Dubai's big new openings

We round up the hottest restaurants and hangouts set to hit Dubai in a matter of weeks…

The countdown is on until British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s new restaurant Bread Street Kitchen opens at Atlantis The Palm. Due to welcome dishes towards the end of the year (we reckon late October, early November) – just in time for the festive season – the menu promises a mix of European and British dishes. The casual dining spot originally opened in London’s St Pauls area, serving dishes such as potted salt beef brisket with grain mustard and roasted sea trout with spring vegetables – we can’t wait to see what the hot-headed chef has in store for Dubai.

Also opening soon is Gordon Ramsay’s best-known protégé Jason Atherton’s Marina Social at the new InterContinental Dubai Marina. The British chef (who, like Ramsay, also earned his chef’s whites under Marco Pierre White) won a Michelin star for his brand of deformalised fine dining. The 85-seat restaurant will have a dedicated mixed drinks bar and the chef promises it will be ‘really good value for money and a fun place to hang out’. Advance bookings for dinner at Marina Social can be made now by calling 04 446 6664. The first tables are available from 6pm to 11.30pm from Friday September 4.

In addition to Marina Social, The InterContinental Dubai Marina is also launching two new venues, Urban Shisha Lounge and Urban Lounge, both scheduled to open at the end of September. With more than 15 flavours of shisha, the lounge will be a laid-back spot and will serve dates and Arabic coffee. The venue will also have board games on hand. The Urban Lounge is a livelier venue serving mixed drinks and featuring a triangular pool surrounded by cabanas.

There’s something in the water in the UK, for another British chef, Tom Aikens, is set to open a restaurant in Dubai in September (date to be confirmed). Pots, Pans & Boards will be located at The Beach, JBR, with a focus on sharing plates and guests serving themselves. The eatery will offer English, Mediterranean and French dishes – all cooked and presented in a pot, pan or on a board.

Spanish restaurant El Sur is launching a new Friday brunch, ‘Siesta Fiesta’, starting in September, and running from 1.30pm to 4.30pm. The package includes unlimited hops and grape and traditional Spanish drinks as well as two dessert options, all from Dhs295 per person. A soft beverage package is available at Dhs195. From the new to the old, Jumeirah Beach Hotel’s German favourite, Der Keller, has recently undergone a refurbishment and has now re-opened for business. The venue has welcomed a new chef, German national Marcel Korpuka, who has designed the menu so that it now offers dishes from the three alpine regions: Austria, Switzerland and Germany. With generous portions, the restaurant serves traditional meat dishes and plenty of new additions including Swiss raclette and Austrian Schnitzel. To book a table call 04 366 5866.

Dubai’s nightlife scene is also getting a few new additions, with Lock, Stock and Barrel set to open at the Grand Millennium Dubai. The team behind Q43, Asia Asia and Karma Kafé, will open the late-night venue in early November. The bar will host live events, screen all the latest sporting action and offer a southern barbecue/Tex-Mex menu. Weekly events will include a Sunday roast, quiz night with a twist (‘Now That’s What I Call…’), a ladies’ night reminiscent of the mix-tapes we were all once fond of and a brunch featuring a karaoke finale. The venue will operate until 3am seven days a week. See for more details.

Sofitel Downtown Dubai
is set to open a whopping four new restaurants towards the end of the year, including Wakame, a contemporary Asian dining and bar experience and Chez Louis, which will serve authentic Lebanese seafood. The hotel will also open a new nightclub (watch this space) and is currently renovating its rooftop bar, Above, to be reopened in September. Karma Kafé at Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai, has also been given a facelift. After two months of refurbishment it will re-open its doors late this month or early next.

For those who can’t wait until September, new bar Dusty’s, located in Al Fattan Currency House in DIFC, is now open and describes itself as ‘a deli by day and a grape bar by night’. For bookings, call 04 235 4567.

Taking the party outdoors, Cielo Sky Lounge at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club will launch a new monthly event called ‘Made in Italy DXB’ starting in October. Described as a night of Italian style, music and fashion, it will see an Italian DJ headline. Meanwhile, Nasimi Sessions at Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm, will also return in the autumn, with headline acts to be announced in the coming weeks. And finally, it’s never too early to start planning your New Year’s Eve. American Grammy Award-winning house DJ David Morales is confirmed to play at Q43 on Thursday December 31. Food and drinks packages start from Dhs495, call 04 443 5403 for details.

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