WINNER: LIMA Dubai
LIMA Dubai, from chef Virgilio Martinez, opened in City Walk last year. Its sister restaurant, LIMA Fitzrovia, is the first and only Peruvian restaurant to win and retain a Michelin star, so it landed here in Dubai with high expectations. And it’s massively lived up to them, with the food wowing us every time we visit. From the ceviches to the anticuchos and tequeños, everything is prettily plated and delicately flavoured. The service is some of the best we’ve experienced and the lounge has some stunning décor, too. In a city that does Peruvian very well, LIMA has the edge.
Open daily noon-midnight. City Walk, Al Safa Street (056 500 4571).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Ají
This super cool Nikkei restaurant is in an excellent location at Club Vista Mare. We love the sea views, the ceviche and the vibe.
Open Sat-Wed noon-1am, Thu-Fri noon-2am. Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah (04 552 0244).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: COYA
Our Restaurant of the Year in 2016 serves outstanding dishes and is always fun and busy. It’s just pipped to the post this year in this category, which is an increasingly strong genre in the city.
Open Mon-Wed 12.30pm-1.30am; Thu-Sat 12.30pm-2am; Sun noon-1.30pm. Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach (04 316 9600).
Beautiful venue, impressively authentic food (think steak and goat meat) and some great fish dishes.
Dhs500+ Licensed. Open daily 6.30pm-11.30pm. The Palace Downtown Dubai (04 428 7888).
SHORTLISTED: La Parrilla
A highlight for meat-lovers in Dubai. Aside from steaks, there are also some quality fish dishes.
Dhs500+ Licensed. Open daily 6.30pm-11.30pm. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (04 432 3232).
A cracking bar serving excellent Mexican food. Not much misses the spot here from sports, to brunch, and especially that excellent guac.
Dhs350-500. Licensed. Open daily noon-2am. Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah (04 346 1111).
SHORTLISTED: Maya Modern Mexican Kitchen + Lounge
Great location looking over Le Royal Méridian’s beach. Oh, and the food is pretty excellent too.
Dhs500+. Licensed. Open Mon-Sat 7pm-midnight. Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (04 399 5555).
SHORTLISTED: Muchachas Mexican Cantina
Colourful, bright Mexican with tasty food and fun mixed beverages.
Dhs250-350. Licensed. Open Sun noon-midnight; Mon-Wed & Sat noon-1am; Thu-Fri noon-2am. Holiday Inn Express, Safa Park (04 327 5878).
Try out Mexican food, fine dining style. Tacos, grills and more.
Dhs350-500. Licensed. Open Sun-Wed noon-3.30pm, 7pm-1am; Thu noon-3.30pm, 7pm-2am; Fri-Sat 7pm-2am. Gate Village, Building 2, DIFC (050 780 6381).
This trend Peruvian hangout serves up a range of ceviches, maki rolls, spare ribs, quinoa and truffle risotto and more. Don’t miss the “wakamole”, either.
Dhs350-500. Licensed. Open Sat-Tue 6pm-midnight; Wed-Thu 6pm-1.30pm; Fri 12.30pm-1.30pm. The Oberoi Dubai, Business Bay (04 444 1455).