THE 7 DREAMIEST DINNERS TO EXPERIENCE IN DUBAI
Whether you’re in Dubai for business, work, or pleasure, you will be overwhelmed by the fast-paced lifestyle prevalent in this city. As such, nothing can be a more fitting (and gratifying) end to a busy and tiring day than to enjoy a delectable and decadent dinner in one of the best restaurants here.
FANTASTIC FEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM
The latest statistics on the UAE’s food scene show that the number of restaurants in Dubai is now more than 16,000. That’s a lot of dining establishments and cuisines to choose from!
But if you’re looking for an extraordinary, truly unforgettable fine dining experience, here are some of the best restaurants in Dubai and their outstanding food offerings you should try:
The brainchild of renowned Japanese celebrity chef and restaurateur Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa, Nobu is one of the most well-known Japanese fusion restaurants in the world. Located in various parts of the globe, this restaurant found its home in the majestic Atlantis Hotel, on the equally amazing Palm Island.
Indulge in topnotch Japanese cuisine fused with Peruvian and traditional Arabic flavors. For a truly marvelous dinner, your order should include:
• Grilled langoustine with chilli shiso salsa (a personal favorite)
• Beef tenderloin with dried miso
• Spinach salad with whitefish
• Seabass with dashi ponzu
• Crispy scallop and kataifi with tonkatsu sauce
A visit to Nobu won’t be complete without ordering their world-famous Black cod yuzu miso and Nobu cheesecake.
LA CANTINE DU FAUBOURG
If you’re craving for the best in French cuisine, head to La Cantine du Faubourg. Known as the Cantine by the locals, the elegant and well-designed restaurant located at the Sheikh Zayed Road Emirates Towers Hotel is the place to go to if you want to immerse yourself in luxurious French cuisine and culture.
Must-try dishes include:
• Caviar de Sologne (from France) or Beluga caviar (from Iran), blinis, and crème fraiche
• Home-made foie gras, caramelized onions, smoked duck, rocket salad
• Risotto with leeks and fresh truffle, pecorino, poached egg
• Grilled rib-eye Charolais (with your choice of Béarnaise, peppercorn sauce, or home-made barbecue sauce)
• Grilled lamb chops, cashews, peanut oil, dried apricot, red curry dressing
End your dinner with some scrumptious profiteroles or vanilla crème brûlée.
SOCIAL BY HEINZ BECK
Interested in something Italian? Reserve a table at Dubai’s premier Italian restaurant, Social by Heinz Beck. Heinz Beck, a 3-star Michelin awardee, allows Dubai locals to enjoy contemporary Italian dining in one of the most relaxing dining establishments with an authentic European vibe.
The best dishes to indulge in here include:
• Lobster medallion with avocado and tomatoes
• Lobster spaghetti with zucchini (a must!)
• Mushroom tortellini on spinach foam and black truffle
• Herb-crusted sea bass
• Venison fillet
• Pineapple crémeux with chocolate and coconut sorbet
Social by Heinz Beck is located at the Waldorf Astoria in Dubai Palm, Jumeirah.
If you’re looking for the top Indian restaurant in Dubai, you won’t go wrong with Ananta. With its dramatic and colorful interior and an amazing show kitchen to boost, diners will enjoy a wonderful blend of traditional and modern Indian cuisine in all their culinary offerings.
For a wonderful and filling dinner, try the following:
• Tandoori chicken tikka
• Spiced beetroot and goat cheese gallettes
• Mughlai prawn thermidor
• Sous vide tandoori lamb chops
• Macher jhol
• Awadi Dum Pukht biryani
You can end the dinner on a sweet note with a plum fondue, fried malai kulfi, or another delectable dessert.
The Ananta is located at the Oberoi Hotel in the Business Bay (Burj) Area.
AT.MOSPHER BURG KHALIFA
Nothing can be more magical than enjoying a superb dinner while looking at Dubai’s marvelous skyline at night. At.mosphere is known as one of the best fine dining restaurants in the world and its posh interiors and menu support this contention.
Must order-dishes include:
• Foie gras parfait
• Hand-dived scallops
• Dry-aged beef tenderloin
• Crème Catalan sphere
• Smoked chocolate fondant
The restaurant also offers 7-course dinner meals that are worth every dollar or dirham you spend.
If you want to enjoy a unique dining experience (what serious foodies call “ephemeral dining”), book a table at Enigma, a much-talked about restaurant at Palazzo Versace Dubai. The restaurant features a different multi-awarded chef every four months, the first being Quique Dacosta – the head chef and owner of a 3-star Michelin Spanish restaurant.
At present, taking the stage is Chef Yunus Emre Aydin and his luscious Turkish inspired culinary creations. His menu includes:
• Yedikule Marul Salatsi or baby gem salad
• Toyga Corba or chilled toyga soup
• Tavuk Gogus or pan-seared chicken breast
• 7 Baharatli Kuzu Gerdan or 7 spices lamb neck
• Kitir Findik or crunchy hazelnut parfait
• Visne or sour cherry biscuits with almond ice cream
Finally enjoying the best Arabic and Lebanese cuisine is, of course, a must if you’re in Dubai. Awtar is known for its opulent and vivid interior. It boasts a traditional tent-style ceiling, permitting diners to experience a warm, genuine Arabian welcome.
Some dishes you must try are:
• Fatet kofta
• Robian mishwi
• Kofta kebab
• Kashta bil asal
Awtar is located in the Grand Hyatt Dubai. Diners are also entertained by a live band, a singer, and a belly dancer every night.
Clearly, Dubai is one of the global cities that is home to the best and most renowned restaurants in the world. You won’t have a hard time finding a restaurant that will satisfy your highly discriminating palate and give you a splendid dining experience at the same time.
The 7 Dreamiest Dinners to Experience in Dubai written by guest blogger Kumar Samtani. Kumar is the co-founder of MenuPages.ae. With an educational background in Industrial & Operations Engineering from the prestigious University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Kumar’s expertise lies in process improvement & operations management for all types of organizations. He is also an experienced entrepreneur with business interests in consumer goods, hospitality supplies & real estate.