Time Out Dubai guide to Downtown Dubai restaurants; best places to eat in Downtown Dubai defined by price and cuisine, with reviews, hours and deals.
For incredible views of the Dubai Fountain, Burj Khalifa and many other of the city’s great landmarks, there’s arguably no better place to dine out in than Downtown. You can enjoy a meal on the 123rd floor of the world’s tallest building and choose from a variety of fine dining and casual eating establishments. Malls, hotels and terraces that offer amazing al fresco eats, hidden gems and poolside brunches are all thrown into the mix here, meaning there really is something for everyone and for the right occasion when it calls.
This venue pitches itself as a high-end sports bar, which to us is a slightly curious proposition. The walls are adorned with the requisite sports paraphernalia and you will find the necessary number of screens to keep sports fans switched on. But when it comes to clientele you’re likely to encounter families and young after-work professionals – frankly not the sort of people you expect in a sports bar. A play on New Zealand, South Africa and Australia, Nezesaussi is to sports bars what rugby is to football (it’s a bit posher). It’s not too posh though, which is why we think it’s more often than not busy. The food isn’t gourmet but it’s not bad, and while the service can be a little on the inattentive side, it’s essentially a good quality, smart pub that serves a decent selection of reasonably priced pub grub in hearty portions.
The decor in India Palace is very traditional and ornate (after all it’s supposed to replicate an Indian palace). There’s live music too, with sitar players strumming along quite loudly at times while you eat. There’s often a buffet menu available, which is reasonably priced and has plenty of variety. You can feast on salads, rice and various sides, including pakoras, sheek kebabs and tandoori fish pieces. The selection of curries is impressive and everything tastes fresh and tasty. Breads and drinks (lassi, juice, water, etc) are also included in the price. For Dhs75 it’s a bargain, and will leave you satisfied and full. India Palace does its job perfectly.
Originally a New York café, this cosy eatery in Burj Views has plenty of the Big Apple about it, from the shop front to the décor inside. The menu stays true to the source, too, with good coffee, baked goods and excellent egg dishes. Often thought of as a place to go for breakfast (we absolutely recommend that you do), there are lots of reasons to head down at all times of the day. As you might expect from an American joint, they do slow-cooked meat very well here, with the smoked beef rib being a particular highlight. We can also vouch for the buttermilk fried chicken and burgers. With food trucks popping up at Kite Beach and Last Exit and a second branch in City Walk, clearly we’re not the only ones who love a walk down Clinton Street.
This mall-based eatery serves up a wide range of Italian dishes in a bustling, contemporary setting. With outlets of this chain based in some of the city’s busiest malls, you can expect slightly slow service at times, which makes it a good idea to order some of the bready starters from the menu. Don’t eat too much, however, as you will want to be sure to leave room for some of the freshly-made pasta dishes. The pumpkin tortelli in a chilli and butter sauce is a great choice for vegetarians, while the chicken risotto is creamy and fluffy with plenty of tender chunks of chicken. Salads are served up crunchy and full of colour, while desserts range from classic choices like tiramisu to the novelty affogato, a tall glass stuffed with vanilla ice cream then smothered in rich espresso. If you head to the Dubai Mall branch, the terrace boasts an impressive view of The Dubai Fountain.