes walk-ins from the adjoining Mall of the Emirates, but given the hype over its relaunch, it’s best to book ahead to secure your table.

Our recommendation: The duck ragu is a rustic, hearty bowl that’s large enough to share and best served scooped onto chunks of grilled sourdough bread.
Contact details
  Brunswick Eatery, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha
  +971 56 404 0685

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Modern Lebanese

K’Noon

Modern Lebanese

K’Noon

A bright spot that puts Arabic food in a new light

Modern Arabian food has exploded in Dubai over the last few years, meeting demand from both locals and visitors for dishes that combine the region’s heritage with international influences. New Lebanese spot, K’Noon, embodies that out of the box thinking, with dishes such as lobster and duck shawarma, cheese baklawa and cheesecake labneh salad. Open from 8am to 4am, the Business Bay diner is popular with locals hunting down a taste of their youth, with childhood favourites such as foul bel khodra and debs with tahini found on the breakfast menu, and risotto Sultan Ibrahim featuring for mains. For newcomers, K’Noon offers a way to try classic Arabian food without being overwhelmed by unfamiliar ingredients, with interpretations that will appeal to all tastes. Fun and colourful in its décor, K’Noon already has the buzz of a well-loved café.

Our recommendation: You can’t go past the delectable lobster shawarma served in a fluffy bao bun – what could be more Dubai?
Contact details
K'Noon, West Wharf Tower, Al Abraj Street, Business Bay
+97145260539

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Tantalising tacos

Luchador

Tantalising tacos

Luchador

Fresh Mexican bites and skyline views to share with your amigos

Part modern Mexican restaurant, part hip hang-out spot for Dubai’s weekend crowd, Luchador is one cool cantina. A recent opening in the Aloft The Palm, Luchador takes prime position atop the hotel and resort, with an 11th floor open terrace that boasts incredible views of the Palm Jumeirah’s fronds, the Burj Al Arab, and back along the Gulf coastline. Attracting its fair share of hombres, Luchador also does well in the food department, with fresh, made-to-order platters of tacos, quesadillas, and a ceviche assortment packing a south of the border flavour punch. Diners are encouraged to take their time and stay on for the restaurant’s evening transformation into a Latino lounge, with an in-house band and DJ spinning Español tunes until the early hours.

Our recommendation: Their signature taco platters are a must-order, stuffed with authentic Mexican flavours and lots of guac.
Contact details
  Luchador, Aloft Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jumeirah
  +971 4 247 5550

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Japanese street food

Akiba Dori

Japanese street food

Akiba Dori

Dubai Design District’s Tokyo-themed restaurant

Make your way to the city’s hippest address, Dubai Design District (d3), and take a turn at the corner of Building 8 to discover Dubai’s hottest new dinner spot. Since opening, Akiba Dori has delighted with its foodhall-style concept designed around neon-streaked alleyways, complete with an arcade room. There are seven storefronts serving a variety of Japanese street food with a creative twist. Don’t leave without stopping by the pizzeria ‘Tokyopolitan’ that serves up Tokyo-style Neapolitan pizzas freshly-baked in a wood-fired oven in under 60 seconds.

Our recommendation: The star on Akiba Dori’s menu is the Neapolitan pizza with its light, airy dough topped with rich ingredients.
Contact details
  Building 8, Dubai Design District
  +971 4 352 9429

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