El Sur at Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi This stylish new restaurant, adorned with graffiti-like murals and a living wall of plants, offers Dubai its first taste of modern Spanish cooking. Chef Juan Carlos González Hernández brings to the kitchen a highly-evolved Spanish cooking style, and techniques learnt under the tutelage of Catalan master chefs Ferran Adrià and the Roca brothers. Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh, Dubai Marina (04 399 7700).
La Serre Bistro & Boulangerie Inside an imposing two-tier townhouse on the Boulevard, the setting for La Serre is one of sparkling white elegance. Downstairs, guests can sample locally roasted coffee (from Boon) and freshly made patisserie items, while strutting the impressive staircase to the second floor will lead you to a menu of French-Mediterranean sharing plates. Vida Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 428 6969).
TOKO at Vida Downtown This Sydney import is a slick and lively new Japanese lounge bar and restaurant, serving an izakaya-style menu that is creative and elegant. Dine in the zen-like garden space, under a canopy of silk parasols, and between water features. Vida Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 442 8383).
Ghaf Kitchen In answer to a mobile-food trend that has been making its way around the UK and US, Ghaf Kitchen is arguably Dubai’s first gourmet food truck, popping-up at random locations across the UAE, and serving a menu that includes salmon beetroot gravalax or roasted quail. www.ghafkitchen.com (04 443 0355).
Daintree Food Amid the range of delivery food options in Dubai, a trend is growing for healthier options, brought straight to your door, from meal plans to detox juices. This newly launched initiative stands out from the crowd with a strict dietary concept behind it’s menus, offering only paleo-friendly and gluten- and egg-free meals. www.daintreefood.com (050 538 7133).
Choix Patisserie and Restaurant Molecular masterchef and three-Michelin star awarded Pierre Gagnaire has extended his Dubai empire to include a new patisserie concept, his first standalone patisserie venture anywhere in the world. It promises a constantly updated menu, as well as camel milk treats and a signature afternoon tea offering. InterContinental Dubai Festival City (04 701 1136).
Katsuya by Starck at The Dubai Mall This LA import sees Japanese chef Katsuya Uechi team up with renowned French designer Philippe Starck, to create this buzzing, young and fresh Japanese-fusion eatery. The interiors are eclectic and electric in signature Starck style, while the terrace offers fantastic views of the Dubai Fountains. Book ahead for an outdoor spot. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 315 3633).
Sass Café at Currency House Following the fame of this celebrity packed haunt in Monaco, Sass Café has now (finally, and just) opened in DIFC. The restaurant boasts a piano bar, in addition to a modern European menu of dishes such as seabass carpaccio with lime and truffle vinaigrette, and Sassa beef fillet with smoked garlic and tomato relish. Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC (04 352 7722).