With its airy, stylishly ornate interiors and large laid-back rooftop terrace, Long Teng is a must-visit for dim sum fans. Its menu is as big as the venue, and dishes are upmarket and inventively presented, but the prices here are extremely reasonable.
Open daily noon-2am. U-Bora Tower, Business Bay (04 241 1666).
Din Tai Fung
This casual eatery in Mall of the Emirates is part of the global powerhouse chain from Taiwan. It’s always packed and who can think of a better snack than a steaming basket full of deliciously moreish dumplings or a bowl of saucy noodles? If you don’t believe us, check out the queue snaking outside the restaurant – any time of day or night.
Open Sat-Wed 11am-10pm, Thu-Fri 11am-midnight. Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 265 1288).
This longstanding Chinese restaurant in DIFC is a mainstay on the Best Chinese category at these awards, with good reason – it’s always excellent. Don’t miss the dim sum and the signature roast duck. It may be pricier than some Chinese eateries in the city, but it’s excellent quality.
Open daily 11.30am-1am. Building 4, DIFC, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 354 5543).
Authentic Chinese dining in a casual setting offering traditional dishes such as seafood soup, crispy duck and chilli beef or choose from the extensive buffet.
Open daily 11am-1am. Deira, china-sea.mydubaipage.com (04 295 9816).
This Michelin-starred global chain relocated to Atlantis The Palm. Redefining the approach to modern Chinese fine-dining, signature dishes include Peking duck and dim sum.
Open daily 6pm-11.30pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.hakkasan.com (04 426 2626).
Ancient Shanghainese recipes passed down from generation to generation are at the heart of a vibrant array of soup dumplings, noodles, bubbling hot pots and pan-fried buns. Don’t miss the live dumpling-making theatre.
Open Sun-Thu noon-11pm; Fri-Sat noon-midnight. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, www.newshanghaime.com (04 224 6819).
An authentic Chinese hotpot restaurant. First, pick a broth, then order your ingredients (beef, lamb, veg, tofu) and get cooking by dropping into a giant steaming pot, split into nine squares so food doesn’t get lost - tasty and fun.
Open daily noon-1am. International City, nine-squares-restaurant.business.site (800 888999).
Imposing high ceilings and a colour palette of burgundy and black complements this exquisite Asian menu, designed for sharing. Traditional favourites include crispy Peking duck pancakes.
Open daily 6.30pm-11pm. Mövenpick Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel, www.movenpick.com (04 444 5613).
Xiao Wei Yang International Restaurant
Little Lamb Xiao Wei Yang restaurant is one of the best-known hotpot eateries in Dubai. Inspired by inner Mongolian cuisine, order your basic or spicy broth and then the ingredients you wish to cook. Enjoy shrimp balls and seaweed as you wait.
Open daily 11am-1am. Dubai Marina, www.littlelambrestaurant.com (04 441 9521).
Stunning silk kimonos on display, elegant birdcage light fittings and a huge gong to announce your arrival – you won’t forget your first visit to Zheng He’s. The Chinese food is equally as impressive with an outdoor terrace overlooking the Burj and the water.
Open daily noon-3pm, 6.30pm-11.30pm. Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, Umm Suqeim, www.jumeirah.com (04 432 3232).