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26 of Dubai’s best business lunches (that are not in DIFC)

Escape the office and give your taste buds a treat with a business lunch that is not in Dubai’s Financial Centre.

99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant 

99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant’s ‘Omakase Lunch’ is a great excuse to take a break from work and be swept up in a nine-course business lunch menu. Enjoy signature dishes, including Kobe Edamame, Tiger Prawn Tempura, Sea Bass & Scallop Ceviche, and Salmon Flambé Nigiri. The main course of 99 Black Cod completes the culinary journey. Available Monday to Friday, from 12pm to 2:15pm. AED 169 per person.

GO: Call 04 547 2241 for reservations and more information.


For a distinctive dining experience inspired by the Silk Route, head to Aamara inside the voco Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road. The five-course business lunch menu features seekh kebab, steamed bao, butterfly prawn, lamb nihari, saffron rice, and dal makhani. Desserts include a choice of katafi pastry or cream cheese ice cream. Available daily from 12pm to 3.30pm. AED 116 per person.

GO: Call 052 573 5723 for reservations and more information.

Bar Du Port

Taking lunch to a whole new level, Executive Chef Hadi Saroufim’s business lunch at Bar Du Port commences with warm, oven-fresh bread and stuffed olives. Guests are then presented with an array of choices, including Chicken & Truffle Cromesquis, a vibrant Rainbow Beetroot Salad, perfectly pan-seared Sea Bass Fillet, succulent Australian Beef Tenderloin, and a sublime finale with Coffee Tiramisu. Available Monday to Friday, from 12pm to 3pm. AED 120 (three courses) or AED 150 (four courses).

GO: Visit for reservations and more information.

Brasserie Boulud 

The modern concept at Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk offers ‘Lunch The French Way.’ The contemporary French affair presents an appealing selection of appetisers such as escargots de Bourgogne or salade de sucrine to bring a touch of Provence to Dubai. Main dishes include the grilled hanger steak with French fries or a steamed seabream fillet topped with fennel, tomato and herbs. Completing the experience is the Ile Flottante, a dessert of egg white that takes on the appearance of a fluffy cloud. Available Monday to Friday, from 12:30pm to 3pm. AED 125 (choice of appetiser or dessert with one main course, tea, coffee and water) or AED 150 (choice of one appetiser, main course, dessert, tea, coffee and water).

GO: Email or call 04 281 4020 for reservations and more information.

CÉ LA VI Dubai

Those looking to take a break from the office or catch up with friends can visit this sky-high venue with stunning views of Burj Khalifa. CÉ LA VI’s Chef Howard Ko has curated a business lunch menu combining flavours that will invigorate the senses. The menu changes regularly, but diners can expect three courses, including CÉ LA VI signatures: burrata salad, miso black cod, and truffle’ sushi rice’ risotto. Available Monday to Friday, from 12pm to 3pm. AED 140 per person.

GO: Email or call 04 582 6111 for reservations and more information.

Eugène Eugène 

Eugène Eugène has just opened its doors, but the booming brasserie inside Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates already offers a bountiful business lunch. Under the culinary guidance of Head Chef Yannis Sgard, guests can enjoy a menu of Beef Carpaccio, Beetroot Salad, Bavette à L’échalote or Seabream Filet with vierge sauce. To conclude this culinary journey, guests can indulge in the luscious Fondant au Chocolat or an Exotic Lime Sorbet with a coconut crumble. Available Monday to Friday, from 12pm to 3pm. AED 85 per person.

GO: Email or call 04 379 8963 for reservations and more information.


The region’s first fully female-led restaurant is anchored around an authentic approach to Italian cuisine on the 70th floor of SLS Dubai Hotel & Residences. The business lunch features a choice of one starter, one main course and one dessert, with dishes such as Margherita pizza, sea bass feta and the Fi’liamisu included. Available Monday to Friday, from 12pm to 3pm. AED 99 per person.

GO: Visit or call 04 607 0737 for reservations and more information.

Hoe Lee Kow

If you’re craving a taste of unconventional Korean cuisine, look no further than Reif Othman’s newly-opened Hoe Lee Kow in Dubai Hills Business Park. The Hanjeomsim Business Lunch offers a variety of assorted Korean banchan (side dishes), followed by a choice of reimagined Korean main courses, including the HLK Chicken, vegetable bibimbap, sundubu jiggae, or grilled marinated salmon. Available Monday to Friday, from 12pm to 3pm. AED 88 per person. 

GO: Email or call 04 255 5142 for reservations and more information.  


Elevate your lunch with the Oishi Lunch at Katsuya inside the vibrant Hyde Hotel Dubai. The two enticing menus feature a hot starter, three cold dishes, a main course, and a dessert. The Tokyo Menu includes Chicken Karaage, Crispy Shrimp Roll, Sweet Shrimp Shumai, Robata Salmon Cedar, Yakisoba Noodles and Lemongrass Crème Brulee. The Sakura Menu offers Miso Glazed Black Cod, Popcorn Rock Shrimp, Wagyu Gyoza, Yuzu Miso Glazed Lamb Chops and the White Fish Carpaccio — a dessert so unique, you won’t find it anywhere else in Dubai. Available daily from 1pm to 3pm. AED 115 (Tokyo Menu) and AED 175 (Sakura Menu).

