Best business lunches in Dubai

Looking to impress a client, or just want to escape the office? We’ve got lunch covered


1 Exchange Grill
Atmosphere: Pristine and leathery, it has the feel of the old-boys’ club.
Food: The business lunch is a scaled-back version of the main dinner menu. Still, the food is rapturous, and the steaks doubly so.
Value for money: Definitely on the pricey side. While the food’s amazing, it’s tough to justify spending so much on lunch.
Best for: Impressing an A-list client.
Fairmont Dubai (04 332 5555). Business lunch served Sat-Thu 12.30pm-3pm. Dhs140 for two courses, excluding drinks.

2 Iz
Atmosphere: It’s a handsome space, but it’s pretty stark. We prefer to eat at the bar at the centre of the room – it makes dining at this high-end Indian joint feel less lonely.
Food: For lunch, Iz offers a thali that features a selection of mild but flavourful Indian cuisine. You get naans, daal, chicken tikka, rice, dessert, soft drinks and a lassi.
Value for money: Can’t be beaten.
Best for: Solo businessmen who want a massive lunch for little cash.
Grand Hyatt (04 317 2222). Business lunch served Sun-Thu 12.30pm-3.30pm. Dhs85 including a soft drink and a lassi, Dhs110 with a glass of wine.

3 Kitsune
Atmosphere: It doesn’t get much more scenic than this. The walls are made of triangular, three-dimensional tiles and the whole white-on-white theme is kinda fancy – an impressive spot for sealing the deal.
Food: There’s a choice of two or four courses. The contemporary Japanese menu is pretty limited, but it has enough options to satisfy everyone even if the options are fairly basic (chicken teriyaki, anyone?)
Value for money: Ace. Dhs90 for four courses? We can’t fault it.
Best for: Talking shop.
Fairmont Dubai (04 332 7660). Business lunch served Sun-Thu 12.30pm-3.30pm. Dhs50 for two courses, Dhs90 for four courses, excluding drinks.

4 Okku
Atmosphere: Okku is busy but still feels private, thanks to its dark, secluded interior.
Food: The food here is excellent and the portions aren’t too bad at all, but water and starters aren’t included (something the staff may not make clear until the bill arrives, even if they’re the ones suggesting you order them in the first place).
Value for money: For Dhs99, you get a pretty good meal – though make sure you know exactly when you’re ordering off-menu.
Best for: Fancy execs that are looking to impress.
Monarch Dubai (04 501 8777). Business lunch served Sun-Thu noon-2pm. Dhs59 for soup and donburi; Dhs79 for soup, donburi and a small plate; Dhs99 for soup, donburi, small plate and dessert, excluding drinks.

5 Reflets Par Pierre Gagnaire
Atmosphere: This plush purple space is opulent at any time of day, though for a daytime trip it can feel a bit overwrought.
Food: The restaurant’s greatest hits are scaled back slightly for lunch, but are no less exquisite. Just don’t expect this to be a quick trip out of the office.
Value for money: Very pricey for a business lunch, but dirt cheap for a meal at Reflets.
Best for: Folks with a day off who want to try some of the city’s best food at a reduced rate.
InterContinental Dubai Festival City (04 701 1111). Business lunch served Wed-Thu 12.30pm-2pm. Dhs230 for three courses, excluding drinks.

6 Rivington Grill
Atmosphere: Buzzing and alive. This spot (perched beside the Dubai Fountain) can’t help but fill you with joie de vivre.
Food: Outstanding British fare (yes, there is such a thing). The business lunch menu seems a little limited, but every single thing on the menu sings. What’s more, it changes constantly so you can try different dishes on subsequent visits.
Value for money: Pretty darn good, especially when you consider the top-notch quality.
Best for: An excuse to get out of the office for a while.
Souk Al Bahar (04 423 0903). Business lunch served Sun-Thu noon-5pm. Dhs80 for two courses, Dhs100 for three courses, excluding drinks.

7 Steam Sum Dim Sum
Atmosphere: Located on the outside of Festival City, this small but airy restaurant provides a good place to chat and do business away from the mad bustle of the mall.
Food: The three courses on offer here – dim sum, kung pow and the like – won’t win any awards for size, but they certainly are delicious. Our bellies love the fried banana dessert.
Value for money: Though the portions aren’t huge, Dhs55 is a more than reasonable amount to pay.
Best for: A brief escape from the office for a good-value lunch.
Festival City (04 212 7551). Business lunch served Sun-Thu 11am-5pm. Dhs55 for three courses including one drink.

8 Zuma
Atmosphere: The impeccable, expansive space seems sparse in the day, despite the fact there are actually quite a few lunchers here. Still, it is bright and welcoming.
Food: The lunch menu may not be particularly big, but it features the Zuma favourites. The food is classically contemporary Japanese.
Value for money: It’s a shame Zuma doesn’t offer a cheaper, smaller lunch offer alongside its four-course menu, which seems expensive. Must be the hype you’re paying for.
Best for: Grabbing a quick bite if you work nearby.
DIFC (04 425 5660). Business lunch served Sat-Thu 12.30pm-3pm Dhs110 for four courses (miso soup, two starters and a main course), excluding drinks.

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