Try a new place to eat in Dubai's exclusive waterside neighbourhood
Geales Head to Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa to check out one of Dubai’s newest seafood restaurants. Established in 1939 in London’s Notting Hill, it brings a posh fish and chips-meets-sophisticated urban dining vibe to our shores. Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, www.geales-dubai.com (04 316 5550).
Fümé Sample dishes from around the world at this new Pier 7 restaurant, which combines European and Asian flavours in a variety of different dishes. The venue also smokes its own meat and seafood in-house, using coconut husks instead of coal. There’s a seafood and salad bar, dessert and coffee station and a distinctly of-the-moment urban feel to the decor, with exposed ceilings, polished floors and heavy wooden furniture. Pier 7, next to Dubai Marina Mall, www.fume-eatery.com (04 421 5669).
Wingsters Possibly the first restaurant in Dubai to specialise in Buffalo wings, and definitely the only ‘wing specialist’ with a Mob theme. Order anything up to a portion of 32 wings, choose between fried or grilled, and then decide which of 17 sauces you want them smothered in. For those dining with wing-averse wise-guys, there are also burgers, salads, shakes and desserts to get your chops around instead. Dubai’s biggest Buffalo wing fans can take the initiation challenge, which involves eating eight ‘suicidally spicy’ wings in four minutes, and then endure the afterburn. Successfully complete the challenge, and earn yourself a place in the mobster hall of fame. Marina Diamond 1, behind Radisson Blu Residence (800 94649).
Nordic Crown Bakery Try classic Nordic pastries, cakes and savoury open sandwiches – the classic meatball version being a favourite of Time Out’s. The menu may be short, but the café also serves breakfasts and coffees, and sells fresh artisan breads. Waterfront, Gulf National Building, opposite Choithram (04 453 1123).
Mamma Mia Serving great pizzas, this unlicensed yet underrated family-friendly Italian eatery is a great spot for a midweek meal. Take your Time Out City Card* and get 50 percent off main courses. If you’re lucky, you might even get a free tiramisu or garlic bread thrown in – it’s been known to happen. Radisson Blu Residence, www.radissonblu.com (04 435 5000). *Not got a City Card? Apply for yours now, it’s free! www.timeoutdubai.com/citycard
Best Burgers Forever Not far from Nordic Crown Balery, this fast-food joint serves up enormous burgers filled with camel meat patties to Marina diners. Of course, if you don’t fancy sampling dromedary, there’s also beef available, and for carb-dodgers, the option to swap the bun for a salad bowl. A word to the wise – the house burger sauce can be a little sweet, so get it on the side. Marina 1st Tower, near Choithrams, www.bbfonline.net (04 435 6615).
Saravanaa Bhojan Shala There’s much to love about this cheap and cheerful Indian vegetarian dining spot, which sits just a short walk from the Marina Byblos Hotel. We love the Saravanna Bhojan special meal, a thali consisting of at least half a dozen different types of dishes and puffed-up, ghee-soaked puri bread to scoop them up with. Expect to feel thoroughly stuffed after tucking in – and all for just Dhs17. Marina Pearl Building, behind RAK Bank (04 451 2525).
Brioche Dorée A French-style café serving fresh pastries, generous breakfasts, sandwiches and hot meals, Brioche Dorée is the latest chain making its mark on Dubai’s coffee and croissant scene. If you like Paul Café, you’ll feel right at home here. What’s more, there are typically meal deals for any time of day. Waterfront, Marina Promenade, www.facebook.com/briochedoreeme (04 363 6563).
Coming soon: The Scene Due to open imminently, with an official launch during the holy month of Ramadan, The Scene will bring contemporary British dining to Dubai Marina, headed by UK chef and TV personality Simon Rimmer. Word is that diners can expect retro decor inspired by the New York meat packing district and London’s East End hotspot Hoxton. For more information, visit www.thescenedubai.com.