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Hot right now: The hottest new restaurants in Dubai

The Dubai restaurants to see (and be seen at) this month…

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. 

42 Midtown

Drawing inspiration from New York City, 42 Midtown exudes the metropolis’ timeless elegance with an art deco-inspired interior. As you step in, you’re welcomed by a marble bar that sets the tone for what’s to come while the open-plan kitchen invites you to witness the culinary magic unfold before your eyes. The menu at 42 Midtown doesn’t play by the rules, it blends the eclectic essence of New York with Dubai’s vibrant soul. From bar bites to wood-fired artisanal pizza, sizzling grills, indulgent mains, and show-stopping desserts, you’re in for a treat. And these are wonderfully complemented by an enticing array of cocktails paying homage to the Renaissance era.

GO: Follow @42midtowndxb on Instagram for more information.

Blue Box Café Dubai

Get your sunglasses ready because the iconic jewellery brand Tiffany & Co. has brought its famous Blue Box Cafe to Dubai Mall. With a stunning blue and white interior, this flagship café will transport you into the glamorous world of Tiffany & Co. – promising a stylish and sophisticated experience. Picture yourself indulging in a breakfast fit for a queen – and living out your ultimate Audrey Hepburn fantasy. Not only do you get a chance to literally have Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but you can also indulge in delightful croissants, apricot danishes and French butter cakes.

GO: Follow @blueboxcafedubai on Instagram for more information.


When it comes to new restaurants in Dubai, look no further than Limonata. Prepare for an Amalfi-inspired Italian dining experience that will leave you wanting more at Club Vista Mare. Limonata by Lucia’s is the sister restaurant to the FACT Award-winning Lucia’s at Address Sky View. The menu will celebrate Italian flavours, and it will launch a brunch and pizza night. Guests can choose from outdoor tables and sofas, and adult as well as children’s sized sunbeds. The new restaurant has been created by 7 Management. The team are behind cool concepts that include Black Flamingo, February 30, Seven Sisters Dubai and The Theatre. 

GO: Follow @limonatadubai on Instagram for more information.

Rohini by Little Miss India

Tucked away in the lively neighbourhood of JLT, Rohini promises a captivating gastronomic journey that blends avant-garde aesthetics with captivating cuisine. As a sibling establishment to the Michelin-recognised Little Miss India at Fairmont The Palm, Rohini draws inspiration from its successful relative, infusing a fresh, daring approach into imaginative interpretations of classic Indian dishes. The immersive, maximalist décor creates an atmosphere that radiates an edgy, urban-chic vibe reflecting the vibrant essence of India itself. 

GO: Follow @rohinibylmi on Instagram for more information.

Eugène Eugène

Eugène Eugène offers a tranquil dining oasis at the Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates. The brasserie draws inspiration from Europe’s botanical greenhouses and bustling market halls. You’ll find a striking green marble bar, an inviting conservatory, and plush rattan sofas within this enchanting space. The menu from Chef Yannis Sgard showcases exquisite ingredients infused with a contemporary twist. Expect signature dishes such as the Vanilla Tomato Tartare, Truffle Artichoke Spinach Salad, Crozets a la Truffe, Seabream a la Plancha, and Veal and Tuna Tartare.

GO: Follow @eugeneeugenedubai on Instagram for more information.


Hidden inside Al Wasl Vita Mall, Gimi is a new restaurant that pays homage to the hawker culture while dancing to the beats of K-pop. The name Gimi translates to “spice” in Korean and promises a journey through a myriad of tantalising tastes and textures. The Korean Fried Chicken is perfect for those seeking a mild level of spice to kick-start their culinary journey. You can enhance this with the Spicy Chicken Taco and the Chicken Satay. And don’t miss the Jinju, a vibrant blue shrimp dumpling with a perfect spicy kick. Gimi’s decor is soothing and is adorned with bamboo walls, green plants, wood blocks, mirrored ceilings, newspaper clippings, and a semi-open kitchen.

GO: Follow @gimi.dxb on Instagram for more information.

Nama Yōso

Nama Yōso brings a taste of Japan to the residential community of Mirdif. The Japanese restaurant in Mirdif Avenue Mall comes from the mind of FACT’s Chef of the year 2022, Reif Othman who tells us: “The mall is very nice, beautiful and modern. The food is going to be upper casual Japanese dining.” While little is known about the new restaurant, we can glean some information from the Nama Yōso Instagram account which showcases images of sharpened knives, Japanese calligraphy and the alluring topography of Mount Fiji. The menu includes sushi, sashimi and a focus on all things raw.

GO: Follow @namayoso on Instagram for more information.

Row On 45

Located in Grosvenor House, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Jason Atherton’s Row on 45 offers a 17-course haute cuisine menu. The name of the restaurant draws its inspiration from Savile Row in London, which is famous for its tailored suits. What sets the concept apart is that it offers a truly tailored experience with different courses in different rooms. The site spans three spaces: Palm Champagne Room, Chef’s Kitchen and Chef’s Library. Highlights include the Hakkadoi Scallops, rich Saroma Wagyu A5 and the Brioche served with a chicken butter. The chefs have sourced high-quality ingredients from Japan, and a vegetarian menu is available. Read FACT’s full review here.

GO: @rowon45dubai on Instagram for more information.

