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Highly Commended Best Newcomer

The tsunami wave of modern Arabic dining in Dubai continues with the opening of Clé in DIFC, with famous Australian-Lebanese chef and cookbook author Greg Malouf at the helm. This bar and restaurant looks undeniably stylish, swanky even. Decorated overwhelmingly in black, the darkness is offset with pockets of shine. There is plenty of detail in the design, from the Chanel-esque padded leather chairs through to the gilded Kalashnikovs used as lamp stands. The menu at Clé is Middle Eastern food, lovingly couched in tradition, and creatively shaken up with new twists.
Open daily noon-2am. Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC, (04 352 5150).

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