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Food & Drink

Our favourite Dubai restaurants in 2021

Sun, December 12, 2021

You're never far from something delicious in Dubai. Check out our shortlist of the best restaurant openings this year.

You're never far from something delicious in Dubai. Check out our shortlist of the best restaurant openings this year.

Mimi Kakushi

Mimi Kakushi in Dubai

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.

ZETA Seventy Seven

ZETA Seventy Seven in Dubai

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.

Orfali Bros

Orfali Bros Bistronomy

Three brothers, one dream. At Orfali Bros ‘bistronomy’ the brothers are proud to serve up dishes that reflect their shared culinary passion. You’ll want to factor in repeat visits to try everything on the menu, including favourites such as the shish barak a la sgyoza (beef dumplings with a Middle Eastern twist), salmon with miso and creamy tahini, and Umm Salah torrijas (Spanish-style French toast with a touch of spice). They also support local farming, so look out for homegrown produce across the menu.

Hunter & Barrel

Hunter & Barrel in Dubai

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.


Kinoya in Dubai

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.



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 serves up an array of treats such as crispy tempura burgers, salmon with black pepper, and wagyu with truffle sauce.

Twiggy by La Cantine

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.


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.

WAWA Dining

WAWA Dining Dubai
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.



The region’s first dining concept by Dario Cecchini takes pride of place at SLS Hotels & Residences in Business Bay. The sleek address is a fitting new venue for the enigmatic, award-winning butcher with a dining area that’s filled with welcoming tones, an open kitchen and stylish chandeliers. Visitors can expect prime cuts of the finest meats and supreme steaks, as well as a few signatures. As expected, red meat is the showstopper here, but there’s also a selection of seafood to try.

La Casa del Tango

la casa del tango

Bringing Argentinian flair to Dubai’s financial district, La Casa del Tango is part restaurant, part dance studio and part boutique. The vision of famous dancer Enrique Macan, the venue celebrates the art of tango, complemented by deliciously fluid motions in the kitchen. Designed by master asador Jorge Rivero, the menu features bestsellers such as the chorizo parrillero con provolone (grilled sausage with provolone) and huevos gramajo trufados (truffle scrambled eggs).

Fi’lia Dubai

Dishes from Yalumba at Le Méridien Dubai Hotel

The name Fi’lia is derived from ‘daughter’ in Italian, and the restaurant is an ode to honest, family-style Italian food. Think housemade pastas, rustic breads and cheesy pizzas straight from a firewood oven, all served in a homely setting that delights. One bite of the classic Margherita pizza with buffalo mozzarella, and you’ll know you’re in the right place for fine flavours. Fi'lia also stands out for its talented all-female team, led by chef Sara Aqel who trained under the legendary Massimo Bottura.

Lucky Fish


Located in Palm West Beach, Lucky Fish enjoys a dreamy shoreline setting that it shares with other dining hotspots such as the Bali-inspired Koko Bay and Mexican eatery Señor Pico. Lucky Fish stands out thanks to its coastal charm and complementary Mediterranean menu. As expected, the restaurant celebrates seafood but also works with local fisherman, showcasing the finest catches of the day on ice or as the star ingredient in enticing dishes. There's also a zero-plastic policy that we can all get behind.

Palm West Beach
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CZNBurak Burger

Burak Özdemir at CZN Burak

If you're craving a juicy burger with all the trimmings, you're in luck as CZNBurak Burger is now open at The Dubai Mall. The Insta-famous chef Burak Özdemir is renowned for meaty creations in epic proportions, and has already generated a buzz with his fine dining namesake restaurant on Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard. At CZNBurak Burger however, the vibe is more laidback with a focus on perfectly-grilled, flavour-packed patties – and yes, there's also a 'giant' version.



Inspired by food districts around the world, Dishtrict at Wasl 51 in Jumeirah presents a culinary adventure to savour. The emphasis is on fusion flavours, and it's all done brilliantly well. Think shatta crab salad – a Middle Eastern twist to a traditional dish elevated by a kick of hot sauce – Thai-inspired arancini, popcorn-style button mushrooms with truffle and parmesan, and lamb galouti tacos where a softshell base is topped with spiced lamb kebab and mint sauce. It's inventive and irresistible – come hungry!

Moon Slice

Moon Slice is a tasty tribute to the humble pie. Emirati restaurateur Mahmood Al Khamis consulted chef Reif Othman to create an experimental menu that is fun and irresistible. Expect extravagant toppings such as truffle and fresh octopus, alongside crowd favourites. The secret sauce however is in the dough – instead of just water, milk joins the fold and the dough is fermented for a full 48 hours before being rolled out, generously topped, and fired in a custom Italian oven. Molto bene!

