From Gordon Ramsay to Jamie Oliver, Dubai’s restaurant offering is immense
From Gordon Ramsay to Jamie Oliver, Dubai’s restaurant offering is immense
BASTA! David Myers’ BASTA! is a Roman trattoria meets Florentine steakhouse meets Neapolitan pizzeria. Housed at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel, this casual Italian eatery from Michelin-starred chef David Myers boasts classic dishes and a huge mural of Sophia Loren. Open daily noon-midnight. Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Marasi Drive, Business Bay (04 512 5522).
Bleu Blanc Another restaurant from David Myers, aka The Gypsy Chef due to his globe-trotting habits, Bleu Blanc is designed around themes of a French farmhouse, with its own floor-to-ceiling herb garden and fresh bread baked on premises. Expect grilled premium cuts of meat, fresh seafood and seasonal vegetables. Open daily noon-3pm, 6pm-midnight. Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Marasi Drive, Business Bay (04 512 5533).
Black Tap Set up by Michelin-starred chef Joe Isidori in New York in 2015, Black Tap has been making waves wherever it goes – from the US to Dubai. Famous for its towering, brightly coloured freakshakes and massive juicy burgers, this Instagram-tastic restaurant has two locations in Dubai, in JBR and the Jumeirah Al Naseem original. We love the All American cheeseburger, but it also does a mighty fine vegan offering, too. Open daily 11am-12.30am. Jumeirah Al Naseem, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai (04 422 9904). Other branch: Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR, www.blacktapme.com.
Bouchon Bakery This casual eatery from seven-Michelin-starred chef Thomas Keller is set at The Beach and boasts a menu of breakfasts, salads and baked goods. The TKO (Thomas Keller Oreo) is a signature, as well as croissants, cookies, cakes and a rainbow of macaron. Most famous for The French Laundry US chef Keller opened his first restaurant, Rakel, in New York in 1986, and he’s since grown a global brand. The first outlet of French bistro Bouchon opened in Yountville, California, in 1998, with Bouchon Bakery following five years later. There are now Bouchon Bakeries in New York, Las Vegas and Beverly Hills. This is his first venture in the UAE. The idea for the bakery was born while Keller was in his 20s and working in Paris. His apartment was above a tiny bakery, which inspired him to set up his own. Open Sun-Thu 8am-11pm; Fri-Sat 8am-midnight. The Beach, opposite JBR (04 419 0772).
Bread Street Kitchen This popular family-friendly eatery at Atlantis The Palm is by perhaps one of the best-known chefs on this list, to Brits anyway. Gordon Ramsay’s Dubai outpost of his popular restaurant serves up some classic British meals from fish and chips to pies. Most famous for its beef Wellington, Bread Street Kitchen also serves up a mean roast. Open Sat-Thu noon-4pm, 6pm-10.30pm; Fri noon-4pm, 7pm-11.30pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2000).
Demoiselle by Galvin The first Dubai outpost from the Michelin-starred Galvin brothers. Located at City Walk, this is the sister restaurant of Galvin Demoiselle, which is housed in one of the world’s most iconic department stores − Harrods in London. It serves up elegant dishes in a more casual environment than the brothers’ fine dining outpost, Galvin Dubai. Open Sun-Wed 8am-11pm; Thu-Sat 8am-1am. City Walk Dubai (04 590 5076).
Galvin Dubai This chic City Walk restaurant comes from Michelin-starred chef brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin. It’s a second location in the city for the British brothers, after finding success with Demoiselle. The dishes take influence from Italy, the South of France and North Africa, promising an “innovative yet accessible” take on classic flavours. Open Sat-Tue noon-1am; Wed-Fri noon-2am. City Walk, Al Safa Street (04 590 5444).
Indego by Vineet Indian celebrity chef Vineet Bhatia takes dishes we're familiar with and refines them. With exquisite food, service and ambience, Indego by Vineet lives up to expectations. With the name of the first Indian chef to hold a Michelin star attached to it, the standard needs to be high, and they are. Open daily 7pm-midnight. Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 399 8888).
Jamie’s Pizzeria This pizzeria from British TV chef Jamie Oliver opened in JLT in 2018 and boasts a menu of pizza, pasta and salads. Oliver previously had restaurants in Dubai Festival City and Jumeirah Beach Hotel, but this is currently his only UAE outpost. Pizzas all come in at under Dhs75, with the margherita just Dhs50. The restaurant is super family-friendly with a special kids’ menu, too. He’s known for his no-frills food, packed full of nutritional value (adios, Turkey Twizzlers), and this spot has a laid-back vibe and fuss-free menu. Open daily 8am-10.30pm. Cluster R, JLT, www.jamieoliver.com.
LIMA Dubai A classy and excellent Peruvian offering from Chef Virgilio Martinez. Top ceviche, cool décor and all round spot-on. It’s winner of our Best Latin American restaurant 2018 with good reason, and we love all the dishes here, from the ceviche to the anticuchos. Open daily noon-midnight. City Walk Dubai, Jumeirah (056 500 4571).
Marina Social Set overlooking the glittering waters of Dubai Marina, this popular spot specialises in classic British dishes, with a twist. It comes from British chef Jason Atherton, who has 17 restaurants around the globe – three Michelin-starred. The kitchen cooks up a range of dishes including signatures such as goat’s cheese churros, sour dough pizzas and slow-braised beef ribs. Open daily 7pm-midnight. InterContinental Dubai Marina (04 446 6664).
