Progressive Dining in Dubai
In a city of more than 6000 restaurants, cafes and hole-in-the-wall food outlets, it’s near impossible to choose just one of our world-class restaurants for dinner, and that’s without considering the wealth of low-key Emirati, Indian and Arabic eateries that dot the Old Town streets. The solution? Progressive dining. We’ve rounded up the best food tours and culinary flights, so you can sample all the best flavours of Dubai in one go. Now, which one to choose…
Experience the best of Dubai’s restaurants in one evening
Explore the best culinary options
In town for just a day or two? With so many restaurants and cuisine options, choosing where to dine can be overwhelming – especially in our city of more than 6,000 restaurants. Enter the concept of progressive dining, where you can discover diverse culinary offerings in one evening.
Dine Around Dubai: food tour with blogger FooDiva
Dine Around Dubai is a concept launched by Samantha Wood, well-respected food blogger and founder of restaurant review website, FooDiva. The evening, which showcases a selection of hand-picked fine dining restaurants, is one of surprises: bar the initial meeting point, you don’t know where you’re going. Typically taking in four to five restaurants in an evening, you could find yourself starting with canapés at sunset at Japanese restaurant Tomo in Raffles Dubai , followed by a starter course at Italian specialty restaurant Solo Bistronomia , sharing plates at contemporary Middle Eastern restaurant Qbara, and finishing off with dessert at the private chef’s table at La Serre . It’s a great way to discover homegrown brands, while forging new foodie friendships.
AED1,050 per person.
Walking food tours with Frying Pan Adventures
If you want to uncover a lesser known side to Dubai, look no further than Frying Pan Adventures’ food trails into the heart of Old Dubai. Curated by Dubai local and passionate foodie, Arva Ahmed, these walking tours take you off the beaten track into tiny hole-in-the-wall restaurants in the alleys of Deira and Bur Dubai, serving up authentic flavours. Whether it’s traditional Ethiopian, Palestinian, Indian, Iraqi, or Emirati, these trails offer a window into the kaleidoscope of cultures that have helped shape this city, one exotic dish at a time. There’s really no better – or indeed, other – way to discover Dubai’s true street food.
Prices vary according to trails and season, starting from AED380 per person.
Gourmet food safari at Burj al Arab
For the ultimate Dubai experience, there’s nothing quite like the Culinary Flight at Burj al Arab hotel . Offering the opportunity to dine at multiple outlets at this iconic hotel, a Culinary Flight can be booked over lunch or dinner. Whether it’s exemplary Asian at Junsui , or authentic Arabic at Al Iwan ; a spectacular seafood main course at Al Mahara , or dessert taking in the unmistakable lobby design at Sahn Eddar , this is one gastronomic journey that’s worth writing home about!
Priced at AED1,075 for lunch, AED1,350 for dinner.
A moveable feast at Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Jumeirah Emirates Towers is home to some of the city’s finest restaurants, so what better way to try them than with their newly launched Gastronomer’s Dinner? The three-course meal starts with amuse-bouche and starters with a view at signature Italian restaurant Alta Badia located on the 51st floor – the first course is served at the unique chef’s table which is almost inside the restaurant kitchen. For main courses, you move to The Rib Room, to indulge in a selection of, well, ribs – plus steak and sliders. The dessert course takes you to the renowned Ivy restaurant, where you can enjoy a shared platter of sweet treats accompanied by a beverage masterclass.
AED750 per person
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