Signor Sassi

Experience a slice of luxury as Signor Sassi prepares for a rooftop launch at The St. Regis Gardens on Palm Jumeirah. This Italian eatery is already popular in London and Riyadh, and its arrival in Dubai promises to be just as star-studded, with previous diners including Rihanna, Lionel Richie and FACT’s editor-in-chief. Indulge in the hearty portions of classic Italian cuisine, including the must-try dishes – Burrata with Datterino Tomatoes, Spaghetti with Clams and Mullet Roe, Tagliolint with Lemon Sauce and Caviar, and the Famous Spaghettini with Lobster. Read FACT’s full review here.

GO: Follow @signorsassidubai on Instagram for more information.

Soul Kitchen

Factory People, the Beirut-based group of artists and music enthusiasts, are bringing their vibrant Soul Kitchen to Dubai. This intimate venue offers premium dining, world-class drinks, an interactive beverage bar, and a breezy terrace with alternative music programming curated by Factory People. Guests can enjoy a unique menu that fuses Levantine and Latin American flavours, highlighting the exchange between both cultures. Signature dishes include Chicken Shawarma Empanadas, Lychee Ceviche, Sheri Fish Crudo and Tamarind Glazed Lamb Chops. The captivating cocktail menu includes Arak-Lychee Bellini, Peachy Margarita, Rum-Mango Ice Tea and the Turkish Manhattan.

GO: Follow @soulkitchendxb on Instagram for more information.

The Citronelle Club

Pan-Asian cuisine is the current trend du jour in Dubai. So it’s no surprise that SO/ Uptown Dubai has a signature restaurant focusing on Pan-Asian specialities. The Citronelle Club boasts an intimate dining area bursting with vibrant colours, shining through multiple open kitchens and live stations. The menu at The Citronelle Club offers a sensory journey that combines bold flavours from regions in Southeast Asia and China with a French twist. Signature dishes include Yellowfin Tuna and Foie Gras, Biang Biang Frogs Legs, and Citronelle Signature Whole Roast Duck.

GO: Follow @thecitronelleclub on Instagram for more information.


Cocktail bar Savant completes a hat-trick of new restaurant openings at SO/ Uptown Dubai this month. The intimate venue pays homage to the extraordinary abilities that come with its eponymous condition by way of a slick design, curated cocktails, and a creative menu of light bites. This 66-seat lobby lounge and bar has a sophisticated vibe accented by twinkling city views and lively DJ sets. Cocktails take on playful names such as The Accountant, The Cartographer, and The Painter, while the menu offers creative twists on traditional flavour combinations — think: Veal Katsu Sando, Truffle Croquette, and Chips with Seaweed Dust

GO: Follow @sodubai.uptown on Instagram for more information.


Uchi is a swanky Japanese-inspired bar and restaurant that has just flung open its doors in DIFC. Dishes like the Truffle Lobster and Uni Soba with Konbu Dashi combine Japanese tradition and modern artistry. Designed by head chef Ciprian Porumbacean, the menu spans Freemantle Octopus Millefeuille, King Crab with pea and asparagus ditaloni, Wagyu Tartar and a selection of maki rolls. Beyond the food and drinks, Uchi offers a chic and contemporary atmosphere incorporating an abundance of dark wood, marble, teal upholstery, subdued lighting and sushi counter seating in the heart of the action. Read FACT’s full review here.

GO: Follow @uchi.uae on Instagram for more information.

Uptown Brasserie

The first SO/ hotel in the Middle East is where fashion, design and theatre converge across ten floors of Uptown Tower close to JLT. SO/ Uptown Dubai’s all-day-dining restaurant offers a modern European Brasserie serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. It also has a retail component, selling fresh pasta, sauces, olive oil, and spices. Come for the coffee and stay for the foie gras.

GO: Follow @uptown_brasserie on Instagram for more information.


Zenon is an avant-garde restaurant and lounge in Address Dubai Mall in the heart of Downtown Dubai. The restaurant blends Mediterranean flavours with the precision of Asian cuisine, all set against a backdrop of digital marvels. Holograms come to life within this space, and walls burst with dynamic digital art, creating a dynamic AI-driven dining journey.

GO: Follow @zenondubai on Instagram for more information.


AGORA has only just opened its doors at The Dubai EDITION, but the concept has intrigued us for a while now. For the uninitiated, an ‘agora’ was a space in ancient Greek cities that served as a meeting ground for the various activities of citizens. Now, in a similar vein, friends and colleagues are invited to gather for a botanical journey in Downtown Dubai, exploring the world of mixology through the lens of Simone Caporale. The world-renowned bartender has curated a revolutionary menu that promises an appealing mix of unique beverages, that blend classic techniques with avant-garde elements.

GO: Follow @agora_dxb on Instagram for more information.


Revered for its inventive approach to Lebanese gastronomy, Babel has expanded from Dbayeh in Lebanon to Iraq, Greece and Dubai Mall. The dining experience spans an impressive 9,500 square feet, transporting guests to the banks of the Euphrates River, once home to the mighty city of Babel. Here, diners can enjoy delectable mezze, succulent grills, and exquisite seafood offerings including the Caviar Smokey Hummus, Kebbeh Nayeh, Falafel Truffle, Smoked Short Ribs, and the enticing Baklawa Pistachio. For a meal to remember, take a seat on the terrace overlooking the Dubai Fountain.

GO: Follow @babel_dubai on Instagram for more information.

