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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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Bull & Bear

Taste thrills

Bull & Bear

Taste thrills

Tuck into globally-inspired fare

With striking sculptures, rich accents and a contemporary vibe, Bull & Bear in Dubai’s financial district makes all-day dining an effortlessly stylish affair. While inspired by the famed Bull and Bear Prime Steakhouse in New York, the Dubai restaurant has carved out its own distinct identity with a modern twist on breakfast, lunches and dinner. For example, poached eggs come in a Middle Eastern shakshouka variation, with tomato-cumin ragout, hazelnut dukkah and minted yoghurt, while their prawn cocktail is far from ordinary thanks to the addition of wasabi crème, saffron aioli and Asian slaw.
Contact details
  Waldorf Astoria Dubai International Financial Centre, Burj Daman, DIFC
  +971 4 515 9888

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Reif Kushiyaki

Homegrown hero

Reif Kushiyaki

Homegrown hero

Japanese street food with style

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 at 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.
Contact details
  Dar Al Wasl Mall, Jumeirah
  +971 4 345 0761

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Meshico

Viva México

Meshico

Viva México

Celebrating the country’s exciting flavours

One of the hottest restaurants to open at The Pointe in Palm Jumeirah, Meshico pays a culinary homage to Mexico. From its vibrant decor to friendly service, the restaurant takes age-old traditions and gives it a modern twist in Dubai. The raw menu is ideal for light bites with fresh ceviche, tostadas and seafood platters, while the dinner menu is an irresistible feast with standouts including Mexican meatballs, duck carnita tacos, and the ‘carne en su jugo’ beef stew to share. Don’t leave without trying the delicious churros with chocolate, raspberry and salted caramel dipping sauces, or the mole-spiced chocolate lava cake.
Contact details
  Block B, The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah
  +971 4 514 4512

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Alloro

Classic Italian

Alloro

Classic Italian

Dine on Tuscan treats in Dubai Marina

Alloro in Dubai Marina is serving up more than a few surprises. Authentic flavours from Florence and Tuscany abound, with must-try dishes such as nonna’s beef lasagna, slow-braised lamb shank served with truffle-scented mashed potatoes, and grilled seabream fillet with homemade pepperonata. The dishes may seem conventional, but it’s done very, very well. Choose a table on the terrace and enjoy a lazy lunch with the family or leisurely evening out with friends. There are plenty of weekly offers to take advantage of too, including unlimited pasta nights and kids-eat-free deals.
Contact details
  Ground Floor, Wyndham Dubai Marina
  +971 4 407 8872

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3BK

Inspired fare

3BK

Inspired fare

Dine at the tallest tower in the world

With sleek interiors, floor-to-ceiling windows and an al fresco terrace that presents prime views of the dancing Dubai Fountain, 3BK is a chic new dining destination located at the world's tallest tower. The menu reflects the multicultural dynamism of Dubai with a changing assortment of international specialities. Some of the restaurant’s signature dishes include ‘all about corn’ where the humble grain is transformed with terrific textures, Korean lamb chops, sushi platters, and a delightful miso milk cake made from yoghurt ice cream, black sesame foam and yuzu pearls.
Contact details
  Level 3, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai
  +971 4 888 6333
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MasterChef

Celebrity sessions

MasterChef

Celebrity sessions

Live the classic TV experience in Dubai

Based on the international hit television series, MasterChef, the TV Experience represents a world-first ‘screen-to-plate’ concept. Located at Millennium Marina Place in Dubai Marina, the restaurant showcases the talents and recipes of MasterChef contestants from around the world. Head chef Margarita Vaamonde-Beggs presents a permanent menu with top dishes such as the truffle and pea soup, and Mauritian-style lobster curry, but keep an eye out for seasonal menus by guest chefs, which have included the likes of Diana Chan and Simon Wood. Looking to add a little drama to your dinner? Try the Mystery Box Challenge that sees guests choose eight to 10 ingredients that chefs then use to create an on-the-spot meal.
Contact details
  Ground Floor, Millennium Place Marina
  +971 4 550 8111
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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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Akira Back

Michelin magic

Akira Back

Michelin magic

Modern Japanese flair in a seaside setting

Michelin-starred chef Akira Back has thrilled gourmands in Dubai by opening his eponymous restaurant at W Dubai – The Palm, the same hotel that also boasts a restaurant by the celebrated chef Massimo Bottura. Presenting a delicious new dimension to Japanese cuisine, Akira Back more than meets expectations with superb sushi, robata-grilled specialities, the finest Wagyu cuts as well as exceptional vegetarian delights. Don’t leave without trying the innovative tuna pizza or the moreish AB tacos, where each bite is a revelation. Book a table outside for postcard-worthy seaside views, or simply enjoy light bites by the lounge.
Contact details
  W Dubai - The Palm, Palm Jumeirah
  +971 4 245 5555

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Soul Santé

Vegan delights

Soul Santé

Vegan delights

Discover guilt-free dining in Dubai

Your search to find hearty, guilt-free food in Dubai has come to an end thanks to Soul Santé. This eatery presents a comprehensive menu of plant-based dishes that are utterly delicious, while also being free of sugar and gluten. There’s plenty to savour – think pulled jackfruit tacos, eggless omelettes, beetroot sliders and, for desserts, no-nasties peanut butter cups and chocolate cupcakes. Committed to changing perceptions of vegan food, this gem in Dubai Marina is the perfect spot to kickstart or reinforce your healthy eating habits.
Contact details
  Jannah Place, Dubai Marina
  +971 4 526 0325
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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. A meal at The Loft really is worthy of every occasion. 
Contact details
  Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai
  +971 4 362 7312

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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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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. It's a neighbourhood gem that never fails to satisfy.
Contact details
  Dubai Hills Golf Club, Dubai Hills Estate
  +971 800 666353