One of the leading Chinese restaurant brands in the world, the Dubai branch of Hakkasan serves up delicious dishes in a cool setting. A carefully crafted menu boasts items such as a roasted chicken in a delicated peanut sauce, while dim lighting sets the mood. The menu is top-notch and, although pricey, this is one that’s worthy of special occasions.
Open daily noon-4pm; 7pm-1am. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 384 8484).
Hakkasan Dubai has close at Jumeirah Emirates Towers, and will be reopening at Atlantis The Palm in September.
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Royal China
This classy Chinese in DIFC is a former winner of this category and does some excellent Cantonese dishes, especially the roast duck, which is worth a visit for alone.
Open daily 11.30am-1am. Building 4, DIFC, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 354 5543).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Zheng He’s
Set at Madinat Jumeirah overlooking the waterways, this Chinese is great for special occasions or if you have visitors in town. The food is super, too.
Open daily noon-2.30pm; 6.30pm-11.30pm. Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 432 3232).
SHORTLISTED: Chop Suey
This casual dining spot promises a taste of Californian-style Chinese food. That might explain why it feels more like a franchise takeaway joint than an authentic Chinese restaurant. But most importantly the food is generally good.
Dhs150-250. Unlicensed. Open daily noon-11.30pm. Beach Park Plaza Centre, Jumeirah (04 344 2212).
SHORTLISTED: Din Tai Fung
Cheap, cheerful and surprisingly good mall food that’s worth a visit when you’re mid-shopping> Dhs150-250. Unlicensed. Open Sat-Wed 10am-10pm, Thu-Fri 10am-midnight. Mall of the Emirates, Barsha (04 409 0000).
SHORTLISTED: Long Teng
A massive multi-levelled seafood-based Chinese offering up a wide range of fresh dishes, including a pick your own catch option.
Dhs350-500. Open daily noon-midnight. U-Bora Tower 3, Business Bay (04 241 1666).
SHORTLISTED: Long Yin
Decent Chinese food on the more expensive end of the spectrum. However, the Friday dim sum deal gives better value.
Dhs350-500. Licensed. Open daily 12.30pm-3pm; 7pm-11pm. Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Garhoud (04 217 0000).
SHORTLISTED: Shang Palace
Relatively stylish mid-range Chinese with a good selection of signature dishes.
Dhs350-500. Licensed. Open daily noon-3pm; 7pm-midnight. Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 405 2703).
SHORTLISTED: Xiao Wei Yang
A traditional hot pot restaurant that serves up some traditional dishes with authentic flavours. A unique spot to visit.
Dhs150-250. Open daily 11am-1am. Opposite Imperial Suites Hotel, Mankhool, Bur Dubai (04 266 5558).
Stylish Chinese fine dining, with excellent service and cooking. The restaurant is a delight to dine in.
Dhs500+. Licensed. Open Sat-Wed 12.30pm-4pm, 6pm-11pm; Thu-Fri 12.30pm-4pm, 6pm-11.30pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).