Craig’s Crazy Carrot Cake Cheesecake at The Cheesecake Factory While this venue is famous for their bogglingly long cheesecake menu, this one stands out for creatively fusing a traditional vanilla cheesecake with a traditional carrot cake. Think of it like a generous extension of cream cheese frosting, because the mix of textures works exceptionally well. Dhs32. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 325 3521).
Eggplant with soy honey and requesón at El Sur This modern Spanish dining spot re-imagines a traditional tapas dish, with sweet and delicious roasted aubergine acting as a little basket for cool and creamy fresh cheese, requesón. Dhs55. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh Road, Dubai Marina (04 399 7700).
Queso fundido at Maya Modern Mexican Kitchen Mexico’s answer to the fondue is served here as a huge bowlful of drippy melted cheese with tortillas to help you mop up the yummy mess. Dhs65. Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (04 399 5555).
Heirloom tomatoes and burrata at Traiteur Try a variety of Italian fresh cheese that is made here in the UAE (using local milk too). Here, it is served with delicious heirloom tomatoes, including one that pops in your mouth like caviar. Dhs80. Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira (04 317 2222).
Truffle-scented labneh at Qbara An inspired example of fusion cooking, Qbara turns a bowl of labneh into something exquisite with the flavour of truffle. There is also a bounteous bowlful of crudities, served on ice (for extra freshness). Dhs52. Wafi, Oud Metha (04 709 2500).