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Savour modern Asian cuisine with sea views aplenty

3 Fils Dubai

This homegrown favourite has long charmed Dubai's foodies and it's no surprise it made it to the number one spot on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list for MENA. The chic yet casual dining experience, coupled with calming harbourside views and no-reservations policy, makes this one of Dubai's most unassumingly spectacular dining hotspots. Serving modern Asian cuisine with a Japanese influence, you’ll find tantalising dishes such as salmon carpaccio, wagyu beef, sushi and fire–grilled octopus on the menu.

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Enjoy flavours from the Far East at Zuma

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Zuma is located in the heart of Dubai city at the DIFC and has stood the test of time as one of Dubai's most popular fine-dining destinations. It fuses a mix of a contemporary culinary methods with the comfort of traditional Japanese flavours. Serving Japanese classic dishes including miso-marinated black cod, Chilean sea bass and Boston lobster. Zuma is a multi-award-winning restaurant with a reputation for crafting a meal and atmosphere that exceeds expectations.
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Molecular gastronomy meets Indian cuisine

Tresind

Chef Himanshu Saini's Trésind Studio is regarded as one of the best restaurants not just in Dubai but in the world – a reputation that has been reiterated by its Michelin star. His curated tasting menus, featuring carefully-choreographed dishes, take diners on an Indian-accented culinary journey that can't be forgotten. Saini's personal anecdotes are often weaved into the storytelling that accompanies every dish, with fine dining techniques and Instagram-friendly plating adding to the excitement of every reveal.

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Mixing modern Middle Eastern cuisine with global flavours

Foodie Experiences Orfali Bros Bistro Wasl 51

Foodies rave about this modern Middle Eastern eatery, a family affair for Fatafeet's celebrity chef Mohammad Orfali and his brothers Omar and Wassim. The trio's labour of love, which landed a place on the Michelin and MENA 50 Best Restaurants list, serves an innovative menu blending regional flavours with international influences. Its central location, on one of the pretty plazas in Wasl 51 mall, offers both indoor and outdoor seating. Given two of the three owners focus on sweet treats, it's worth saving room for dessert. 

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High-end modern French in a stylish setting on Palm Jumeirah

STAY by Yannick Alleno Dubai
STAY by Yannick Alléno features classic French dishes cooked using contemporary techniques, and a Pastry Library where desserts are custom-made. Try the impressive spit-roasted offering for two, which includes beef that's been aged for 28 days, milk-fed lamb leg and whole wild turbot. Just like the visual sensations on the plate, this dining destination at One&Only The Palm has style to spare – from the high timber walls and white pillars to the ceiling dripping with black chandeliers and intricate designs.

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