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Food & Drink

New Dubai restaurants to try in 2022

Mon, September 12, 2022

From fine dining to creative culinary gems, check out some of the newest tasty spots in town.

From fine dining to creative culinary gems, check out some of the newest tasty spots in town.

YABA by Chef Shaheen

Fans of chef Shaheen, whose social media following reaches into the millions, have ensured his first restaurant in Jumeirah's Wasl Vita mall has been a resounding success right from the start. The young restauranteur has returned to his Baghdad roots, showcasing his take on Iraqi cuisine in this Dubai venture. Although you might not find traditional Iraqi cooking here, you'll find heartfelt plates with plenty of finesse.
YABA by Chef Shaheen
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  • Wasl Vita Mall, Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah 1, Dubai

Not Only Fish

Not Only Fish
Born in Kyiv, the Dubai outpost of Not Only Fish in JLT's Almas Towers is sure to live up to its hotspot pedigree. Although pescatarian pleasures are a speciality – their raw bar with sushi, sashimi and tartare is a particular highlight – there is plenty to tempt aside from seafood with robata grills and vegetarian options too. Indulge in tried-and-tested favourites like crisp spring rolls, plump dumplings or popcorn shrimp. 

Chic Nonna

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There's something irresistible about Chic Nonna's spectacular setting and head chef Ilaria Zamperlin's delicious Italian cuisine. Located in Dubai International Financial Centre, expect a blend of tradition combined with innovation at this popular two-floor osteria with prime Burj Khalifa views. Foodies should book the chef's table for the most immersive dining experience, feasting on well-loved dishes like vitello tonnato (veal in tuna sauce), stuffed quail with truffle, and braised duck ravioli.

RSVP restaurant

RSVP restaurant
An always bustling atmosphere ensures RSVP lives up to its reputation as a 'fun dining' eatery. Chef Aadel Ouaoua's finely-tuned plates serve up French flavours alongside Asian and Mediterranean tastes. Given its pedigree – the team behind it also helm Michelin-starred 11 Woodfire, Indian Mohalla and DIFC's Marea – the restaurant is already a hit among foodies. Situated in Boxpark, the decor pays homage to explorers' journeys, with collectibles adding interest to the smart-casual space.

Fat Uncle

Fat Uncle 1
Chef Alper Uzundurukan's homegrown venture – in collaboration with Emirati co-founder Ismail Al-Sharif of Around The Block fame – puts the focus firmly on Mediterranean cooking. Signature dishes like Rockefeller oysters, gruyere scallop gratin and beef tartare with bone marrow sing with flavour. Keep your cameras ready as Instagrammable drinks are unveiled amid clouds of smoke before being topped with bubbles. Located at Wasl Vita mall, this is the ideal place to enjoy elevated dining at affordable prices.

Alaya

Alaya Dubai
Ideal for a special occasion, chef Izu Ani's Alaya is an ode to Eastern European and Mediterranean plates, with a strong sprinkling of Middle Eastern flavours and ingredients. The upmarket DIFC hotspot from the team behind GAIA, oozes sophisticated chic when it comes to its decor, plates and dressed-up clientele. Book ahead, especially on weekends, as this is a bona fide hotspot. As the night goes by, the music gets uptempo adding to the upbeat atmosphere and happy chatter of the culinary crowd.

Amelia

Amelia restaurant sashimi
Nikkei accents add flavour to Japanese and Peruvian dishes at this Beirut-born restaurant and lounge that calls Downtown Dubai's Address Sky Views Hotel home. A 1930s art deco vibe permeates through the glamorous three-floor venue, with Mediterranean plates adding to the menu's mix. Particular highlights include the raw seafood selection with tiradito, ceviche and sushi sharing space with Josper-grilled meats.

LENTO

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He's known for serving up the most delicious smashed burgers and fried chicken but now Emirati chef Faisal Naser has expanded his culinary horizons by opening a standalone restaurant. Expect not just his signature dishes but also a selection of limited-edition specials that take inspiration from global travels. His cosy industrial-chic eatery, situated in Jumeirah on Al Wasl Road, is a labour of love for the restauranteur who follows the ethos of careful, considered cooking – that's why he named his spot LENTO, which means 'slow' in Spanish.

Tan Cha

Tan Cha
If you're looking for a special night out featuring some of the most delicious Asian dishes in the city, then Michelin-selected Tàn Chá should be on your hit list. Channeling the vibrant energy – and diverse tastes – of Hong Kong, this upbeat venue, located at JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, has secured its place in Dubai's foodie scene. The eatery cleverly walks the line between being inventive and innovative with bold new pairings like slow-cooked short rib dressed in mandarin sauce.

