Business Bay Restaurants
Time Out Dubai guide to Business Bay restaurants; best places to eat in Business Bay by price and cuisine, with reviews, contact info, hours and deals.
Nestled next to Downtown Dubai and home to the highest hotel in the world (JW Marriott Marquis), and a smattering of interesting dining spots is Business Bay. Bay Avenue, which runs along the cluster of Executive Towers, has got the makings of an inner-city JBR and families flock here on the weekends and evenings to enjoy the outdoors and catch a meal on the walk. Known for its elegant rooftop venues and being a hub for suits and midweek sippers, expect sleek décor and plenty of cool factor in many of these outlets.
Tong Thai, set in the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay, is a huge venue that seems to go on forever while you’re walking to your table.
The journey is worth it, though, as the dining room has a great vibe and is almost always bustling. Being a stylish venue in a high-end hotel, Tong Thai is, as you’d expect, at the upper end of the spectrum when it comes to prices, but the food is all very good indeed.
Try the steamed, purple chicken dumplings – the casing is just the right thickness to give it some bite and the filling is superb.
From the signature dishes section of the menu, the crispy tiger prawns are a solid choice, with a punchy green peppercorn sauce. Grilled red snapper wrapped in banana leaf is another highlight.
All the classics are on the menu and you won’t go far wrong with anything you pick. Tong Thai has won a Highly Commended award at our Restaurant Awards more than once for many good reasons, and we expect it to keep hitting those heights.
The bottom line
Classic Thai food, done well, in a fancy setting.
Dark lighting, neon colours, pun-tastic signage and a wasabi server with bright green hair. It’s not your regular introduction to a restaurant, but it’s definitely fun.
Housed in the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, there are certainly restaurants within the hotel boasting better (or, frankly any) views, but despite the dark and cavernous feel to the room, Izakaya is bold and funky, and we love the nightclub-esque vibe to the place.
From the tables you can admire the knifework of the skilled sushi chefs in the live kitchen or sit at teppanyaki bar if you prefer.
And there’s a decent-sized menu on offer, with an interesting range of dishes. Dynamite rolls are (unusually) hot and crispy, while salmon avocado maki is smooth and cooling. Both are a hit.
We also love the tasty chicken yakatori, while a sizeable chunk of buttery black cod is rich, decadent and delicious. When it comes to Japanese fare, everything is excellent.
Service, though, is haphazard at best, and for a restaurant of this ilk, we’re expecting better – or at least not having to wait 15 minutes for a menu.
With a few tweaks in that area, this could be a top date-night option thanks to a fun vibe and some super sushi.
The bottom line
Cracking sushi and a wacky vibe.
Ladies and gentlemen, if, perhaps, you have a significant date coming up, or if your visitors are approaching their final night and you really want them to leave Dubai on a wonderfully full belly, then you need to wow them at what is, put simply, the most outstanding steakhouse around.
Set in the grandiose grounds of Habtoor Palace, you can expect exceptional service and even better food. With relaxed lounge jazz and classy décor, the whole night won’t come cheap, but if you’re looking to be wowed, you’ve come to the right place.
Make sure you opt for the Queensland tenderloin, it’s quite possibly the best decision you’ll ever make. It’s simply unbelievable. Seared in butter and topped with a dash of salt, the meat and preparation is so good that the sauce-free purists will be more than happy.
The black cod with miso glaze is also a winning dish – so much so that you will find it hard to eat with your jaw constantly dropping to the floor. Alongside some creamy (but not too heavy) potato gratin and sautéed broccolini, the food will leave you blown away.
Edibles aside, you can expect top-notch service, a relaxed vibe and, what is quite simply a wonderful meal. You will leave feeling mesmerised.
The bottom line
A dining experience worth every dirham.
This is a seriously polished and fun bar up on the roof of The Oberoi hotel. One that should most definitely be on your list of places to take folks you want to impress, too. The views out across Business Bay and Downtown are stunning, the staff are trendy but infinitely approachable, there’s a lovely romantic outdoor area and the bar is all woods and glass and assorted greenery. The menu and delivery of the food is also well above par – be sure to hit up the octopus ceviche, the rock prawn tempura with sweet chili mayo, and the spicy crunchy tuna salad, to name just a few – and the mixed drinks on offer all also display a level of craft and attention that many other bars in the city should aspire to. Whether it’s for a date or because you have friends and family in town, you won’t regret a bar meal here. Iris is very close to being the apple of our eye .
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