Best Business Lunch in Dubai

Working lunches don’t always mean a boring sarnie or salad is on the menu. Spend the afternoon at one of these restaurants that offer a fantastic deal and serve up quickly. Time Out has visited each and every place listed to put them through their paces, assessing factors including quality of food, ambience and service. Popular or relatively unknown, we’ve gone undercover so you can find out what you’re getting for your money at each venue.
Best Business Lunch in Dubai

Time Out Dubai is the definitive voice on Dubai's best restaurants, including those serving business lunch. Here's your guide to business lunch in Dubai.

Working lunches don’t always mean a boring sarnie or salad is on the menu. Spend the afternoon at one of these restaurants that offer a fantastic deal and serve up quickly. Time Out has visited each and every place listed to put them through their paces, assessing factors including quality of food, ambience and service. Popular or relatively unknown, we’ve gone undercover so you can find out what you’re getting for your money at each venue.

Japanese 04 425 5660 DIFC

When dining at Zuma expectations are always high. This is a multiple award-winner, and is therefore always packed out. It’s also very expensive, but don’t let that put you off – save up and go. We mean it, if you dine at one Japanese restaurant in the city, let it be this one.

Book in advance, as it could take weeks before you get a table, it’s that popular. But happily, it ticks all the boxes once you’re in.
Winner of this category – as well as Best Brunch – for the second year in a row, the Japanese juggernaut that is Zuma shows no signs of slowing. It’s unfailingly popular and always busy.

Launched in Knightsbridge, London, in 2002, German-born chef Rainer Becker’s brand has gone from strength to strength, with branches from New York to Miami and Rome.

It’s not the prettiest of locations, set in DIFC with views over the main road, but you’ll hardly notice when your attention is fully focused on what’s on your plate.

Don’t miss the beef and green chilli robata skewers, they’re perfectly charred. The sweet potato with teriyaki and sesame is also a hit.

Main courses are sublime. The black cod is an obvious choice, although an excellent one, but we’d suggest the roasted Boston lobster, with shiso ponzu butter. It’s rich, tender, garlicky and moreish, with every bite a complete delight. And that’s what Zuma is, a complete culinary delight.

The bottom line
Award-winning Japanese. Book it, now.

Italian 04 432 3232 DIFC

Up on the 51st floor of Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Alta Badia offers some of the best views around. Inside, however, the decor and layout could do with a bit of an update, but it’s by no means an unpleasant place to dine. It’s also not the most expensive Italian in town, despite its setting, thanks to the generous set menus. The Aperidinner, for example, includes a small selection of cicchetti, a pre-dinner drink, a main and a dessert, all for just Dhs199. And the choice of mains is intriguing, with options such as pasta, risotto, seafood and meat dishes. If you do opt for the meat dishes, you can expect to try the likes of chestnut-stuffed guinea fowl with savoy cabbage or a white and black cavatelli pasta with clams, mussels and cherry tomatoes. There’s also a degustation menu available with grape pairing. The regular a la carte menu is one of the more creative in the city. Expect, for example, salads with beetroot, herbs, raspberries, yoghurt and edible flowers, plus a beautiful green pea soup with sundried tomato tortellini, ricotta and olives. Dishes like the pumpkin gnocchi are also worth seeking out, as are the simply prepared fish and meat options, like braised veal shank with bone marrow, gremolata and saffron risotto. Staff are wonderful with children, but the dining area also offers enough space for couples to dine in peace and quiet. It may not be the fanciest of venues, but it’s worth a visit for the food.

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