A fine dining Chinese restaurant overlooking the waters of the Palm? Yes please. There are no westernised dishes on the menu – come to here to try authentic Chinese food with modern presentation. With brilliant views and a waterfront lounge, it’s a prime spot for sundowners and a side basket of dim sum.
Open daily 12.30pm-11pm. The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah, www.chuanseafood.com (04 564 3888).
Royal China is a buzzing Chinese restaurant that repeatedly features in Time Out Dubai’s Best Chinese category – and for good reason. It remains a solid choice for an excellent Chinese meal, with a menu that offers inventive cuisine while not compromising on the wide range of classics.
Open daily 11.30am-midnight. Building 4, DIFC, www.royalchinadubai.com (04 354 5543).
Late in 2019 this swish spot underwent a revamp and revealed a fresh new look and menu which was designed by chef Lai Min Wei (formerly of global chain Hakkasan). The food here is utterly delicious and beautifully presented with finesse – if you have a hankering for classic Chinese cuisine with a modern twist, you won’t be disappointed. Plus the views are superb. A hit with tourists and residents alike.
Open daily noon-3pm, 6pm-11pm. Jumeirah Mina A'Salam, Umm Suqeim, www.jumeirah.com (04 432 3232).
This unassuming spot in Deira serves up some of the most authentic Chinese food in the city. Not only are the portions huge, but the cooking is flavourful and all in all it’s an absolute bargain, with the average main dish coming in at Dhs40. China Sea has absolutely no frills, but if you leave your preconceptions at the doorway by the dragon statues, then this is a brilliant find.
Open daily 10.30am-midnight. Deira (04 295 9816).
Din Tai Fung
Din Tai Fung has achieved a lofty status among the city’s foodies, with its flagship branch in Mall of the Emirates regularly building up queues 45 minutes plus. While most people go for the delicious dim sum, there are also plenty of other staples on the surrounding menu including meaty soups and oodles of noodles. Brave the queues and you’ll be rewarded.
Open Sat-Wed 11am-11.30pm, Thu-Fri 11am-12.30am. Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, www.dintaifung.com (04 265 1288).
This Michelin-starred global chain at Atlantis The Palm offers a swish approach to modern Chinese fine-dining with signature dishes including Peking duck, dim sum and jasmine tea smoked wagyu beef ribs.
Open Sat-Wed 6pm-midnight, Fri 12.30pm-3.30pm, 6pm-midnight. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.hakkasan.com/dubai (04 426 2626).
Long Teng offers authentic, Cantonese cuisine and we can’t get enough of it. Dishes are upmarket and inventively presented and although it’s a seafood restaurant by reputation, the extensive menu features enough dim sum to fill several bamboo baskets and plenty of meat options.
Open daily noon-2am. U-Bora Towers, Business Bay (04 241 1666).
New Shanghai is a cool, family-friendly spot that’s perfect for a mid-shopping break in The Dubai Mall. The décor is fun and vibrant with massive murals – an average mall pit-stop this is not. There are plenty of tasty-sounding options on the menu with oodles of dim sum, wontons, dumplings, buns and more. There are even Nutella dim sum for dessert.
Open daily 11am-midnight. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, www.newshanghaime.com (04 224 6819).
If you’ve never had hotpot before (and we’re not talking the lamb kind your nan makes), this is a great place to start. Don’t miss the tender beef or the deliciously smoky special homemade black tofu. For a fun eating experience that lets you cook your own dinner in delightful surroundings, try Nine Squares.
Open daily noon-11pm. International City, nine-squares-restaurant.business.site (800 888999).
Xiao Wei Yang International Restaurant
Surrounded by the glitz and glamour of Dubai Marina, the low-key Xiao Wei Yang, which specialises in hotpots, might not be the most obvious place to head to eat if you’re in the area. However, if you’re looking for a laid-back spot with a bustling atmosphere and top grub, you won’t be disappointed.
Open daily 11am-1am. Dubai Marina, www.littlelambrestaurant.com (04 421 4650).