Waterfront restaurants in Dubai
Whether you're sailing, anchored or eating on an al fresco terrace, the dramatic views and ambience of these 20 dining experiences will simply blow you away, says Will Milner
With views over The Dubai Fountain, and moodily lit dining room and terrace, it’s no wonder Thiptara took home our gong for Best Romantic Restaurant 2018. However, it’s not style over substance here, as the food is excellent, too, which is why it’s a worthy winner of the Best Thai Restaurant Award too.
The menu offers such delights as black cod wrapped in pandan leaf and soft-shell crab served with a spicy home-made sauce to start, and both will leave you craving more.
The menu also offers authentic salads including som tum Thai – a green papaya offering with long beans, tomatoes, Thai lime chilli dressing and tiger prawns. It’s truly one for spice fans. The tom kha Thai soup also to start, with coconut, your choice vegetables, chicken or seafood, plus Thai herbs and mushrooms is heart-warmingly delicious. But the true showstoppers are in the main courses.
Seafood, meat and poultry, curries and tofu dishes are made expertly, and nowhere will you find a classic green, red or Paneng curry made better.
The pad Thai noodles are also a cut above the rest – wonderfully fresh, with crisp beansprouts and soft noodles, meaty prawns and fluffy scrambled eggs. The menu is nicely proportioned and concise, and staff are more than happy to guide you through it, which they do well here – they know it inside out.
Since you can enjoy the show with some of the tastiest Thai food in town, there’s no better place in Dubai for a romantic evening out with some top-class cuisine.
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Book in for a showcase of fantastic flavours and spectacular Fountain views
Seafood, overlooking the sea to majestic views of the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah? Yes please.
This is a long-standing, go-to romantic spot in Dubai and it never fails to deliver. It has won numerous Time Out Dubai Restaurant awards in the Romantic category in the past, and it again scooped a Highly Commended plaque in 2018.
The rustic wooden venue, located at the end of a jetty and standing magnanimously over the Arabian Gulf, with floor-to-ceiling panes of glass for walls, revealing unrivalled panoramic views, is impressive.
À la carte prices are high – a meal for two excluding drinks can set you back into the thousands of dir-hams. But on there are frequently offers on set menus throughout the year, which are worth re-searching around the time you’re planning to book.
As expected, everything here is slick, from the presentation of dishes to the service. Staff are barely noticeable of an evening, allowing you to enjoy every moment, but rest assured, when you need them, they’ll be there, sharp, and willing to help, no matter your enquiry. Another starter after your main course? No problem. Engagement ring at the bottom of glass of bubbly to be brought out just before the bill? You’ve got it.
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Pierchic is a place where memories are made.
Strolling down to the beach from the beautiful Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach to Sea Fu brings a sense of expectation. The venue, with a very cool bar and lounge area, as well as an indoor dining room and plenty of outside space, is just lovely and has the staff to match. The menu contains mainly seafood dishes and is a great example of a restaurant that can pick a theme and run with it. You’ll find various sashimi, nigari and maki, as well as temaki and more elaborate rolls. Volcano rolls are presented with a flourish, and have the flavours to match. Salmon, cucumber, pickles, radish and a hot sauce all work wonderfully together. Beef tenderloin tataki, served with earthy enoki mushrooms, garlic crisps and ponzu sauce, is another top choice to start. There are some items, such as a Korean pear salad and tuna pizza, that make for interesting detours away from the more usual options. The steamed lobster main course looks amazing and tastes as good. While the portion is a little on the small side, the combination of fried wonton, shiitake and leeks as well as a creamy lobster sauce and coconut foam is stunning. Pan-seared halibut is another hit. The robust, meaty white fish is backed up admirably by Chinese cabbage, leeks, mussels and mint. Sea Fu is a lovely venue that is ideal for date-night or to show off how pretty Dubai is to visitors.
Set in the Umm Suqiem Fishing Harbour, this is a quaint spot to eat al fresco both day or night, with views of the fishing boats and out to sea. The restaurant is fairly quiet due to its somewhat tucked away location, but the terrace has a nice, rustic, holiday feel to it. There’s a clear Indian influence here, too, from tikka dishes to curries. Billed as one of Seaview’s signature dishes, the prawn tempura are of a good size but the herb batter is overpowering. The calamari doesn’t fare much better, being bland and a tad rubbery. Mains are more inspiring, however. A piece of king fish arrives wrapped in a voluminous banana leaf, and is meaty, tasty and piled high with a fragrant tomatoey sauce. A rich, coconutty prawn curry is well-flavoured, has a good kick and is packed full of prawns. Prices aren’t going to break the bank, either, though the food is not as good as some other seafront seafood spots.
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