The Abu Dhabi and Dubai restaurant openings you should know about.
Keeping track of new restaurant openings in the UAE is a full-time job. But if you love finding the latest hotspots for dinner and drinks before anyone else, then this is the place for you.
Aamara at VOCO Dubai prides itself on showcasing flavours from The Silk Road, and serves up pretty plates – we’re talking vibrant colours with a delicate touch. The menu includes cold plates, small plates, big plates and sides that span meat, fish and vegetarian dishes. The mains include a traditional butter chicken, beef short ribs and pot nihari, lamb shank tajine with caramelised onions and saffron cous cous, and Malabar shrimp curry en papillote with lemon rice. Plus, desserts include baklava with pistachio cremeaux and rose gelato, and shahi tukra with saffron ice cream. The drinks menu includes an extensive cocktail list. The drinks range from A Cup of Indian Tea with Tanqueray no 10, fresh pomegranate, floral and mandarin air, to Thirsty Bird with Hendricks, Cherry Heering, Cointreau, grapefruit and absinthe perfume.
GO: Follow @aamara.ae on Instagram for more information.
Cafe Beirut by the Sea
With the FACT Award-winning Café Beirut stirring up nostalgia for Beirut’s glory days among Dubai’s diners, a sequel of sorts has made its debut, evoking Beirut circa 1950s. Café Beirut by the Sea is now open at Fairmont the Palm, offering guests a relaxing seaside experience. It features both views of the beach and plenty of greenery thanks to its strategic location on Palm Jumeirah. Naturally, the seafood selection is Café Beirut by the Sea’s crown jewel, accented of course with Arak as well as other licensed beverages. Elsewhere on the menu are all of Café Beirut’s specialities, including all-day breakfast dishes. Over in the Cold Mezza section, you can try the likes of Mouttabal, Warak Enab, Shanklish, and Labneh with Garlic, among others. As for Hot Mezza? Think Ras Asfour with Pomegranate Molasses, Falafel Tacos, Makanek, Sautéed Chicken Livers, and Falafel Tacos. There’s also a fantastic range of chicken, cutlets, kafta meat, lamb fillet, and shawarma for grill enthusiasts. A kids’ menu is also offered in addition to the daily specials.
We love a rooftop bar here at FACT, so we were super excited for the opening of CouCou Dubai on Palm Jumeirah. CouCou Dubai sits on the 52nd floor of The Palm Tower, and has the kind of views that will get your followers double-tapping the gram. Inside, you’ll find a contemporary chic décor and plenty of places to relax. Whether you’re coming for post-work drinks or date night, there is an area to suit your mood and the size of your group. CouCou Dubai’s menu includes a range of Mediterranean dishes and shisha.
GO: Follow @coucourooftop on Instagram for more information.
Nights out in Dubai will never be the same again – that is what we’re promised with the opening of En Fuego at Atlantis, The Palm. The new restaurant is set to take entertainment to new heights, courtesy of fire performers, aerial hoop artists, an energetic tango duo, and gravity-defying aerial acrobats. From musicians and dancers to singing hosts and an enchanting family of characters, the team of performers will emit the heartbeat of South American culture, captivating guests in a setting that spans a vibrant, heritage-inspired interior and a lush, tropical terrace. Helmed by Columbian native Chef Daniel García, En Fuego’s vibrant menu captures the continent’s essence and is guided by his vision to showcase its most loved dishes.
GO: Follow @enfuegodubai on Instagram for more information.
Residing on the 27th floor of the Radisson Hotel Dubai DAMAC Hills, the newly opened Issei serves up colourful dishes complemented by majestic views of the golfing greens. With chefs flying in from Peru to lead the kitchen in Dubai, diners can experience an authentic confluence of flavour combinations on the menu with yakitori skewers, crispy octopus with a roccoto-chilli sauce and yuca fries. Apart from an excellently curated menu of signature Nikkei dishes, guests should not miss the equally inventive cocktails.
GO: Follow @isseidubai on Instagram for more information.
Cured ham, pan-seared fish, refreshing gazpacho, crispy patatas bravas – Iberian cuisine is renowned for its simplicity. Now, La Niña has thrown out the rulebook with its unique take on Iberian Latino cuisine. Located in ICD Brookfield Place, the opulent new restaurant promises to be as courageous and bold in its flavour combinations as its storied heritage and celebrated traditions. La Niña explores a fusion of flavours from the Iberian Peninsula and South America, drawing inspiration from two rich cultures that have crossed paths throughout history. From breakfast through dinner, the menu is packed with intriguing creations crafted by a team of chefs who combine their world-class culinary expertise to bring flavours from around the world to the table.
GO: Follow @laninadubai on Instagram for more information.
Anchored in la bella vita, this opulent celebration of Italy reflects a stylish throwback to the Italian Riviera circa the 60s and 70s. Loren rightfully believes that food tells the best stories, so here, the emphasis is on transporting diners through coastal-style dishes composed of achingly fresh ingredients while immersing them in the vicinity’s chic surroundings. Patrons can reserve tables on the indoor terrace, near the expansive open kitchen where pizzas and pastas are freshly made, amongst the greenery in the restaurant’s many booths, or in the exclusive private dining room.
GO: Follow @ristorante.loren on Instagram for more information.
