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Middle Eastern, DIFC

Australian-Lebanese chef Greg Malouf’s modern Middle Eastern concept proves to be confident and clever

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Local Bites Café
Cafés, Umm Suqeim

Part US diner, part Emirati heritage centre on Jumeirah Beach Road

Vivaldi by Alfredo Russo
Italian, Deira

Italian food and a Michelin star pedigree at the Sheraton Dubai Creek

Cafés, Bur Dubai

Cultural space serves good food by the Dubai Creek

South East Asian, Palm Jumeirah

Sleek restaurant serves decent South East Asian food

Asia Asia
Fusion, Dubai Marina

Asian food and a grand design at Pier 7 in Dubai Marina

Kif Kif
Moroccan, Umm Suqeim

A Moroccan eatery serving classic dishes for great value

Taste Kitchen
Cafés, Jumeirah

Mall-based chain devised by well-known chefs is no average food court offering

Ashiana by Vineet
Indian, Deira

The Michelin-starred Indian chef’s restaurant gets a revamp

Pizza Express
Pizza, The Gardens

Popular pizza chain has decent mass market pies and good salad offerings

Rhodes W1
British, Dubai Marina

Gary Rhodes’ new British concept is vintage and modern in all the right measures

GQ Bar
Bar Food, Sheikh Zayed Road

The dining side of this nightlife venue offers strong service and okay food

The Scene
British, Dubai Marina

British chef Simon Rimmer’s first Dubai venture is charming and very fun

Y by Yabani
Japanese, Jumeirah

Charming City Walk eatery specialises in sushi and Japanese food

The Hamptons Café
Cafés, Umm Suqeim

This New York State-inspired spot is a popular and elegant spot

The Red Grill
Steakhouses, Downtown Dubai

Diminutive steakhouse in the Sofitel Downtown Dubai

Italian, Jumeirah Lakes Towers

This low-key Italian spot in JLT has plenty of spirit

Zero Gravity
International, Dubai Marina

Can the SkyDive Dubai restaurant and lounge reach dizzying heights?

Asian, Jumeirah Lakes Towers

A taste of Tokyo? Not quite, but there’s character at this quirky JLT spot

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