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Bushman’s Restaurant & Bar
Nominated for Best Newcomer
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Australian food is not a concept often seen in Dubai, let alone Australian cooking with a fine dining edge. As such, being the first to bring this upmarket vision of Down Under to Dubai, Bushman’s Restaurant & Bar occupies a genuine niche in an otherwise diverse dining scene. Inside, the space is fun and full of character, with little design touches that reflect Australian culture. There’s also a large and tasteful billabong-inspired terrace, perfect for the cooler months. Service tends to be excellent, and in the case of senior staff, also Australian, which nicely sets the tone to dining here. The menu spans a selection of gourmet Australiana, including emu, kangaroo, barramundi, ‘bugs’ (like little flat-tailed lobster) and ‘yabby’ (crayfish), prepared with plenty of international fusion touches, from Asian to Italian. Intelligent service and an intriguing setting make the ambience at Bushman’s very pleasant indeed, while the food is also creative and feeds the diner’s curiosity.
Open daily 6.30pm-11.30pm. Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, Palm Jumeirah (04 567 8304).

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