Ladies Who Lunch: Five Stylish Business Lunches in Dubai

Words by Jenna Calvert

4 min read

From new dining destinations to midday havens, here are some of the best spots for business lunch in Dubai…


Dorada, sea bream with quinoa crust and hot leche de tiger

Break away from the office and seek some much-needed midday respite in the tropical surrounds of new DIFC hotspot, Amazonico. The Latin-American restaurant has launched a business lunch in Dubai that boasts three or four courses featuring signature dishes such as the sublime tambo achiote (chicken marinated in three ways), the delightful dorada (sea bream with quinoa crust) and the hard-to-resist caramelised pineapple with coconut sorbet. Whisking you away to South America through the menu and the magnificent interiors – think lush green foliage, plush velvet booths and bold botanical prints – Amazonico offers a slice of natural serenity in the heart of the high-rise. Starting from Dhs125, weekdays from 12pm to 3pm;

Avli by tashas

Avli by tashas in DIFC

Plan an afternoon rendezvous inspired by the Athenian Riviera, with a business lunch at Avli by tashas. Located in Dubai’s Financial District, the Greek dining spot by restaurateur Natasha Sideris, invites guests to dine on cauliflower flatbread, crispy calamari, or lamb bifteki, while consulting with colleagues or catching up with the girls. Evoking the taste and texture of modern Athens, the fresh ingredients capture summertime on the Aegean shore, while the sleek, laid-back space is made to reflect the open-air courtyards of the Mediterranean. It’s a world away from any work woes. Dhs130 for a selection of starters and mains;

business lunches in dubai

Mochi dessert at Kayto, Jumeriah Al Naseem

Offering a brief escape from the 9 to 5, Jumeriah Al Naseem’s Kayto pop-up presents a chic three-course business lunch which combines fine dining with fabulous surrounds. Showcasing elegant interiors alongside stunning views of the iconic Burj Al Arab, the Peruvian-Nikkei concept by Japanese-Argentinian Chef Christian Goya, is the perfect setting for a midweek indulgence. Starting with traditional miso soup, the lunch includes a choice starters and mains with sea bass sashimi, coriander rice with shrimps and selection of sushi on the menu — finishing with one of the pop-up’s signature desserts. Dhs130, weekdays from 12.30pm to 3.30pm;

business lunches in dubai

Dim Sum lunch at Shanghai ME

Whether you’re in the mood for a light bite or a three-course afternoon affair, art-deco style restaurant Shanghai Me has introduced a daytime Dim Sum dining experience and a business lunch to satisfy DIFC’s sharp-set lunchtime crowd. The business lunch includes a choice of one soup, one appetiser and one main dish (think baked silver cod or wok Szechuan beef), while the Dim Sum option offers one piece (Dhs14), three pieces (Dhs42) or five pieces (Dhs70) of signature bite-sized eats; from steamed prawn with truffle to braised wild mushroom dumplings. Simply delicious. Dhs120 for business lunch, weekdays from 12pm to 2.30pm;

business lunches in dubai

Torno Subito, W Dubai – The Palm

Sophisticated, social and stylishly laid-back, opt for lunch the Italian way at Torno Subito, W Dubai – The Palm. Transporting daytime diners back to the 1960s Italian Riviera, this Dubai business lunch can be enjoyed in a colourful beach hut overlooking the water or inside the vibrant, fun-filled restaurant. On the menu, choose between two (Dhs165) or three courses (Dhs195) of authentic Italian eats crafted by Chef Massimo Bottura — from melt-in-the-mouth burrata to tasty vongole pasta and a sweet dark cherry cheesecake to finish. Inclusive of water and coffee, weekdays from 12pm to 3pm;

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