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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 Mediterranean specialities and gourmet Mexican, check out our shortlist of the hottest spots in town.
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Hutong

Chinese flair

Hutong

Chinese flair

Dubai International Financial Centre

If you're in need of a little luxury, the opening of Hutong is perfectly timed. This upscale eatery in DIFC serves contemporary North Chinese cuisine, with signature dishes such as the 'Red Lantern' – crispy soft-shelled crab with dried chilli – and Peking duck, served alongside an exceptional array of seafood, dim sum and more. Inspired by the Silk Road, the decor lends a chic touch across the indoor dining area, lounge, terrace and private dining rooms.

Hutong's original location in Hong Kong was one of the first ever Chinese restaurants to be given a Michelin star, so you know you're in good hands here.
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Nassau

Mediterranean vibes

Nassau

Mediterranean vibes

Healthy plant-based dishes alongside meaty fare

Proving that good food isn't limited to the city centre, newly-opened Nassau serves fresh Mediterranean dishes packed full of flavour. Located in the club house at Jumeirah Golf Estates, the chic greenery-filled space is open to the public as well as members.

Silvena Rowe is the star chef behind the new eatery, which has a focus on serving healthy, plant-based dishes. Meat-lovers needn't fear though; there are also meat and fish options available. With Rowe already having successful dairy-free cafe Omnia Gourmet under her belt, you can expect great things from this foodie heaven in one of the city's most picturesque settings.
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Indochine

New York export

Indochine

New York export

French-Vietnamese offering takes over

The latest addition to the city's thriving culinary scene, Indochine's launch in Dubai has been highly-anticipated. Its sister location in New York has been delighting customers since 1984 and counts many celebrities as regulars. The new restaurant in Dubai is the first branch outside of that famed location, and gives visitors to Dubai the chance to experience its exotic French-Vietnamese offerings.

There are much-loved signature dishes such as Vietnamese ravioli on the menu, as well as inventive new creations such as steamed seabream in banana leaf, and coconut lemongrass custard.

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Alice

Fairytales come true

Alice

Fairytales come true

Japanese twists on European classics

Set inside the Sheraton Grand, Alice Lounge not only offers its diners tantalising food, but also a thrilling dining experience. The fairytale-inspired restaurant features optical illusions and hidden story-themed surprises, while the food is equally extravagant with Japanese twists on European classics, including chicken teriyaki pizza and fish risotto. When dinner service ends, the lounge is transformed into a party venue, complete with light shows and live performances.

Sheraton Grand is quickly gaining a reputation among foodies in the city, and it's easy to see why. On the fifth floor of the same hotel, you'll also find Spanish restaurant NIDO that impresses with a menu that packs a punch. Stars include hearty empanadas, cheese croquettes and marinated chicken skewers, to name just a few of favourites.
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Aya

Asian delicacies

Aya

Asian delicacies

Chef Izu Ani strikes again

Chef Izu Ani is something of a legend in Dubai, having already set up several successful restaurants in the city. He also previously worked as head chef at much-loved foodie favourite La Petite Maison.

His latest offering, Aya, serves a (very) wide range of Asian delicacies – everything from Korean fried chicken and prawn gyoza to Wagyu sirloin and octopus with a yuzukosho glaze. Only the finest ingredients are used, and the restaurant's own Japanese cherry blossom garden ensures it lives up to its name – 'beautiful' in Japanese and 'wonderful' in Arabic.
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Chingón

Mexican party

Chingón

Mexican party

Sharing meals with friends and family

If you're looking for somewhere to share a meal with friends or loved ones, look no further than the lively Mexican restaurant Chingón. Dishes here are served in larger portions, perfect for sharing. Refuel with innovative meals like black tortillas pressed with 24k gold leaf, and Wagyu beef tartare with quinoa crisps, all while enjoying the quirky decor and stunning skyline views.

If you find yourself in the mood to party after your meal, hang around as some of the city's top DJs settle in and set the tone with South American-fused deep house music.
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Shanghai Me

1930s glamour

Shanghai Me

1930s glamour

Inspired by East Asian tradition

Step inside DIFC's latest culinary addition and you'll find yourself instantly transported back to 1930s Shanghai. The glamorous decor here includes bright red seating and quirky art lining the walls.

Taking inspiration from traditional East Asian dishes, there are plenty of recognisable favourites on the menu, including sushi, dim sum and bao. These dishes are anything but ordinary, however, and with every plate being flavourful and meticulously-crafted, you'll leave more than satisfied.
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Soul Street

Global beats

Soul Street

Global beats

Instagrammable food and stylish decor

Hungry but can't decide what cuisine to go for? Soul Street is here to help. This new eatery based in FIVE Jumeirah Village offers street food from all over the world, and whether you settle on a dish from the Middle East or Latin America, you're in for a treat.

Each dish is served in an impressively creative way, and coupled with the vibrant decor, this place is Instagram heaven. The menu is truly diverse (and long), but if you're looking for filling comfort food done right, Soul Street is a great option.
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Reif Kushiyaki

Homegrown hero

Reif Kushiyaki

Homegrown hero

Japanese street food

Award-winning Singaporean chef Reif Othman has made a name for himself in Dubai, with successful stints in Zuma Dubai, PLAY Restaurant & Lounge, and Sumosan. He’s now taking charge at Reif Kushiyaki Dubai in Dar Wasl Mall in Jumeirah. Focusing on sustainability, the eatery minimises food wastage, uses seasonal ingredients and sees its staff kitted out in T-shirts made from recycled plastic bottles.

The menu is made up of modern Japanese street food choices such as steamed bun burgers, grilled meat served ‘kushiyaki’ style, and sublime gyozas. The dishes are all affordable too, with prices starting from just AED16. Want to make it a special occasion? Choose the chef’s table menu.