These are Dubai’s hottest restaurants and nightclubs this month, from chic caviar spots to floating nightclubs and dinner with a show.
Caviar Kaspia at DIFC
The exciting Caviar Kaspia lifestyle experience has come to Dubai. Open for lunch and dinner, Caviar Kaspia Dubai’s interiors and terraces are inviting yet intimate, with classic elements blending seamlessly with modern aesthetics. Expect classic dishes like smoked salmon blinis, king crab and crayfish salad, pasta and risottos. Guests have been known to visit the restaurant specifically for the Kaspia baked potato, topped with caviar. In addition, the dessert menu features a selection of desserts created by Caviar Kaspia Dubai’s Head Pâtissier, such as baked Alaska.
GO: Visit www.kaspiadubai.com for more information.
Hola at The Meydan Hotel
Hola rooftop restaurant and lounge brings pairs a taste of the Balearics with views over the Meydan racecourse. The chic venue features fresh white interiors, colourful detailing, vibrant canopies of bougainvillaea, successfully capturing the essence and distinct feel of the Balearic Islands of Ibiza, Formentera, and Mallorca. Hola’s menu features traditional Spanish favourites injected with a unique fusion twist that includes Wagyu beef carpaccio topped with truffle cream and parmesan foam, Angus prime beef tenderloin served with creamy mashed potato and tiger prawns with garlic, parsley and thyme.
Nova at Address Dubai Marina
Nova showcases a multi-sensory dining experience, with a big focus on live entertainment from a range of performers, including acrobats, singers and saxophonists. The stylish 170 seat dining room sets the tone for an evening of sophistication with art deco stylings, Italian marble tables finished with gold accents and sumptuous teal and soft cream furnishings. Presiding over the kitchen is Executive Chef Dogukan Duguncu, who has previously worked at La Petite Maison Istanbul, AMAN Luxury Resort in Marrakech and Nammos, Dubai. Nova’s cuisine showcases Mediterranean dishes such as Seared Scallops, Roasted Bone Marrow, Lacquered Black Cod and the seriously impressive 1.5kg Tomahawk Steak. Signature desserts include Nova’s Madagascan Vanilla Cheesecake and Lost in a Maple Bread, a buttery brioche soaked in vanilla Anglaise with caramelised banana, maple foam and coffee crisp.
Il Motto at JA Ocean View Hotel
Il Motto is a classic delicatessen selling an authentic assortment of halal cold cuts, artisanal cheeses and paninis’, complemented by specially selected grapes from Italy. Signature paninis include the Laretta with finocchiona, songino, gorgonzola, pears and truffle miele, or the Bunga Bunga with goose ham, burrata, fresh figs, rocket, and Cremona. The deli also offers Italian speciality products like handmade pasta, sauces, giardiniera and antipasti, and Italian chefs are on hand to advise and recommend product pairings.
Sedap Asian Street Kitchen at Al Seef
Presenting the sights, smells and flavours from the streets of Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, Sedap Asian Street Kitchen is Al Seef’s newest licensed South East Asian eatery. With Asian authenticity at its core, Sedap is Singaporean owned and operated, and sees Malaysian chef Jaslin at the helm of the spice-filled kitchen. Highlight dishes include crowd-pleasers like succulent satays with crunchy peanut sauce and BBQ sambal seabass or squid from the grill, famed black pepper or chilli mud and flower crabs, noodles such as mi goreng or char kway teow, and mains like beef rendang, seafood laksa, prawn paste chicken wings, and stir fry tofu with Thai holy basil. With uninterrupted views over the waters of Dubai Creek, Sedap offers both indoor and outdoor seating for a laid-back dining experience.
SHI at Bluewaters Dubai
As the first restaurant on Bluewaters Island to plate up gourmet Chinese dishes, SHI is garnering plenty of attention for its sumptuous interiors, stunning waterfront views and picture-perfect cuisine, from Peking duck adorned with caviar to delectable dumplings and dim sum. The restaurant offers an exciting menu that strives to be unequivocally authentic. Headed by Chef Li Yuan Hui (previously of Hakkasan Mumbai and Qatar), the menu includes renowned dishes such as signature rice stone pot recipes, Taiwanese smoked sanpei chicken, and a variety of dim sums and dumplings. The restaurant is also fully licensed and features a menu of Asian inspired cocktails.
GO: Call 04 718 1189 for reservations and more information.
Taperia at JA Beach Hotel
Located in JA Beach Hotel at JA The Resort, the lively restaurant and bar is alive with Spanish guitar and flamenco dancers several nights a week, but the food takes centre stage. The Tapas Calientes menu features all the best-known Spanish tapas, including patatas bravas, Andalusian octopus, and squid with lemon and parsley dip, while the Tapas Frias features memorable dishes such as melon with dried Cecina beef, and Boquerones anchovies with roasted eggplant and tomato. The chef’s signature dishes include four different paellas, while desserts include churros with chocolate dip, and the traditional Santiago cake. The wrought-iron features and whitewashed exposed brickwork of the venue create the perfect backdrop for casual drinks, or a full-blown fiesta and Latin staff are on hand to offer expert recommendations in tapas and grape.
GO: Email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations and more information.
B018 at Media One Hotel
B018.dxb isn’t quite as underground as the Beirut original – what with its location on the 42nd floor of Media One Hotel and all – but don’t let that deter you. B018.dxb’s DNA is no different, bringing together art, design, music, ambience and experience to create a hub for “underground music lovers, the chasers of their own rhythm, the nonconformists, and the artists of wild thoughts”. Featuring lush greenery, plush sofas and hanging foliage, the twist in question is rooted in signature cocktails created by connoisseurs in the art of mixology. Open daily from 6pm until late, The Tropical Room also serves Japanese-oriented dishes and bar bites. Over in the Main Room – which has been designed to reflect its Beirut-based counterpart – dark interiors and an industrial aesthetic pay homage to the gothic-like feel of the mothership. It’s open every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, playing Chicago house and UK garage, soul and disco, and all things techno.
Float at QE2 Dubai
The world’s largest floating nightlife vene opens this week onboard Queen Elizabeth II. With entertainment as a focus, Float Dubai brings a distinct vivacity to its unique location, showcasing local and international DJs alongside show-stopping entertainment. Bringing the energy each night, Float’s guests can enjoy a variety of music, including house, R&B and chart hits, to keep the vibe going until the early hours.