Chilli Crab Festival Madinat Jumeirah’s annual Singaporean crustacean celebration takes place this weekend from Thursday April 24 to Saturday 26. Last year’s event turned out to be one of our last daytime al fresco meals before summer, so in the spirit of tradition (and deliciously spicy seafood), we’re heading down again this year to wave goodbye to winter in style. Free entry, price on consumption. Thu 4pm-midnight, Fri-Sat 1pm-midnight. Madinat Amphitheatre, Madinat Jumeirah, www.jumeirah.com (04 366 6730).
Sapori di BiCE Well-known Milanese chain of Italian fine dining eateries BiCE has just launched Sapori di BiCE at new al fresco dining and shopping district Citywalk. It still comes with a distinctly Italian menu, but the place is more café than restaurant. While there’s plenty of room to eat indoors when the weather gets warmer, head here now to take advantage of the bustling outdoor vibe, which resembles European pavement café culture and is all set around a central pond. Citywalk, junction of Al Wasl Road and Al Safa Street, Jumeirah 1 (04 344 2550).
Seaview Restaurant Head to the Fishing Harbor in Umm Suqeim and pull up a chair on the terrace of this new seafood eatery. A quaint spot with a lovely view of the harbour and sea, Seaview serves up a huge variety of fresh fish dishes, from Malay steamed sea bream to seafood roti canai, catch of the day to crab cakes with guacamole. Fishing Harbor, near Dubai Offshore Sailing Club, Umm Suqeim 1 (04 333 5552).
Plaj This relaxed, beachside restaurant and bar serves up fun Italian-inspired barbecue nights throughout May, with grilled meats, seafood, salad and light nibbles, just in time for sunset. Dhs260, Dhs395 including unlimited Italian beverages for the first 90 minutes. Tue, Fri and Sat 5pm-10pm. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0444).
Bã Restaurant & Lounge Chow down on simple, classic Chinese dishes at this fine-dining haunt in the Fairmont The Palm, while you make the most of the terrace seating. There’s now a Saturday yum cha brunch to take part in, which includes food as well as pool and beach access, while a DJ spins laid-back beats. Brunch Dhs225 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (house beverages). Sat noon-3pm. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 3338).
Shimmers Dine under the stars and right on the beach at Mina A’Salam’s most underrated eatery. Take in uninterrupted views of the Burj Al Arab to the sound of crashing waves and the scent of shisha, and tuck into everything from humble pizzas to super-fresh grilled king prawns. There’s a minimum spend of Dhs150 per person for dinner here, which can be made up with food, drinks or shisha. Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6730).
Vivaldi by Alfredo Russo Head to this newly reopened Italian eatery at the Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers, which has just undergone a huge US$50 million refurbishment. Sitting right on the edge of the Creek, Vivaldi has an all-day bar and private dining room. Crucially, there’s climate-controlled terrace, which means you can actually dine outside slap bang in the middle of hottest time of the year (okay, so it’s not exactly ‘last chance’ but you can bet it will be one of the best-kept secrets of summer). Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers, Deira, www.vivaldidubai.com (04 207 1410).
40 Kong This vertiginous new al fresco nightspot on the top of The H Hotel is making a name for itself, thanks to some superb mixology, but there’s now a Saturday brunch you can try, too. Touted as a ‘1pm brunch with a 1am vibe’, the food is described as international fusion and features dishes such as sliders and eggs florentine. Dhs275 (house short drinks). Dhs425 (house short drinks and bubbly) Sat 1pm-3am. The H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.40kong.com (04 355 8896).
Bussola Pizzeria While the posh ground floor restaurant stays open, head upstairs for your last chance to tuck into some of Dubai’s best crusts at Bussola’s pizzeria. The open-air eatery has brilliant views out to the Arabian Gulf and of the yachts anchored nearby. We love the octopus salad and capricciosa pizza, washed down with a cold bottle of Italian hops. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh Road, www.bussoladubai.com (04 511 7136).
3in1 Head to this Downtown spot for a picnic brunch, where you can grab a basket and blanket and find yourself a nice patch of grass by the pool. While a DJ spins suitably low tempo sounds, tuck into classic picnic fare including sandwiches, quiches salads, summer fruits, cakes, scones and even main courses such as pizza or lamb. From Dhs225. Dhs295 (including house beverages). Fri 1pm-5pm. Vida Downtown, Downtown Dubai www.vida-hotels.com (04 428 5923).
TOKO Dubai Enjoy this Sydney-born Japanese restaurant’s chic, elegant patio, with cosy booths, walls of running water and colourful parasol arrangements overhead providing shade. The food isn’t to be sniffed at either. Vida Downtown, Downtown Dubai, www.toko-dubai.com (04 442 8383).