Maison De Curry
Trèsind fans, listen up. The team behind the critically acclaimed restaurant have created a new concept: Maison de Curry. With curry at its heart, the new venue has opened in Dubai and takes diners on a tour of the world’s greatest curries. Maison de Curry is located on the strip of Souk Al Bahar. Head Chef, Paritosh Sharma, who was behind A Cappella on Palm Jumeirah, is heading up the kitchen. Maison de Curry’s diverse food menu brings together influences from Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. The menu explores the evolution of the humble curry while providing the finest ingredients. Plus, the creators have drawn inspiration from their own nostalgic curry memories, from childhood to travel experiences.
GO: Follow @maisondecurry on Instagram for more information.
Now open at Address Fountain Views, Nazcaa showcases the best of Nikkei cuisine – that’s Peruvian ingredients fused with Japanese techniques. The menu draws its inspiration from the history of Japanese and Peruvian food, and merges the two cuisines to create a unique flavour. Grab a seat inside on one of the purple sofas or teal armchairs, or outside by the infinity pool with those Burj views. As for the menu, it covers cold and raw dishes, salads, crispy Nikkei taquitos, Takoyaki, sashimi, temari, makimono and robata. Plus, the drinks cover cocktails and wines, and an extensive list of sake.
GO: Follow @nazcaadubai on Instagram for more information.
Say olá to OĀNJO, Dubai’s only Portuguese and Japanese restaurant. Serving a unique fusion of Nikkei cuisine, the rooftop restaurant on the 24th floor of Sheraton Mall of the Emirates offers stunning skyline views to complement the delightful dishes prepared by OĀNJO’s culinary maestros. Chef Sergio Cruz’s menu features several signatures, including Sardinhas Marinadas, Bacalhau à Brás, Maki Rolls and Nigiri. When it comes to the fully stocked beverage list, the restaurant’s signature OĀNJO cocktail is not to be missed.
GO: Follow @oanjodubai on Instagram for reservations and more information.
Onze is now open at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club and specialises in Japanese and Peruvian cuisine. Fusing together the two cultures across its menu and décor, Onze’s design includes a red-hot bar, spacious interiors and an art installation of flying birds, which hang from the 30-metre-high ceiling. Plus, the 700-metre-long terrace boasts views of Dubai Creek and the skyline. The menu includes salmon taquitos, tuna tataki, ceviche and corn robata. The chef’s favourites include the lobster tempura made with sparkling water, and the veggie take on the miso black cod, which is made with three-day marinated cauliflower. Plus, the desserts range from tres leches with milk from Hokkaido and sugar from Okinawa in Japan, to milk cake topped with a meringue hand-painted with gold.
GO: Follow @onzedubai on Instagram for more information.
Say hello to ATTIKO, a new rooftop party lounge ideal for sunset drinks or sky-high dining from Sunset Hospitality (the team behind SUSHISAMBA Dubai and L’Amo Bistro del Mare). Designed to resemble an Asian garden, the 600sqm space has floor-to-ceiling windows throughout its interiors. Lounge seating surrounds a striking bar with a sleek design that features earthy elements to create a seductive yet vibrant atmosphere. The space is completed by a large outdoor terrace boasting spectacular panoramic views of Dubai Harbour, Palm Jumeirah, and Bluewaters Island. With a curated menu of Asian dishes designed for sharing, guests can expect shrimp tempura, yellow tail carpaccio, beef tataki, black pepper chicken, Chilian seabass, lobster with lime butter, and spicy waygu beef striploin. For dessert, ATTIKO offers mochi ice cream, passion fruit cheesecake, and dark chocolate cake.
GO: Follow @attikodubai on Instagram for more information.
Barfly by Buddha-Bar
If it’s good enough for A-list celebrities like Madonna, Naomi Campbell and Reese Witherspoon, it’s good enough for us. Barfly by Buddha-Bar is now open in Hilton Dubai Palm Jumeirah, and looks set to bring some Parisian chic to the city. Bring along your besties, as the food menu is great for sharing. It’s all about international dishes with an Asian touch. The starters include lobster gyoza, bao buns and nigiri rolls, ranging from a spicy tuna roll to taiyo roll. The mains include octopus parrillero, baked Canadian lobster, USDA beef tenderloin, Wagyu short ribs and lamb chops. If you’re a fan of dry ice theatrics, which are great for the gram, then you’re in luck. There is an expansive list of cocktails, which are beautifully prepared.
GO: Visit www.buddhabar.com for more information.
Em Sherif Sea Café
Located on the ground floor of the Rosewood Hotel in Abu Dhabi, Em Sherif Sea Café is a tribute to Lebanon’s historic ties to the Mediterranean world, complete with hand-painted Azulejo wall tiles from Portugal and waterfront views across Al Maryah Island. As for the new outpost’s menu? It features a variety of fresh seafood dishes including ‘the catch of the day’, allowing guests to select their choice from the display bar to be expertly prepared to their liking. There’s also a selection of cold and hot mezze, including traditional delicacies and more contemporary dishes with a unique twist. Highlights include Raw Red Sea Bream, Shrimp Provençale, and Samak Rass Asfour, as well as delectable vegetarian options such as a Whole Roasted Cauliflower in Tahini and spicy pickled walnut dip, Hindbeh bil Zeit and Lentil Kibbeh – all perfect for a light meal. For those looking for a heartier option, the restaurant also features a beef bar corner with a selection of grilled meats, made to order, including Aged Cote De Boeuf, Ribeye, Striploin, Wagyu Tenderloin, and accompanying sauces such as béarnaise, zaatar chimichurri and peppercorn.
