Time Out Dubai is the definitive voice on Dubai's best restaurants, including best romantic restaurants. Here's a guide to the best places for couples.
There’s a fine line between attentive service and being obtrusive. The latter is the last thing you want when looking for a romantic night out so it’s important to know the ideal location for that special experience. Time Out has visited each and every restaurant on this list, putting them through their paces and assess factors including quality of food, ambience and service. We’ve gone undercover to find out what you’re getting for your money at each venue.
Pierchic has the reputation for being one of the most romantic restaurants in Dubai. The inviting space features pale-coloured wooden tables and a stunning Swarovski crystal light installation over the bar. Arrive early and you can enjoy a pre-dinner drink at the pod-like bar and take in the unrivalled view of theBurj Al Arab. Service upon arrival is warm and friendly, with the staff knowledgeable and attentive throughout. On the concise menu you'll find a selection of caviar, soups, salads and main courses. Of the mains, the lobster thermidore is a sheer crustacean delight, beautifully presented with roasted cauliflower and a mustard sauce.
Set in the idyllic surroundings of One & Only The Palm, reachable by boat and jutting out into the tip of the Palm's furthest reaches. Once there, the warm and unobtrusive staff and stunning decor '“ it's like a sort of high-end floating shack with sail ceilings blowing in the wind out in front of you as you gaze into the deep blue distance '“ keep up the high standards. And then comes the food. A mix of top-drawer European, though weighted more toward the Spanish, so packed with temptation is the menu that it presents a partly painful but mainly delectable Sophie's Choice. Thankfully, coming back to try more will most definitely be on your agenda. As a start point, however, we would most heartily recommend the octopus cooked on the josper charcoal barbeque. It is, frankly, a delight.
Celebrity chef Atul Kochhar has nailed Indian fine-dining at this stylish eatery. The dark room, with low orange lighting, is very romantic. Huge carved wooden pillars break up the space, making it feel more intimate than you would expect. Service is also fantastic, with staff on hand to offer recommendations and explain the menu, which is an exciting mix of familiar dishes, created with flair and high-end ingredients. The starter of softshell crab, which comes with a salad of crab meat, micro greens and passion fruit is fantastic, as are the Scottish ‘Lassooni' scallops with garlic and cauliflower. The spices are subtle enough to add flavour, but not overwhelm, the delicate seafood. Rang Mahal is a classy restaurant serving impeccable Indian food.