Two new restaurants open in Downtown Dubai

Why you need to try these Asian and Arabic newcomers

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If you’re after casual dining in the Downtown area, you’re in luck as a new Asian restaurant and Arabian lounge have both opened up.

A second branch of Asian5 has recently opened in the new Al Murooj Complex, near The Dubai Mall. It has an urban, modern feel and street food eats.

The original branch of the chain set up in Dubai Airport Free Zone in July 2015, boasting healthy Asian street food from Thailand, China, Singapore, Vietnam and Indonesia.

Popular dishes at Asian5 include nasi goreng, pad Thai, green curry, salads and wraps.

This brand-new location will also offer breakfast dishes, opening at 8am.

Interiors house graffiti-style paintings by renowned street artist Sumo. “The colourful, detailed patterns and funky style matches what Asian5 tries to do in terms of quality and flavourful food,” says the team at Asian5.

Open daily 8am-12.30am. Al Murooj Complex, near The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 325 9955). www.asian5restaurant.com.

Meanwhile Tabule, serving Arabic specialities, has opened in Roda Al Murooj Downtown.

Here your favourite saj will be prepared on request, and there’s a live tabbouleh station as well, for fans of the traditional salad. You can also enjoy a range of cold mezze.

The restaurant is set in the gardens of the hotel (with an air-conditioned tent during the summer), and boasts a large menu of signature mixed drinks, mocktails and smoothies.

There’s also a happy hour from 5pm to 9pm where you can get 50 percent off mixed beverages and on Saturdays ladies get two free drinks from 5pm to 8pm.

Open daily 5pm-2am. Roda Al Murooj Downtown, Downtown Dubai (04 321 1111).

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