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Hottest new restaurants to try in Dubai

Mon, May 10, 2021

From authentic street food to gourmet gems, check out our shortlist of the newest tasty spots in town.

From authentic street food to gourmet gems, check out our shortlist of the newest tasty spots in town.


Creative Japanese with retro vibes

Located in the Restaurant Village at Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, Mimi Kakushi is in good company, counting celebrated restaurants such as Coya and Nusr-Et as neighbours. Step inside and you’ll feel transported to another world with generous use of wood, vintage paintings and pops of green foliage creating an almost homely vibe, while the jazz soundtrack treats you to nostalgic tunes and chefs work on artfully-plated dishes at the open kitchen.

Rooftop restaurant with postcard-perfect views

Get ready to be impressed at ZETA Seventy Seven. Perched on the rooftop of the Address Beach Resort, located 310m above sea level, you’ll be treated to incredible views of the city skyline as you dine on the finest contemporary Asian dishes. The sky-high venue presents two seafood-inspired menus – one for light snacks poolside with poke bowls, sandwiches and burgers, while the a la carte menu has signature flavours such as miso lobster, iced oysters and crispy prawns.

Award-winning flavours at DIFC

A cool, Beirut-born restaurant, there has been heaps of noise about CLAP since it first opened. Housed in Gate Village Building 11 in DIFC, and boasting a restaurant, lounge and sparkling outdoor terrace, the menu features slick modern Japanese cuisine. There’s a full vegan offering too, plus a range of grills from the Josper charcoal oven. As expected, there’s loads of sushi to dig into, and with more than 140 options on the menu, the chic crowd that frequents this hotspot is spoilt for choice. Ask for a table at the Music Room where you'll be treated to quirky design accents, 'dancing' tables and visual projections that light up every evening.

The hunt for prime steaks ends here

Straight from the lands of Australia to the shores of Dubai, Hunter & Barrel is an exciting addition to the city’s culinary scene. Located in Vida Emirates Hills, the restaurant presents an array of signature charcoal-roasted meats and vegetables – think open fire prawns, smoky chicken wings and, of course, prime steaks that are a cut above. There's even a dedicated 'Steak Programme' menu, so you can choose your dream dish across fillet, rump, sirloin and rib-eye options. If you’d prefer to skip the meat, there’s plenty of vegetarian standouts too. 

New delights from Dubai's 'ramen queen'

One of the city’s most exciting ramen hotspots, Kinoya is a dream come true for resident Neha Mishra, fondly known as Dubai’s very own ‘ramen queen’. Having started out with sell-out supper clubs as the chef behind @storyoffood on Instagram to spearheading her very first restaurant in Dubai, loyal fans are flocking to Kinoya for a taste of Neha's take on izakaya. Taking the everyday ramen and transforming it to a foodie revelation, everything here – right down to the noodles – is handmade with love, following closely-guarded recipes.

Plant-based dishes in a cosy setting

Just Vegan has several branches in the city but the Jumeirah outpost is especially popular thanks to its ‘private dining’ concept. The cosy spot reflects a back-to-nature theme that’s evident as soon as you walk in. Promoted as a place where nature and veganism comes together, the menu is filled with colourful and flavourful signatures, including the Thai yellow curry pizza, plant-based bunless burger, rustic country curry, and truffle mac and cheese stacks. The café takes great pride in preparing all the food in-house too, which means that all the sauces and dips are also produced by the expert chefs, ensuring that everything is 100% vegan.

Laidback izakaya in Dubai Marina

Located at Millennium Place Marina, Ikigai is a passion project of delicious proportions. Acclaimed homegrown chef Reif Othman is the restaurant’s menu consultant while head chef Minho Ted Shin impresses with unbridled talent, so you can expect only the best flavours here. Taking its name from the Japanese concept, 'Reason for Being', the laidback restaurant and lounge celebrates the food of izakayas (Japanese taverns) and serves up an array of unconventional treats such as crispy tempura burgers, salmon with black pepper teriyaki, and Wagyu tataki with truffle sauce.

World flavours at The Orangery

Reflecting a real sense of occasion, The Orangery serves up inventive dishes amid stunning views overlooking the Montgomerie golf course and city skyline. The special 'Around the World' menu sees Asian, Middle Eastern and European flavours abound. Think miso salmon with wasabi crème fraîche, barbecued tiger prawns with Madras curry spice, zingy Thai seabass, and freshly-made pizzas. It’s also wonderful to see a full vegan menu that’s brimming with starters, mains, sides and desserts to choose from.

Riviera reverie at Twiggy by La Cantine

A sunshine-filled spot that will brighten your day, Twiggy by La Cantine is a refreshing beach club and restaurant at Park Hyatt Dubai. Dine by the 100m infinity pool, which has its own menu complete with small plates such as poke bowls, lobster rolls, sushi and caviar, or swap the sun beds for a table on the terrace because the a la carte menu is more than worth it, filled with celebratory Mediterranean dishes.

Good vibes, great food at Rumba

With views overlooking the waters of Palm Jumeirah, tables on the sand and colourful vibes all round, Rumba promises an intriguing culinary journey across Cuba. Arrive early to watch the sunset before diving into a world of flavour with feel-good sharing favourites such as beef empanadas, smoked veal croquetas, perfectly-prepared guacamole, fish tacos and more. Vegetarians are well catered for too, with fresh salads, an inventive cauliflower and peanut mole, and lentil burgers.

Tokyo cool at WAWA Dining

You’d be forgiven for doing a double take as your walk past WAWA Dining. Located on the ground floor of the Golden Tulip Hotel in Al Barsha, its entrance is straight out of Tokyo and designed to resemble a traditional storefront with lanterns, handwritten signs, and warm colours. The food is just as authentic with some of the best sushi, sashimi and ramen you’ll have the pleasure to taste in Dubai.

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