Best Restaurants in Dubai (2021) - A Complete Guide with Specialities
Gastronome. Gourmand. Foodie. Three different terms that are bound by one common factor - a love of good food. The Dubai Food Festival, which began this past weekend, will be giving the city’s gourmands and foodies much reason to celebrate. A key part of the two-week long event is Dubai Restaurant Week, when some of the best restaurants in Dubai curate menus and meal experiences specifically for the festival. Here are some of our top picks for a night out this week.
Morimoto Dubai is the third restaurants owned and operated by its namesake - world-renowned Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. Located in Business Bay’s Renaissance Downtown Hotel, the restaurant is as famed for its contemporary Japanese fare as it is for uninterrupted views of the Burj Khalifa. During Restaurant Week, you can expect a menu with such favourites as sushi, crab tempura and Wagyu steak.
Located in DIFC, Beefbar is a haven for meat lovers, as the name implies. The restaurant is part of a global chain owned by noted restaurateur Riccardo Giraudi and is one of Dubai’s finest new steakhouses. This week’s menu selection includes prime cuts around the world incorporated into mouth-watering dishes such as Kobe shawarma.
One of the signature restaurants at the iconic Burj Al Arab, Scape is known primarily for its vibrant mix of global flavours served in a refined waterfront setting. Key dishes to try during Restaurant Week include prawn ceviche and roasted sardines, which are perfectly complemented by the stunning vistas of the Arabian Sea.
Argentinian import Gaucho has been a hotspot for diners in DIFC since it opened in 2011. One can expect only the best cuts of steak to be showcased during the food festival, of course, but there will also be some intriguing vegetarian options, including cauliflower steak and pineapple carpaccio.
Carnival by Tresind
Tresind was one of the pioneers of modern Indian cuisine in Dubai, and is lauded for its unique takes on classic dishes and its inventive use of molecular gastronomy. Carnival, located at DIFC (which is quite the culinary hub), takes the idea a step further with its playful atmosphere and equally playful dishes. The menu for Restaurant Week contains a few traditional favourites and fun twists on Indian street food.
Michelin-starred American chef David Myers brings the rustic charm of a French farmhouse to Dubai in the form of Bleu Blanc. The highlight of the restaurant is its wood-fired grill, reminiscent of the hearth in a country home. The grill will also be taking center stage during Restaurant Week, with a selection of dishes including charred octopus and roasted sea bass.
If you are looking for authentic Emirati cuisine, Seven Sands on JBR is one of the finest options around. With the UAE’s rich coastal history, it should come as no surprise that Seven Sands has a great seafood selection. Over the next week, you will also be able to experience some of the restaurant’s other unique delicacies, such as camel biryani and camel milk ice cream.
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