Time Out Dubai guide to Business Bay restaurants; best places to eat in Business Bay by price and cuisine, with reviews, contact info, hours and deals.
Nestled next to Downtown Dubai and home to the highest hotel in the world (JW Marriott Marquis), and a smattering of interesting dining spots is Business Bay. Bay Avenue, which runs along the cluster of Executive Towers, has got the makings of an inner-city JBR and families flock here on the weekends and evenings to enjoy the outdoors and catch a meal on the walk. Known for its elegant rooftop venues and being a hub for suits and midweek sippers, expect sleek décor and plenty of cool factor in many of these outlets.
This restaurant is nothing short of stunning. The dining room’s lighting features are a contemporary take on classic oriental lanterns that bunch in clusters and hang low, illuminating the venue in a deep red that pervades the space. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow for gasp-inducing views of Business Bay and Downtown, and the ornaments dotted around the space give it a regal air. It’s busy on any given night, and this setting immediately justifies its popularity. It also sets the bar high for the food. But when such high expectations are set from the outset, it can be hard for anything to live up to it. The food is good, in fact it’s very good indeed, but it’s difficult to live up to the surroundings. The venue serves all the classics such as Thai green, roasted red duck and massaman curries, and while it does them very well, dishes lack that little something extra to make them the best in the city. And when you’re striving for perfection, every aspect counts. Tong Thai very nearly has it all. It’s just lacking those few extra-special touches that would make it unsurpassable. It is very, very close, though.
This is a seriously polished and fun bar up on the roof of The Oberoi hotel. One that should most definitely be on your list of places to take folks you want to impress, too. The views out across Business Bay and Downtown are stunning, the staff are trendy but infinitely approachable, there’s a lovely romantic outdoor area and the bar is all woods and glass and assorted greenery. The menu and delivery of the food is also well above par – be sure to hit up the octopus ceviche, the rock prawn tempura with sweet chili mayo, and the spicy crunchy tuna salad, to name just a few – and the mixed drinks on offer all also display a level of craft and attention that many other bars in the city should aspire to. Whether it’s for a date or because you have friends and family in town, you won’t regret a bar meal here. Iris is very close to being the apple of our eye .
This won our Best Pub Food gong at this year’s Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards, so it’s fair to say we’re a fan. The Eloquent Elephant is a majestically classy pub in the Business Bay end of town, with some of the greatest interiors in the city – all cool lighting, top quality furniture and a curvy, metallic bar dishing out exceptional mixed drinks. The food is stunning, too. The burgers are brilliant, the curries delicious (it is set in an Indian hotel, after all), the gnocchi is infused with truffle and the grilled smoked paprika octopus with padron peppers and turkey chorizo is one of the greatest flavour combinations you’ll find in Dubai. Small bites include crunchy, soda-battered onion rings, triple-cooked, chunky hand-cut chips and Thai-spiced chicken crackers. And the sticky toffee pudding to finish is the stuff of hazy, nostalgia-filled dreams. Simply superb.
Sleek and minimal, the decor of Ananta is a world away from most Indian restaurants. It can sometimes be a bit quiet here, which detracts somewhat from the atmosphere. Thankfully, though, the staff more than compensate for this with their attentive and friendly service. All of the staff know when to approach the table, leaving plenty of time to enjoy the fantastic food without disruption. At Ananta, you’ll find beautifully presented dishes, created using some serious chef skills. The menu isn’t overwhelming, and the five-course tasting menu, with extra amuse-bouche and palate cleansers, is a brilliant way to explore what’s on offer, and good value. You'll get a combination of dumplings in yoghurt and mint, fois gras and tandoori chicken, wagyu beef with biryani, tandoori prawns, and chocolate dosa and deep fried kulfi to finish. It is all fantastic with each dish expertly thought out and presented. For an upmarket, smart meal, you’ll be hard-pressed to find better.
This eatery takes its name from the destination on Italy’s Amalfi Coast. It's decorated nicely, but the layout of the restaurant makes creating a buzzing vibe slightly difficult. Saying that, the food is good, especially if you're after hearty Italian without many bells and whistles. Try the Sunday evening brunch for a chance to try the full menu.
Fun, funky and slightly neon in places, Izakaya straddles both fun and finesse to deliver an entertaining night out. The fun starts with the staff, here they are remarkably friendly and don’t be alarmed if you encounter a green-haired lady who goes by the name of Wasabi (no prizes for guessing her job). The service has personality – expect a laugh and joke with a team that balance attentive service and casual conversation almost perfectly. The décor is clean and crisp (perhaps a little clinical in places) and for a restaurant in the world’s tallest hotel that overlooks the Dubai Water Canal it’s hard not to be disappointed as you dine in, what is essentially, a windowless room (though, of course, that canal wasn’t always there). The food is very good and well above your average Japanese experience. From skewers and sushi to tuna tataki and tempura – expect a solid and flavoursome meal. However, for all of the fun and frolics you don’t quite hit the taste sensation heights that the price may indicate. Bottom line, you’ll have a good (and fun) night here, just falls a little short of breaking the dominance of Dubai’s Japanese greats.
As it sits in The St. Regis, you’d expect J&G Steakhouse to be swanky. And it is. Mean, moody and dark on first appearance, the dimly lit place is a high-end New York-style venue – it’s classic and cool. Service is excellent, some of the best we’ve ever encountered, with staff knowledgeable, but not pushy or show-off. We’d absolutely recommend taking their recommendations, but if you’d like some of ours, go for something from the raw bar to start – the tuna tartare is exceptional. As for the main course, you’d be mad to have anything other than a steak, as the meat here is phenomenal. This restaurant is a winner in every sense. Next time you’re thinking of splashing out on a steak, head here.
With its lofty perch some 68 storeys up the imposing JW Marriott Marquis, some people come to Prime68 for the stunning vistas of the Dubai skyline. But we say it’s a long way to go just for a nice photo opportunity. This place is superbly stylish and if you’re feeling romantic, grab one of the booths lent a sense of privacy by the silk strings that drape down from the ceiling. Once seated, the welcoming staff will help you pick through the inventive line-up of hot and cold appetisers. Appetite whetted, it’s time to hit the “Butcher’s Block”, the nuances of which your server will delight in explaining. Prime68 takes immense pride in the meat it has sourced. The main menu has a solid selection of steaks, epitomised by the Signature Prime68 Fillet Sampler. This trio of 130g cuts – USDA, Irish dry-aged and wagyu – lets you sample the chef’s magic touch when it comes to seasoning and grilling in the Josper. All three are satisfyingly juicy and should be savoured alongside some crunchy sweet potato fries. If you’ve left room, order the Prime chocolate journey for afters – it’s the perfect pick-me-up if you’ve slipped into a food coma.
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 soft shell 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. Main courses are just as decadent and tasty, the butter-tossed lobster in ‘Malai’ curry, with a mustard and coconut sauce is heavenly. The lamb khada masala, meanwhile, is a more earthy, traditional curry, but on another level to what you’d normally get. Rang Mahal is a classy restaurant serving impeccable Indian food.