For some this is simply another chain-type restaurant in JBR. For us, it’s possibly the best value-for-money-meal in this category. Tucked away in the Amwaj Rotana, this restaurant is busy most evenings. So, (at peak times) don’t be surprised if there are only bar seats available. Whether you want teppanyaki, teriyaki, sushi or black cod, the food here is remarkably consistent. Actually, it’s better than that, it’s very good, Like the food, the service is good but without pretence. You’ll be surrounded by a real mix of diners – families, couples, and red-faced beachgoers looking for sushi and refreshment. If you’re after top Japanese food in a casual environment, this could beome one of your go-to places.
Many well-known, Michelin star-wielding chefs have arrived in Dubai over the years, keen to stake a claim on the city’s dining scene. But few have done it with the quiet, understated class of Jason Atherton’s Marina Social. Stowed away inside the InterContinental Dubai Marina, with views out over the sprawling waterways from a spacious terrace, the modern British and Mediterranean restaurant is stylish and un-shouty, allowing the remarkable cooking coming out of the kitchen to speak volumes.
Open your experience here by starting with something from the snacks menu. Rich, creamy and crunchy, it’s almost impossible to stop scoffing the goat’s cheese churros with truffle honey, while the English Breakfast tea and toast, served on a tiered tray, with mushroom broth, bone marrow butter and gentleman’s relish, is deliciously earthy and enjoyably playful.
Moving through the meal, there’s little that doesn’t delight; sweet, creamy salads of Atlantic crab; delicate, salty parcels of pulled duck agnolotti; and a buttery, meaty quail pie so stupefyingly tasty you could be forgiven for fainting face-down into the creamy mash served alongside it.
Innovative, engaging and thoroughly enjoyable, there’s little wonder Marina Social is our Best European of 2017.
The Bottom Line
For modern British cooking, look no further.
Leila Heller Gallery’s first international location in Dubai’s Alserkal Avenue. At 14,000 square feet, the state of the art gallery features three exhibition spaces, making it the largest gallery in the UAE. Showcasing leading regional and international artists, many of whom will be presenting their work in the Middle East for the first time, the gallery is dedicated to supporting the evolving practice of established artists.
Since its establishment over three decades ago in New York, Leila Heller Gallery has gained worldwide recognition as a pioneer in promoting creative dialogue and exchange between Western artists and Middle Eastern, Central and Southeast Asian artists.