DUO Gastrobar

Straight from the streets of St. Petersburg, Russia, DUO Gastrobar has brought its European charm to the Middle East. Nestled within the trendy Dubai Hills Business Park, the restaurant merges minimalism with boho-chic vibes. Think calming whites and soothing beiges that instantly make you feel at home. With two decades of culinary experience under his belt, Chef Dmitry Blinov is no stranger to creating magic on the plate and his signatures include Burrata with Zucchini and Black Truffle, Broccoli Pate with Pine Nuts and Tuna Ceviche with Cucumber and Cilantro.

GO: Follow @duo.uae on Instagram for more information.

Osh Del Mar

It’s all in the name at Osh Del Mar. Osh, the rich and vibrant flavours of Uzbekistan and Central Asia, and Del Mar, a delightful emphasis on seafood as the Spanish would say. Located at Address Beach Resort JBR, the new restaurant is anchored around open-fire cooking, using three types of charcoal grills, along with ovens and natural wood smoke. The menu offers a tempting array of dishes. Whether you’re in the mood for spicy comfort food or you’re a fan of elegant grapes from across the globe, this place has got you covered. Read FACT’s full review here.

GO: Follow @oshdubai on Instagram for more information.

Atrangi by Ritu Dalmia

Celebrity chef Ritu Dalmia’s inaugural Middle East restaurant, Atrangi, is set to impress with its unique take on traditional Indian cuisine. The restaurant at Jumeirah Al Qasr will offer an authentic yet contemporary dining experience, showcasing Ritu’s passion for lesser-known regional dishes. With indoor and outdoor seating, Atrangi’s inviting space captures the chef’s personality through playful colours and creative decor and even includes an abra ride to add to the fun.

GO: Follow on Instagram for more information.

Hoe Lee Kow

We love homegrown concepts. So, we were excited to hear that FACT’s Chef of the Year 2022, Reif Othman has opened his new restaurant, Hoe Lee Kow. Located in Dubai Hills, it offers an innovative Korean BBQ experience. The restaurant serves a Korean-inspired menu, which covers an unconventional live table BBQ experience. We’ve spotted dishes ranging from grilled meat to small sharing plates. The tagline states: “Food that makes you go, Hoe Lee Kow, that’s good”.

GO: Follow @hlkbyreif on Instagram for more information.

Konjiki Hototogisu

Dubai is welcoming the MICHELIN Starred concept, Konjiki Hototogisu. Coming all the way from Japan, it will be located in Mall of the Emirates – and we’re excited. While details of the Dubai menu have not yet been revealed, if the Singapore and Tokyo menu are anything to go by, we’re in for a treat. Chef Atsushi prides himself on high-quality ingredients, and has a meticulous approach to cooking.

GO: Follow @konjiki.uae on Instagram for more information.

The Guild

Get ready for a unique dining experience at The Guild as it promises “epicurean feasts among the Nurseries, Rockpool, Salon, and Aviary.” Full of world firsts, The Guild has been conceptualised through careful research of the global dining scene, with the team travelling around the world, discovering new and exciting food trends. The buzzing day-to-night collective will take Dubai’s curiosity and adventure to new heights through an all-encompassing dining room that offers five different experiences. These include a brasserie known as The Avenue, a Champagne-tasting bar and greenhouse-esque Potting Shed, The Rock Pool housing live king crab and lobster, The Salon, and a nightclub come piano bar and lounge.

GO: Follow @theguilddubai on Instagram for more information.

Chez Wam

Chez Wam means “at mine” in French, and can refer to visiting someone’s place. Drawing inspiration from the phrase, the restaurant at The St. Regis Gardens on the rooftop of Nakheel Mall aims to make diners feel like they’ve been invited to a friend’s home. Chez Wam’s décor boasts a chef’s table and open kitchen, and tables big enough for groups. Plus, the French theme is bought to life through the soundtrack – think vinyl records playing French songs. Chef Hadrien Villedieu will be at the helm of Chez Wam. He has previously worked with restaurant greats including Alain Passard, Jean Pierre Vigato and Joël Robuchon. So far, we know that the menu will celebrate French cuisine, and pay tribute to the chef’s roots as well as his travels.

GO: Follow @chezwamdubai on Instagram for more information.

Ikra Caviar Bar

Ikra Caviar Bar is located on Bluewaters Island, and is a sophisticated spot that celebrates the sought-after ingredient. Ikra Caviar Bar boasts a minimalist, monochrome aesthetic, from white tablecloths to plush grey seats. Look out for the Art Deco touches across the bar, such as curved gold mirrors and gold-rimmed chandeliers. The restaurant has an extensive menu that puts caviar in the spotlight. The dishes include Beef Chop Chop with black caviar, Gillardeau Oyster No 2 with black caviar, and Gratin with sour scream and (you guessed it) black caviar. Watch the mixologists work their magic, as the drinks are served with theatrics – dry ice, anyone? The decadent beverages include Beluga, Hackelback and Salmon cocktails, and many of them come topped with caviar. 

GO: Visit for more information. 

