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Business Lunch

Winner
Zuma

Dhs62 (two courses), Dhs120 (four courses).
Sun-Thu 12.30pm-3pm. DIFC, Gate Village 6 (04 425 5660).

Highly Commended
Al Mahara

Dhs595 (three courses).
Sun-Thu 12.30pm-2.30pm. Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah (04 301 7600).

Manhattan Grill
Dhs100 (three courses).
Sun-Thu noon-3pm. Grand Hyatt Dubai, Oud Metha (04 317 1234).

High-end Japanese restaurant Zuma epitomises the perfect business lunch – swift service, a sophisticated setting and fantastic food. The fact that the restaurant serves an average of 3,300 ebisu set lunch menus every month speaks volumes.

If ever there were a way to impress an out-of-town contact, it’s picking them up in a BMW 7 Series and whisking them off to Al Mahara. Slightly more modest, but just as effective, is the Manhattan Grill set lunch; three courses for a mere Dhs100.

Café

Winner
The Lime Tree Café & Kitchen
Jumeirah Beach Road (04 349 8498).

Highly Commended
Baker& Spice

Souk Al Manzil, Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 427 9856).

Basta Art Café
Al Fahidi Street, Bastakiya (04 353 5071).

How can you argue with the Lime Tree’s timeless appeal and consistently excellent offerings? From the wide, rotating selection of salads to the divinely decadent puddings and the thirst-quenching selection of mocktails, the home-made offerings never fail to delight. What’s more, the Jumeirah villa-and-garden setting is a haven for those looking for a little civilised quiet time to read the complimentary magazines and papers.

Baker & Spice has been doing great business using fresh, local produce in delicious salads and sandwiches, as well as selling wonderful jams and cakes. Basta Art Café, meanwhile, is worthy of its highly commended accolade thanks to its beautiful leafy courtyard setting and super salads (think mountains of colourful super-foods served with a fiery dressing and warm bread on the side) – an ideal spot for a healthy start to your weekend.

Family

Winner
Jamie’s Italian

Marina Promenade, Dubai Festival City (04 232 9969).

Highly Commended
Johnny Rockets
Marina Walk, Dubai Marina (04 368 2339).

More Café
Marina Promenade, Dubai Festival City (04 232 6299).

Let’s face it – Jamie Oliver is all about creating tasty, freshly made food for families. The 36-year-old British chef has four children himself, so you can certainly expect your nippers to receive a warm welcome at his first Dubai restaurant. The kids’ menu is presented via viewfinder, there are plenty of games to keep them occupied during dinner and the dishes are healthy too – a win-win option for a fun family meal.

This year’s highly commended awards go to the all-singing, all-dancing Johnny Rockets, which is a great place to take kids for a birthday treat (after all, they can’t eat burgers every day of the week), and the Dubai Festival City branch of More Café, which impressed us with its fast service, waterside setting and tolerant attitude to noisy families.

By Time Out Dubai staff
Time Out Dubai,

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