WINNER: 3 Fils
This unassuming Asian fish restaurant at Jumeirah Fishing Harbour has wowed us since quietly arriving on the dining scene in late 2016. In fact, it was so good that we named it Best Casual Newcomer last year. The natural progression has led it to pick up the gong for Best Asian. From former Zengo chef Akmal Anuar, dishes showcase Asian flavours perfectly. Chef Anuar takes weekly deliveries of some of the finest seafood Japan has to offer, and that is obvious in the superb dishes.
Open Mon-Wed 1pm-11pm; Thu-Sat noon-midnight. Jumeirah Fishing Harbour, Jumeirah 2 (056 273 0030).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Asia Asia
If you’re after dim sum and sushi with a side of Dubai Marina views, this trendy Asian in Pier 7 should be your go-to spot.
Open Sun-Mon, Wed 4pm-1am; Tue & Thu 4pm-2am; Fri 2pm-2am; Sat 2pm-1am. Pier 7, Dubai Marina (04 276 5900).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: PLAY Restaurant & Lounge
Our former Restaurant of the Year, this cool venue in The H Dubai has wide-ranging views of Old Dubai, a cool vibe and some innovative dishes.
Open Sat-Wed 6pm-2am, Thu-Fri 6pm-3am. The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 336 4444).
SHORTLISTED: Arrows & Sparrows
Spacious and modern café with a lovely shaded outdoor terrace serving healthy food and good coffee. Also some very decent breakfasts.
Dhs150-250. Unlicensed. Open daily 8am-6pm. Emaar Business Park, The Greens (04 558 8141).
A popular late night dining and drinking spot with tasty pan Asian food and a laidback DJ soundtrack.
Dhs500+. Licensed. Open Sat-Wed 7.30pm-2am; Thu-Fri 7.30pm-3am. Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 317 6000).
SHORTLISTED: China Grill
This trendy spot in the Marina has a cool terrace, top ladies’ night and a fun Friday brunch. It also serves up excellent Asian food – especially the dim sum.
Dhs500+. Licensed. Open Sat-Wed 6.30pm-2am; Thu-Fri 6.30pm-3am. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (04 511 7333).
SHORTLISTED: Karma Kafé
High-end Asian restaurant and bar that has stunning views of The Dubai Fountain. Take a seat on the terrace, and don’t miss the Peking duck.
Dhs500+ Licensed. Open Sun-Thu 3pm-2am; Fri-Sat noon-2am. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 423 0909).
Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese cooking in a charming and colourful setting, where the chefs are on view in the bustling open kitchen.
Dhs500+ Licensed. Open daily 6pm-11.30pm. Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, Palm Jumeirah (04 567 8304).
SHORTLISTED: Miss Wàng
This trendy Asian restaurant in Bur Dubai is urban, funky and down to earth. There’s live music, karaoke, a wide range of street food and some top deals on food and drinks.
Dhs150-250. Licensed. Open daily 6pm-3am. Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 501 2567).
A swanky restaurant that arrived in Dubai by way of Mayfair. Serves up a range of dishes, plenty of sushi and more. One to dress up for and making an evening out of.
Dhs500+. Licensed. Open Sat-Thu 12.30pm-2am; Fri 1pm-6pm. Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 388 8744).
SHORTLISTED: Sea Fu Restaurant
An excellent Asian seafood restaurant that boasts sea views and delightful dishes. There’s also a good ladies’ night deal (where you’ll get three courses and a bottle of sparkling for Dhs125 a head) and happy hour offers at the bar.
Dhs500+ Open daily 12.30pm-4pm; 7pm-11pm. Four Seasons Resort Dubai, Jumeirah (04 270 7802).