GO: Visit or call 04 871 1010 for reservations and more information.

Lola Taberna Española 

In Spain, Menú del día is typically a three-course meal, starting with a primer plato to get started, a segundo plato to follow, and finished with a sweet postre. The business lunch offer at Lola Taberna Española features a fixed menu or two or three courses of delicious Spanish dishes. Available Monday to Friday, from 1pm to 4pm. AED 75 (one starter and one main course), AED 99 (two starters and one main course) or AED 125 (two starters, one main course and one dessert).

GO: Call 04 247 6688 for reservations and more information.

MayaBay Dubai

Nestled alongside Jumeirah Al Naseem’s Turtle Lagoon, MayaBay Dubai is decorated with intricately carved wooden panels accentuated by natural stones and large glass windows that provide uninterrupted views of the Burj Al Arab. The menu business lunch menu includes prawn har gau with Thai basil, vegetable spring rolls, lamb cutlets with Yakiniku sauce, black cod with miso and honey and chocolate fondant with vanilla ice cream. Available Monday to Friday, from 12pm to 3pm. AED 135 per person.

GO: Visit for reservations or more information.


Homegrown Indian eatery Mohalla now offers an affordable two or three-course business lunch menu. The casual dining venue offers some of its signature Indian dishes for guests to enjoy in 30 minutes or less, including shami kebab slider, crispy bhutta (fried corn) or a savoury 1965 buhari (Mohalla’s version of the classic chicken 65). For the main course, guests can tuck into paneer butter masala, dabba egg curry, chicken tikka biryani, butter chicken or a tender chicken wrap. Available Sunday to Wednesday, from 12pm to 3pm. AED 55 (two-courses) and AED 59 (three-courses).

GO: Call 800 664 2552 for reservations and more information.


Located on the 44th floor of Taj Jumeirah Lakes Towers, NONYA is now open for lunch with its menu of Southeast Asian dishes. Prepared by the restaurant’s Head Chef Kong Sieng Yeuh, the meal begins with the soup of the day, followed by an array of starters, such as truffle crispy lotus stem, tiger prawn har gao and chicken Szechuan. The main courses feature black cod, buttermilk prawns, and the signature chicken curry. A chef’s special dessert will also be served. Available Monday to Friday, from 12pm to 4pm. AED 99 per person 

GO: Follow @nonyadubai on Instagram for reservations or more information.

REIF Japanese Kushiyaki

At REIF Japanese Kushiyaki in Dubai Hills Business Park, you can savour a lavish Bento Lunch. The meal commences with a serving of miso soup and a fresh assorted salad and is followed by a choice of tempting options such as sushi maki, sautéed Angus beef, unagi don rice bowl, chicken katsu curry donburi, or yakisoba. For an additional AED 38, guests can enhance their culinary journey with a delightful dessert complemented by their choice of coffee. Available  Monday to Friday, from 12pm to 3pm. AED 88 (miso soup, salad, and a choice of main course).

GO: Email or call 04 255 5142 for reservations and more information.


Take a break from the office with a business lunch at Roobaru on Burj Khalifa Boulevard. Expect a fresh perspective on Indian cuisine, featuring Sharjah sambusa (cheddar cheese and onion samosa), spicy-sweet butter chicken, keema roti, Aslam’s chicken (old Delhi style chicken tikka in a buttery kebab dressing), gulab jamun and ice cream. The venue also doubles up as a chai room, perfect for a soothing cup of tea before returning to the office. Available weekdays, from 12pm to 3pm. AED 69 (two courses) or AED 79 (three courses).

GO: Call 054 776 6384 for reservations and more information.


ROKA, the contemporary Japanese robatayaki restaurant inside The Opus by Zaha Hadid, offers a two-course premium lunch menu with a selection of four starters to share, including salmon tartare and black cod and king crab dumplings. Guests are invited to indulge in one main course from various signatures, such as sea bream fillet or lamb cutlets with Korean spices. The regular Business Lunch Menu has also been revived, with the addition of a new starter – Warm mushrooms, Padrón pepper, green beans and spicy sesame miso. Monday to Friday, from 12pm to 3pm. AED 125 (regular business lunch) and AED 185 (premium business lunch).

GO: Call 04 439 7171 for reservations and more information.

Rüya Dubai

Rüya Dubai has introduced a three-course business lunch menu, combining contemporary Anatolian cuisine with sea and skyline views. Start with Red Lentil soup before indulging in appetiser options of Cig Kofte (beef tartare with bulgur and baby gem), Gavurdagi (tomato salad with shallots and spiced walnuts), Halloumi and Mixed Leaf Salad and Levrek (raw sea bass with mustard and apple). Mains include Two Cheese Pide with slow-cooked egg, Adana Kebap made with lamb and burnt tomato, Guvec (clay pot vegetables in a tomato and red pepper sauce) and Sis Tavuk Kebap (yoghurt and chilli-marinated grilled chicken), alongside a choice of tea or coffee. Available Monday to Friday, from 12pm to 3:30pm. AED 130 per person.

