There’s no denying Dubai is a melting pot of exquisite cuisine, and finally after a year of uncertainty, its restaurant scene is coming back to life.
From laidback beachside eateries to slick members-only restaurants, be sure to check out these latest dining hotspots before they get too popular.
The Beach Grill
The highly-anticipated Address Beach Resort opened its doors at the end of December, bringing with it a portfolio of stunning new high-end restaurants. For the best of sunny, beachside dining, The Beach Grill is a casual dining concept offering everything from small snacks and juicy burgers to an impressive selection of healthy salad bowls for those on a new year’s detox. The Beach Grill Salmon Avocado Bowl with kale, cottage cheese, sweet potato and pomegranate is not to be missed.
INFO: The Address Beach Resort
Dubai’s newest Greek-Mediterranean restaurant, bar and lounge inspired by the Cyclades Islands in the Aegean Sea, this fully licensed open-plan venue boasts an open-air terrace perfect for the cooler winter months, alongside a menu of mouth-watering European cuisine. Think everything from Greek cheeses, Kalamata olives, Mediterranean seafood and delicious meats, to Souvlaki prepared live at guests’ tables, plus authentic Greek desserts like Loukouma, Baklava and Orange Pie, you’ll be transported direct to Mykonos.
There’s also an extensive drinks list and a specially curated line-up of live entertainment – all topped off by stunning views of the world’s largest fountain, in the idyllic setting of the East Marina at The Pointe.
INFO: East Marina, The Pointe, Palm Jumeriah
The Arts Club
The first international outpost of the popular London private member’s club founded in 1863, The Arts Club brings with it not one, but three restaurants that sound equally extravagant.
Situated on the first floor, the Brasserie has a large, modern, European menu, featuring contemporary and classic dishes, some served table-side straight from the gueridon, while Rōhen is a high-energy Nikkei restaurant, bringing Peruvian-Japanese culinary history to the Club, with a large central bar, robata grill and our raw bar. Finally Alveare showcases some of Italy’s classic regional dishes in a traditional setting.
Unfortunately you’ll have to be a member to get a reservation, but we’re highly sure it will be worth it.
INFO: ICD Brookfield Place, DIFC
Matroshka Bistro and Garden
Expertly mixing both French and Russian cuisine, Matroshka pays tribute to these two much-loved cultures. Spanning two floors, guests will find the Bistro on the ground floor, offering laid-back vibes, a relaxing lounge area, and a welcoming terrace.
Le Jardin sits on the first floor, which transports diners to the glitz and glamour of early 20th century Russia with an open-floor restaurant, bar and lounge, plus a terrace overlooking the Palm Fountains.
When it comes to the menu, expect a carefully curated menu of French and Russian classics, reimagined with the finest ingredients. Think blini with caviar, kiev kotlet, foie gras, Wagyu rib eye and much more, in addition to Italian cheese dishes like focaccia with burrata and stracciatella salad, this is comfort food fit for the most special occasions.
INFO: The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah
Goldfish Sushi & Yakitori
Joining Dubai’s eclectic mix of Japanese restaurants this year is Goldfish Sushi & Yakitori, brought to us by Sunset Hospitality ie. the people behind Azure Beach, Black Tap and Drift Beach. Chef Akmal Anuar is at the helm, so expect plenty of fresh sushi and hearty grills, with interesting ingredients sourced from Japan.
INFO: The Galleria, Al Wasl Road
- Words by Naomi Chadderton