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Want a snack with that beverage? Forget drinks, some bars are worth going to for the food alone. No time for boring bites, delectable small dishes are absolutely necessary for these places to excel. Time Out has visited each and every outlet to put them through their paces, assessing factors including quality of food, ambience and service. Popular or relatively unknown, we’ve gone undercover to find out what you’re getting for your money at each venue.
With a dedicated dining space, the vibe in this two-tier dining space is unmistakably nightlife-orientated. Amid the dimly lit and predominantly black interiors, the walls are dotted with sultry monochrome portraits of what looks like models straight out of a fashion spread. The staff here are exceptional, and the level of service is friendly and warm and even quite fun. Staff also gain respect for their knowledge of both the food and the beverage menu, and easy ability to offer guidance on either. The menu is dramatically international, spanning sushi through to risotto. These plates also look stunning in presentation across the board.
As one of the largest venues of this international chain, Buddha Bar Dubai has an impressively spacious dining room with striking red and gold chandeliers. The main bar and dining area is dominated by the brand's famous four-metre high gilded statue and an entire wall of glass, while large bay windows provide exceptional views of the marina. Buddha Bar's pan-Asian menu features dishes inspired by Chinese, Japanese and Thai cuisine, with local seasonal ingredients. With chilled-out beats turning to livelier house lounge music later, Buddha Bar is the perfect place to stay after dinner and party into the late hours.
The Asian eatery has a lively atmosphere daily with an industrial vibe. The high ceilings, exposed pipes and a bar designed from wooden crates add a funky, cool laidback feel to this Pier 7 destination. The decor of the venue is appealing for groups of friends who can sit at one of the high top tables, as well as couples and groups who want to relax over dinner at one of the more intimate tables on the terrace. The venue has a great atmosphere, views and tasty bar food.