Morimoto From Japanese chef Masuharu Morimoto this newly opened restaurant at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel spans across two floors, and features a terrace, tepanyaki counter and sushi bar. All the signature dishes are on the menu, and it’s a first UAE venture for the Iron Chef, who originally had dreams of becoming a pro baseball player. Open Sun-Wed 6pm-2am;Thu-Sat 6pm-3am. Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai, Business Bay (04 512 5577).
Nathan Outlaw at Al Mahara British Michelin-starred chef Nathan Outlaw took to the helm and revamped this restaurant at the famous Burj Al Arab Jumeirah in 2017. It serves up some top seafood and fish dishes, and even better you can next to an aquarium for a unique experience. Open daily 12:30pm-3.3pm, 7pm-11.30pm. Burj Al Arab, Umm Suqeim (04 301 7600).
Nobu This mega-famous restaurant from chef Nobu Matsuhisa and Hollywood actor Robert De Niro is housed at Atlantis The Palm. The super-cool restaurant is popular world-wide and is best known for its stunning black cod. Open Sat-Wed 6pm-11.30pm; Thu-Fri 6pm-12.30pm. Fri noon-3pm, 7pm-12.30am. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Pierre’s Bistro & Bar This restaurant from French Michelin-starred chef Pierre Gagnaire opened in the InterContinental Dubai Festival City sits in the space that previously housed his famous restaurant Reflets. It opened in 2018 boasting a fresh new look and menu. The chef also has a second eatery in the hotel, Choix Patisserie and Restaurant par Pierre Gagnaire, which serves up a top-notch afternoon tea. Based in the lobby of the InterContinental Dubai Festival City, it’s understated, bright and totally delicious. Open Mon-Sat 6.30pm-2am. InterContinental Dubai Festival City (04 701 1136).
Pots, Pans and Boards Celebrity chef Tom Aikens ...-high-chairs is behind this family-friendly spot at The Beach. Excellent flavours and traditional dishes are great for sharing, plus it does a mean breakfast, being Highly Commended in our 2018 Restaurant Awards. We recommended the avocado and poached eggs on toast and the merguez sausages. Open daily 8am-midnight. The Beach, opposite JBR (04 456 1959).
Quattro Passi This classy Italian set in the uber-cool FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai. From Michelin-starred chef Antonio Mellino, it serves up some top pasta dishes and grills in a quaint setting. The original Quattro Passi is in Nerano, on the Amalfi Coast in Italy. Dhs500+ Open daily 12.30pm-3pm, 7pm-11.30pm. FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai (04 455 9988).
Ronda Locatelli From famous Italian chef Giorgio Locatelli, this is the third celebrity restaurant at Atlantis The Palm on this list. Popular with families for its excellent pasta and pizza dishes, this is an oldie, but a goodie. Open Sat-Wed noon-5pm, 6pm-10.30pm; Thu-Fri noon-5pm, 6pm-11.30pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera This huge space sits at the top of the stunning Dubai Opera. From Australia-based British chef Sean Connolly, it serves up a range of pre- and post-theatre menus, alongside the regular menu. There’s also a roof terrace with views of the Burj Khalifa. Open daily noon-2am. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai (04 362 7312).
STAY by Yannick Alleno This restaurant from Yannick Alleno has pride of place at One&Only The Palm. Serving up European cuisine, Alleno was named the seventh best chef in the world in 2017. Open daily 7pm-11pm (last order 10.45pm). One&Only The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 440 1030).
Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor This Indian celebrity chef is well-known for his TV appearances, and his restaurant Signature is consistently one of the best Indian restaurants in the city. Understated in décor but full with dishes full of flavour it’s an ideal combo. Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-midnight. Meliá Dubai, Bur Dubai (04 386 8111).
Rhodes W1 Gary Rhodes’ first Dubai restaurant opened in 2007 in Grosvenor House Dubai, followed by Rhodes Twenty10 at Le Royal Méridien in Dubai Marina in 2010. The popular restaurant Rhodes W1 from British chef Gary Rhodes stars European dishes, while the latter focuses on steak. Rhodes W1: Open daily 7pm-11.30pm. Rhodes W1, Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 317 6000). Rhodes Twenty10: Open daily 7pm-midnight. Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (04 316 5550).
Social by Heinz Beck This restaurant from Michelin-starred German chef Heinz Beck is house at the Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah and boasts some top-class Italian fare. Open daily 7pm-11pm (closed Sun). Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah (04 818 2222).
The Scene This quirky British restaurant comes from TV chef Simon Rimmer. Best known for his appearances on programme Something For The Weekend and Sunday Brunch, Rimmer’s Dubai restaurant has an eclectic mix of furniture, excellent Marina views and a thoroughly British menu (think roasts, pies and curry nights). Open daily 8am-2am. Pier 7, Dubai Marina (04 422 2328).
Toro & Ko This Barcelona-inspired tapas bar comes from award-winning chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette, who already run branches of the restaurant in Boston, New York and Bangkok. Ken Oringer began his career in New York, and has also worked under chefs including Jean-Georges Vongerichten, while business partner Bissonnette has cooked at Pigalle and KO Prime. The Dubai branch, in City Walk, serves up traditional tapas and massive paellas. Open Sun-Wed noon-1am Thu-Sat noon-3am. The Square, City Walk (04 590 5433).