GO: Email or call 04 218 0065 for reservations and more information.


We love Sfumato, so we were thrilled to hear that it launched a business lunch. The dishes range from a Tuna Tartare with mango and coriander ponzu, to a Grilled Striploin with roasted potatoes. The fine dining experience showcases seasonal produce and vegetarian dishes. The menu is available on weekdays from 12pm to 3pm. AED 115 (two-course meal), and AED 135 (three-course meal).

GO: Visit for more information.

Signor Sassi

Signor Sassi is marking the arrival of its weekday lunch with the Andiamo A Pranzo menu. Translated as “Let’s go to lunch,” this offer includes a three-course menu of Signor Sassi signatures. Indulge in the Soup of the Day or Aubergine Parmigiana before enjoying Pizzetta Margherita, Gnocchi alla Sorrentina, Scottish Salmon Fillet or the Veal Lemon Escalope. Complete your meal with a refreshing Lemon Sorbet or the show-stopping Tiramisu. Available Monday to Friday, from 12pm to 2:45pm. AED 145 (one starter, one main, and one dessert).

GO: Email, or call 04 278 4848 for reservations and more information.

SOON Nobby x True Izakaya

The vibrant Izakaya eatery in JLT has introduced the Teishoku Lunch. Available in two options: The Regular grants diners the choice of three dishes, and The Deluxe features four dishes. The choices include BBQ Unagi, Chicken Katsu, Smoked Salmon Maki, and Wagyu Menchi Katsu. Available to Friday, from 12pm to 4pm. AED 95 (The Regular) and AED 115 (The Deluxe).

GO: Email or call 055 434 0575 for reservations and more information.

Sumosan Dubai

Since its debut at The Dubai EDITION earlier this year, Sumosan has become a notable presence in the Dubai dining landscape. The Japanese powerhouse is captivating diners with its latest lunch offering – the enticing bento box. For a delightful culinary journey, guests can kick off with a mixed baby leaf salad or the Albemarle Roll. The main course options include the 24-hour miso-marinated black cod, grilled boneless chicken thighs with yakitori sauce, or Black Angus fillet with yakiniku sauce. The meal concludes with a choice of either a matcha brownie accompanied by chocolate ice cream or the deconstructed miso cheesecake paired with green tea ice cream. Available Monday to Friday, from 12pm to 3pm. AED 140 per person.

GO: Visit for reservations and more information.


The highest restaurant on Palm Jumeirah offers lunchtime diners the chance to take in the view at one of the most in-demand restaurants in town. The two-course Vivo Business Lunch offers the ideal solution for elevated business meetings and social catch-ups. Set to the backdrop of striking 360-degree views of Dubai, expect SUSHISAMBA signature dishes, ranging from seviches and SAMBA rolls to robata delicacies and more. The offer includes miso soup followed by the choice of two starters and one main course. Available Monday to Friday, from 12pm to 2pm. AED 159 per person.

GO: Visit for reservations and more information.

Torno Subito

Prepare for an extraordinary midday with the business lunch at Massimo Bottura’s Torno Subito. The Sapore Di Sale, Sapore Di Mare menu whisks diners away to the 1960s Italian Riviera, where a two or three-course lunch presents beloved classics such as Vitello Tonnato, Cacio E Pepe, Tagliatella Al Ragu, Maitake, as you savour the essence of Italy’s culinary heritage. Available Monday to Friday, from 12:30pm to 3pm. AED 150 (two-course menu) and AED 175 (three-course menu).

GO: Email or call 04 245 5800 for reservations and more information.


The critically acclaimed Indian restaurant, Trèsind has taken up residence inside One&Only Royal Mirage. The restaurant is famed for its dishes, which are a thing of beauty and come with Insta-worthy presentations. Lunch offers vegetarian and non-vegetarian set menus that feature Lamb kebab lettuce wraps, cedar wood smoked tandoori chicken, traditional butter chicken and Paan cotton candy.

GO: Visit for more information.

Uptown Brasserie

Uptown Brasserie in the newly opened SO/Uptown now offers a Mediterranean business lunch. Championing the culinary traditions of France, Italy, and the coastal Mediterranean, this business lunch features a rotating selection of dishes. Dine on Burrata Caponata, Crispy Calamari, Norwegian Salmon with green lentils, Poulet Roti with mushroom and mashed potato, and Ricotta and Spinach Tortellini in a luscious sage butter emulsion. Available on weekdays from 12pm to 3pm. AED 105 (two courses) and AED 145 (three courses).

GO: Visit for reservations and more information.


Wasl 51’s Mediterranean restaurant YAVA offers an enticing business lunch menu. The three-course meal features exciting choices such as baked honey lemon salmon, olive chicken tajine, burnt cheesecake and tiramisu. Available Monday to Friday, from 12pm to 4pm. AED 99 per person.

GO: Email or call 04 548 5733 for reservations and more information.

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As editor-in-chief of the region’s most fiercely local lifestyle publication, David is a self-proclaimed hip-hop aficionado, championing all things food, travel, street art, and streetwear across the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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