Afghani 04 426 2626 Palm Jumeirah

Nobu needs no introduction. This globally renowned brand from Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa is consistently excellent the world over, especially here in Dubai, and you simply must visit. The restaurant at Atlantis the Palm is a hotspot for tourists and residents, and there’s a great bar for a pre-dinner drink, too.

Famous for its black cod, this is one menu item not to be missed. Nobu can be credited for the surge in popularity of the dish, after Hollywood star Robert De Niro tried it, loved it and told the world about it. And you’ll agree with De Niro. The buttery, flaky fish is a pure joy to eat. It’s rich, decadent and every bit as good as the hype.

The jalapeño yellowtail is also another stunner. The citrusy, delicate fish is tangy and light, and the chilli gives a warming kick. All the sushi is worthy of a try and for mains the grilled lobster is meaty and perfectly charred. Shrimp fan? Order up the prawn tempura, which are huge, juicy and not at all greasy – some of the best we’ve tried.

Dishes are also really healthy, as Nobu uses minimal sugar in his cooking, preferring to use the Chinese monk fruit – a zero calorie natural sweetener, so there’s no excuse not try them.

Nobu may be on the expensive end of the scale, but its popular for a reason and you shouldn’t miss it.

The bottom line
World-class Japanese dishes that are a must-try.

04 317 6000 Dubai Marina

When entering this Latin American restaurant, you can’t miss the sculpture of a fierce bronze bull, there to remind you that this place means business when it comes to food. The staff, who are thankfully friendlier looking, show us to our table. The décor is mature, with low amber lighting and contemporary art. The menu is excellent from top to bottom. For starters, try for the smoked guacamole, which goes well with crunchy tortillas. Choosing a steak for your main course is a must. It will be cooked perfectly. For a special meal or a night out with close friends, Toro Toro is one to add to the must-list.

Straddling the line between steakhouse and Latin American restaurant, Gaucho is one of the most consistently good venues in Dubai. The stylish dining room has plenty of cowhide in it, should you somehow forget what the main draw is. And we always find the steaks here are of the highest quality. They’re presented to you by a waiter who talks about the different cuts and breeds and how each one tastes. We love the Tira De Ancho, a spiral cut rib-eye dressed in chimichurri sauce. Aside from steak, whole sea bass is a good sharer, grilled red prawns are sweet, charred and absolutely lovely, and the small plates feature a good selection of ceviches, tiraditos and other Latin staples, such as empanadas and causas.

04 366 8888 Umm Suqeim

This varied brunch serves food from three restaurants at MadinatJumeirah – Al Muna, Tortuga and Zheng He’s. In addition, you’ll find plenty of food and drink stations dotted along the canal. Of these, the stands serving dim sum, duck pancake and spicy pulled beef sliders really stand out. One of the highlights of this brunch is the cheese room in Tortuga, while there seafood selection of fresh lobster and prawns in Al Muna is also worth checking out.
Dhs425 (with soft drinks), Dhs525 (with house beverages), Dhs250 (children aged four-12), free (children under four). Fri 12.30pm-4pm.

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