Asian 04 501 2567 Bur Dubai

An industrial-style bar with karaoke, cheap drinks and some brilliant Asian dishes.

There are plenty of reasons to make a pit-stop at the Majestic Hotel. From the laid-back Barrels Sports Arena (Time Out Dubai's Sports Bar of the Year) to ever-lively Bar Baar – obnoxious staff air-conditioning wind tunnels aside – there’s always a good night to be found in this Bur Dubai favourite. However, storming into the lead of unmissable places is Miss Wang.

It’s a cool spot with industrial-style décor, low lighting and the odd splash of graffiti. Smiling staff are attentive, provide solid recommendations and go above and beyond to make your visit memorable. Happy hour means Dhs21 pints of house hops while you can order three selected dishes for Dhs99. And, order three dishes you should. In fact, order 33 because the food is brilliant.

The menu takes you on a journey across Asia, with sushi, street pad Thai, ramen noodles, crispy pata, chicken and shiitake mushroom dumplings, vegetable tempura, bao ban and lumpiang Shanghai on offer. There’s nothing we’ve tried that is below exceptional. And, carnivores be sure to order the Korean beef short ribs – these slow-cooked behemoths fall off the bone and instantly melt in the mouth once shoveled in again and again. Plus, all dishes are good-sized and even better value – two can easily eat for under Dhs150.

Weekends welcome in a rolling array of tribute acts – with wide-ranging covers including everything from Tina Turner to Linkin Park. You can also get on stage and belt out classics yourself when karaoke hour rolls in.

Don't miss this fun-loving Bur Dubai spot.

Asian 056 273 0030 Jumeirah

This unassuming Asian fish restaurant at Jumeirah Fishing Harbour has been wowing us ever since it opened last year. In fact, it was so good, we named it our Best Casual Newcomer in 2017. Natural progression led it to pick up the gong for Best Asian in the 2018 Restaurant Awards, and for good reason.

From former Zengo chef Akmal Anuar, dishes showcase Asian flavours and ingredients perfectly. Singaporean chef Anuar takes weekly deliveries of some of the finest seafood Japan has to offer, and that is obvious in the superb dishes.

It really is small, with only around 25 seats inside and a few tables outdoors overlooking the gently swaying boats. The two chefs are parked in one corner, preparing each dish ordered from scratch. And they really know their way around fresh fish – the spicy tuna rolls show a brilliant way with flavours and textures.|

Staff are friendly and helpful, and the menu is always concise.

Although the seafood is what we’d always recommend here, there are plenty of meaty options that are top-notch to try, too. The beef carpaccio has tons of flavour and good bite, plus there’s a lovely, spicy sauce spooned over it for an extra kick.

Lamb ribs fall off the bone with a gentle shove. They have just the right amount of fat running through them to give that extra injection of flavour, too, and are delicious.

With its brilliant use of the continent’s flavours and ingredients, it’s no wonder 3 Fils tops this category.

The bottom line:
Excellent dishes in an unassuming venue.

04 336 4444 Sheikh Zayed Road

This swanky Asian, set high on the 36th floor of The H Dubai, is the ideal place for a fun, swish night out. As soon as you enter you’ll be wowed by the sparkling vistas out from the floor-to-ceiling windows and the classy, low-key vibe.

The signature dishes here should not be missed. The cuisine is “Mediterrasian”, a blend of light, fresh Mediterranean flavours with the bold, powerful tastes of Asia, and the kitchen does this tremendously.

PLAY’s Pita Surprise – baked crispy pita bread filled with wagyu beef and truffle paste, a Time Out Dubai favourite – is a simply stunning dish. Unique, fun and wonderfully indulgent, the crisp crunch of the casing houses a marvellously creamy, smooth filling. The sushi and sashimi are also delightful, fresh and tasty, too.

Main dishes range from entrecôte with café de PLAY butter – a tender cut of meat enhanced by that unique, tasty spread – grilled sea bass and black cod to oven-baked marinated saffron chicken. However, the spaghetti carbonara with veal pancetta made tableside in a giant Parmesan wheel is a showstopper. Not strictly Asian, it’s a dish served with flair and fun, and encapsulates what’s PLAY is all about.

Sit back and take in the ambiance, and don’t arrive too early – this place ramps up later in the evening. Book later to enjoy the top atmosphere alongside those views and that food.

The bottom line:
Creative dishes and striking views

American 04 399 8888 Dubai Marina

There are some restaurants in Dubai that come and go in the blink of an eye and there are others that refuse to be budged from the city’s dining scene, seemingly immune to fads or an often fickle market. Buddha-Bar falls into the latter category. In fact, it perhaps suffers due to its familiarity, but when you walk in you can’t help but be impressed by the huge, atmospheric venue.

The sweeping high ceilings, moody lighting, red furnishings and massive windows allowing views of Dubai Marina, make for a fairly awesome setting.

There’s a big bar area as well as the vast seating area, and if one thing goes against the venue it’s how open and exposed you can feel while sitting at the table.

The food certainly doesn’t disappoint, however, with almost every part of the menu offering something excellent.

Go for the maki rolls or dim sum, and you won’t be disappointed, and some of the meat main courses are very good, too. The traditional Thai curries are a hit, too. Noodle and rice dishes don’t have the same wow factor, but are decent, filling options.

Is the food on trend? Not particularly? Is it worth the prices? Perhaps not. But there’s something about Buddha-Bar that keeps drawing people back in. We think it’s the overall package – the good vibes, tasty food and impressive setting amount to something more than the sum of its parts.

The bottom line
Well-presented food that mostly hits the mark, but you pay for the privilege.

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