Thanks to its role as one of the great international crossroads and the truly cosmopolitan nature of its population, Dubai offers cuisine from all over the world. French, Italian, Spanish, Greek and Scandinavian establishments vie with the culinary delights of India, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan and Korea.
Then, of course, there’s true Middle Eastern food, with Moroccan, Lebanese, Iranian, Jordanian and other specialities on offer as well as such local Arabic delights as hareis (succulent slow-cooked lamb with cracked wheat), matchous (highly spiced lamb served over rice), fattayyer (bite-sized pastries stuffed with cream cheese and spinach), mehalabiya (a mouth-watering pudding topped with pistachio nuts and rose petals) and esh asaraya (a cream-topped variation on cheesecake). A good tip: for great value genuine Arabic food, try the long-established citywide Automatic chain.
This is one city where in-house hotel restaurants do extremely well – and offer a vast array of choice. Many hotels have six or more different outlets to provide a culinary tour of the world of fine food – and value often matches that of stand-alone eateries.
In what is officially a Muslim city, the entirely cosmopolitan nature of the populace means alcohol is widely available and pork and shellfish find their way onto many menus, too.
Within the Metropolitan Palace at Deira, there’s a generous selection of Lebanese meze delights and grilled meats. At midnight the lights dim, the music kicks in, the belly dancers do their thing and the prices escalate.
The Glasshouse Brasserie
This bright and airy restaurant is located inside hotel Hilton Dubai Creek. Here you can enjoy a fine selection of modern Mediterranean cuisine in a contemporary art deco setting. There is an excellent variety of fine wines by the bottle or glass.
Learn to dance salsa before downing perfectly concocted mojitos and cubana libres at this atmospheric Cuban inspired hideout where paella is the speciality. The staff are also serving other typical Cuban cuisine with a fusion of international styles.
Al Koufa is a long-standing favourite for visitors and locals. Here you can savour genuine Emirates’ cuisine in a place that rarely warms up much before midnight but then packs to the gills as the band gets cooking.
Dubai’s popular revolving restaurant atop the usually packed Hyatt Regency Hotel offers ever-changing views to set the mood and ever-changing buffet spreads to provide a perfect introduction to the delights of the middle-eastern table. The huge selection also offers Indian and European dishes and a selection of desserts.
Lan Kwai Fung
Authentic Hong Kong Chinese, right down to the décor. Wide choice and you can watch the chefs at work behind the kitchen’s glass wall. They’ll even cook your own suggestions to order.
This well-appointed modern vessel takes 350 passengers. Here you can enjoy a great time on a dinner cruise up the Dubai Creek and back. The menu offers international gourmet cuisine and extensive selection of fine beverages.
At Amal you can taste fresh and innovative regional Indian cuisine along with tasty beverage. The impeccable food is beautifully presented by attentive staff in an elegant setting. You will find this popular restaurant on the third floor at Armani Hotel.
Aroos Damascus is an open-air terrace restaurant that offers Arabic food. This inexpensive restaurant serves dishes such as charcoal chicken, lamb kebabs and salads. The portions are big so you will probably leave the restaurant full and satisfied.
When dining at Latitude you will experience fresh flavours of Japanese, Thai, Malaysian and European cuisine. The diverse buffet will satisfy every taste bud and leave you utterly spoilt for choice. There are many live cooking stations where you can watch the fresh fish and meat being prepared. Do not miss the amazing dessert table with chocolate fountain.
Cucina Mia Restaurant
If you are craving for true Italian food, Cucina Mia Restaurant might be the right place for you. The executive chef Domenico Serra selects the best raw materials which are imported directly from Italy and he prepares the food with love and passion. Buon appetito!
In the cosy setting of Elia you can indulge in authentic Greek cuisine that has been made with fresh traditional Greek ingredients. Elia is one of the few hidden gems of Dubai and provides reasonably priced menu. The multi-award winning celebrity Chef Baxevanis prepares the food with creativity and brings real taste of Greece to Dubai.
Rhodes Twenty 10
As the name revel, this restaurant is led by the Michelin-starred celebrity Chef Gary Rhodes. Rhodes Twenty 10 is a high-class restaurant where the professional staff serves Euro-inspired cuisine with a touch of flavour from the Middle East in a glamorous and intimate setting.
The Noodle House
The Noodle House is surprisingly affordable and offers fresh Asian food. The menu gives you lots of choices, for example roast duck wonton soup, Pad Thai, Cantonese roast duck and steamed sea bass. The service is quick and the portions are big, all you need to do is to sit back and enjoy your dinner.
At this spacious, modern restaurant you can have a casual dining experience and enjoy a variety of Pakistani, Afghani and North Indian inspired cuisine. The restaurant is ideally located in the centre of Dubai and has a smart, stylish ambiance.
Ewaan Lounge gives a good glimpse of the traditional Arabic culture and cuisine. Try out many delicious tastes of mezzeh and find out what it means to eat like Arabs.
The Global Village
The global Village is definitely a fun way to spend time in Dubai. With pavilions from more than 30 countries and regions, there is much to see, do and eat.