Located inside the Radisson Beach Resort Palm Jumeirah, Esco-bar Coctel y Cocina looks set to be a cool new hangout. Esco-bar hopes to bring some of its popular Lebanese credentials to Dubai, as the brand has seven outlets in Lebanon and one in Cairo. Esco-bar in Dubai will be an upmarket spot, accommodating up to 220-people. So, whether you’re catching up with friends or dining with clients, it has an area to suit your needs. Guests can tuck into a no-nonsense Ten-Mex fiesta including fajitas, quesadillas, tacos and entradas. If the Lebanese menu is anything to go by, we are hoping that it includes dishes such as rollitos de salmon y mango (smock salmon, mango, avocado and rocket); calamar a la parilla (marinated grilled calamari); and crujente de pollo (breaded chicken strips served with honey mustard dressing).
GO: Follow @escobardubai on Instagram for more information.
Tonino Lamborghini Mare Nostrum
Tonino Lamborghini Mare Nostrum is located on the rooftop of Radisson Beach Resort Palm Jumeirah in Palm West Beach. The venue boasts a restaurant, bar and an impressive infinity pool, which has views of spectacular sights including Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Marina, Burj Al Arab, Burj Khalifa and Ain Dubai. Tonino Lamborghini Mare Nostrum means “our sea”, and draws inspiration from the Mediterranean Sea. Chef Sydney de Hart’s menu emphasises fresh, quality ingredients, and the drinks range from cocktails to fine wines. The design is inspired by the Mediterranean coastline. Across the venue, which can seat up to 300 people, you can find dark woods, cream-coloured drapes and green foliage.
GO: Visit www.radissonhotels.com for more information.
Over a decade into its operations, Novikov is still one of the most unique and celebrated culinary spots in Mayfair – and London as a whole – so it was only a matter of time until an outpost landed in Dubai. And now it has. Taking up residence at Fashion Avenue in The Dubai Mall, Novikov Café is now serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch in a relaxing and chic ambience. Novikov Café is rooted in providing the best dining experience from start to finish by bringing a curated menu inspired by traditional Mediterranean cuisine, utilising the abundance of ingredients available in the UAE. Inspired by Head Chef Riccardo Stevan, the café’s recipes revolve around wood coal cooking that offers a modern take on French techniques, which is deliberately light, detailed and delicious. The Novikov Café concept is all about challenging the animated ambience of the bistro through intimate layouts, artistic furniture, and welcoming moments.
GO: Follow @novikovcafedubai on Instagram for reservations and more information.
Penelope’s Brasserie & Jazz Bar Américain
Things are about to get very sophisticated in Abu Dhabi, as Penelope’s Brasserie & Jazz Bar Américain is coming to the capital. The bar has the jazz seal of approval as Layla Kardan, the jazz musician behind Dubai’s Papillion cabaret, is just one of the big names backing the project. So, if you love French cinema, jazz and wine, put this new venue on your must-visit list. Guests will be entertained by talented jazz musicians throughout the night. We’re hoping that it’s co-founder, Layla Kardan, makes an appearance on stage. Penelope’s Brasserie & Jazz Bar Américain has opened just in time for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. So far, we know that the interiors will offer an elegant space with Art Deco touches. Thanks to its Yas Marina location, the venue will boast views of the sparking sea and luxury yachts.
GO: Visit www.penelopes.ae for more information.
Black Flamingo celebrates Latino Hispanic and Caribbean Creole cultures to the max. The food and drinks menu showcases flavours from the islands and cities in the Caribbean and the Americas. With chef Reif Othman – the man behind Reif Japanese Kutshiyaki and Nomani – at the helm, you know you’re in award-winning foodie hands. Plus, as the venue goes from day to night, it delivers dinner, drinks and dancing. Black Flamingo has standout interiors, which are perfect for a fancy night out. The décor is modern-day grand, as the high pillars and higher ceilings are lit-up with pink lights. Floral motifs can be found across the seats, chandeliers and painted ceiling, which all sit fittingly alongside actual foliage. Plus, the bar’s funky design deserves mention, as drinks are lined-up on a neon shelf and a stuffed parrot sits behind the counter.
GO: Follow @blackflamingodxb for reservations and more information.
Located inside The St. Regis Downtown Dubai, Hayal specialises in modern Turkish dishes, which are accompanied with a side of entertainment. In Turkish,Hayal means daydream and the restaurant draws inspiration from this idea. Bringing the flavours of Turkey to the UAE, the venue includes an open kitchen concept with indoor and outdoor seating. As for the menu, it has been created by Infini’s Head of Culinary Roberto Segura and his team. Expect succulent meats, strong coffees and rich desserts, all served with a bit of Dubai extravagance.
GO: Visit stregisdowntowndubai.com for more information.
Located in Pullman Dubai Downtown, Honeycomb Hi-Fi is a musical hotspot where visitors can browse through vinyl records ranging from Prince to Nina Simone, and hear them being spun by local DJs. The Japanese menu is divided up between cold, raw, hot, binchotan grill and rice dishes. The hot dishes include scallop siu mai, lamb gyoza, eggplant monaka sandi and chicken karaage. Honeycomb Hi-Fi exudes informal yet neat Japanese izakaya vibes.
GO: Follow @honeycombhifi on Instagram for more information.
