Where to eat and drink in Dubai Airport: the best restaurants and bars
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Hour 1 You’ve handed over your case bursting with holiday clothes, cleared security and zipped your way through the Smart Gates using your Emirates ID, so now it’s time to kick-start your holiday. Head to Pret A Manger (ground floor, Concourse D, 04 294 3555), one of only two in Dubai, and recharge with a proper caffeine fix. It’s open 24 hours and serves the usual organic blend of coffee you know and love, as well as proper toasties, paninis and freshly baked pastries. Alternatively, pick yourself up a caffeine kick and a slice of cake at Costa Coffee (Concourse D).
Hour 2 After weaving your way through the terminal it’s time to refuel. Head to family-friendly The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck (Concourse D, 04 236 7180), where you’ll find lip-smacking pizzas, pastas, burgers and steaks, plus a chef’s menu incorporating Wolfgang’s classics. You can also start the post-holiday diet early with egg white omelettes or granola and yoghurt. For a taste of the Far East make your way to The Noodle House (Concourse D, 04 228 1295). You’ll find a culturally diverse menu of noodles, of course, including dishes from Thailand, Singapore, China, Japan and Malaysia. But it’s not just oodles of noodles, you can mix and match from a selection of small plates, too. Try the chicken siew mai dumplings, sweet potato rolls or why not share a whole duck for the family?
Hour 3 It’s time to digest, so decamp to one of the airport’s top bars The Draft House (Concourse D, 04 294 0822). You’ll find all your favourite sports being beamed out on 18 TV screens, plus until Sunday September 30 you’ll have the chance to win a Dhs10,000 dnata travel voucher, too. All you have to do is spend Dhs200 and complete a competition card to be entered into the draw. Grab a Victory burger a drink for just Dhs155, and get ready for the next leg of your trip. We just hope it’s as enjoyable as your time in the airport
along the way.
With more than 20 Costa Coffees to choose from across DXB, you’re never too far away from that essential caffeine boost. But our favourite just has to be the brand-new spot near Gate B7, Concourse B. It’s the perfect place to cool down this summer with a red velvet Frostino and take five minutes to finally open the guide book.
If you’re struggling to find somewhere that pleases the whole family, especially fussy eaters, you’ll be up to your neck with choice at Giraffe (Concourse A, 04 298 9376). You could literally eat your way around the world with a Mexican breakfast of huevos rancheros, Indian kati roll for lunch and a Japanese katsu chicken noodle bowl for dinner. It’s family-friendly and runs 24 hours. Or perhaps it’s the grown up American experience you’re looking for. If so, Jack’s Bar & Grill (near Gate A15, Concourse A, 04 298 9481) is the place to head to. This casual venue captures the spirit of traditional southern American charm, so keep the decorum while watching the sport (if you may, ladies and gentlemen). The menu of tasty burgers and grilled platters are why we go, as well as the six TVs and giant screen, perfect for the Summer of Sport. The Dhs10,000 travel voucher competition running at The Draft House is also available here.
Hour 3 Time to stretch those legs… And head to another bar. For a quick pit-stop before boarding, try the Heineken pop-up (near Gate B8, Concourse B) set up next to the hustle and bustle of B Gates. Here, you can catch the match on the huge 110-inch TV screen – the largest in the airport – meaning you’ll definitely have a clear view of the every piece of action, even it the referee doesn’t Heading to visit family? On your way to the gate, don’t forget to pick up a gift – a personalised, engraved bottle from Le Clos (Concourse A and B, www.leclos.net). It takes just ten minutes to do on the spot – or you can order online ahead of arriving at the airport, and collect as soon as you get there.