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Zuma

Zuma (Gate Village 6, Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai) – with its “power lunch” style interior, this restaurant is reminiscent of the Four Seasons Restaurant at New York’s Park Avenue. The Dubai outlet of chef Rainer Becker’s six-strong chain of izakaya-style Japanese restaurants serves inventive small-plates of Japanese cuisine in a bright downstairs restaurant and […]

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Tagine

Tagine (One & Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh Road, Jumeirah, Dubai) – despite the Dubai location (near The Palm Jumeirah), the cuisine, décor and live music here are all Moroccan. Expect dishes such as harira soup, couscous, lamb shanks and, of course, tagines. The dining area, meanwhile, is divided into smaller rooms and alcoves to […]

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Table 9 By Nick and Scott

Table 9 By Nick and Scott (Hilton Dubai Creek, Deira, Dubai) – rated “#1 Restaurant in the Middle East”, this high-end eatery is competing with other celebrity chef-driven restaurants in Dubai. Taking a step away from formal fine dining, the award winning chefs have created a seasonal fluid menu made up of aptly named “smaller” […]

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Shimmers

Shimmers (Mina A’Salam, Umm Suqeim, Dubai) – upon entering this restaurant through the Mina A’Salam Hotel (on the right side of Madinat Jumeirah), patrons are won over by its mere location – by the beach and a great view of the Burj Al Arab building. Those actually eating here are pleasantly surprised by its spicy […]

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Roberto’s

Roberto’s (Gate 1, Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai) – another celebrity chef within shouting distance of similar outposts, Roberto Rella (who once managed the world renown Italian restaurant Bice), is competing for the attention of well-heeled travelers.

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Reflets Par Pierre Gagnaire

Reflets Par Pierre Gagnaire (International Dubai Festival City, Dubai) – Michelin star French chef Pierre Gagnaire aptly had his Dubai outpost named after him, attracting a stream of high-brow diners accustomed to similar locales in Paris and London. Media critics have given their desserts, in particular a thumbs-up, ranging from palate-teasing experiments (rocket leaves and […]

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Rhodes Mezzanine

Rhodes Mezzanine (Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina, Dubai) – British celebrity chef Gary Rhodes runs the show at this restaurant, overseeing one of the most disciplined kitchen staffs in Dubai, guaranteeing that his “British classics with French flair” are satisfactory to its patrons.

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Rajdhani Restaurant

Rajdhani Restaurant (Rolla Street, Bur Dubai, Dubai) – given the large expatriate Indian community, which is a significant portion of the workforce in Dubai, it was inevitable that at least some restaurants, such as this one, serve Indian cuisine. Rajdhani is popular for its Thalis (the Indian meal that is served on a steel tray […]

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Prime Rib

Prime Rib (Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, Al Sofouh Road, Dubai) — Hearty steaks are the stars of this award-winning restaurant. Choice cuts of the finest beef and more will satisfy even the biggest appetites.

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Noodle House

Noodle House (Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road and Madinat Jumeirah) – for those craving an Oriental meal, this restaurant would be a good start. Busy open kitchens, communal tables, tasty South-east Asian food, Asian beers and good affordable wines by the glass all work to make this one of Dubai’s most popular, quick and informal […]