Seemingly, there’s a new restaurant launch every week in Dubai and with a wish list as long as our arms, deciding where to dine first can be somewhat overwhelming.
We look at the 5 most-talked about openings that you should move straight to the top of the list.
Aubaine, The Dubai Mall
The popular French bistro loved by ladies-that-lunch in London has finally descended on Dubai brining Parisian flavours and delicious French delicacies to Dubai Mall. Their bespoke menu offers breakfast, lunch and dinner and the open outdoor terrace boasting spectacular views is great for a sunny (warm) day. Renowned Aubaine dishes feature under the direction of Head Chef, Anthony Ekizian and the signature French pastries are the perfect accompaniment to any shopping spree, not to mention the mouth wateringly good blood orange cake. Lunch highlights include Aubaine’s superfood salad and the signature Le Croq Aubaine.
The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai open 10am-12am. www.aubaine.co.uk
Burger & Lobster, DIFC
After what seems like forever for British expats in the city, cult eatery Burger & Lobster has finally opened in upmarket DIFC. With a simple menu of you’ve guessed it, burgers and lobster variations, you can be sure of exactly what you’re getting here and that’s very good food indeed. Think full-scale Atlantic lobster lovingly dissected with the appropriate tools or sky-high burgers made from the finest quality Angus beef, it’s as fun as it is hearty. Burj Daman Building, DIFC +971 (0)4 514 8838 www.burgerandlobster.com
Play Restaurant & Lounge, H Hotel
Ex-Zuma chef Reif Othman is the brainchild behind the H Hotel’s new concept eatery, Play which is causing quite a stir amongst foodies and night owls alike. A fusion of East meets West, this unique culinary concept prides itself on its ‘Mediterrasian’ cuisine. With a warm, inviting atmosphere, this 36th floor eatery presents an evolving menu that has quickly become the talk of the town since its inception last month. With an elevated dining area, lounge and cocktail bar with views out across Dubai’s iconic skyline, this sharp, chic nightspot promises to more than live up to its hype.
H Hotel, Dubai +971 (0)4 336 4444 www.h-hotel.com
Another international new opening for DIFC, the location du jour in Dubai is Italian favourite, Cipriani. After the success of its Yas Island location, the Cipriani brand, founded by Guiseppe Cipriani the man behind also behind Harry’s bar in Venice, decided it was more than about time to move into the Dubai market. Featuring classic dishes that have come to define Cipriani cuisine such as baked tagliolini and tiramisu, Cipriani is the ultimate business restaurant for well-healed residents and visitors alike. Featuring a separate private lounge area- called socialista- this Italian restaurant that opened its doors a matter of days ago, will see guests stay to the early hours enjoying traditional Italian hospitality.
Gate Village number 10, DIFC open noon – 2am. +971 (0)4 347 0003
Vanitas, Palazzo Versace Dubai
At the recently opened Palazzo Versace Dubai you’d expect nothing more that exceptional Italian cuisine and that’s exactly what you get at Vanitas, the charming pescetarian & seafood restaurant overlooking Dubai creek. The epitome of romantic dinner destinations, Vanitas is luxury dining at its best, if not only for the extravagant Versace décor. With an emphasis on Italian seafood, chefs deliver expertly crafted dishes, full of flavour and the champagne cart, wheeled around at the very start of your meal, is practically obligatory.
Palazzo Versace, Dubai, open for lunch and dinner +971 (0)4 556 8820 www.palazzoversace.ae