This Asian seafood spot at Jumeirah Fishing Harbour has made a massive impact since launching in 2017, when it took home the Best Casual Newcomer award. Don’t miss the creative sushi and quirky dishes such as sweetcorn waffles with pulled beef. It’s always busy and the vibe is welcoming.
Open Mon-Wed 1pm-11pm, Thu-Sat noon-midnight. Jumeirah Fishing Harbour (056 273 0030).
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This quirky Asian eatery in DIFC has loads of charm thanks to its clever use of a townhouse-style set up and a fun, inventive menu, packed with Asian and Middle Eastern flavours. It won Best Casual Newcomer in 2018, and it’s back in the medals this year.
Open Sat-Wed noon-midnight, Thu-Fri noon-1am. DIFC (04 407 4444).
For authentic, budget Vietnamese food, look no further than this cute (and always packed) spot in JLT. Dishes are simple, tasty and traditional, and it’s a great place for lunch. Don’t miss the slurpable pho, it’s a hit.
Open Sun-Wed 11am-11pm, Thu-Sat 11am-11.30pm. Cluster D, JLT (04 565 6088).
Inspired by the ancient spice route, expect a fusion of pan-Asian and Middle Eastern flavours with signature dishes such as moromi miso black cod, crispy aromatic duck, beef and truffle dim sum in exquisite surroundings.
Open Sun, Mon and Wed 6pm-1am; Tue and Thu 6pm-2am; Fri 2pm-2am; Sat 2pm-1am. Pier 7, Dubai Marina, www.pier7.ae (04 276 5900).
The name Betawi was taken from the old capital city of Indonesia – Batavia, now Jakarta – and the menu reflects this rich heritage, serving spicy, Indonesian classics such as nasi goreng, soto ayam and gado gado.
Open Sat-Thu noon-11pm; Fri 1.30pm-11pm. Karama, www.betawi.ae (056 7312672).
Take your taste buds on a pan-Asian journey with dishes including smoked salmon with ginger mirin glaze and Japanese plum coulis or tuna carpaccio with anchovy aioli and truffle oil. An outdoor terrace offers views of The Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa.
Open Sun-Thu 3pm-2am; Fri 1pm-2am; Sat noon-2am. Souk Al Bahar, Dubai, www.karma-kafe.com (04 423 0909).
Eclectic decor and rickshaw tables set the stage for an exotic menu exploring the gastronomy of Thailand, China and Vietnam with dishes including a Mekong sharing platter, Beijing duck and phad kaprow goong.
Open daily 6pm-midnight. Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, Palm Jumeirah, www.anantara.com (04 567 8304).
This urban-cool restaurant features exposed brickwork and graffitied walls alongside an exciting range of cuisine from India to Japan to China. Menu highlights include sharing dishes, chicken dumplings and volcano shrimp.
Open daily 6pm-2am. Majestic City Retreat, Mankhool Road, Bur Dubai, www.dubaimajestic.com (04 359 8888).
A one-way ticket to the bustling street markets of Asia, traditional plates at Miss Tess are inspired by the cuisine of Korea, Thailand, China, Vietnam and Japan. Interactive cooking stations whip up a whole host of street food faves.
Open daily 6pm-2am. Taj Dubai, Business Bay, www.misstessdubai.com (050 498 8505).
A two-storey venue featuring a resident DJ, striking overhead chandeliers, opulent décor and views of Dubai Marina, Buddha-Bar invokes a wow-factor while the menu is inspired by China, Japan and Thailand.
Open Sat-Wed 7pm-1am; Thu-Fri 7pm-2am. Grosvenor House Dubai, www.buddhabar.com (043 998 888).
Chefs cook in the centre of this intimate room, pulling ingredients from underneath the stove so guests can observe how their Chinese, Malaysian and Vietnamese dishes are prepared.
Open Sat-Wed noon-11.30pm; Thu-Fri noon-midnight. Grand Hyatt Dubai, Oud Metha, www.hyattrestaurants.com (04 317 2221).