It’s a brave outlet that tries to compete with the established award-winners littered across DIFC, and Boca has come, seen and conquered. Predominantly a European tapas restaurant, the island layout of this sleek venue allows for the crowd to slip comfortably between food and drink without feeling like one is upsetting the ambience of the other. A funky, atmospheric soundtrack – delivered by an in-house DJ – encourages plenty of toe-tapping but stops short of becoming intrusive, so conversations can still be held. The same goes for the buzz of the open kitchen that fills the room. It’s the sort of place you go to for a post-work catch-up that becomes a nice dinner and finishes with discussing the vast range of signature drinks – and their curious names – with the showmen staff. Don’t Beet Root, or Monkey & Peanuts, anyone? Why then, you may be asking, is it considered to be a grape bar? Well, its very own sommelier and “The Cellar Experience” of a tasting menu paired with a selection of fine grape marks it out as a place for connoisseurs.