Verre: With six courses and a fancy-sounding name, Verre’s Prestige Menu may sound like the height of luxury, but it’s nothing compared to a meal in the kitchen. The new chef’s table seats six to eight, and patrons are waited on hand and foot by the executive chef, Scott Price, himself. The menu is custom made, and you might even experience some treats that are exclusive to you and your dining party. While Gordon Ramsay is known for his foul language in the kitchen, we’re told his Dubai crew are on their best behaviour.
Hilton Dubai Creek (04 227 1111). The chef’s table seats six to eight. Price and number of courses dependent on guests’ requests
Thiptara: When it comes to Thai food, most of us know the staples: pai thai, papaya salad and green curry. But how well do you really know Thai food? Thiptara offers guests a chance to discover it at their own comfort level. Up to four guests can sit at Thiptara’s chef’s table, where chef Aphithak Withojit – aka, Chef Mac – will design a three course menu on-the-spot. You want to get experimental? Let him know. Want to stick to what’s safe? He’ll help you do that too. It’s all up to you and him.
The Palace (04 428 7888). The chef’s table seats four. It includes three courses plus house beverages for Dhs490 per person
Traiteur: Traiteur is particularly adept at conjuring up a bit of magic at every meal. At the chef’s table, patrons can witness their food being whipped up by the kitchen, and chef Franck Detrait drops by constantly to check on the meal. Larger groups can dine in a special room in the wine cellar called Cave Privée. Guests eager to learn a few kitchen techniques can also schedule a masterclass at the Traiteur chef’s table.
Park Hyatt (04 602 1804). The chef’s table is a la carte and seats six to 10. Cave Privee seats 10 to 16. Both cost Dhs280-390 depending on the set menu. Masterclasses are Dhs295, Dhs445 with a glass of wine or champagne
Anise: The InterContinental’s all-day dining venture might be one of the best suited spots for a chef’s table. Expect a six course meal that is completely off the menu and catered. Choose between Asian, European and Arabic fare.
InterContinental Festival City (04 701 1111). The chef’s table seats four to six and costs Dhs265 per person without alcohol, Dhs375 with alcohol
Vu’s: Vu’s chef de cuisine, Emil Minev, has a knack for innovative presentation and unique yet delicious flavour combinations. Often, his food more closely resembles an abstract sculpture. At Vu’s chef’s table, patrons can watch him create their meal. The tasting menu includes five courses, wine courses and one-on-one time with the chef.
Jumeirah Emirates Towers (04 319 8088). Chef’s table seats five to 10 and is available Sun-Thu 7.30pm-10.30pm. The cost is Dhs955 per person. Book at least 48 hours in advance
Iz: Iz’s claim to fame is their inspired Indian tapas. It is the type of place that thrives on tasting menus, anything that allows it to showcase the many different types of dishes available. At Iz’s tasting menu, patrons can feast on a selection of tender, drooling kebabs and intricately spiced curries. The chef serves all of his signature dishes, and a few more.
Grand Hyatt Dubai (04 317 1234). Chef’s table seats eight to 12 and costs Dhs180-250