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This new Greek restaurant is a massive hit. Not only is the vibe super-cool and upbeat, the food is outstanding, too. We can’t get enough of the moreish tzatziki, while the lamb kebab is a fantastically tasty, interesting variation on what you’ve come to expect from classics. This place picks up as the night goes on, so arrive ready to get involved with some plate smashing and Zorba dancing.
Open Sat-Wed 7pm-1am, Thu-Fri 7pm-2am. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 357 0557).
This Greek-Mediterranean spot from popular chef Izu Ani is packed nightly and serves up tasty dishes in a more relaxed setting than some DIFC restaurants you might find. There’s also a fish market-style counter, with an excellent selection, should you be hankering for a seafood supper.
Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-11pm. Building 10, Gate Village, DIFC (04 241 4242).
The London Project
One of the first restaurants to open on Bluewaters Dubai, The London Project has stunning views across to JBR and trendy, tasty dishes. We love the dedicated juniper bar area, which has cool décor, while the restaurant menu includes treats including some delicious flatbreads and a fittingly “Dubai” bubbly-battered fish and chips.
Open daily 9am-midnight. Bluewaters Dubai (056 913 4699).
This massive Venetian-style Italian restaurant on the Palm comes from top US chef Chris Jaeckle. The indoor space is meant to remind diners of the canal-based city, kitted out with wooden gondolas and oars. Highlights include buffalo ricotta ravioli, peppered beef tagliata and spaghetti carbonara.
Open daily 5pm-1am. Emerald Palace Kempinski, www.allondanyc.com (04 248 8870).
If you’re a fan of Gordon Ramsay, and his show of the same name, visit this restaurant at Caesars Palace. You can’t miss the H-K logo and slick red and blue show kitchen and seats facing the open kitchen offer maximum dramatics. Ensure you try the beef Wellington.
Open daily noon-3.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm. Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai, www.caesars.com (04 556 6466).
This contemporary pan-Asian steakhouse offers an extensive menu showcasing Japanese cuisine and split into three groups – small plates, steamed dumplings and mains. It’s pricey, but everything is excellent.
Open daily 6pm-2am. Emerald Palace Kempinski, Palm Jumeirah, www.kempinski.com (04 248 8850).
miX by Alain Ducasse
Launched by Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse, miX offers a French fine-dining experience inspired by local and international influences. The huge dining room spans several floors in the opulent hotel.
Open Sat-Wed 7pm-2am; Fri 1pm-5pm, 7pm-2am. Emerald Palace Kempinski, Palm Jumeirah, www.kempinski.com (04 248 8860).
A Turkish-Mediterranean spot, The Galliard has a sophisticated bar and an open-air terrace. Don’t miss the manti, filled with minced beef and onions, and surrounded by lashings of melted butter and yoghurt.
Open Sun-Thu 4.30pm-3am; Fri-Sat 11.30am-3am. Address Downtown, Downtown Dubai, www.addresshotels.com (052 489 9982).
Zhen Wei Dim Sum
Love dim sum? This one is for you. The steaming baskets of dumplings are served up in serene surroundings near the water at Caesars Palace and are excellent – especially the chicken soup xiao long bao.
Open daily noon-3pm, 6pm-10.30pm. Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai, www.caesars.com (04 556 6666).
Perched on the pool terrace overlooking vistas of the Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Fountain, Zeta presents Californian-Asian cuisine, plenty of sushi and sashimi as well as tartare, tempura and seafood. It’s also top value and one of the best-priced places to get a drink with such stunning views.
Open Sat-Wed 4pm-midnight; Thu-Fri 4pm-1am. Address Downtown, Downtown Dubai, www.addresshotels.com (04 888 3444).