Kai Enzo

After conquering the worlds of fine dining and food delivery, culinary mastermind Izu Ani has set his sights on the hotel industry. The award-winning chef has brought his epicurean flair to Hyatt Centric Jumeirah Dubai, a luxury boutique hotel on La Mer Beach. Kai Enzo combines Eastern flavours with Western influences and aims to create an elevated dining experience. Kai Enzo’s menu draws upon two regions’ culinary traditions. The dishes combine Chef Izu’s love of Mediterranean and Japanese cuisine. The restaurant prides itself on creating high-quality, fresh dishes. The dishes include Green Bean Salad with Black Goma and Wasabi Peas, Tiger Prawns with Kimuchi Butter and Shisho Pesto, and Hokkaido Scallops in Green Apple Ponzu and Salsa Verde. Plus, there is a wide range of sushi, sashimi and charcoal grills.

GO: Visit for more information.

La Petite Ani 

La Petite Ani is an extension of La Maison Ani, a French-Mediterranean restaurant, which opened in Dubai Mall in 2022. Located on the ground floor of Gate Avenue in DIFC, the new venture draws its inspiration from the streets of Paris, and like many of Chef Izu’s ventures, La Petite Ani is a chic spot and an ode to his passion for travel. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menu ranges from La Maison Ani favourites to on-the-go dishes. The menu includes hot dishes, egg options, healthy salads, fresh sandwiches, and the signature dish, Croque Monsieur. In true Parisian-style, there are freshly baked pastries and viennoiseries, from afternoon pick-me-ups to after-work treats. Plus, drinks cover organic-roast coffee, juices and teas.

GO: Follow @lapetiteanibychefizu on Instagram for more information.

Okku Dubai

We love a comeback story at FACT. So, we are excited to hear that Okku is returning to Dubai’s dining scene. Okku has now opened at Marriott Resort Palm Jumeirah, serving its signature Japanese cuisine in a sophisticated setting. The focal point of Okku Dubai is a 20-metre sushi bar and robata grill, designed to flaunt the brand’s culinary prowess. Elsewhere, a more relaxed atmosphere will await at the Okku Lounge, complete with luxurious seating and a glamorous bar. A private dining room will also reside within the venue, making it the ideal setting when a more exclusive dining experience is in order. Expect classic Japanese cuisine and adventurous new creations. Diners can indulge in a range of classic ‘O’ style dishes that have become a staple of the restaurant’s menu, while also discovering new tastes to expand their palates. From the succulent Wagyu Beef and Foie-Gras Kushiyaki to the spicy, crunchy delight of the Tuna on Crispy Rice, each dish is made with precision and finesse. 

GO: Follow @okkudxb on Instagram for more information.

SMOKD Eatery

It’s been a slow summer, but Dubai’s latest culinary destination – SMOKD Eatery – is shaking things up. And it’s the man behind the menu that makes it even more exciting: Chef Reif Othman. Serving modern Creole dishes inspired by the cuisine and vibe of New Orleans, SMOKD Eatery in Boxpark promises to elevate the typical casual dining experience. Guests can enjoy Cauliflower Popcorn with Yoghurt Ranch, Pastrami Carpaccio with Tuna Sauce and Crispy Capers, and Baked Bone Marrow with Burnt Ends Brisket Tartar. As for those dining in groups? The ‘Trays to Share’ span the likes of Salmon Pan Seared with Jalapeno Cream and Raisin Chimichurri, Spaghetti with Crabmeat & Kombu, and Smoked Prime Ribs topped with roasted pumpkin seeds and served with a butternut squash puree.

GO: Follow @smokdeatery on Instagram for more information.

Eleven Green

Dubai’s foodie scene is about to be taken by storm with the opening of Eleven Green, a new homegrown burger bistro concept from the team behind the Tano’s at 8 supper club. Expect fresh, handcrafted burgers in a laidback bistro-inspired setting, with mouthwatering options like the angry chicken burger with hot honey, classic cheeseburger, and their famous Bull Burger. Eleven Green join the FACT Award-winning 21grams at Meyan Mall in Jumeirah.

GO: Follow @elevengreen.uae on Instagram for more information.

Nola Bijou Bistro & Bar

Immerse yourself in the lively ambience of Nola Bijou Bistro & Bar, nestled within City Walk. Drawing inspiration from 19th-century New Orleans, this enchanting establishment effortlessly blends French elegance with a vibrant Caribbean twist. Executive Chef Ilias Kokoroskos takes the helm, channelling the essence of New Orleans’ culinary scene by expertly merging Spanish, French, and Cajun traditions to create sophisticated and explosive flavours. Relish in the burrata with anchovies, wagyu beef tartare, or the rich cowboy steak. To further elevate the dining experience, Nola offers a meticulously curated list of carefully crafted libations.

Reef and Beef

Get ready for a culinary journey to Germany as Reef and Beef is about to open its first branch in Dubai, promising a delicious fusion of steak and seafood. With breathtaking views of Burj Khalifa, live music, and a vibrant atmosphere, this steakhouse is sure to impress. Don’t miss out on their signature dishes, such as the Nebraska beef and succulent Patagonian black cod.

GO: Visit for reservations and more information.

The Experience by Reif Othman (TERO)

TERO provides a captivating and exclusive dining experience, discreetly accessed through a concealed entrance within the Reif Japanese Kushiyaki kitchen in Dubai Hills Business Park. This extraordinary culinary adventure allows guests to enjoy exquisite cuisine while engaging personally with the esteemed chef, Reif Othman. The focal point of TERO is its carefully crafted eight or 12-course tasting menu, curated to align with the culinary theme of the month.

GO: Follow @terobyreif on Instagram for reservations and more information.

