Time Out Dubai is the definitive voice on Dubai's best restaurants, including Chinese restaurants. Here's a guide to where to get the best Peking duck and more.
Dim Sum, Chow Mein and fried rice, we’re spoilt for choice with authentic dishes from the Far East. Time Out has visited each and every restaurant listed 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.
Setting itself somewhat apart from the other dining options at Atlantis, The Palm with its own standalone entrance, expect to find the cool kids chowing down at this lounge-style fine-dining Chinese spot. The decor is stunning, massive tables are inlaid with a mosaic of mother of pearl shells, meanwhile nearby tables are slightly raised on an illuminated platform running the bar of the restaurant, flanked with high-back chairs fit for a king and hung with beautiful silver and blue brocade. The food is decent but be prepared to pay top dirham. The starter of wasabi prawns consists of massive crustaceans, smothered in a wasabi flavouring, while the steamed shrimp dumpling with yellow mustard is good without being great and there is no hint of mustard. Other dishes include crispy chicken salad with pomelo in mango plum dressing and a selection of clay pots, including a saucy braised eggplant and bean curd option with black pepper sauce. The desserts are inventive and a real highlight, particularly the raspberry sphere and the foamy cheesecake.
Diners at this contemporary Chinese restaurant and London import should expect a premium-priced experience. With its dimly lit ambience and privacy-affording booth seating, it's ideal for a date or special occasions. Nothing should stop you tucking into delicacies such as Peking duck with Royal Beluga caviar and braised Japanese abalone. For those with a more moderate cash flow, the Hakka dim sum platter features pristinely fresh dumplings of scallop, prawn and chive and seabass. Likewise, the crispy duck salad with pomelo, pine nut and shallots is crunchy and moreish, the citrus perfectly offsetting the fat from the duck. There are novel takes on standard Chinese dishes, including sesame prawn toast with foiegras, as well as a wok fried chilli mud crab, which arrives with the meat completely extracted from the crab and stewing in a plenitude of chilli sauce.
A grand, charcoal-hued Far Eastern-themed dining room with bright red accents awaits diners at this high-class Chinese restaurant and London import. Jellyfish-like chandeliers hang overhead and the place does both a roaring lunch and dinner trade. The food here is fine-dining without being overly fussy nor fanciful and the service is friendly and attentive. Order the jasmine flower tea to sip while you wait for your starters; it's an artful creation, which springs open into a bloom once in hot water. The steamed platter of just-prepped dim sum is impeccably fresh, falling apart as you bite into the parcels of prawn and vegetable combinations. The deep-fried and wok-tossed salt and pepper squid is well-seasoned and the batter crunchy. The crispy fried aromatic duck is carved nearby, made into pancakes and then whipped over to the table. They're the crunchiest we've tasted. For veggies, there are a few options, including the bokchoy with garlic and stir-fried mushrooms with oyster sauce.