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Ba Restaurant & Lounge, Fairmont The Palm
Best Newcomer
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That fine and fancy model of the Japanese lounge bar and dining space has been tried, tested and perfected in Dubai. The latest twist on that theme is a Chinese-inspired version, Bā. Wander through its large upper-tier lounge and bar area, down a flight of stairs and you’re greeted by a lower-level dining space, beautifully decorated in elegant black and imperial Chinese yellow. Service is unrivalled, and the Chinese staff make fantastic recommendations, using an iPad to display pictures of the food. One of the standout dishes on the menu is also one of the cheapest – the clay pot beef brisket with radishes. Giving off an intense aroma of cinnamon and star anise, the beef is rich and warmly flavoured. For a fine-dining yet ‘of the times’ Chinese experience, Bā sits high up among the few restaurants in Dubai that pull this cuisine off.
Restaurant open Sat-Wed 7pm-11.30pm, Thu-Fri 7pm-midnight; lounge open Sat-Wed 6pm-1am, Thu-Fri 6pm-2am. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 3388).

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