Emmy Squared Pizza

Nestled within Jumeirah Beach Walk Hotel, Emmy Squared Pizza has brought a taste of New York to Dubai. The pizzeria takes pride in crafting wood-fired Detroit-style pizzas, affectionately called pies. Their menu offers many options, including the Burrata Margherita topped with burrata and basil, the Deluxe with sausage, pepper, and mushrooms, and the Roni Supreme with Italian beef pepperoni and Calabrian chillies. The venue is full of character, featuring charming blush-pink walls adorned with whimsical sketches.

GO: Follow @emmysquareduae on Instagram for more information.


Often referred to as the Banksy of Dubai’s food scene, Hawkerboi is renowned for his secret supper clubs that draw inspiration from bustling street-food hawkers in Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand. The restaurant, which has taken up permanent residence in JLT, offers a bold menu of Cereal Fried Chicken Wings, Smashed Cucumber Salad, Chicken and Truffle Shumai, Peking Style Roast Duck, Charcoal Short Ribs, and Whole Fried Sea Bass. With seating for 180 diners, the venue includes a main dining area, a bar, and two terraces.

GO: Follow @hawker.boi on Instagram for more information.

Krasota Dubai

The newly-opened Krasota Dubai at Address Downtown is an immersive restaurant that combines visual arts and fine dining. Its first exhibition, Imaginary Art, showcases the paintings of prominent international artists from the late 19th and early 20th centuries in a one-of-a-kind gastronomical theatre. The theatre features a circular table for 20 guests and a stunning 3D multimedia performance projected across the curved walls and table. Chef Vladimir Mukhin has crafted unique dishes for each act of the gastro-show, drawing inspiration from the respective artistic styles. It’s a pricey one though. Expect to pay AED 2,318 per seat on Saturdays and AED 1,830 for the remaining days of the week.

GO: Follow on Instagram for more information.

MEDA Tapas + Bar

The chic and modern MEDA Tapas + Bar recently opened on the first floor of Taj Dubai in Business Bay. Here, Head Chef Mario Fico, formerly of Zuma, has crafted a menu that draws inspiration from the intersection of Italian, Greek, and Spanish cultures. Expect a range of hot and cold tapas, main courses, and desserts, each adorned with Instagram-worthy garnishes like truffles and dry ice presentations. Standout dishes include Carpaccio with thinly sliced seabass and raspberries, Seabream Ceviche with corn, olives, and red onion, and Tuna Tartare in a filo pastry cone with avocado cream. For mains, guests can enjoy dishes such as Calamarata Lobster Pasta, Lamb Rack, and Truffle Ravioli, with Loukoumade for dessert.

GO: Follow @medadubai on Instagram for more information.

Reif Japanese Kushiyaki Dubai Hills

Reif Japanese Kushiyaki’s new branch at Dubai Hills offers an elevated dining experience that builds upon the success of its original location in Dar Wasl. The new space features an alluring bar lounge, two private dining rooms, an outdoor terrace, and booth seating. Upon entering the restaurant through Astro Boy curtains, guests are greeted by the fully licensed bar and central show kitchen. To cater specifically to diners in Dubai Hills, the restaurant has introduced several new dishes such as the Aburi Scallop (AED 89) served with gooseberry sauce and crispy arare, Duck Gyoza (AED 58) with miso and chilli ponzu, and Prawn Toast (AED 79).

GO: Follow @reifkushiyaki on Instagram for more information.

SOON Nobby x True Izakaya

Inspired by Japanese gaming culture, cyberpunk, and 1980s aesthetics, SOON Nobby x True Izakaya aims have created a unique destination for foodies, party-goers, and cocktail lovers in the heart of modern Dubai. Combining authentic Japanese cuisine with neoteric pop culture, SOON pays homage to the 1980s anime and gaming culture, where the contemporary decor is fused with provocative details such as the Ahegao-style graphic floor and robot made from old Japanese electronics. The menu highlights umami flavour with dishes such as House Tofu and Tomato Salad, Aged Shima Aji, Saikyo Miso Black Cod, and Wagyu Beef Mazesoba.

GO: Follow @soondxb on Instagram for more information.


Dubai boasts a plethora of restaurants situated in breathtaking locations, ranging from waterfront marvels to scenic dining options. Tagomago inside the Azure Residences lighthouse exudes a relaxed luxury, with a laidback atmosphere where you can feel the sand between your toes. As you approach the restaurant, you’ll encounter sunbeds and sofas set amidst twinkling fairy lights and swaying palm trees. The restaurant’s concept is inspired by traditional Western Mediterranean flavours, and it is ideal for sharing. The menu includes a wide range of options, such as appetizers, hot and cold starters, salads, mains from the grill, sharing plates, and even a dedicated kids’ menu.

GO: Follow @tagomagodubai on Instagram for more information.

The Robata

The team behind TakaHisa have opened a second restaurant inside Caesars Palace Dubai, and this one is dedicated to the art of robatayaki cookery. Like its predecessor, The Robata focuses on an omakase menu (ranging from AED 1,500 to AED 2,500 per head) using premium seafood from Toyosu Market in Tokyo and A5 Kobe beef. Diners can expect shabu-shabu, Japanese barbecue, and tempura courses amidst an upscale dining environment. For those who prefer à la carte, the menu features Wagyu Beef Yukke (AED 180), Wagyu Beef Carpaccio (AED 330), Wagyu Ramen (AED 280) and Lobster Ebi Katsu Sando (AED 450). The Robata is definitely one for meat lovers.

