When it comes to food, Dubai is almost too exotic to imagine.
There are restaurants serving virtually every national cuisine from around the world, including many specializing in Dubai’s own Arabic delights. Dubai does not have its own Michelin Guide, but instead it imports chefs or restaurant chains that have previously been recognized elsewhere by this prestigious publication. Each restaurant featured here is not simply somewhere to eat, but a destination for stunning décor, amazing views and unforgettable culinary experiences.
Style / Ambiance: Set on a bedecked pier jutting out into the Arabian Gulf, Pierchic offers some of Dubai’s finest seafood, and was recognized, for the second year, in 2010 as Time Out Dubai’s Best Seafood Restaurant.
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The pier is a romantic outpost, far removed from the noise and bustle of Dubai and offering unspoilt views of the azure Gulf.
NATHAN OUTLAW AT AL MAHARA
Style / Ambiance: Nathan Outlaw brings his luxuriously laid-back approach to seafood to Dubai.
The restaurant is not underwater and neither is the ‘submarine’ that takes you there real, but nonetheless, it is an extraordinary and unique experience dining within the vast aquarium that sets the scene for Nathan Outlaw Al Mahara.
The Michelin-starred British chef’s dishes emphasize the power of simplicity while the flavours of the finest ingredients speak for themselves.
+971 4 301 7600
Burj Al Arab Jemeirah , Al Sufouh Road, PO Box 73137
Cuisine: Modern Asian
Style / Ambiance: The atmosphere at Eauzone is casual during the day, reflecting the slow pace of the One&Only Royal Mirage and the lazy sea beyond.
After sunset, however, this venue smartens up into a slick, refined restaurant. The design is beautifully positioned around the pool, giving the impression that it is floating on the translucent water. A winding walkway over the pool shows the way into the restaurant where there is a casual bar and a glamorous, striped poolside marquee deck.
+971 4 399 9999
One & Only Royal Mirage, PO Box 26525
LA PETITE MAISON
Style / Ambiance: Magnificently located in DIFC, this restaurant’s cooking style belongs to “old Genoese” serving Mediterranean dishes.
Local produce, notably artichokes, courgettes, lemons, olives, tomatoes, peppers and girolles are used generously with sea food, meat and fresh pasta to produce a style that’s light and healthy.
+971 4 439 0505
Gate Village No, 8, Dubai International Financial Center – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Cuisine: Traditional Arabian
Style / Ambiance: The signature restaurant of the Bab Al Shams Resort is a 60 minute drive from Dubai airport, in a resort hidden amongst and surrounded by sand dunes, giving the image of an isolated oasis.
Guests dine while being entertained by actors riding horses and acting out swordplay, with belly dancers and henna artists keeping families entertained for hours.
General Manager of Bab Al Shams: Andy Cuthbert
+971 4 381 3231
Bab Al Shams, PO Box 8168
Cuisine: Modern Chinese
Style / Ambiance: Award winning chefs at Zheng He’s pride themselves on creating dishes that blend modern Western presentation with old Chinese flavors.
The setting adds to this fusion; on the ‘dockside’ of a canal that weaves itself into the Madinet Jumeirah resort, it has an atmosphere of ancient simplicity while retaining views of the Burj Al Arab and the Gulf beyond.
Style / Ambiance: Based at the Atlantis Hotel, Nobu fuses cutting–edge Japanese style with Arabian influences, while retaining Nobu classics such as its legendary seared black cod served with sweet miso sauce, and yellowtail topped with thin slices of jalapeño.
The menu is complemented by a sushi bar and stylish surroundings, including private areas for more intimate gatherings. Cooking classes are available on the first Saturday of every month, allowing guests to learn the secrets behind this world–famous restaurant chain, created by globally renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa to redefine Japanese cuisine.
+971 4 426 2626
The Atlantis Hotel, Jumeirah Palm
Style / Ambiance: The signature restaurant of The Address Downtown Dubai is a celebration of China.
The bar serves tea–based cocktails to Asian lounge music, the dining room is themed throughout and the food is contemporary Chinese prepared in the various styles of traditional provincial China. There is an outdoor terrace for al fresco dining and astounding views of the Burj Khalifa.
General Manager of The Address Downtown Dubai: Simeon Olle
+971 4 436 8888
Downtown Dubai, Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, PO Box 123234
Style / Ambiance: Widely considered to be one of the best venues in Dubai, the Buddha Bar is located in the Grosvenor House Hotel, and is named after the giant Buddha statue that watches over this lavish setting.
Actually three venues — a restaurant, bar and outdoor lounge opening onto the Arabian Sea — Buddha Bar is famed for its unique food, eclectic atmosphere and chilled sounds. The sumptuous restaurant serves a fusion of sushi, Chinese and Thai food, and the bar plays host to Dubai’s stylish crowds.
Grosvenor House Hotel: Pam Wilby
+971 4 399 8888
Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai Marina, PO Box 118500
Cuisine: Mediterranean gastronomic
Style / Ambiance: Verre is overseen by Gordon Ramsay, the British chef with a reputation for meticulous attention to detail that has earned him 12 Michelin stars.
It is perhaps because of this reputation that Verre is frequently attended by Dubai’s high society. The venue is straightforward; crisp white linen, simple cutlery and large glass walls create an atmosphere of understated elegance. This contrasts with sophisticated cuisine using the finest produce flown in from Europe, and wine matched to each dish by the award–winning sommelier.
+971 4 212 7551
Hilton Dubai Creek, Beniyas Road
Cuisine: British and French
Style / Ambiance: Dubai does not yet have its own Michelin Guide, so it adopts Michelin–starred chefs instead.
The flagship restaurant at the Grosvenor House Hotel is headed by Gary Rhodes, who crafts an astonishing fusion of Anglo–French cuisine. The innovative tasting menu is exceptional and uses fresh ingredients sourced from Europe, matched by an extensive collection of new, old and vintage wines.
Head Chef: Paul Lupton
+971 4 399 8888
Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai Marina, PO Box 118500
RE FLETS PAR PIERRE GAGNAIRE
Cuisine: ‘Culinary Experimentalism’
Style / Ambiance: World–renowned chef Pierre Gagnaire, known for taking creative cuisine to its absolute limit, opened Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire at InterContinental Dubai Festival City.
It is his sixth restaurant to date and matches the success of his others in London, Paris and Tokyo. To dine at Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire is to experience what can only be described as profound ‘culinary experimentalism’. The ingredients fused together in each dish are chosen by the chef for their intense flavors, which either complement each other perfectly, or contrast starkly. Both options result in an unexpected, yet unforgettable, experience for the diner.
Restaurant Manager: Dennis Tels
+971 4 701 1111
Intercontinental Dubai Festival City, Dubai Festival City, PO Box 45777
Style / Ambiance: The beauty of Zuma is that it is luxuriously unfussy, specializing in the Japanese Izakaya style of dining, in which food is served to share.
Zuma combines its classic Japanese dishes with bold, intense flavors and an emphasis on simple presentation acquired through quality ingredients. Following the Japanese Izakaya style of dining, dishes are steadily brought to the table creating an informal yet sophisticated style of eating and drinking, with a contemporary twist.
+971 4 425 5660
DIFC Gate Village 06, Dubai, United Arab Emirates