VAGA

Vaga Restaurant
They have a shared heritage when it comes to ingredients, influences and recipes, which is why it was only natural that VAGA – short for vagabond – takes you on a culinary journey through Middle Eastern and Armenian cultures. Situated in the heart of Bluewaters Island, this opulent eatery also offers up spectacular views of Ain Dubai and the city skyline. Signature plates include manti beef ravioli with a yoghurt sauce, lamb-topped lahmajoon flatbread, and the khorovats mixed grill.

Monno Ristorante

Monno ristorante
This homegrown eatery, located in the heart of Jumeirah, is a passion project for its Emirati owners who joined forces with Italian head chef Federico Bartoli to launch Monno. An air of nostalgia permeates the menu with authentic recipes, carefully-sourced ingredients and attention-to-detail ensuring this cosy trattoria already has a legion of fans. Whether you are looking to graze on antipasti, moreish starters, meaty mains or large bowlfuls of pasta, diners of all ages will find something that is sure to tantalise their tastebuds.

The Byron Bathers Club

Byron Bathers Club venue
Chef Tom Arnel's new waterside spot on the shores of Palm Jumeirah takes inspiration from Australian beaches, with a surf-style aesthetic and menu that you can happily graze on all day. Bright, airy interiors complement views of the Arabian Sea, with an easy local neighbourhood vibe that ensures visitors become regulars. Snack on small plates or feast on a selection of mains, with an emphasis on coastal flavours putting the spotlight on seafood and seasonal ingredients.

Jun's

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Drawing on celebrity chef Kelvin Cheung's French training, Canadian roots and Asian heritage, Downtown Dubai-based Jun's has a prime location and proven pedigree. Expect North American comfort food, combined with Asian flavours, served up in an upmarket, chic setting. Top plates include the tempura and sweet potato chaat, sitting alongside his take on a carrot, labneh and furikake 'bagel', spiced garlic prawns with Korean kimchi served on khichdi rice, and the Macau-sauce lobster

Bushra by Buddha-Bar

Bushra by Buddha bar
He's known to be one of the most innovative chefs in the region which is why foodies are all a flutter that Greg Malouf is at the helm of Bushra by Buddha-Bar. The eastern-inspired space is the perfect spot to showcase Malouf's modern Levantine dishes, with the yacht-filled Dubai Marina providing an impressive backdrop. Generous plates, ideal for sharing, put the spotlight on regional cuisine. Start with Beiruti hummus before moving onto creative appetisers like the wild mushroom sambousek pastries.

Jamie's Italian

Jamie's Italian
He's instantly recognisable the world over and now television star Jamie Oliver is serving up his popular Italian dishes in Dubai Mall. A focus on quality ingredients ensures the simplest of plates is delicious. Inspired by the cooking he learnt under his mentor Gennaro Coltado, as well as via his travels through the country, he stays true to tried-and-tested recipes. Think perfectly-prepared pizzas from a wood-fired oven, freshly-made pasta with generous toppings, and much more to savour in a casual, family-friendly atmosphere.

Mayabay Dubai

Maya Bay Dubai

It is one of the most popular venues in Monte Carlo, serving up Asian cuisine in a chic setting, and now Mayabay has opened its first overseas outpost at Jumeirah Al Naseem hotel. Feast on Thai curries, Chinese dim sum, Japanese sushi and signature dishes like the Maya crispy duck as you admire stunning views of the resort's Turtle Lagoon. If you're looking for a lively spot to celebrate a special occasion, Mayabay delivers on all fronts.

TABŪ

Tabu
From the moment you enter TABŪ, set on the 21st floor of The St. Regis Downtown hotel, you'll be surrounded by quirky opulence. The huge Japanese-accented menu is complemented with sides of entertainment, with performers like sumo wrestlers and geishas sharing the spotlight. Executive chef Roberto Segura has also infused theatrical elements into his menu with decadent dishes like the gold gyoza with burrata and truffle, or the Instagram-worthy 'black' black cod.
TABU
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  • The St.Regis Downtown, Business Bay

The Pods

The Pods Bluewaters Island
Looking for a luxurious private dining experience? The Pods at Bluewaters Island is the perfect choice. Individual cocoons not only ensure you are only in chosen company, but protects you from the elements as you sit 'outdoors' all year round. Pan Asian cuisine is on the menu – think comforting Malaysian beef rendang, Burmese khow suey noodle soup and a superb truffle lobster. There's a wide variety of plates to suit every palate.
The Pods
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  • Bluewaters Island, Dubai

Eunoia by Carine

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He's one of Dubai's most popular chefs so it's no surprise that Izu Ani's light-filled Euonia by Carine has garnered praise from foodies. The casual, all-day dining venue at Hyatt Centric Jumeirah in La Mer showcases the French-Mediterranean flavours Ani is known for, with trademark dishes served from the theatrical open kitchen. Try the fresh pâtisserie, grilled lamb chops and watermelon feta salad, but it's all spectacular.

