When it comes to food, Dubai is almost too exotic to imagine and have some of the best restaurants in the World. These 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.
Ambiance: Set on a bedecked pier jutting out into the Arabian Gulf, Pierchic offers some of Dubai’s finest seafood, and has previously been recognized as Time Out Dubai’s Best Seafood Restaurant.
The pier is a romantic outpost, far removed from the noise and bustle of Dubai and offering unspoiled views of the azure Gulf.
NATHAN OUTLAW AT AL MAHARA
Ambiance: Nathan Outlaw brings his luxuriously laid-back approach to seafood to Dubai.
This luxury restaurant is not underwater and neither is the ‘submarine’ that takes you there really, 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 flavors of the finest ingredients speak for themselves.
Cuisine: Modern Asian
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 are a casual bar and a glamorous, striped poolside marquee deck.
Cuisine: Traditional Arabian
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.
Cuisine: Modern Chinese
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 Madinat Jumeirah resort, it has an atmosphere of ancient simplicity while retaining views of the Burj Al Arab and the Gulf beyond.
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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.
Ambiance: Located at The Address Downtown Dubai, Thiptara offers diners exemplary Thai cuisine with a focus on Bangkok-style seafood.
With a name meaning ‘Magic of the Water‘, the elegant restaurant overlooks the Dubai Fountain, giving it a particularly romantic setting. Thiptara’s executive chef Chaiwat Kawikitpraphat has created a menu that pays tribute to Thai culinary traditions; expect a range of fresh, flavorful dishes that cover a spectrum of the nation’s signature recipes.
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.
Ambiance: This concept restaurant at the Hilton Dubai Creek is a platform for a series of chefs to showcase their creativity as they each curate a different dining experience.
Since opening the restaurant has become known for bringing to the table high-quality and entirely unique dishes with personalized service. The modern bistro has a casual vibe making it ideal for brunch as well as an evening meal.
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.