This Russian cabaret hotspot has been making waves in Paris and Los Angeles and is now open in Dubai’s trendy DIFC district. Taking over the space formally occupied by Caramel, Raspoutine offers diners and night owls a secretive environment where entry is reserved to a select few. Originating in Paris more than 50 years ago, Raspoutine offers decadent dining and nights of revellery into its unique dinner-and-party experience. Expect an atmosphere of opulence, bold interiors, red velvet accents and baroque chandeliers to set the tone for a night of fun. Raspoutine is open Tuesday to Saturday, from 8pm to 3am.
GO: Visit. https://raspoutine.com/dubai/or call 04 272 5373 for reservations and more information.
The Nice Guy
The Nice Guy Dubai is evocative of the brand’s flagship location in West Hollywood, inspired by the same cosy aesthetic that pays homage to the decadent era of Mafia bars and restaurants. In addition to an intimate lounge and restaurant space, the venue features a romantic outdoor patio and terrace that extends the palpable atmosphere beyond its walls. The Nice Guy Dubai will follow its predecessor as a highly sought-after, reservations-only destination, complete with classic Italian cuisine offerings for lunch and dinner. Diners can expect distinctly Italian plates with a unique LA spin, such as lobster pizza, kale salad, classic tiramisu, lemon tart and vanilla panna cotta with a basil twist.
GO: Follow @theniceguydubai on Instagram for more information.
Kyma Beach Dubai
The effortless sophistication of Mediterranean coastal dining has arrived at Palm West Beach with the opening of Kyma Beach Dubai. One of the year’s most anticipated openings, Kyma is inspired by the multicultural yet vibrant spirit of the Mediterranean and the lively vibes of Greece. Presenting an escape from the ordinary and a breath of fresh air to the Dubai beach club scene with a high-end curated menu at the heart of the experience. Kyma Beach Dubai opens on Friday 23 September.
GO: Visit www.kymabeach.ae for reservations and more information.
Peaches and Cream
Peaches and Cream in Dubai draws its inspiration from 1980s Miami. As most beach clubs in Dubai feel like Mykonos-abroad, it’s refreshing to see a venue present something a little bit different. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menu is packed with Mediterranean classics, spanning fresh seafood, meats, paellas, and pizzas made fresh from the wood-fired oven. The drinks menu includes juices, wine and cocktails – including its very own Peaches and Cream beverage. Plus, the venue is licensed to serve alcohol inside, while guests can dine indoors and outdoors.
GO: Visit https://peachesandcream.ae for more information.
RSVP is one restaurant you’ll want to say yes to. The new restaurant is located in the hip Boxpark. So, get ready for some joie de vivre, as RSVP Restaurant aims to mix French traditions with Asian flair and create a fun new hotspot in the city. Offering diners everything from an early morning espresso to long lunches and late-night rendezvous, RSVP restaurant invites guests to take their time over their meal, and relax while soaking up the atmosphere. The sophisticated spot has mahogany walls and dim lights, which are brightened up by colourful cushions. Plus, the Art Deco touches throughout, like the large curved mirrors, add to the overall elegance.
GO: Visit https://www.atelierhousehospitality.co/home for more information.
Abu Dhabi’s newest wine bar and lounge has arrived, taking up residence on the ground floor of Marriott Hotel Al Forsan. Meet UVA, which takes its name from the Italian word for grape and has set out to serve affordable wines, signature cocktails, and local craft beers in a relaxed setting. Here, a wide drinks selection is paired with a sharing-style menu of small plates and charcuterie, making it an easy choice for post-work drinks or girls’ night out. The charcuterie section has a varied range of cheeses and meats to be chosen as per your liking. And because the small plates promise to be crowdpleasers, the team recommends sharing three or four plates and tasting a little bit of everything. Highlights include the green olive pistachio tapenade, single pan chorizo, garlic mussels, crispy corn tacos, and meatballs.
GO: Visit www.marriottalforsanlife.com for more information.
ZOE Modern Greek Kouzina
Located in the waterfront Marsa Al Bateen area, this new restaurant pairs premium ingredients with uplifting recipes, resulting in dishes served in a relaxed ambience designed to echo the sun-kissed Greek islands – think: vibrant Bougainvillea flowers, delicate custom-made ornaments, and imported works of art. Incidentally, the Greek word ‘zoe’ translates to ‘life’, and this theme is represented throughout every element of this new entity – interiors, branding and design included. The menu, meanwhile, features delectable starters, healthy salads, tasty dips, freshly baked breads, wholesome main courses and handcrafted desserts, each category designed to showcase ZOE Modern Greek Kouzina’s creative take on Greek cuisine. Prioritising quality over quantity, it presents 32 carefully crafted dishes spanning everything from traditional favourites such as tzatziki dip and spinach-and-feta pastries to signature creations like pastitsio croquettes and seafood linguine.
A new collaboration from Dubai restaurateurs Evgeny Kuzin and Chef Izu Ani, Alaya in DIFC celebrates Mediterranean cuisine and features Middle Eastern influences. The menu is an ode to fresh herbs and spices, as you’ll find the likes of cumin, cinnamon, turmeric, nutmeg, cardamom and the lemony flavours of sumac. Plus, plenty of prime meat and seafood dishes. Elsewhere, Alaya’s décor brings Eastern Mediterranean vibes to DIFC. The marbles and white tablecloths add a touch of luxury, while the open kitchen and green banquettes create an inviting space.
GO: Follow @alayadubai on Instagram for more information.