Harvest & Co.

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Ensconced in the leafy oasis of Dubai Garden Centre, farm-to-table Harvest & Co. contrasts the industrial palette of its Al Quoz surroundings with a homely vibe. The lively farm-style open kitchen serves up seasonal and carefully-composed comfort eats. You'll enjoy the wholesome scrambled eggs seasoned with herbs, or the rich chocolate porridge which indulgently pairs dark Valrhona with black cherries, whipped bananas and vanilla cream.

The Crossing

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This homegrown eatery, perched on the ground floor of the H Dubai hotel, shines a spotlight on the diversity of Indian cuisine, plating up recipes you are unlikely to find elsewhere. The contemporary space, decked out with blue banquettes, gold accents and leather seats creates a welcoming atmosphere – and then ups the ante with delicious food. Standouts include the fiery 'gunpowder' prawns, Bengali mustard fish, shiso-leaf chaat and mutton pulao rice.

Pavilion at The Beach

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With a prime spot at one of Dubai's top lifestyle destinations, Pavilion at The Beach promises 365 days of dining with extraordinary views. Step into the temperature-controlled 'glasshouse' complete with a retractable roof, ensuring a pleasant experience no matter what time of the day you visit. There are six delicious eateries here, including homegrown favourites like Akiba Dori and Claw BBQ.

Ristorante L’ Olivo at Al Mahara

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Chef Andrea Migliaccio helms the only two Michelin-starred restaurant on the chic island of Capri and now he's bringing his famed Ristorante L'Olivo to Burj Al Arab's spectacular Al Mahara restaurant. It feels like a real sense of occasion as you take your table among the coral-filled aquariums and sample seafood-centred plates refined in the kitchens of the Capri Palace Jumeirah.

L’Amo Bistro del Mare

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Perched by the waterfront of Dubai Harbour Yacht club, this sleek eatery offers a taste of fresh Italian seafood in a chic setting. Dive into a sea of flavours with dishes like spaghetti with sea urchin and saffron-flavoured lobster risotto. With its upscale ambience, panoramic vistas of the skyline and authentic Italian fare, L'Amo Bistro del Mare is a great choice for a romantic dinner or an all-out celebratory feast.

Nonya

Nonya Taj JLT
Sky-high views from the 44th floor of Taj Jumeirah Lakes Towers set the scene for this Pan Asian eatery. Nonya's menu spans the breadth of the Far East, and puts the spotlight on the melting-pot nature of the region's cuisines. The restaurant manages to effortlessly mix a modern aesthetic with exotic touches, with an outdoor terrace and private dining rooms adding to the allure.

Demon Duck by Alvin Leung

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Demon Duck at Caesars Palace on Bluewaters Islands takes diners on a journey through the Far East, with fresh takes on Cantonese, Malaysian and Korean classics by the masterful celebrity chef. Try the slow-roasted Peking duck served with citrus calamansi baos, duck lettuce wraps and signature soup. Theatrical tableside presentation adds flair to the proceedings. 

AVATARA

Avatara vegetarian dish
A curated, vegetarian degustation experience, AVATARA is defined as the reincarnation of soulful Indian food. Chef Rahul Rana has reinvented the dishes of his childhood to create a 10-course menu rich in nostalgia, and each plate arrives with an explanation of its ingredients and origin. The restaurant presents an intimate experience for just 24 diners a night, so it's worth booking ahead.
AVATARA
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  • voco Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai

Canary Club

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A bright, breezy restaurant in Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT), Canary Club is all set to become a community favourite when it opens later this month. The laidback West Coast concept comes from Joey Ghazal – the man behind behind the popular Maine restaurants in Dubai and London – and presents a delicious take on trendy Californian bites. As the only rooftop dining spot in the JLT neighbourhood, Canary Club presents a whole new level of dining surprises.

