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This fantastic restaurant exploded onto the dining scene last year and has wowed Dubai’s discerning diners since. From popular chef Izu Ani (formerly of top restaurants La Petite Maison and La Serre, and also currently of GAIA, The Lighthouse and Izu Brasserie) carine is named after his wife, and it’s a charming, romantic spot at Emirates Golf Club. Staff are excellent, the terrace and views are gorgeous and the Mediterranean food is fantastic.
Open Sun-Wed noon-3pm, 7pm-10.30pm, Thu noon-3pm, 7pm-11pm, Fri 8.30am-3pm, 7pm-11pm, Sat 8.30am-3am. Emirates Golf Club, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 417 9885).
This DIFC restaurant should be celebrated for many things, especially its inventive menu and use of locally sourced fresh produce. It’s also made a commitment to veganism, too, with plenty of options on its Mediterranean menu.
Open Mon-Sat noon-1am, Sun noon-midnight. Gate Village 6, DIFC (04 323 1833).
folly by Nick & Scott
This is a great spot from British chefs Nick Alvis and Scott Price. With excellent views out over Souk Madinat Jumeirah, the duo serve up top-notch contemporary European food – don’t miss the sirlion of beef with cheek and thyme croquettes.
Open Sun-Thu noon-2.30pm, Fri-Sat noon-3.30pm, daily 5pm-11pm. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 430 8535).
At.mosphere Restaurant & Lounge
Set on the 122nd floor of the world’s tallest building, 422 metres from the ground, At.mosphere offers breath-taking views of the Arabian Gulf and the menu is divine, serving delicacies such as hand-dived scallop and ossetra caviar.
Open daily 7am-11am, 12.30pm-4pm, 6pm-midnight. Burj Khalifa, www.atmosphereburjkhalifa.com (04 888 3828).
Bread Street Kitchen
Coupled with live music and an extensive grape list, this restaurant from British chef Gordon Ramsay serves favourites such as mini Yorkshire puddings and petite fish pies, topped with creamy mash.
Open Sat noon-10.30pm; Sun-Wed noon-3.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm; Thu noon-3.30pm, 6pm-11pm; Fri 12.30pm-4pm (brunch), 6pm-11pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.gordonramsayrestaurants.com (04 426 2626).
Flamingo Room by tashas
From burgers to pastas, grills and seafood, a scattering of African flavours are on offer from peri peri chicken to calamari Mozambique, alongside retro European dishes including a lobster vol au vent. The dining room features marble floors, fish-scale walls and a sculptural light that looks like an orchid.
Open Sat-Wed noon-3.30pm, 7pm-11pm; Thu-Fri noon-3.30pm, 7pm-midnight. Jumeirah Al Naseem, Umm Suqeim, www.flamingoroombytashas.com (04 244 7278).
Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton is at the helm of this British-Mediterranean menu that includes dishes such as seared yellowfin tuna and duck leg agnolotti, and desserts such as banoffee pie soufflé. Highlights include a bespoke tasting menu and a view overlooking Dubai Marina.
Open Sun-Wed 6pm-10.45pm; Thu 6pm-11.45pm; Fri 1pm-4pm, 7pm-11.45pm; Sat 1pm-10.45pm. InterContinental Dubai Marina, Dubai Marina, www.marinasocialdubai.com (04 446 6664).
Hearty, brasserie-style dishes celebrate seasonal seafood, meat and fish. Tuna tartare, wood-fired baby chicken, oak grilled octopus and Creekstone farm steaks can be enjoyed on a vibrant and lush outdoor terrace.
Open daily noon-4pm, 7pm-11.30pm. Four Seasons Dubai International Financial Centre, DIFC, www.minabrasserie.com (04 506 0100).
Indulge in authentic British cuisine prepared by chef Rama, a former chef from the QE2’s sailing days, as you absorb the history of this iconic ship, restored to her former glory against the imposing backdrop of Dubai’s iconic skyline.
Open daily 7pm-11pm. QE2, Port Rashid, Bur Dubai, www.qe2.com (04 526 8888)