GO: Follow on Instagram for more information.

Above Eleven

We love a sundowner spot at FACT, so we are thrilled to add Above Eleven in Marriott Resort Palm Jumeirah, Dubai to our list. The new rooftop bar and restaurant originated in Bangkok and has picture-perfect views of the Arabian Gulf. Expect a chic jungle vibe, thanks to its towering indoor trees, exposed brickwork with tribal motifs and colourful cushions. With a menu of Nikkei cuisine, Above Eleven’s first location outside of Asia offers revellers a blend of Peruvian spirit, Japanese precision and effortless New York soul.

GO: Follow @aboveelevendubai on Instagram for more information.

Helipad by Frozen Cherry

Helipad by Frozen Cherry carries on the legacy of Frozen Cherry’s venue in Lebanon, characterised by its scenic nature and lively atmosphere. The new concept sits on Dubai Festival City Mall’s helipad, offering sunset views over the water, wooden tables, and wicker furniture surrounded by tall greenery. Helipad’s kitchen is powered by BB Social Dining, serving Eastern cuisines, such as bao buns, fresh sushi and ceviches, and hot BBQ dishes.

GO: Follow on Instagram for more information.

MIYA Dubai

Inspired by the always glamorous Mykonos, MIYA Dubai promises to mirror the magic and beauty of the Cycladic island. Naturally, a selection of Mediterranean favourites will dominate the menu, each served with a contemporary twist. The restaurant has designed every dish to tell a timeless story of food, friends and togetherness as it draws inspiration from the Greek figure of Miya. Highlight dishes include Beef Tartare with Black Truffle, Roasted Octopus with Hummus and Salsa Verde, Kebab with Eggplant and Chickpea Popcorn, Feta Saganaki with Tomato Marmalade, Greek Yogurt with Lukumades, and Baked Pepper with Tuna Tartare and Tonnato Sauce.

GO: Follow on Instagram for more information.


Ría in Club Vista Mare is located in the spot formerly known as Breeze Beach Grill. Inside, guests will be treated to a sophisticated, serene space with gorgeous green foliage. The floor-to-ceiling windows let in lots of light, and the beach-inspired design helps set the mood. Lookout for the seashell designs, from the cream and orange seashell feature wall to the seashell motifs on the bar. Plus, the long wooden tables and plush sofas are great for groups. On the menu, you’ll find nibbles, salads, hot starters, pastas, pizzas and grills. Thanks to its beachside setting, DJ sets and indoor as well as outdoor dining, it’s a sand-beneath-the-toes sundowner spot. Bonus: pets are welcome, too.

GO: Follow @riarestaurantbar on Instagram for more information.


Named after a Renaissance painting technique that softens the transition between colours and creates softened outlines and hazy forms beyond what the eye is focusing on, Sfumanto is a two-level restaurant inside The Opus by Ominyat in Business Bay. The menu at Sfumato centres around locally sourced produce and traditional family recipes, where vegetables are treated as the star of the show rather than just a side dish. Expect a range of starters, salads, raw bar selections and dishes for meat eaters and vegans, as well as a selection of breakfast, lunch and after-hours options. In addition to the food offering, guests can expect an extensive patisserie, trendy low-ABV cocktails and no-alcohol spirits.

GO: Follow @sfumato.dxb on Instagram for more information.

Ariana’s Persian Kitchen

Experience the flavours of Persian cuisine at Ariana’s Persian Kitchen, where the aromas of fruits, nuts and flowers blend with meats, grains, and vegetables in a nostalgic reminder of traditional Persian households. This female-run establishment, led by TV chef and cookbook author Ariana Bundy, offers a contemporary take on classic Persian dishes, enriching timeless recipes with a modern flair. 

GO: Follow @arianaspersiankitchen on Instagram for more information.

City Social

One of the most eagerly awaited openings of 2023, Jason Atherton’s City Social is now open, spanning the top three levels of Grosvenor House Dubai. The venue pairs modern European cuisine with panoramic views of Dubai’s ever-changing skyline. And in keeping with the dining style of City Social’s sister property in London, the Dubai venue has been created to give diners a venue and a menu to be enjoyed any way they wish.

GO: Follow @citysocial_dubai on Instagram for more information.

Estiatorio Milos Dubai

Under the leadership of renowned chef Costas Spiliadis, Estiatorio Milos is a Mediterranean seafood restaurant that promises a gastronomic journey that revolves around Hellenic cuisine, fine wine and exceptional hospitality. Milos Dubai is a tribute to age-old customs and the art of communal dining. The menu showcases exclusively the freshest ingredients, ranging from Greek wild oysters to succulent ceviches and tzatziki, all presented in their purest form with a sprinkle of Aegean rock salt or a splash of olive oil sourced from ancient Koroneiki olive trees.

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Fouquet’s Dubai

Fouquet’s Dubai has an entrance fit for a celebrity, thanks to the red carpet, velvet ropes and shiny gold logo above the door. The restaurant includes different spaces for different moods: La Brasserie, Le Café, Le Toit, Salon Diane and Studio Harcourt. Chef Pierre Gagnaire has created all of the Fouquet’s menus worldwide. Fouquet’s Dubai is no different. Expect duck confit with gherkins, Burgundy snails in garlic butter, onion soup, beef tartare and veal blanquette. In true romantic fashion, Fouquet’s Dubai has swoon-worthy views of the world’s tallest building and a photo booth in the downstairs Studio Harcourt.

