WINNER: BB Social Dining
This cool restaurant boasts funky interiors and lovely al fresco terraces. Take a seat on the roof for a cosy meal and you’ll be thrilled. The menu has innovative, fun dishes, with quirks on the usual such as edamame hummus and cauliflower popcorn. It prides itself on its bao buns and bowls (as the BB suggests), while the desserts are awesome, too.
Open Sun-Wed noon-1am; Fri-Sat noon-1am. Gate Village 8, DIFC (04 407 4444).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Axe House
This casual Brit-themed eatery has burst onto the JLT scene. Don’t miss the shortrib, it’s excellent. The halloumi fries are ace, too.
Open daily noon-2am. Armada BlueBay Hotel, Cluster P, JLT (04 399 9577).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Lock, Stock & Barrel JBR – The Walk
A massive version of the Barsha Heights original (winner of our Bar Food of the Year category), this newer sibling keeps up the good name when it comes to food. Monster nachos, curries, flatbreads, hummus. Whatever your taste, you’ll find it here.
Open Mon-Thu 4pm-3am; Fri 1pm-3am; Sat-Sun 2pm-3am. Rixos Premium Dubai (04 520 0049).
SHORTLISTED: Arjee Bhajee
A low-key British-style curry house that’s good for chicken tikka masala and a pint.
Dhs250-350. Licensed. Open Sun-Wed 5pm-midnight; Thu-Sat noon-midnight. Palm Jumeirah (04 439 3548).
David Myers’ BASTA! is a Roman trattoria meets Florentine steakhouse meets Neapolitan pizzeria.
Dhs350-500. Open daily noon-midnight. Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Marasi Drive, Business Bay (04 512 5522).
SHORTLISTED: Black Tap
The latest version of the New York export from US Michelin-starred chef Joe Isidori. Urban interiors, juicy burgers and monster shakes, all within a stone’s throw of The Beach.
Dhs250-350. Licensed. Open Sat-Wed 11am-midnight; Thu-Fri 11am-1am. Rixos Premium Dubai, www.blacktapme.com
SHORTLISTED: Izu Brasserie
This newest eatery from Chef Izu is set at City Walk, serving up baked goods and light meals.
Dhs250-350. Unlicensed. Open Sun-Thu 11am-11pm; Fri-Sat 11am-1am. City Walk, Al Safa Street (04 403 3030).
SHORTLISTED: jones the grocer
A licensed venue that stands in the place that formerly held Spike Bar in Emirates Golf Club. Specialises in breakfasts, as well as decent burgers and a wicked mac and cheese. Also hosting cheese nights. Stop by the deli counter on your way out.
Dhs250-350. Licensed. Open daily 6am-10pm. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills (04 417 9999).
SHORTLISTED: Moombai & Co Café & Bar
Cute Parsi-style café serving up a range of authentic street food dishes. Service is slick and friendly and dishes are top-notch, too.
Dhs250-350. Licensed. Open daily 11am-midnight. The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 501 8607).
SHORTLISTED: Via Vita
This cute café in JLT offers some excellent pizzas and pasta dishes. Set in a handy place right by the lake, this is particularly popular for lunch. The interiors are charming, too.
Dhs150-250. Unlicensed. Open daily 11am-11pm, Cluster V, JLT (800 842 8482).