City Card Critics’ choice

Time Out selects seven of the best City Card offers

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20% off food and drink at Ruth’s Chris Steak House*
The name is a mouthful (whose is it? Ruth’s or Chris’s?), and so are the ginormous steaks. Each carnivorous dish arrives in a pool of shimmering butter on plates heated to 500°F, after being cooked – nay, positively scorched to surrender – at 1,800°F. The decor is stylish for a steakhouse, with high-back, white leather chairs, rich reds and low lights. Your attention, however, will be held by the meat feast that graces the table in front of you.
The Monarch Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 501 8666)
*Includes house pours

15% off food and drink at Fazaris
Fazaris offers a selection of international cuisine, from the Far East to the Mediterranean. Mains like the deliciously spiced dahl and organic grilled salmon from the live cooking stations are highlights, but it’s the dessert selection that made us smile. The food is perfectly complemented by the view – all 828 metres of the Burj Khalifa.
Address Downtown Dubai (04 436 8888)
*Includes house pours

20% off food at Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire
Winner of the Time Out Best French Restaurant crown last year, Reflets offers more than just a meal. It has a lavish interior (check out the floor-to-ceiling mirrored toilets), clued-up staff and elegant ambiance, though Reflets’ cuisine is still its main draw. From black truffle to foie gras, frozen fruits to marzipan, the portions are both pleasant surprises and plentiful. The only drawback? The staggering prices – although your City Card will help.
InterContinental, Festival City (04 701 1111)
*Discount on food and soft drinks only

25% off treatments at Chill Spa
Based near the defunct Hard Rock Café in Media City (are they just going to leave it to erode?), this spa does what it says on the sign: helps you to thoroughly unwind amid the non-stop sandy whirl of Dubai life. As well as the usual facials and massages, Chill’s menu includes the intriguing ‘rituals’ and, if you’re in too much of a hurry to chill for long, it also offers express packages (although if you can’t spare an hour or so for a full massage, we suggest you go back and re-read the sign out loud one more time).
Shatha Tower, Media City, behind Hard Rock Café, next to Media One hotel (04 369 0902)
*Applicable on selected treatments

20% off food and drink at Left Bank Souk Al Bahar
Left Bank at Souk Al Bahar surprised us by being far better than its Madinat Jumeirah counterpart. An altogether classier affair, LBSAB (for short) serves fantastic mixed drinks and decent bar food to a hip soundtrack. The main selling point here, however, is the glossy interior: it has soft lighting and just the right number of booths. Head here at the weekend as a great start to a big night out on the town.
Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Burj Khalifa (04 368 4501)
*Includes house pours

15% off food and drink at Blue Bar
We love Blue Bar, particularly on Thursdays and Saturdays. As well as decent vintages and cigars, the hotel venue hosts excellent live blues (naturally) and jazz bands on these days, meaning it’s one of the few places in town where you can enjoy a smoky muso den filled with businessmen and, every now and again, a man in a felt cap.
Novotel World Trade Centre Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 0000)
*Includes house pours

15% off food and drink at Mango Tree
Mango Tree has come a long way since it opened a couple of years ago. It was always a chic venue, with great food and drinks – but very few diners. Now it’s buzzing pretty much every night of the week as guests take full advantage of the gorgeous Dubai Fountain views and slick interior, as well as the reasonable prices for the quality on offer. Order the ob woon sen – a generous plate of glass noodles and prawns. Kob khun ka!
Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Burj Khalifa (04 426 7313)
*A la carte only

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