Located in the heart of DIFC, Chic Nonna comprises an Italian restaurant, lounge and bar, featuring a state-of-the-art open-plan kitchen, chef’s table and what is believed to be the region’s most extensive grape cellar. Located on the upper floor, the upscale lounge overlooks the Dubai skyline with prime views of the Burj Khalifa. The new Italian concept comes to Dubai from Mine Lifestyle Dining by Mine & Yours Group, with Chef Vito Mollica at the helm. Formerly of Michelin-starred Il Palagio in the Four Seasons Florence, Vito brings his considerable creative and operational talents to establish Chic Nonna in Dubai as a culinary heavyweight.
GO: Visit www.chicnonna.com for reservations and more information.
Cipriani Dolci Abu Dhabi
The Venetian-inspired restaurant, Cipriani Dolci, has opened its third branch in the UAE following success in The Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates. Visitors in the capital can now enjoy all-day casual dining, pastries and, of course, those indulgent desserts. Take your pick from tiramisu, lemon tart, blueberry cheesecake, vanilla meringue and chocolate cake. Plus, the savoury menu includes baked tagliolini, scampi alla carlina, carpaccio all Cipriani, nizzarda salad and tramezzini. The new opening in the capital requires no reservation. So, if your sweet tooth needs feeding, delicious desserts await.
GO: Follow @ciprianidolci on Instagram for more information.
Dubai-based Jimmy Barrat was previously the global bar development director of Zuma. However, after spending fifteen years with the group, he has decided to venture out independently. Ergo in The Dubai EDITION is a new bar and lounge co-owned, curated and managed by Jimmy. Jimmy is famous for his inventive take on cocktails, as he draws inspiration from history and poetry. Ergo means “therefore” in Latin and the bar’s namesake comes from the French philosopher René Descartes’ famous phrase “cogito, ergo sum”, which translates into, “I think, therefore I am”. Ergo’s signature cocktails include the Jim and tonic with The Botanist, violet, artichoke, sage tincture and tonic. The negroni comes with nectarine, katamata vermouth blend and Italian bitters. Plus, the little red corvette is made with Chardonnay and homemade redcurrant cassis.
GO: Follow @ergo.dubai on Instagram for more information.
Fat Uncle in Al Wasl Vita Mall serves haute cuisine in a humble setting. The refined yet rustic space boasts dim lighting, dark wooden accents, brown leather banquettes and polished marble tops. Plus, the woodfire is both practical and decorative, as you’ll find it stacked up by the kitchen and under the sofas. The appealing menu features scallop gratin soaked in Gruyere cheese, grilled lobster thermidor, and A5 Japanese Hokkaido Wagyu.
GO: Follow @ourfatuncle on Instagram for more information.
MaKiRa is a new Japanese rolls and bowls destination that recently opened at Dusit Thani Dubai. The concept is an ode to Japan’s most beloved dishes – Maki and Ramen – and embraces both traditional and modern cultures. The menu features Aburi Truffle Wagyu Roll, Ebi Tempura Uramaki, Torched Salmon Uramaki, Wagyu Beef Ramen, and a selection of salads, poke and chirashi. Available daily from 12pm to 3pm and 7pm to 11pm.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel has opened a Brick Lane-inspired pop-up. Located above Dhow & Anchor, Murray’s serves a hearty mix of classic and modern British-Indian dishes. The menu transports guests to the heart of London’s Brick Lane with street-food-inspired starters including Kasoori Lamb Seekh Kabab, Argy Bhaji and the classic Punjabi Samosa. For the main event, diners can tuck into the signature Chicken Ruby Murray, Birmingham Balti Lamb Chops, Paneer Tikka Masala or Goan Prawn Curry, with all mains served with a choice of two sides. Available daily, from 6pm to 10:30pm.
GO: Visit jumeirah.com/dhowandanchor for reservations and more information.
Smoke and Mirrors
Smoke and Mirrors draws inspiration from speakeasies in the 1920s, as it is tucked away on the 74th floor of SLS Dubai Hotel and Residences. The sophisticated interiors look like a cross between a gentleman’s club and an old-school library, as there are smart brown leather sofas, dark wood panelled walls and shelves displaying bottles and books. The signature cocktails include the pirata with cocnut ron, pineapple, lemon and lime; the Latino heavens with mango infused ron, rose vermouth, bitters and St Germain; and the Caribbean negroni with ron, rosso vermouth, Italian and orange bitters.
GO: Follow @smokeandmirrorsdubai on Instagram for more information.
The Birdcage is located inside Pullman Dubai Downtown and true to its name, the space is inspired by a birdcage. Fans of kitsch will love the vibes – think swanky chandeliers, Roman sculptures, holograms of birds, neon lights and purple furnishings. The Birdcage’s menu is just as fanciful, with a curated cocktail list and Asian meets Latin American bites, including chorizo gyoza, ceviche, tiradito, grilled meats and seafood. The drinks menu is an ode to the bar’s fictional character Jonathan Gold – in fitting form he has a luminescent bird appear to him in a dream.
GO: Follow @birdcagedubai on Instagram for more information.
Making its grand foray into the Address Sky View this month, Amelia will officially open its doors on Wednesday, 13 July. The nightlife destination and refined lounge and restaurant hails from Beirut, offering a winning combination of mixology, gastronomy and music. The retro-futuristic steampunk-inspired venue will be serving Nikkei cuisine with Mediterranean hints, culminating in a night to remember.
