Seafood, overlooking the sea to majestic views of the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah? Yes please.
This is a long-standing, go-to romantic spot in Dubai and it never fails to deliver. It has won numerous Time Out Dubai Restaurant awards in the Romantic category in the past, and it again scooped a Highly Commended plaque in 2018.
The rustic wooden venue, located at the end of a jetty and standing magnanimously over the Arabian Gulf, with floor-to-ceiling panes of glass for walls, revealing unrivalled panoramic views, is impressive.
À la carte prices are high – a meal for two excluding drinks can set you back into the thousands of dir-hams. But on there are frequently offers on set menus throughout the year, which are worth re-searching around the time you’re planning to book.
As expected, everything here is slick, from the presentation of dishes to the service. Staff are barely noticeable of an evening, allowing you to enjoy every moment, but rest assured, when you need them, they’ll be there, sharp, and willing to help, no matter your enquiry. Another starter after your main course? No problem. Engagement ring at the bottom of glass of bubbly to be brought out just before the bill? You’ve got it.
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Pierchic is a place where memories are made.
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.
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Creative dishes and striking views
Perennially popular and consistently good, you can’t go wrong with a table booking at La Petite Maison. Whether you want to impress a business client, visiting family or a loved one, it will come up trumps.
As our current Best French restaurant, LPM wows every time. Inside, the décor is understated, all neutral shades of creams, whites and beiges. But the fine-dining white tablecloths and flecks of gold give it an elegance and class that shines through.
We visit on a weeknight, and it is, as expected, packed. The chatter rings out giving a buzzy, friendly atmosphere.
The food is simply outstanding. From the sweet, caramelised onions atop a wonderfully crisp pastry that forms the delightful pissaladière (onion tart), to exquisite lamb cutlets, perfectly pink inside their expertly charred exteriors, everything here will blow you away. Order a side of the intensely rich and creamy Dauphinoise potatoes and it will enhance your meal ten-fold.
For veg-lovers a pumpkin risotto is packed full of flavour, while our starter of crab and lobster salad is fresh and zesty with an ample helping of the meaty crustacean.
We love LPM, and if you’ve been, you’ll know exactly why. If you haven’t, what are you waiting for?
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A multiple award-winner for a reason.
Winner of Time Out Dubai’s Best Fine Dining Newcomer award in 2017, the fact this superb Anatolian eatery claimed Best MENA in 2018 is testament to its consistency in all areas.
In cooler months the doors are flung open to make the terrace and main dining area one, but in summer the cosy vibe and warm décor make the inside dining room a treat to visit, too.
The atmosphere is relaxed, convivial and romantic. Service is slick, as are the innovative dishes fired out of chef Colin Clague’s kitchen, which take diners on a journey through Turkey, from northern Marmara to the Aegean coast.
Lamb cutlets with creamy, smoky aubergine, grilled octopus with black-eyed beans, meatballs with baby artichoke – each dish is beautifully presented, deeply fragrant and rich in classic regional flavours. The pide is stunning, too.
A touch of Turkish sage here, a sprinkling of zaatar there, sumac, saffron… This feels like a real, modern journey through the celebrated cuisine of an ancient nation.
And if you get lost on your travels, the staff are never far from hand to make recommendations. Trust them – they know what they’re talking about. And trust us when we tell you this is one of the best restaurants in town.
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Inventive dishes in a slick setting.
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