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Time Out Dubai staff
15% off food and drink at Ruth’s Chris Steak House: The name is a mouthful (whose is it? Ruth’s or Chris’s?), and so are the ginormous steaks. Each carnivorous dish arrives in a pool of shimmering butter on plates heated to 500°F, after being cooked – nay, positively scorched to surrender – at 1,800°F. The decor is stylish for a steakhouse, with high-backed white leather chairs, rich reds and low lights. Your attention, however, will be held by the meat feast that graces the table in front of you.
The Monarch Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 501 8666) including alcohol.
15% off food and drink at Fazaris: Launching a new brunch in Dubai is like opening a bicycle shop in China. Our first question is: isn’t that demand already met? It seems not, provided you add extra bells and whistles, which Old Town newbie Fazaris achieves with unusual ingredients, such as quail and mango passion ravioli. Dhs290 for brunch with soft drinks, Dhs500 including alcohol, pre-City Card discount. Address Downtown Dubai (04 436 8888) including alcohol.
30% off drinks at Warehouse: Is it a club? Is it a bar? Is it a restaurant? Or is it a cinema? (Surprised you with the last one, eh?) Anything but a warehouse, the venue scores most points for its food and drink (the club is a little lacklustre; it becomes a cinema when they put on excellent movies and mussels nights). Fortunately, however, it is a very good restaurant/bar. We recommend the mojito brunch: it’s both reasonable and unique, offering smaller portions of fusion Japanese with multi-flavoured versions of the Cuban cocktail. Dhs266 for brunch, including drinks and City Card discount. Le Méridien Dubai, Garhoud (04 282 4040) including alcohol.
20% off food at Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire: Winner of the Time Out Best Restaurant crown last year, Reflets is more than a dining experience. It offers lavish interior design (check out the floor-to-ceiling mirrored toilets), clued-up staff and elegant ambiance, though Reflets’ cuisine is still its main draw. From black truffle to foie gras, frozen fruits to marzipan, the portions are both pleasant surprises and plentiful. The only drawback? The staggering prices – although your City Card will help.
InterContinental, Festival City (04 701 1111) discount on food and soft drinks only.
15% off treatments at Chill Spa: Based near the defunct Hard Rock Café in Media City (are they just going to leave it to erode?), this spa does what it says on the sign: helps you to thoroughly unwind amid the non-stop sandy whirl of Dubai life. As well as the usual facials and massages, Chill’s menu includes the intriguing ‘rituals’ and, if you’re in too much of a hurry to chill for long, it also offers express packages (although if you can’t spare an hour or so for a full massage, we suggest you go back and re-read the sign out loud one more time).
Shatha Tower, Media City, behind Hard Rock Café, next to Media One hotel (04 369 0902) Applicable on selected treatments.
20% off food at Oeno: The Westin’s Oeno may be best-known for its grapes, from vintage champagnes to saccharine dessert wines, but the cuisine, especially its cheese selection, is also highly regarded. Cheese and wine are hard to match, but the sommeliers do a sterling job, throwing in extra tasting treats – from quince to honey truffle oil – to really show off the wine’s varied flavours. The whole experience is topped off with a live band.
Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Jumeirah (04 399 4141) Food only.
20% off food and drink at Left Bank Souk Al Bahar: Left Bank at Souk Al Bahar surprised us by being far better than its Madinat Jumeirah counterpart. An altogether classier affair, LBSAB (for short) serves fantastic cocktails and decent bar food to a hip soundtrack. The main selling point here, however, is the glossy interior: it has soft lighting and just the right number of booths. Head there at the weekend for a big night out.
Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Burj Khalifa (04 368 4501) Includes alcohol.
15% off the Big Bus tour: The longer you stay in Dubai, the more you’ll want to go on the Big Bus tour. Why? Because you realise that Dubai facts are quite hard to come by, and the shiny double-decker offers one of the only audio guides in the city (in eight languages, no less). Buy one ticket and hop on and off as many times as you like. The deal includes a free one-hour dhow cruise, entry into Dubai Museum and Sheik Maktoum’s House, plus discount cards for Wafi and Mercato Mall. Don’t fancy it? Pack off your visitors and get them out of your hair for a couple of days.
Red Route City Tour starts at Wafi; Blue Route Beach Tour starts at Deira City Centre (04 340 7709) Discount applicable on both 24-hour and 48-hour tickets.
15% off food and drink at Blue Bar: We love Blue Bar, particularly on Thursdays and Saturdays. As well as decent cognacs and cigars, the hotel venue hosts excellent live blues (naturally) and jazz bands on these days, meaning it’s one of the few places in town where you can enjoy a smoky muso den filled with businessmen and, every now and again, a man in a felt cap.
Novotel World Trade Centre Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 0000) Including alcohol.
15% off food and drink at Mango Tree: Mango Tree has come a long way since it opened a couple of years ago. It was always a chic venue, with great food and drinks – but few diners. Now it’s buzzing most nights of the week, as guests take full advantage of the fountain views and slick interior, as well as the reasonable prices. Order the ob woon sen – a generous plate of glass noodles and prawns. Kob khun ka!
Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Burj Khalifa (04 426 7313) A la carte only.