A staple around the UAE – and on many high streets in the UK – this popular Italian chain is an ideal pit-stop whatever mood you’re in. From massive pizzas to healthy salads, there loads of choice. We love the giardiniara pasta from the restaurant’s founder, the late Antonio Carluccio.
Lower Ground, Waterfront Promenade (04 434 1320).
Whether you’re after a juicy burger, a mountain of nachos, a fresh and flavoursome salad or a platter of pasta you’ll find it here. With a massive range of dishes (and equally massive portion sizes) this globally popular restaurant is a hit with all ages, and it’s clear to see why. There’s also a low-calorie menu featuring the likes of minced chicken tacos with lettuce cups, but for us it’s all about that scrumptious cheesecake.
Ground Floor, in front of Dubai Aquarium (04 419 0223).
This US chain serves up monster dishes. From quesadillas to Cajun pasta, via a serving of crispy chicken, there’s sure to be something to pique your interest at Chili’s.
First Floor, near Dubai Aquarium (04 705 9672).
Live Maine lobster. Shrimp linguini alfredo. Snow crab legs. Tuna poke tasting plate. The sailor’s platter... Red Lobster is renowned for a deliciously fresh seafood.
Lower Ground Floor, Waterfront Promenade (04 325 3131).
This boutique restaurant from South Africa serves fresh, rustic, Mediterranean salads, gourmet sandwiches and burgers alongside juices and coffees. It’s also kown for its Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-style puddings, including a wondrous cake tasting board filled with all of the best-selling cakes of the day. Think brownies, doughnuts and lashings of Nutella.
Ground Floor, near The Waterfall (04 362 7500).