folly by Nick & Scott
There isn’t much not to love about this Souk Madinat eatery by Nick Alvis and his cooking partner Scott Price. Creativity with classic ingredients are what this culinary duo not only do, but do exceptionally well to create outstanding contemporary European food. The Devon crab and smoked quail are serious stand-outs, and the views aren’t half bad either.
Open daily noon-midnight. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, www.folly.ae (04 430 8535).
This popular spot from chef Izu Ani has a lovely setting at Emirates Golf Club. Mediterranean menu of dishes that include foie gras salad, grilled harissa prawns and perfectly executed rib-eye steak. When the weather allows, booking a table on the terrace overlooking the exceptionally-well manicured fairways is a must.
Open Sun-Wed 12pm-3pm and 7pm-10.30pm; Thu 12pm-3pm and 7pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 8.30am-3pm and 7pm-11pm. Emirates Golf Club, www.carine.ae (0 4 417 9885).
This Gordon Ramsay restaurant at Bluewaters Dubai is a sister of the British chef’s famed Las Vegas outpost – and a spin off from the TV show of the same name. Expect some top-notch British food – including the British chef’s famed beef Wellington – as well as a lively Friday brunch.
Open daily 7am-10.30am, noon-3.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm. Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai (04 556 6466).
This top DIFC eatery boasts the perfect culinary fusion of top-notch dishes from coastal France, Spain and Italy. The inventive menu features Mediterranean classics and gives them a bit of a twist, all using the freshest, locally sourced products. Vegans are exceptionally well-catered for here too.
Open daily noon-2am. Gate Village 6, DIFC, www.boca.ae (04 323 1833).
Oozing sophistication and charm this romantic spot dishes up superb food from a menu that’s the work of Michelin-starred chef, Mauro Clagreco. Don’t miss the seared langoustine or the duck foie gras tart to start and the must-try mains include the veal tenderloin and lobster ravioli. Vegetarians should try the asparagus risotto.
Open daily 9am-10.30am and 7pm-11.30pm. The Palace, One&Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh, www.oneandonlyresorts.com (04 399 9999).
Flamingo Room by tashas
The attention to detail runs through every facet of this elegant restaurant nestled on the banks of Jumeirah Al Naseem’s turtle Lagoon. The casual, chic dining spot pays a tribute to founder Natasha Sideris’s South African heritage, while embracing delicious Mediterranean flavours. Highlights of the elegant menu include butternut carpaccio, king crab leg, caviar with blinis and lobster and prawn vol-au-vent.
Open Sat-Wed noon-4pm, 7pm-11.30pm, Thu-Fri noon-4pm, 7pm-12.30am. Jumeirah Al Naseem, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim www.flamingoroombytasha.com (04 244 7278).
With sparkling views over Dubai Marina and a Michelin-starred chef at the helm, Marina Social consistently delivers a top night out. The British-Mediterranean inspired menu features a decent mix of red meat, seafood and pasta, plus a separate vegan menu to keep the non-meat eaters happy. Don’t miss the tasting menu if you want to enjoy all of Jason Atherton’s signature eats.
Open Sun-Wed, 6pm-10.45pm, Thu 6pm-11.45pm, Fri 1pm-4pm, 7.30pm-11.45pm, Sat 1pm-10.45pm. InterContinental Dubai Marina, Dubai Marina, www.marinasocialdubai.com (04 446 6664).
MasterChef The TV Experience
Much more than a gimmicky restaurant playing off its reality TV show superstar status – and namesake – the Dubai Marina eatery has substance. The fun, friendly service and MasterChef set interiors compliment some superb dishes, MasterChef UK 2017 winner Saliha Mahmood’s quail dish with sweet figs and served with a bulgur wheat salad and whipped walnut relish, being one. The lobster tortellini from Australian finalist Laura Cassai and Shelina Permalloo’s – MasterChef UK champion season 8 – Mauritian warm octopus salad are also worth checking out.
Open daily 6.30pm-11pm. Dubai Marina, Al Masra Street, Dubai, www.masterchefdxb.com (04 550 8111).
A huge open kitchen, clean wooden interiors and a refreshingly chilled out vibe transport you to Europe at this Mandarin Oriental eatery by famed chef José Avillez – who has an impressive 19 restaurants under his belt. Relish the Portuguese menu that features small plates (the tempura cod cakes and the wagyu tartare are pure perfection) – the contents of which leave you wanting more – as you savour the splendid views from the sixth floor terrace of this majestic Jumeirah hotel.
Open daily noon-3pm; Sun-Fri 6.30pm-11pm. Mandarin Oriental Jumeira Dubai, Jumeirah, www.mandarinoriental.com (04 777 2231).
Verve Bar & Brasserie
Headed up by Honduras-born chef Jorge Grande, this bright and airy eatery is the brainchild of popular British chefs Nick Alvis and Scott Price who oversee the culinary operation. Discerning diners will appreciate the quality of the produce that goes into starters like seared tuna and octopus salad as well as moreish mains including charcoal-grilled wagyu rib-eye and the five-spiced confit duck leg with pancetta on the European-British fine-dining menu.
Open Sat-Thu 12.30pm-2.30pm and 7pm-10pm, Fri 1pm-4pm, 7.30pm-10.30pm. Grand Plaza Mövenpick Hotel, Dubai Media City, www.vervebrasserie.com (04 525 7633).