Din Tai Fung Abu Dhabi
Guests at the first Abu Dhabi location of Din Tai Fung can enjoy everything from spicy cucumber and sautéed string beans with minced chicken to juicy lamb bun and braised beef noodle soup. Vegetarians, meanwhile, can opt for dishes like steamed mushroom and vegetable dumplings, taro bun, and Dan Dan noodles. For dessert, the homemade matcha green tea with red bean ice cream is a no-brainer, as is the chocolate xiaolongbao that houses Nutella and Hershey chocolate.
GO: Follow @dintaifungae for more information.
KAI Restaurant & Lounge
Located at The Hub in World Trade Center Abu Dhabi, the newly-opened KAI Restaurant and Lounge is rooted in contemporary Japanese cuisine with a twist of Latin delicacies. The restaurant’s Nikkei-inspired menu features fusion favourites such as ceviche, sushi, grills and decadent desserts. Elsewhere, the bar boasts an extensive beverage menu to keep the city’s night owls adequately fuelled.
The newly-opened Solcasa at City Centre Mirdif recreates the ambience of a Mediterranean courtyard, accommodating up to 90 guests. Solcasa celebrates the diverse flavours of the Mediterranean with an emphasis on locally sourced and seasonal produce across a menu that features signature dishes, including artichoke and shallot tart, beef Bourguignon, seafood paella and Tuscan striploin steak. Shoppers who want to refuel can also indulge in speciality coffee and sweet treats such as the popular sticky date pudding or chocolate and peanut butter fondant.
GO: Follow @solcasamena on Instagram for more information.
Located on Bluewaters Island, vibrant new restaurant VAGA fuses Armenian and Arabic cuisines, drawing on a lifetime of heritage and traditions from both regions. Incidentally, the name VAGA draws from the term ‘vagabond’, describing one who roams and explores. We’re told that the Manti (which combines beef ravioli with mint, yoghurt, tomato sauce, and chilli) is a menu highlight, as is the Lahmajoon, an Armenian take on pizza. Bonus: VAGA is also the only venue in the new wing of Bluewaters Mall to serve shisha, perfect for long and lazy evenings spent catching up with friends.
Billed as the highest dinner show in the region, 53 pairs a refined culinary approach with world-class nightlife and entertainment at Sheraton Grand Dubai. The dinner shows occur across several elevated stages, allowing guests to become fully immersed in all of the elements of the venue. Created by Chef Esteban Terragosa, the 53 menu draws inspiration from the Mediterranean, features Latin American flair, and boasts Asian-fusion touches. Elsewhere, mixology comes from Erion Bardochi, the man behind the beverages at The Artesian in London and The Arts Club in Dubai.
GO: Visit https://53dubai.com for reservations and more information.
Residing on the rooftop of Dubai Opera, Belcanto will open its doors this month. Diners are invited to embrace a menu orchestrated by Chef Giacomo Lombardi, who brings a unique combination of tradition and innovation to his role, with dishes representing ultra-modern and classic Italian flavours. Born in Tuscany and gaining experience in France, Germany, Switzerland, Monaco and South Korea, Lombardi is renowned for popularising Italian cuisine and elevating guest experiences at some of the world’s most popular F&B venues.
GO: Follow @belcantodxb on Instagram for more information.
The décor of Ekai features night sky-inspired walls with hints of gold-plated linings, dimly lit lamps placed on marble tables, vibrant pop art on the walls, and a cosy ambience that’s mellowed down by relaxing deep-house music. This is accented with gastronomical cocktails and premium bottle service, both fuelling guests late into the night. All of Ekai’s dishes are a substantial mix of locally sourced sustainable produce and top-quality imported products (wagyu beef from Tasmania and whole seabass from Greece, we’re told), each designed by Executive and Head Chefs who have worked alongside internationally acclaimed figures such as Alain Ducasse and Jamie Oliver.
Jamie’s Italian Dubai Mall is the fourth to open in the GCC, following locations in Qatar and Saudi Arabia. With something for everyone, the menu at this flagship location will feature freshly made pasta, light and refreshing salads, hearty mains and tempting sides, as well as plenty of antipasti and dessert options – not to mention crispy pizzas and great vegetarian dishes that will celebrate the best produce of the season. First launched in the UK back in 2008, the renowned restaurant from acclaimed chef Jamie Oliver offers regional Italian cuisine and is popular for its fresh pasta dishes and indulgent desserts.
Described as a progressive dining destination, Jun’s will capture the nostalgic flavours of Asian and North American cuisines to reflect chef Kelvin Cheung’s Chinese heritage, North American upbringing, and French training. It will open its doors later this month in Downtown Dubai, welcoming guests to a sleek, contemporary venue with a rough edge. The menu comprises carefully crafted dishes such as Lamb Neck with Sechuan Chili and Mantou, Gluten-Free Tempura Zataar and Sweet Potato Chaat, Baby Carrots with Smoked Labneh and Furikake Bagel, as well as Tartar with Agua de Chili and Robata Avocado.
Combining tradition and deliciousness, Mado’s first restaurant in Abu Dhabi provides a unique food experience. As a historic restaurant chain with more than 300 years of heritage (and six outlets across Dubai), Mado is known for its Turkish cuisine, sweets and unique ice-cream concepts, from the famous Kahramanmaras ice cream to goat’s milk cheese, jams and yoghurt, Mado offers the ideal blend of traditional flavours and modern tastes and is located on the terraces of “Al Matal District” at Al Qana.
GO: Visit www.mado.ae for reservations and more information.
