Dubai’s best new restaurant of 2013 will woo you with its stylish setting and authentic Japanese cooking. Situated (nearly) at the top of the Raffles Dubai pyramid, TOMO’s terrace boasts great views. For a truly unique al-fresco experience, diners can choose to eat at the new tatami terrace, where the outdoor tables are laid out in traditional tatami dining room style. The terrace is due to remain open until the end of May.
Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (04 357 7888).
If you feel the temperature outside is already far from comfortable, try this cheats’ pick of places to cool down in.
When you’re feeling hot and bothered, we’ll warrant that the first thing you might fantasise about doing is taking a long, cooling dip in the ocean. Yet we’re not advocates of cramp inducing swimming while eating, so the next best thing has to be a bite to eat at Poseidon Café in Atlantis The Palm. Not as budget-testing as sister seafood eatery Ossiano in the same hotel, the clean, casual café offers a cooling, icy white and blue space set in front of the impressive aquarium, home to over 65,000 marine animals, which stretches the length and breadth of the facing wall (and beyond). Tuck into a vanilla, chocolate or strawberry ice cream cup to really cool down.
Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Make a bee-line for the raw bar. The unique looking corner of this popular Italian restaurant has been devised to look like a gigantic, neon lit block of ice. Resting on the top is a selection of raw seafood and fish delicacies. According to Chinese food philosophy, which distinguishes between cooling and hot foods, oysters are a ‘cooling’ food, making a dabble in the selection at Roberto’s raw bar a chilling double whammy.
DIFC, Sheikh Zayed Road, Gate Village (04 386 0066).
Overcoming the heat, one could argue, is simply a question of mind over matter. So transport yourself to the sensation of snuggling up against the winter cold in snowy Switzerland at St. Moritz. The fun, themed café is nestled in the foothills of Dubai’s very own fake mountain range at Ski Dubai, with great views of the skiers. It offers a whimsical portrayal of winter in a Swiss mountain lodge, with vintage posters, a fake fire place and signatures on the menu such as cheese fondue.
Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 409 4131).