Clay Dubai

Seafood dish at Clay Dubai
Bringing fresh servings of Nikkei cuisine to our shores, Clay at Bluewaters Island presents enviable views and signature dishes that reflect culinary creativity from Japan and Peru. Make your selections across tempura, ceviche, salads, grills, sushi and more, or opt for the omakase experience where the chef selects eight to 12 signature courses for you. Everything is designed to be admired with exceptional presentation details and a medley of flavours and textures in every bite.

Belcanto

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With a prime location at the top of the Dubai Opera and an experiential Italian dining concept that’s designed to impress, Belcanto ticks all the boxes. The menu features artfully-plated Italian dishes – think classic recipes refreshed with a contemporary twist. The elevated food matches the vibrant setting that draws on European influences and refined flair. After dinner, take a stroll along the picturesque Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard or team dinner with a show a short elevator ride away.

Café Beirut

Appetisers at Cafe Beirut
Take a seat by the garden and savour a casual dining experience at Café Beirut. Located in Al Murooj Complex Downtown, this is a bright and breezy spot. Ask for a table in the outdoor garden to admire Burj Khalifa views or take a seat inside where an olive tree, vintage portraits and a domed skylight steals the show. With extensive dining options – including a menu just for little ones – it’s a great choice for families.

SUCRE

SUCRE at DIFC

One of the most talked about contemporary Latin American restaurants in the world, SUCRE has now made itself at home at Dubai International Financial Centre. The acclaimed restaurant by chef Fernando Trocca features carefully-sourced ingredients in unexpected preparations that draw on Italian, Spanish and Latin American influences. The menu is ever evolving with current standouts including the salteña beef and chilli empanada, king crab tostada, and skirt steak with avocado, horseradish and labneh.

The Farm House

The Farm House by Hattem Mattar

One of the tastiest new additions to Souk Madinat Jumeirah, The Farm House by pitmaster Hattem Mattar brings live fire cuisine to life. With a focus on farm-to-table ingredients, the rooftop spot delights with live DJ beats, laidback vibes and views of serene waterways as well as Glenda – a loving nickname for the huge smoker that’s front and centre. Try the brisket platter to share, cast iron scallops, oak-smoked wings, veggie skewers and fall-of-the-bone lamb mandi. It’s all oh so delicious.

Beefbar

Beefbar at DIFC

A relaunch that we can’t be more excited about, Beefbar now has a new home at Jumeirah Al Naseem. The upscale steakhouse has plenty of surprises, with street food favourites to share and vegetarian treats alongside prime cuts that are prepared to perfection. The emphasis is on fired-up flavours and there’s something for all tastes, including delectable desserts such as the dulce de leche fondant. Take a seat outside by the hotel’s popular turtle lagoon – this is one meal you won’t want to rush.

Tamoka

Tamoka Dubai at Ritz-Carlton Dubai

A beachside dining destination that radiates warmth, Tamoka at Ritz-Carlton Dubai presents enviable views, vibrant fare and laidback island-style vibes inspired by the coasts of Latin America and the Caribbean. The menu sings with highlights such as the sticky tamarind beef ribs, shredded chicken buns, zesty salmon ceviche, baked eggplant and more. The al fresco setting is a definite highlight, complemented by outdoor fire pits and sunken lounges.

Papillon

Papillon Dubai

Making every meal an electric experience, Papillon at The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina presents dinner with a show like no other. A passion project by Dubai musician Layla Kardan, the nightlife venue brings together a talented ensemble of dancers. Accompanying the avant-garde show is an equally daring menu of fine French creations – think foie gras terrine with pickled strawberries, indulgent truffle pasta and pear tarte tatin with caramel sauce.

11 Woodfire

World Cut Steakhouse Dubai
Located along Jumeirah Beach Road, this restaurant is chic but casual, centred around the concept of gathering around a warming fire. The culinary force behind 11 Woodfire is chef and restauranteur Akmal Anuar who showcases a menu filled with simple, natural flavours. Dishes are prepared using specialist grill techniques and different wood types. Try the wagyu kebab, seabass with hay-salted crust and tamarind, and Australian T-bone steak.

Not Only Fish

Not Only Fish
Born in Kyiv, the Dubai outpost of Not Only Fish in JLT's Almas Towers is sure to live up to its hotspot pedigree. Although pescatarian pleasures are a speciality – their raw bar with sushi, sashimi and tartare is a particular highlight – there is plenty to tempt aside from seafood with robata grills and vegetarian options too. Indulge in tried-and-tested favourites like crisp spring rolls, plump dumplings or popcorn shrimp. 

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