Where to have dinner before Dubai Opera

Dubai Opera is the hottest new venue in the city. But before settling down to a performance, check our pick of pre-show dining options and where to go for a post-concert debrief
Where to have dinner before Dubai Opera

Time Out answers your question; where to have dinner before Dubai Opera? The list contains some of the best restaurants in Downtown Dubai

Dubai Opera is the hottest new venue in the city. But before settling down to a performance, check our pick of pre-show dining options and where to go for a post-concert debrief

La Serre’s Bistro feels bright and airy, thanks to the crisp white colour scheme. On any given night you’ll find it buzzing, and staff deal adeptly with the throng of diners – you won’t even notice the wait between ordering and being presented your food, and requesting and receiving your bill.

Start with the shaved cauliflower salad with Manchego cheese, citrus and almonds. Light and refreshing, it’s a great precursor to some of the bigger flavours you’ll tuck into. The beetroot salad starter is one. It’s full of taste, texture and heat contrasts that we love. It comes with small rounds of warm goat’s cheese, studded with pistachio nut crumbs, mixed in with the cold cubes of beetroot. An absolute delight.

Mains are split into pastas, seafood and meat, making it easy for the indecisive to navigate. All the classics are present, including beef Bourguignon, baby chicken and fillet steak, plus scallops glazed with balsamic reduction and parsnip purée, and piquillo peppers. Of that the baby chicken is a standout, with its creamy, flavourful truffle Hollandaise sauce. A side of rich gratin Dauphinoise and steamed broccoli will go down a treat, too.

This is one of the most impressive French restaurants we’ve had the pleasure to eat in. Book a table and you’ll see why.

Italian 04 888 3666 Downtown Dubai

Armani. Just the name alone creates images of classic, upmarket interiors, tailored clothing and high-end glamour. And that’s what you get at the Armani Hotel. It’s luxurious, it’s moody and it feels refined.

Armani/Ristorante is the same. It helps, of course, that it’s nestled at the base of the world’s tallest building and boasts stunning views of The Dubai Fountain.

This Italian is the ideal restaurant for a treat – and treat it will be, as have no doubt, along with high-end décor and a world-class setting comes comparable pricing.

As we’re settled into a massive cream leather banquette, we peruse the menu and tuck into the bread basket (an inventive and tasty selection, of which the goat’s cheese croissant is a highlight).

And despite being seasoned Dubaians, we can’t help but still be awed whenever the Fountain springs to life.

However, for a restaurant with such a slick appearance, the service, surprisingly, doesn’t quite match. At best, it’s haphazard, at worst disappointing.

What isn’t disappointing, however, is the food. We opt for burrata and giant prawns to start, both of which are excellent. Creamy burrata comes with chunks of juicy, sweet tomato, while the succulent prawns sit on a bed of vibrant crushed peas.

Everything is beautifully presented, as you’d expect from a brand renowned for aesthetics.

We move on to a delightfully tender beef cheek that falls apart at first sight of the knife and lobster spaghetti which is tasty, but a tad chewy (both the shellfish and the pasta).

A live singer is a nice touch, but the vibe never quite feels relaxed. But if it’s a special meal on a big occasion you’re looking for, then the food and setting won’t let you down, just make sure your wallet’s prepared.

The Bill (for two)
1x gamberi Dhs135
1x burrata Dhs110
1x lobster spaghetti Dhs200
1x guancia Dhs200
1x La Sfera Dhs100
1x still water Dhs35
Total (including service) Dhs780

The bottom line
Delightful dishes and top location.

Argentinian +971 4 423 8884 04 428 7888 Burj Khalifa Area

Asado may arguably be one of the most sophisticated fine dining experiences in Dubai. When arriving, staff lead you onto the terrace where guests are treated to outstanding views of the Burj Khalifa and fountains. The staff explain the meat on offer and show you the cuts at your table, with tenderloin, sirloin and rib-eye the specialities. If steak is not your thing, there are plenty of fish, chicken and even goat dishes on offer. For starters, the dry-aged beef carpaccio is excellent. Parmesan crisps accompanying the beef add texture and the quality of the meat is top-notch. Another starter to note is the tuna and salmon ceviche with purple potato chips and sweet potato. The dish is tasty and fresh. If you are a fan of steaks, it’s only right to order one.The beef tenderloin is cooked perfectly to your requirements and is full of flavour. The service is friendly without being intrusive. Asado serves up a dining experience like no other.

Bar & pub food 04 888 3828 Downtown Dubai

Dining in the world’s highest restaurant will never be anything less than thrilling. Thankfully the food wows as much as the setting. A business lunch option offers real value while on an evening set menus are the order of the day. The menu is European based in classic French cooking, using top ingredients. Everything looks excellent, the produce is the very best quality and the tastes are incredible. Service is also good. It might be a once-a-year treat for most people but it is a brilliant night if so.


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