This newly opened eatery at Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villa combines elements of both Argentina and Lebanon. The contemporary venue promises a distinctive culinary experience that goes beyond food and drink. Smoky and woody flavours reign supreme as most of the dishes are cooked on the open-fire brick grill, with some made directly on charcoal embers. A variety of meats, fish, seafood and vegetarian options are on offer, incorporating marinade, spices, pastes and vegetables from Lebanon. Most of the alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails include a light touch of maté to enhance the conceptualisation of the venue.
PLAYA Beach Club
Nested on Palm West Beach, PLAYA Beach Club offers a colourful and vibrant new concept that celebrates the renewal of life through soulful music, exquisite fusion cuisine and refreshing beverages. The Peruvian-inspired menu features ceviche, grade 5 Wagyu beef and a selection of signature light bites. Expect a choice beachfront escape with an indoor restaurant, multiple outdoor lounge areas, a swimming pool and access to the beautiful beach.
It hails from Madrid, it boasts the #24 spot on the World’s Best Bars list, its quirky personality awaits in Business Bay – and there isn’t a hint of salmon on the menu. Meet Salmon Guru, a quirky new concept located at The Opus by OMNIYAT. From start to end, lounge lizards can expect exotic cocktails created right before their eyes with a variety of balanced batches and sophisticated concoctions. In addition to the beverage list, a concise bar menu offers appealing bites that range from a cooling tartare of balfego bluefin tuna loin to plantain chips and dips, grilled chicken skewers and the undeniably moreish 120-day grain-fed beef cheek.
A new and stylised concept has recently opened in Abu Dhabi’s Al Qana district. Tazal is dedicated to cultivating culture and relationships through global cuisine with an Arabic touch that reasserts Arabic heritage through the proud origin of coffee and the warmth of baking from the heart, and a fusion of fine dining food experiences. Tazal visitors can relax on the outdoor terrace with scenic views of the lively marina and lavish landscape. The restaurant is located in “Al Zaytoun District”, facing The National Aquarium’s main entrance.
Via Toledo is famed for its array of Neapolitan-style pizzas and Italian wines, both of which are on the menu of the new Dubai location. It is the brainchild of chef and pizza expert Francesco Calo, who wanted to give his guests a true Italian dining experience inspired by the excellence of the original Neapolitan pizza. The pizzas are made using a unique blend of flours specially created by him to ensure digestibility and lightness, all enhanced by sublime toppings ranging from beluga caviar to alba white truffle and even 24K gold.
Bushra by Buddha-Bar
Buddha-Bar group have opened a third concept inside Grosvenor House in the heart of Dubai Marina. Bushra (which translates to “Good Omen, Good News” in Arabic) features a show-stopping modern Middle Eastern menu curated by acclaimed Chef Greg Malouf, where diners can experience the art of mezza through dynamic sharing platters. Inspired by literature, music and the visual arts from the 19th century, Bushra combines elements of Arabian heritage into its interiors to create a truly memorable experience.
GO: Call 04 317 6000 for reservations or more information.
The latest Dubai dining concept from Joey Ghazal (the man behind The Maine restaurants) has recently opened its doors in Jumeirah Lakes Towers. Canary Club occupies two floors of the newly opened Banyan Tree Residences, blending the style and flavours of Malibu, Palm Springs, Cabo and Acapulco. The Canary Club experience presents diners with a ‘laidback West Coast eatery’ featuring Californian bites tinged with Asian influences.
GO: Call 04 584 5999 for reservations or more information.
Electric Pawn Shop
A hedonist, dystopian counter culture Asian Mediterranean bar and restaurant inspired by the 70s Chinatown of New York is now open at The H Dubai. The venue proudly combines underground music, contemporary design and innovative drinking and dining experiences. Signature dishes include the playfully named Pattaya Disco Prawn, Sizzling Muay Thai Ducking Noodle, and Lucky 777 Beef Volcano. Eclectic underground music surrounds the venue, delivering funk-laced beats from different genres played through a top-of-the-line custom-built sound system.
Em Sherif Café Abu Dhabi
Located on Corniche Road and boasting striking sea views, Em Sherif Café presents authentic Lebanese delicacies in a new light. All ingredients are chosen with a personal touch, from the fresh produce to the succulent meats, to surprise and delight guests through innovative dishes. The menu features an extensive selection of salads as well as cold and hot mezze, with signatures including the famous fresh Lebanese Tabbouleh in three equally delectable variations, a classic creamy hummus topped with roasted pine nuts, Mloukhiye bel Zeit (jute leaves in olive oil), and the flavoursome Kishk and Awarma.
Dubai’s first and only authentic Biergarten and Wirtshaus is now open at 25hours Hotel One Central. The newly-opened Ernst offers classic Bavarian dishes such as Bavarian sausage, traditional pretzels, sauerkraut and veal escalope in a casual yet cosy environment. A spacious outdoor terrace overlooks the Burj Khalifa and is where guests can enjoy the Insta-worthy swing or participate in a curling match, a national sport in Bavaria.
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Eunoia by Carine
The first of two restaurants from acclaimed Chef Izu Ani to open this month, Eunoia by Carine is a French Mediterranean inspired restaurant on the ground floor of Hyatt Centric Jumeirah Dubai. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offering a true day-to-night dining experience, signature dishes include French Toast, Sea Bass Carpaccio, Salt Baked Sea Bass, Lobster Linguine, Apple Tart Tatin, and the FACT recommended Raspberry Cheesecake.