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Gallery 7/40

If there’s one pairing that Dubai never seems to tire of, it’s that of art and cuisine. Palm Jumeirah is now home to this fusion with the opening of Gallery 7/40 at The Club at Palm West Beach. Here, guests can expect state-of-the-art design inspired by Antoni Gaudi, renowned art pieces from around the world and a menu of Spanish and Greek cuisine. The restaurant’s interior design features flowing lines, whimsically curved ceilings and vivid mosaics to complement the overall theme of the venue.

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Jaleo Dubai by José Andrés

Jaleo Dubai at Atlantis The Royal transforms dining into a communal occasion to be enjoyed with conviviality and engaging conversation. The eatery, envisioned by esteemed chef José Andrés, honours the varied regional tapestry of Spanish gastronomy by highlighting his beloved childhood delicacies. Patrons can indulge in a diverse menu of signature tapas, flavorful paellas, refreshing sangrias and a selection of Spanish cheeses and wines.

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Ling Ling Dubai

Nestled on the 22nd and 23rd levels of Atlantis The Royal, Ling Ling Dubai delivers a culinary adventure and a dynamic ambience that transitions from a dining establishment to a lounge club and a thriving nightlife hub. Showcasing breathtaking panoramas of Palm Jumeirah and Dubai’s impressive skyline, revellers can bask in nocturnal revelry. The contemporary Asian menu seamlessly fuses with sleek decor and a diverse soundtrack, promising an evening that progresses from feasting to dancing. Ling Ling stands out as the most vivacious dining destination at Atlantis The Royal.

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Challenging perceptions around traditional Indian cuisine, MASTI is raising gastronomy and mixology levels at their new location. The restaurant has recently shut up shop in La Mer and moved into The Dubai EDITION. Expect all of your MASTI favourites, using the bold flavours of Indian cuisine injected with a quirky global twist in dishes such as messy chicken tikka, cauliflower steak and the famous burrata butter chicken. 

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Nobu By The Beach

Luxuriate at the world’s first Nobu-branded pool and beach club located in Atlantis The Royal. Relax in a personal cabana, sip on refreshing libations and delight in the melodies of local and global DJs. The menu showcases the fusion of Japanese and Peruvian cuisine, commonly referred to as Nikkei, and comprises inventive small plates, communal platters and renowned Nobu classics. And when the ambience becomes overwhelming, cool off with a rejuvenating swim in the pool or the ocean.

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Are you a fan of hedonism? Well, get ready for some serious fun at Babylon in upmarket DIFC. Inspired by the Mesopotamian city, which was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, guests at Babylon can expect avant-garde cocktails, a fine dining experience and live entertainment. A sharing menu covers hot and cold amuse-bouches, a sushi selection and a raw bar. As the night goes on, the dining set-up seamlessly transitions into a nightlife backdrop with never-before-seen live shows, transforming into a hedonistic playground filled with high-energy dancing, seductive performances, and extravagant costumes.

GO: Follow @babylondifc on Instagram for more information.


A new Mediterranean restaurant has taken up residence on Pearl Jumeira, courtesy of Tashas Group. Curated by restaurateur Natasha Sideris, the menu at Bungalo34 brings a touch of Greece, France and Italy onto each plate while honouring the custom of enjoying leisurely meals with friends and family. Guests can select from an array of nostalgic options such as the Strapatsada, a Greek favourite of scrambled eggs, roasted peppers, feta and crushed tomatoes. Other classics include a decadent Lobster Benedict, the Three Cheese Souffle Omelette, and a housemade Glyko Koutaliou of sweet pumpkin served on vanilla Greek yoghurt. The chic terrace also features wood-fired pizzettes, baked on the spot, topped with truffle, artichokes or stracciatella.

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Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

The Dubai outpost of the two-Michelin-star restaurant in London, UK, is now open at Atlantis The Royal. Inspired by historical British cuisine dating back to the 1300s, the restaurant comes to us from Heston Blumenthal, a chef and restauranteur known for his scientific and playful approach to cooking. Diners at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in Dubai can expect cutting-edge British cuisine across a menu that encompasses everything from the signature Meat Fruit, made with chicken liver parfait and mandarin, to Savoury Porridge, Powdered Duck Breast, and the Tipsy Cake, a trifle made with spit-roasted pineapple.

GO: Follow @dinnerbyhbdubai on Instagram for more information.


Orange Hospitality, the team behind Alici, Il Borro Tuscan Bistro and MayaBay Dubai, has opened the chic Parisian concept Josette inside ICD Brookfield Place. Here, guests are invited to embark on a journey of nostalgia with refined cabaret shows that evoke the spirit of Parisian glitz and glamour. Josette’s à la carte menu offers reimagined classics such as cuisses de grenouilles, escargot, moules marinières, foie gras and crêpe Josette. Guests can also indulge in traditional French baguettes, viennoiseries and pâtisseries from the boulangerie, freshly baked in-house and handcrafted to perfection. A first-of-its-kind afternoon high tea experience will also launch soon.

GO: Follow @josettedubai on Instagram for more information.

