Bull & Bear
It may have roots from the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, but that doesn’t mean Dubai’s branch is just a sleek spot for strictly business (although, it does that well, too). A sophisticated vibe, snazzy interior designs and excellent, classy dishes is one for all occasions. There are stunning views, a chic vibe and the food is delicious as well as being expertly presented.
Open daily 6am-10.30am, noon-4pm and 7pm-midnight. Waldorf Astoria DIFC, Burj Daman, DIFC (04 515 9888).
If there was ever a place in the city that gives us a taste of what the night scene in Jamaica is all about, this lively spot shows it. The island’s most famous dishes are all present, no less, with everything from its famous jerk chicken (which, by all accounts, is a no-brainer to get) and staple Jamaican sides to its more traditional seafood delights.
Open Sat-Tue 7pm-1am, Wed-Fri 7pm-3am. Sheraton Grand Hotel, Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.misslilys.com (04 356 2900).
The MAINE Oyster Bar & Grill
Sure, The MAINE’s signature oysters are an absolute delight, but throw in its fresh fish, steaks, chops, pot roasts, steamers and of course, raw bar serving fresh seafood towers, and this spot becomes more than a standard seaside brasserie.
Open Sat-Tue noon-11.30pm, Wed-Fri noon-12.30am. Doubletree by Hilton Dubai – Jumeirah Beach, The Walk, JBR, www.themaine.ae (04 457 6719).
What doesn’t the original Jumierah Al Naseem Black Tap have? Tasty all-American grub with massive burger creations, wacky milkshakes stacked with all manner of sweet treats and spectacular views of the Turtle Lagoon and a cool bar with craft hops – all for great value? You can never go wrong here.
Open Sun-Thu 11am-midnight, Fri-Sat 9am-12.30am. Jumeirah Al Naseem, Madinat Jumeirah, www.blacktapme.com (04 422 9904).
Fogo de Chão
Ever have a slab of steak and see another type being served to another table and wonder ‘wow, wish I had that one instead’? Fogo de Chão has solved that problem with its way of serving is dishes, focusing mainly on its range of delicious, juicy meats. Be sure to catch the amazing views of the sparkling Burj Khalifa and the rest of Downtown Dubai its outdoor terrace shows off.
Open Sun-Wed 7.30pm-midnight, Thu 7.30pm-midnight, Fri-noon-midnight, Sat 3pm-midnight. Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC, www.fogodechao.com (04 354 5435).
A stunning, laid-back spot with ace sea views, who could say no to digging into top Caribbean cuisine with silky soft sand beneath your feet? Truly tropical, dishes such as the curried coconut encased in a flaky golden pastry shell and Ital taco with exotic black bean mix and a sweet pineapple relish and mango slaw says it all.
Open daily 4pm-11pm (dinner from 7pm). Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai, Pearl Jumeira, www.nikkibeach.com (04 376 6000).
Beef brisket. Have that at this casual, all-things barbecue restaurant and you’ll already be planning your next visit. It’s all thanks to its signature built-in smoker which makes excellent aromas throughout the restaurant. Of course, that’s not the only reason to head to Mighty Quinn’s JBR, boasting crispy chicken sandwiches, lamb ribs, sliders and chicken and waffles. Walking along JBR? Pit stop here.
Open daily 9am-midnight. The Walk, JBR, www.mightyquinnsbbq.ae (04 380 1888).
Ribs & Brews
This brilliant American spot wouldn’t put Ribs in its name if they weren’t up to standard, so it’s a good thing they go well and beyond that. With cool American roadhouse vibes, it makes it easy to get messy with its extensive meaty beef ribs menu – which you won’t want to share, by the way. Whether you prefer any of its dishes in barbecue or buffalo sauce, each are a Texas worthy treat.
Open Sat-Wed noon-1am, Thu-Fri noon-2am. Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City, Business Bay, www3.hilton.com (04 437 3333).
If it was set by a Caribbean-like beach, Ting Irie would be the true slice of Jamaica in the Middle East. The menu is filled with jerk-everything, from fried rice and chicken pasta to jerk-infused eggplant risotto – a definite star of Ting Irie’s veggie menu. On the meatier side, the hefty load of ‘Jerk’s Fried Rice’ won’t disappoint.
Open daily noon-2am. Souk Al Manzil, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, www.tingririe.com (04 557 5601).