These deep-fried croquettes put up a real fight in the competition for the ultimate pub food. And the folks at BBC know how to play the game right. The art nouveau-inspired interiors of the café might speak a cultured language, but it’s a very cheesy affair as far as these balls are concerned. Dhs48. Dubai Festival City (04 701 1127).
Vegetarians, you might want to look away now. This steakhouse doesn't joke when it comes to meat. Smoked brisket, Iberico beef and two fried eggs are “manwiched” between copious amounts of vintage red cheddar cheese. A live band provides the soundtrack to your meaty, cheesy feast. Dhs85. Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah (04 455 1693).
Life is too short to enjoy mac 'n' cheese pure, which is why Boutique Kitchen has created a deep-fried version of it. Currently available for delivery only, these bites are best eaten hot, and in the comfort of your own living room. Dhs25. Delivery only. www.theboutiquekitchen.com (04 388 3549).
The beachy vibe of this Greek restaurant will make you long for an island escape, but cater to that dreamy thought after you’ve devoured the deep-fried feta cheese here. You’ll forget what it normally tastes like after you've tried this crunchy parcel pastry covered in warm acacia honey. Dhs36. Goldcrest Views 2, Cluster J, JLT (04 277 6926).
Hailing from the dairy capital of Japan, the Hokkaido cheesecake at this brand-new restaurant is the city’s best kept secret. Its nutty walnut biscuit base is a flawless partner in crime to the silky texture of the cheesecake, while the drizzled orange blossom sauce is sophisticated and heady. Dhs45. 36th floor, The H Dubai (04 336 4444).
Take respite from the concrete jungle that is Dubai and head to the French Riviera (or La Petite Maison). The delicate burrata et tomatoes here sets a romantic scene with its barely-set texture and simplicity. Also, all the ingredients: non-pasteurised cheese, tomatoes and basil, are shipped directly from the South of France. Dhs95. Gate Village 8, DIFC (04 439 0505).
Nothing breaks through an early morning, post-weekend fog like this salty, savoury, dairy-loaded parcel from the 24-hour bakehouse. It’s one of the best in town, and delivery typically takes just 30 minutes. Dhs12. Various locations including TECOM (600 566 667).
Plated with a peppery tomato chutney, crunchy pecan nuts and a sprig of rosemary, this baked Brie could be crowned a winner in a cheese pageant. Just as the roasted creaminess of the cheese starts to please the taste buds, the sweetness of the chutney kicks in to complement the dish. Dhs56. Al Wasl Road (04 388 3868).
You haven’t satisfied your cheese cravings unless you’ve been to this New Orleans-inspired eatery in Dubai. A cool, contemporary restaurant, it has its hot cheese spinach dip recipe down to perfection. Served to the tunes of Frank Sinatra, enjoy the richness of this oven-baked dish with sourdough croutons. Dhs35. Armada BlueBay Hotel, Cluster P, JLT (04 399 8155).
If sharing fondue with a view of ski slopes (albeit man-made) is your idea of a great date night, then Après needs to be your venue of choice. Leave the guilt at home and dunk cubes of sourdough and rye bread into a tub of melted Gruyère here. Dhs160. Mall of the Emirates (04 341 2575).
An homage to cheese without the mention of pizza is a crime. The Greek Delite’s artisan thin crust adds extra crunch to the pizza, while the flavours of black olives, feta cheese and Roma tomatoes take the palette to a warm summer evening in Mykonos. Dhs49. Various locations including Al Barsha 1 (600 540 440).