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New Times, Deira
Nominated for Best Chinese
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New Times is a huge, sprawling venue that’s inordinately popular with the Chinese expat community – and with good reason too, as it serves some of the best mainland Chinese food you’ll find in Dubai. The menu is huge, overflowing with glossy pictures of an unfathomable number of specialities, ranging from familiar and affordable favourites to weird, wonderful (and more expensive) oddities such as duck tongue and crocodile soup. The main dining room is a neat, classically decorated space, with booming Chinese sitcoms on the TV and a legion on Mandarin-speaking waitresses. Towards the back of the restaurant there’s a wall of fish tanks loaded with enormous lobsters and exotic seafood, and an open kitchen where beguiling specialities are prepared live. Upstairs, meanwhile, is set aside for a dozen huge private rooms, where affluent and discerning diners celebrate big occasions. An absolute gem that’s utterly unlike anything else you’ll find in the city.
Open daily 11.30am-3pm, 5.30pm-midnight. Al Maktoum Road, near Concorde Hotel, Deira (04 250 1888).

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