THE FANCY ONE
This swish new restaurant dominates the third floor of the Armani Hotel Dubai. The restaurant has 250 seats and is the first independent dining destination at the hotel. Massive floor-to-ceiling windows allow views out to The Dubai Fountain, while there’s also a terrace. Dishes range from raw bar bites to grills and fancy desserts.
Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa, DowntownDubai (04 888 6333).
BULL & BEAR
This restaurant, which originated at the Waldorf Astoria in New York, has stunning views out towards the Burj Khalifa from its prime DIFC spot. Interiors are sleek and the menu stars classics including the famed Waldorf salad. There are also fun desserts called The Big Apple and Ring the Bell (as a nod to the venue’s Wall Street roots).
Waldorf Astoria DIFC, Burj Daman, DIFC (04 515 9888).
This Mexican restaurant and bar has vibrant décor and views out across the water. Interiors have Latino flair, with glass piñata chandeliers. Dishes include guacamole, tacos, street-style corn, ceviche, tostadas, stews and grills from the mesquite rotisserie. Plus, dance to the live marachi band.
The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah, www.meshico.ae.
THE COCOA FANS
Godiva Chocolate Café
Sweet tooth? World-famous chocolate brand Godiva has opened a café at the Rixos Premium Dubai JBR. While staring out over the Arabian Gulf and Ain Dubai you can get your hands on some seriously chocolatey treats, like freshly-flipped crêpes.
Rixos Premium Dubai JBR, www.godiva.com/cafe.
THE PUB GRUB EXPERT
The Irish Village
Set on the first floor of the new Studio One hotel, the new pub (and a third for the city) is a brighter, shinier version of the original. The pub puts on live music seven nights a week, and expect some top-notch pub grub, too.
Studio One, Dubai Studio City, theirishvillage.com.
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