Six new Dubai restaurants to book a table at this April

From street food eats to Japanese treats, these are the hottest Dubai restaurants to make a reservation at this month.

Hunter & Barrel at Vida Emirates Hills:

Renowned for its hunt, gather and fire-inspired culinary fundamentals, Hunter & Barrel offers a selection of charcoal roasted meats, vegetables and barrel-aged craft beverages. Abundant sharing feasts inspire this new 232-seat restaurant at Vida Emirate Hills. It features a spacious dining room, two private dining spaces, expansive patio seating, a full-service bar and lounge. Expect an unpretentious setting and a menu rooted in coal-roasted artisanal dishes from the first Hunter & Barrel outside Australia.

GO: Call (0)4 872 8888 for reservations and more information.

Ikigai at Millennium Place Marina Hotel:

Ikigai, which means ‘a reason for being’ in Japanese, is a laid back restaurant and bar with a menu of Japanese street food inspired by the informal street bars known Izakaya. The new opening looks set to ignite the senses, with dishes such as Wagyu beef tataki with Goma truffle sauce, softshell crab with wasabi dip, lightly seared salmon with jalapeno soy and a decadent Valrhona chocolate Goma fondant for dessert. Menu consultation comes from acclaimed Dubai-based chef Reif Othman.

GO: Visit or call (0)4 550 8114 for reservations and more information.

Kinoya at The Onyx Tower:

What started as a supper club has evolved into a new restaurant concept, Kinoya. Conceptualised around Izakaya and Ramen, Kinoya offers an all-encompassing experience of atmosphere and food, serving traditional Japanese dishes such as donabe, onsen tamago, omurice, yakitori and sushi. Expect a homegrown authentic Japanese experience, but be aware, reservations are essential.

GO: Call (0)4 548 6776 for reservations and more information.

MYRRA by OPA at Club Vista Mare:

The new concept infuses the Mediterranean flavours of Greece and Spain against a desirable beachfront backdrop. MYRRA by OPA‘s menu offers an impressive selection of flavourful seafood dishes, tender grilled meats, zesty salads and decadent desserts. Combining traditional Greek and Spanish preparations with a contemporary twist, signature dishes include Paella Fideua, Kleftiko and Spanakopita. MYRRA by OPA is reminiscent of a picture-perfect getaway, with seating available both indoors and outdoors overlooking the water.

GO: Follow @myrrarestaurant on Instagram or call (0)4 770 1433 for reservations and more information.

Phileas Fogg’s at Address Montgomerie:

Inspired by Jules Verne’s 1872 novel Around The World in 80 Days, Phileas Fogg is a new destination for drinking and dining overlooking the Montgomerie Golf Course. The expansive venue features wacky decor, including hot air balloons, grandfather clocks and travel-related trinkets, alongside a worldly menu of breakfasts, bar bites, sharing boards and artisan pizzas. The hearty weekend roasts with all the trimmings are not to be missed.

GO: Visit or call (0)4 572 4477 for reservations and more information.

Ugly Burger at Dar Wasl:

Jumeirah’s Dar Al Wasl development is fast becoming a hub for homegrown food and beverage concepts, the latest of which is Ugly Burger. The funky new venue features a hip-hop-inspired aesthetic with murals of rappers Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. on the walls and a concise menu of burgers and fries. Options include the Double Truffle Burger, Nashville Fried Chicken Burger, Ugly Nuggets and Kimchi Cheese Fries. No wonder their slogan is Uglier, Juicier, Tastier!

GO: Follow @ugly.burger on Instagram for more information.

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David Tapley - Editor-in-Chief
As editor-in-chief of the region’s most fiercely local lifestyle publications, David is a self-proclaimed hip-hop aficionado, championing all things, food, travel, street art, and streetwear across the UAE and the KIngdom of Saudia Arabia.

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