Thirteen Dubai restaurants to see (and be seen at) this month…
As its name suggests, the restaurant pairs vibrant flavours with traditional wood-fire cooking techniques, resulting in a unique dining destination rooted in earthy soulfulness. Located in a charming villa on Jumeirah Beach Road, 11Woodfire offers a simple menu that celebrates the earth’s natural bounty and creates a sense of community, especially as this eatery’s core philosophy centres around a warming fire. Expect Wagyu kebab with fresh bread and truffle, king crab with lemon butter, and sea bass with a salt crust cooked in hay.
GO: Follow @11woodfire on Instagram for more information.
Also known as Kahwet Beirut and located inside the Al Murooj Complex in Downtown Dubai, Café Beirut offers a stunning view of the Burj Khalifa. Evocative of the 1950s, Café Beirut is a tribute to a bygone age when the Lebanese capital teemed with life and culture. An extensive menu caters for every taste from all-day breakfasts, which include favourites such as ballila with pine nuts, eggs and soujouk, fattet hummus and grilled halloumi cheese. While from the grill, there is chicken, kafta meat, lamb fillet and shawarma. Daily dishes are also available, as well as a children’s menu.
The Cinnamon Collection Dubai has taken up a two-year residency at luxury waterfront resort Park Hyatt Dubai, with each of its three distinct dining concepts – Cinnamon Bazaar, Cinnamon Kitchen, The Cinnamon Club – taking turns to debut. Kicking off with Cinnamon Bazaar, the restaurant space has been designed to evoke the hustle and bustle of the bazaars dotted along the traditional trading routes that collected the empires of the Old World. On the menu are Indian dishes with global flavours, mirroring the cultural melting pot and stories of ancient and modern bazaars. Dishes offer a cross-cultural experience with Calcutta spiced crab and beetroot in chickpea batter or chicken haleem with masala sourdough toast. Cinnamon Bazaar’s famous Lamb Roganjosh shepherd’s pie is also not to be missed.
GO: Visit www.thecinnamoncollection.com for more reservations and more information.
Clay asks diners to encounter Nikkei cuisine on a journey of culture and flavour. The is food inspired by the elements and ignited by the Peruvian and Japanese cultures. Clay’s kitchen combines classic ingredients and intricate techniques to create diverse and intriguing dishes. With an extensive grape list and cocktails that infuse tastes from Tokyo to Lima, Clay’s unmistakable ambience and live DJ sessions offer a direct view of Ain Dubai.
GO: Visit www.clayrestaurants.com for reservations and more information.
Experience familiar flavours enhanced by a worldly charm at Cleo inside the newly-opened Hyde Hotel Dubai in Business Bay. A delicious array of fresh seafood awaits, including grilled and raw seafood signature dishes, feel-good plant-based options and succulent grilled and roasted meats. A spit-roasted lamb will be fired up every day on the restaurant’s impressive terrace, boasting a shisha lounge and Burj Khalifa views.
The contemporary restaurant and lounge at ME Dubai transports diners to the vibrant and exotic elements of South American culture. Uplifted by euphoric Latin-inspired beats from its resident DJ, authentic bites, creative cocktails and lively yet relaxed interiors, DESEO truly offers guests an immersive dining experience. Here, guests are invited to discover Latin gastronomic delights assembled by renowned resident Chef James Knight-Pacheco, whose recipes translate to carefully curated dishes that look to the land and the sea while fusing classic and unexpected ingredients.
GO: Visit www.melia.com or follow @deseodubai on Instagram for more information.
Florería Atlántico at Iris Dubai
World-renowned Argentinian bartender and bar owner Renato ‘Tato’ Giovannoni, founder of Florería Atlántico in Buenos Aires, serves his signature cocktails at Iris Dubai. Creating the ultimate free-spirited sensory experience, Tato and his team have taken over one of Iris Dubai’s four bars. At the pop-up, diners can enjoy a cocktail menu inspired by the countries that provided the most significant immigration flows to Argentina during that period, alongside dishes such as grilled squid, whole fish of the day, Argentinian style grilled steak, barbequed seafood and Panzanella salad.