Eva Beach House
Eva Beach House is Dubai’s latest beachside destination, blending Tulum-style seaside dining with an artisanal culinary experience. While most of the venue is devoted to high-energy dining, there’s also a beach and pool where guests may gather for refreshments or a leisurely weekend while enjoying the sunset against West Palm Beach views and a soundtrack of Tulum’s mystical – and always rhythmic – vibes.
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La Maison Ani
Opening one new restaurant is no mean feat, but Chef Izu Ani has successfully opened two Dubai restaurants this month. Located in Fashion Avenue at The Dubai Mall, the chic homegrown La Maison Ani serves relaxed French-Mediterranean cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner in an effortlessly elegant setting. Highlights include the escargot, burrata, grilled langoustine and warm chocolate mousse (you can thank us later). La Maison Ani is also home to an exquisite boulangerie and patisserie, both inspired by the daily rituals of French culture.
GO: Follow @lamaisonanibychefizu on Instagram for reservations and more information.
Opening this weekend at Jumeirah Al Naseem’s Turtle Lagoon, MayaBay Dubai has been a long time in the making. The latest venue from Orange Hospitality (of Alici and Il Borro fame) is adorned with warm and intricately carved wooden panels accentuated by natural stones and large glass windows that provide uninterrupted views of the Burj Al Arab. The menu is rooted in traditional Asian cuisine, with signature dishes including the Maya Crispy Duck, Pad Thai, MayaBay Sashimi, Yam Ped Tap Tim (duck salad), and Black Cod with miso and honey.
GO: Call 04 275 2500 for reservations or more information.
The popular izakaya experience from Beirut has finally arrived in Dubai, taking up residence at The Ritz-Carlton in DIFC and offering an exclusive dining experience of Japanese cuisine. Between staff dressed in traditional geisha uniforms and a venue adorned with wooden and bamboo elements, the mood is set for an evening of authenticity. Above all, the minimalism of Mitsu-Ya means there are only a few seats at the chef’s bar, where guests can enjoy a tailored omakase experience featuring the likes of Otoro Tuna, light-as-butter Hamachi, as well as the quintessential grilled or marinated fish and vegetables in the form of nigiri and sashimi.
Located in Abu Dhabi’s new Al Qana development, Oii (meaning ‘Hi’ in Portuguese) is a new Mediterranean restaurant boasting spectacular waterfront views. The menu spans the cuisine-rich countries of Southern Europe, including Portugal, Spain, Greece and Italy. Highlight dishes include Portuguese rabanadas and pasteis de nata, Italy’s paccheri pasta and beef cheek Milanese, Greek honey thyme saganaki, and Spanish tapas. A centrepiece of the restaurant is the show-stopping Santorini-inspired gold mocktail bar.
GO: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02 628 2983 for reservations and more information.
Rhythmic, restful, and created for connection, SĀN Beach features an international menu and is designed to feed not only your body but also your mind – we’re told that the daily acts at SĀN Beach, performed meaningfully at the club, will serve to ground, uplift, or reconnect our souls to the earth. Music, meanwhile, will come courtesy of resident DJs, guest musicians and weekend performances by resident band The Nomades. Offering comfort and privacy, guests can book private sofas, sunbeds, floating cabanas, beach cabanas, or even beach villas.
GO: Visit sanbeachdubai.com for reservations or more information.
Featuring different staging areas and multiple acts, TABU on the 23rd floor of The St. Regis Downtown Dubai subverts expectations of the ‘dinner and a show’ trend with entertainment present throughout the venue, even when guests least expect it! Combining avant-garde cuisine and theatrics, the multi-faceted venue boasts an impressive private dining area and an outdoor terrace with views of the Burj Khalifa. Executive Chef Roberto Segura’s experimental menu offers sea urchin and caviar, gold gyoza with burrata and truffle, Japanese Wagyu steamed buns, and traditional Yakimono and Ishiyaki stone bowl dishes.
GO: Visit tabudubai.com for reservations and more information.
A new location for an old favourite. Taikun Clandestine Show Club has officially relocated to Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City, inviting guests to experience the high-end glamour of a classic supper club. From the kitchen, diners’ can expect oysters and caviar, sushi and sashimi platters, indulgent pastas and risottos, and desserts. While dinner is served, Taikun promises a show to remember with a unique weekly program featuring top talents handpicked from Europe that includes an ode to classic and modern cabaret and draw-dropping acrobatic performances by talented dancers and gymnasts.
GO: Visit www.taikundubai.com for reservations and more information.
The Pods at Bluewaters have transformed the notion of luxury dining in Dubai with the introduction of 22 private pods for an intimate and exclusive dining experience. Bringing the inside outdoors, each air-conditioned pod features a large central table and rounded plush sofas. The menu of Pan-Asian dishes includes rock lobsters with truffle, Korean chicken bao, an assortment of maki rolls, nigiri and sashimi, dim sums, gyozas, Thai green curry, Burmese khow suey, Sichuan beef, miso ramen, laksa and pad Thai.
GO: Follow @thepodsdubai for reservations and more information.
With Instagrammable interiors and stunning views of The Dubai Fountains, the newly opened TROVE at Fashion Avenue in The Dubai Mall has already been frequented by celebrity guests such as LeBron James and Steve Aoki. Combining global cuisine crafted with the finest ingredients and curated art installations, guests can dine in the restaurant, unwind in the shisha lounge or enjoy Dubai Mall’s largest terrace in the shadow of the Burj Khalifa. The menu offers a wealth of options, bridging North and South American, Pan-Asian, Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern cuisines.
GO: Visit https://troverestaurant.com for reservations and more information.