Moon Slice Pizza
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  • Dar Wasl Mall, Al Wasl Rd, Al Safa, Dubai


More Mediterranean magic takes shape in the Jumeirah neighbourhood. With a deep, intense colour palette, stone pillars and pops of green foliage, dining at Terra feels like an occasion. The down to earth approach is also felt on the menu with a strong sustainability focus. Starters such as the beef carpaccio roll, tuna crudo, sweet aubergine croquettes, and lentil salad with zaatar dressing give way to tasty pizzas, pastas and moreish mains. Just don't leave without trying the sticky, sweet date pudding.

Terra Dubai
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  • Al Thanya St, next to Waitrose, Jumeirah, Dubai

The Name

Best Breakfast Spots in Dubai

The Name at Dubai Design District is full of surprises. It combines restaurant and café offerings with co-working space and even a concept store filled with trendy gifts, many of which can be personalised. This is a place you’ll want to linger, complemented by a magical menu of Mediterranean and Levantine dishes – think flatbreads with spicy beef and labneh, smoked pastrami and cheddar sandwiches, and tasty potatoes with vegan cheese.



ALACA impresses at The Pointe, a sun-filled destination that’s home to an incredible array of restaurants. This new Mediterranean-inspired spot transports you to the ancient region of Anatolia for culinary discoveries filled with flavour. Try the kalamar tava (fried calamari with a special chef’s sauce), Alinazik (featuring lamb, spices, smoked eggplant infused milk and yoghurt), and karisik izgara (butcher’s selection of meat treats). There’s also brilliant breakfast dishes and freshly-baked pastries.

Rhain Steakhouse

Combining entertainment, a chic setting and the finest cuts, Rhain Steakhouse at Conrad Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road serves up a dining experience worth savouring. At Rhain – derived from Celtic language, meaning 'spear' – high-quality steaks are always the main act. There’s a huge selection of wet and dry aged meats, prime steaks and Wagyu to choose from but, for something out of the ordinary, try the Japanese-inspired meat sushi and steaks coated with gold.

Sedap Asian Street Kitchen


Enjoy the aromas and flavours of your favourite dishes from the streets of Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia at Sedap in Al Seef. Meaning 'tasty' in Malay, a few of the restaurant's bestsellers include the BBQ sambal seabass, black pepper crab, beef rendang and seafood laksa. Thanks to the friendly service, inviting vibes and a dedicated kids menu, Sedap Asian Street Kitchen is fast becoming a hit with hungry families.


SushiSamba Dubai
Bringing the best of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian culture and cuisine to Dubai's shores, the first Middle East location of SushiSamba can be found on the 51st floor of the Palm Tower at Palm Jumeirah. Think sweeping views of the city skyline and vibrant aesthetics, perfectly complementing a menu of distinction. Signature dishes to try include the crispy Hokkaido scallop, Japanese wagyu beef gyoza, ceviche platter and the special Samba Dubai sushi roll.
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  • Level 51 - The Palm Tower - The Palm Jumeirah - Dubai


ULA Dubai
ULA – which means 'sea jewel' – lives up to its name. Located next to DUKES The Palm, a Royal Hideaway Hotel, the beachside escape is a great outdoor spot to enjoy a lazy lunch or sunset dinnereffortlessly combining magical meals and beachside lounging. Discover a Mediterranean-inspired menu that celebrates the freshest ingredients – the clay pot slow-roasted lamb, Japanese wagyu beef tenderloin and delicious mille-feuille are highlights.


Anasa Restaurant
With authentic Greek cuisine and warm service, Anása at Conrad Dubai is an exceptional place to dine and unwind. The restaurant is a true ‘urban oasis’, complete with olive trees, wicker furniture and boho-chic décor. Open only for dinner, expect a menu that's filled with creative Mediterranean twists and authentic Greek fare. On weekends, the restaurant puts on a show both in and out of the kitchen with live music accompanying top-quality dishes.

The Cinnamon Club

The Cinnamon Club Dubai

Head to The Cinnamon Club to experience celebrity chef Vivek Singh's take on modern Indian cuisine. The setting is reminiscent of traditional Indian markets with bold patterns and hanging lanterns, and over 20 years of epicurean expertise is visible in each creative offering. Try the 'Posh Aloo Muri Caviar', in which Scottish salmon is seasoned with tamarind and served with fiery potato. For meat lovers, the famed Rajasthani lamb curry will not disappoint.

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.
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