Located at Al Quoz’s boutique padel club, MATCHA Club, the French-Japanese restaurant comes to us from the team behind neighbourhood cafe Cassette. Breakfast offers sweet and savoury options, such as the Honey Matcha Bowl and Egg Sando Sandwich. There is also a range of nutritious salads and sandwiches, including the Miso Braised Beef French Dip Sandwich and the Avocado and Seaweed Salad Sandwich. Desserts come in the form of Vegan Matcha and Chocolate Eclairs, Japanese souffle Crème Brûlée Buttermilk Pancakes and French toast served with matcha mascarpone. Inspired by padel tennis, NETTE’s geometric design is influenced by the net, the court and the game itself.
GO: Follow @nettedxb on Instagram for more information.
Dubai is in great company, joining Buenos Aires and London in a select group of cities lucky enough to boast an outpost of SUCRE. Located in DIFC and born out of a partnership between world-renowned master chef Fernando Trocca and acclaimed mixologist Renato ‘Tato’ Giovannoni, the restaurant brings distinctly Latin American flavours and 21 years of culinary passion to our shores. Hailed as chef and master of open-fire cooking, Chef Trocca combines traditional open-fire techniques from South America with a breadth of global influences, relying heavily on carefully sourced and high-quality ingredients prepared in exciting and unexpected arrangements, blending Italian, Spanish and Latin American influences.
SUSHISAMBA is renowned for its unique blend of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian flavours, which are served up on the 51st floor of Palm Tower. Diners can expect unobstructed, 360-degree views of the Arabian Gulf and Dubai skyline from the highest restaurant on Palm Jumeirah, where a multi-sensory dining experience awaits. SUSHISAMBA Dubai’s menu features the likes of Crispy Hokkaido Scallop, Crispy Yellowtail Taquitos, Japanese A5 Wagyu Beef Gyoza, Pulpo Asado, Seviche Platter and Peruvian Corn Salad.
Tamoka, a new beachside dining destination located at The Walk in JBR. Radiating the soul, warmth and richness of the Antillean islands, the restaurant embodies a sense of wonder and discovery, inviting guests to dive into a world of playful rituals. Whether you’re visiting for a light lunch, an extravagant dinner, or sundowners accented with electrifying beats spun by the venue’s resident DJ. The spacious, open concept – complete with al fresco seating, a dedicated ceviche bar, outdoor fire pits and sunken lounges – brings together a sense of authenticity and relaxed luxury through its design, which effortlessly combines indigenous Latin American craftsmanship with intrinsic detailing throughout its décor.
GO: Visit www.tamokadubai.com for reservations or more information.
Tandoor Tina has just opened its doors at the hip and is happening 25hours Hotel One Central. The frivolous offspring of London hotspot Tandoor Chop House, this exciting new concept combines British and North Indian cuisines, resulting in a colourful culinary experience rooted in open-fire cooking. The menu starts with snacks, including a selection of naan bread dressed with classically British garnishes, like bone marrow butter and cheese and onion, as well as chip butty (complete with a spiced coleslaw and curry sauce), offering something to nibble on until the mains arrive. Other small plates include things with crunch and spice that are reminiscent of London pub dining – think: potted chilli crab with paratha, an Indian-spiced scotch egg, and the signature Dexter beef ‘dripping’ keema mince on toast. Later, diners can tuck into Tandoor Chop House favourites such as Amritsari lamb chops or a whole roast chicken.
Drawing influence from coastal sunsets, URLA welcomes guests to transition from dusk until dawn, with stylish evenings accompanied by funky lounge beats. The venue’s design has been built around the concept of a coastline with the arc of the terrace paying homage to the curve of a sunset while offering arguably Dubai’s best Burj Khalifa view. Indulge in gourmet crustacea and a wide variety of fish, cooked to preference.
GO: Visit www.urlarestaurant.com for reservations and more information.