Did you know you can reserve selected restaurants on this website?
Time Out Dubai staff
Time Out Dubai has teamed up with Hyatt hotels in Dubai to allow you to reserve tables at top restaurants without even having to leave the restaurant review page.
Check out the restaurants below and click the link to make your reservations now.
Al Dawaar: This Hyatt Regency favourite is still (somehow) Dubai’s only rotating restaurant. Don’t expect a rollercoaster ride but if you want a novelty setting and reasonable food it is worthy of your consideration. Book a table here.
Andiamo! Enjoy a rustic family feel in the underbelly of the giant Grand Hyatt hotel. Whether you turn up for one of the lavish lunches or a cosy midweek meal you can expect platefuls of freshly made Italian foods. Book a table here.
Awtar: You may be able to get Lebanese food cheaper elsewhere, but if you love the cuisine, it’s worth splashing out. The service is immaculate, barely allowing a crumb to hit the table before it is swept up – and you will make a mess when eating here, as all table manners go out of the window when scoffing the dishes down. Book a table here.
Café Arabesque: There are plenty of simple spots in Dubai to get your fix of Arabic food; Café Arabesque fits the more sophisticated mood. Located at the Park Hyatt hotel, the restaurant can’t help but be elegant; its soft lighting and the diners’ hushed murmurs are characteristic of the property’s candle-strewn, marble-bedecked charm. Book a table here.
Focaccia: It’s a pleasant surprise to walk into Focaccia and feel as though you are walking into a quaint, Italian villa. The cosy tables are arranged around a central water feature and the outdoor balcony is perfectly positioned for diners to watch the sunset. Focaccia is well worth a visit if you’re delving into the old part of Dubai. Book a table here.
iZ: The Grand Hyatt is home to Iz; an uber-cool, fashionable-looking restaurant that serves up high-end Indian tapas. It certainly comes up trumps in the style-stakes; carefully lit with rich earthy interiors, cream furniture and wooden furnishings, it oozes sophistication. We recommend you head to Iz for a midweek lunch, as they do a stellar business lunch deal. That way you can enjoy the small portions, and a small bill. Book a table here.
Market Cafe: Once you get over the jungle-theme decor, you’ll do well to tuck into the Turkish lamb stew, which is thick and flavoursome; in fact the meat is so tender it falls apart beneath the fork. Service comes with eager smiles and, aside from a few noisy families, the setting is peaceful enough. The swipe-as-you-go billing system can be dangerous, so keep a count of what you’re spending, or you might end up with a mammoth bill. Book a table here.
Manhattan Grill: When designing a steak restaurant, it must be easy to plump for the same old leather-clad, macho interior. Luckily, Manhattan Grill has taken a different tack, with elegant decor that evokes an air of 1930s and ’40s New York. We love its oh-so-sleek style, from the gorgeous china plates to the jazz music emanating softly from the speakers. The quality of the food is top notch: succulent wagyu and prime Nebraska beef will tickle the taste buds of seasoned steak connoisseurs, while pescetarians can opt for the lobster or fish. Book a table here.
Miyako: A favourite with Japanese foodies in the know, Miyako has one of the largest menus in the city – so the fact that staff are knowledgeable and willing to give an honest opinion is invaluable. To kick things off, it’s tough to pick between the fantastically fresh sushi, ridiculously large salads, and expertly executed pickled veg. However, if we had to recommend a main course, it would consist of the achingly soft, sweet aubergine side and the grilled cod – so ethereal and succulent you’ll want to eat here every day. Book a table here.
Peppercrab: You can’t visit to Peppercrab without sampling the signature dish from which the restaurant takes its name – it’s simply not allowed. The huge crustacean fills the plate and is smothered with a sauce that has a treacle-like consistency. The taste? Delicious, albeit very rich. Book a table here.
Shahrzad: This lively Persian restaurant is popular with Iranians from all over Dubai. Sample the traditional method of cooking and keep an ear open for the music that will surely accompany your meal. Book a table here.
Sushi: Serving some of the best sushi we’ve ever tasted and a host of stunning fish dishes, Sushi is a firm favourite among Dubai’s Japanese expats. Search it out in the leafy labyrinths of the Grand Hyatt hotel, behind canvas curtains in a corner adjacent to Peppercrab. It might be tiny but it’s terrific, all dark, warm woods, attentive staff and a sense that you and the occupants of the other ten available seats have stumbled upon a wonderful secret. Book a table here.
Thai Kitchen: Situated alongside the bobbing yachts of the Creek Club, as well as the sparkling waters of the creek itself, Thai Kitchen offers perhaps the very most spectacular al fresco setting to eat Thai food in Dubai. While it is possible to order a la carte, the restaurant’s tendency to serve dishes in smaller bowl portions makes it far more appealing to share set menus, tapas-style. This goes down particularly well for the Friday brunch. Book a table here.
Traiteur:Traiteur is an achingly romantic restaurant at the Park Hyatt that recently relaunched, shifting its focus from vaguely European to strictly French. The space is expansive, the lighting low and the colour theme all soft creams and mahogany. But no single detail can do justice to the overall effect. Though even the most effusive adjective shrivels at the door of Traiteur’s majestic entrance, for the time being let’s just say the setting is splendid. And the food is good too. Book a table here.