Though well-known on Dubai’s party circuit for its lively ladies’ nights and somewhat bonkers Friday brunches (think dancing cartoon mascots), this modern Asian restaurant can also manage a more chilled-out meal any other night of the week. A sprawling space, with cavernous interiors and an amply sized terrace, it can feel a little empty on those quieter nights, but there’s plenty of distraction (not least in the sometimes lofty prices) to be found on the interesting and varied menu. Like many of this city’s restaurants, China Grill’s recommended approach is to order dishes sharing style. Opt for the soft shell crab, which features more than one of the sweet, crunchy crustacean, and is some of the best you’ll find in town, while the jalapeño and lime-cured scallops are silky, tangy and refreshing. Of the mains, the pan-seared spicy tuna, with a chewy seaweed salad and smooth avocado, is standout – not to mention among the least expensive, even if it does clock in at Dhs170. From the weekly events to Asian eats, there’s a lot of variety at China Grill, and a lot to like.
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