WINNER: folly by Nick & Scott
A creative and modern restaurant from chefs Nick Alvis and Scott Price. There are a variety of dining areas, including a spectacular terrace with expansive views across Madinat Jumeirah. However, for a one-off dining experience, book into The Kitchen Bar for a tasting menu of signature dishes that will blow you away.
Open Sun-Thu noon-2.30pm; Fri-Sat noon-3.30pm; daily 5pm-11pm. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 430 8535).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Bread Street Kitchen
Gordon Ramsay is a famous name for a reason – his restaurants are excellent. This Atlantis eatery is consistently great, especially if you’re after some British comfort food. The beef Wellington is especially good.
Open Sat-Thu noon-4pm, 6pm-10.30pm; Fri noon-4pm, 7pm-11.30pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2000).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Elia
An established spot in Bur Dubai that serves up the very best Greek food in town.
Open daily 7pm-11.30pm. Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 501 2690).
SHORTLISTED: 101 Dining Lounge & Bar
Boasts a lovely location by the sea and a great selection of Spanish and Italian cooking. A really romantic spot, but you’ll pay a premium for it.
Dhs500+. Licensed. Open daily 11.30am-2am. One&Only The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 440 1030).
Restaurant and Lounge European fine dining in the world’s tallest building. Stunning food in a stunning location.
Dhs500+. Licensed. Open daily 12.30pm-3pm, 6.30pm-11.30pm. Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3828).
The kitchen gets these sharing dishes just right. A great place to pop in for a few bites and drinks, and an equally good place to dig into an inventive and fresh Spanish-influenced menu.
Dhs500+. Licensed. Open Mon-Sat noon-1am, Sun noon-midnight. Gate Village 6, DIFC (04 323 1833).
Serves some delicious British classics like fish and chips and hearty roasts. The venue is pretty spectacular, too.
Dhs350-500. Licensed. Open daily 6.30am-11pm. DUKES Dubai, Palm Jumeirah (04 455 1101).
SHORTLISTED: Marina Social
Enjoy contemporary European dishes from British Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton. The sourdough pizzas are top, as are the risottos and grills. Take a seat on the terrace for views over Dubai Marina.
Dhs500+. Licensed. Open daily 7pm-midnight. InterContinental Dubai Marina (04 446 6664).
A casual, friendly Greek taverna in JLT with typically whitewashed walls and a petite terrace. Dishes are decent and include grills and mezze.
Dhs250-350. Licensed. Open daily 12.30pm-5pm, 7pm-11.30pm. Armada BlueBay Hotel, JLT (04 399 8166).
SHORTLISTED: Pots, Pans and Boards
Celebrity chef Tom Aikens is behind this family-friendly spot. Excellent flavours and traditional dishes are great for sharing.
Dhs250-350. Unlicensed. Open daily 8am-midnight. The Beach, JBR (04 456 1959).