La Mar by Gastón Acurio

Situated on the mezzanine level of Atlantis The Royal, La Mar offers a formal dining room or comfortable seating at the raw bar. The restaurant comes to Dubai from Gastón Acurio, a Peruvian chef, restaurateur, and culinary ambassador who is regarded as one of the most influential figures in Latin American cuisine. Diners can expect King Crab Causa, Hokkaido Scallops with Avocado, Octopus with Chimichurri, and Crispy Calamari with Yuca and Aji Amarillo to start. Followed by Lomo Saltado, Grilled Lobster Cooked in Choclo Leaf, Obsie Blue Shirmp and Wagyu Beef Striploin for the main course. With an open kitchen and a charming terrace overlooking the resort’s Skyblaze Fountain, La Mer looks set to be one of the hottest reservations in town this winter.

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La Table Dubai

The new pop-up kitchen concept in DIFC promises a memorable dining experience. What makes it unique is that the restaurant welcomes a different chef every three months, each offering a different cuisine. La Table’s first chef-in-residence is Hattem Matter, who is famous for his BBQ experience. Hattem has been making a name for himself as the UAE’s BBQ master. The menu will feature some of Hattem Mattar’s most popular sandwiches, such as the Pastrami Rueben, Brisket Grilled Cheese, Pastrami On Rye and the Brisket Sandwich.

GO: Follow @la_table_ae on Instagram for more information.

Mi Amie

Overlooking Museum of the Future, the newly-opened Mi Amie is rooted in Miami vibes, pairing Latin and Afro-house music with Asian-Peruvian food and creative cocktails. Ambient turquoise and flamingo pastels with bright neon accents drive the venue’s aesthetics, drawing inspiration from Miami’s artistic legacy, Art Deco. Guests can relax with shisha on the lounge sofas or unwind in a private cabana, whilst Salsa Tuesdays add a little spice to the workweek, and live shows will complement the dining experience on weekends.

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Located on the 73rd floor of the Address Beach Resort, Mott 32 celebrates the culture and food of modern Hong Kong. Here, diners can look forward to a menu that pays homage to the brand’s culinary creativity, savouring bold flavours of Mott 32’s gastronomy through adapted versions of its classic dishes. Here, signature dishes include the famed Mott 32 Apple Wood Roasted Peking Duck, taking 48 hours to prepare and expertly carved for patrons tableside, as well as jasmine-smoked black cod, a selection of dim sum freshly made daily, and plant-based options for those looking for a more sustainable approach. As for signature cocktails? The Fujian Negroni, Hanami, and Forbidden Rose are on the menu, all of which come with views across Bluewater Island, Palm Jumeirah and Ain Dubai from the restaurant’s open-air terrace.

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North Miznon Dubai

We love a celebrity chef at FACT. So, we were excited to hear that Chef Eyal Shani has made his UAE debut. The chef’s Miznon restaurant, which is already a success in New York, has spawned North Miznon Dubai at DoubleTree Hilton in JBR. Serving Mediterranean cuisine with a Levantine touch, the menu emphasises locally sourced ingredients and sharing plates. As for the décor, North Miznon Dubai is an industrial-chic space with exposed pipes, shimmering mirrors and a lush terrace. It is also home to a secret garden.

GO: Follow @northmiznondubai on Instagram for more information.

Rüya Dubai

Rüya Dubai specialises in Anatolian cuisine, and the menu is inspired by restaurateur Umut Ozkanca’s Istanbul heritage. Guests can enjoy food hailing from Western Asia’s Anatolian region, as well as the Mediterranean and the banks of the Black Sea. Expect to see a mixture of Rüya signatures and old favourites, such as Levrek (raw sea bass with mustard, apple and shaved radish), Isli Patlican (aubergine and walnut purée served with crispy-coated aubergine chips), 24-hour Slow-cooked Short Rib, and Oxtail Pide. Savour Hazelnut Baklava or the Çikolata ve Türk Kahvesi for dessert on the poolside terrace with views of the Burj Al Arab whilst sipping on a cup of warming Turkish tea. Incidentally, the name Rüya means ‘dream’ in Turkish, and the venue effortlessly creates an enchanting and ethereal dining experience.

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SumoSan Dubai 

Sumosan has restaurants across the world in Berlin, Doha, London, Montenegro, Riyadh and now Dubai. At Sumson Dubai inside The Dubai EDITION, the chefs draw inspiration from traditional Japanese culinary techniques, and dishes range from sushi to sashimi. The menu features the restaurant’s signatures including lobster salad, spicy king crab, truffle tiradito and salmon rice pizza. Plus, classic and speciality cocktails are created by the team’s mixologists. The venue includes J Bar, an outdoor terrace to dine and drink, and a slate sushi bar, which offers sushi masterclasses and the chance to watch the chefs at work.

GO: Follow @sumosandubai on Instagram for more information.

Verde Beach Dubai

The brand-new beach club brings a touch of the South of France to the heart of Dubai at the newly renovated Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Dubai’s newest beach club offers a winning combination of beats, bites and Burj Al Arab views. With direct views of the iconic Burj Al Arab, guests at Verde Beach Dubai can unwind on the sand at this beach club and restaurant, before exploring the menu of Mediterranean fare from executive chef Julien Thibault. If Verde Beach Saint-Tropez’s menu is anything to go by, diners in Dubai can expect prime cuts of meat, fresh seafood, salads, pastas and pizza. For a toes-in-the-sand experience, look no further.

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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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