Dining in Dubai is just as exciting an experience as shopping and touring. In Dubai you can find a selection of international restaurants ranging from Swiss to Chinese, as well as restaurants boasting the best Gulf, Middle-Eastern and Persian cuisine your taste buds will ever encounter.
Dining in Dubai is usually an elegant experience. Levantine, for example, is a fabulous place, where traditional Lebanese cuisine is served, while visitors enjoy a belly dancer. A show kitchen at the center of the restaurant prepares delicious kebabs and raw-meat dishes.
Nobu, created by renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa, is an excellent place to enjoy a unique style of Japanese cuisine combined with flavors from South America. His most famous dishes include soft-shell crabs and tempuras. There’s a sake lounge bar and a sushi counter, where you can enjoy sushi-sashimi.
Dining in Dubai is an exciting experience not just for the food, but for the settings in which these restaurants are housed. Ossiano is a great example; tables are placed next to a window from which diners can enjoy underwater views of the Ambassador Lagoon. The cuisine is traditional Catalan, with specialties like fried sardines.
Tip: Do not miss the fabulous caviar and champagne bar, offering great selections of caviar.
Al Mahara, the most expensive restaurant in the city, offers not only the best seafood, but the most incredible décor. Inside, you can sit next to the aquarium, where sharks and beautiful fish circle the tank.
Dining in Dubai is special at Verre, a French cuisine restaurant owned by the famed chef Gordon Ramsey; it’s one of two restaurants he owns outside the U.K. The food is out of this world. The wine list is also something to talk about. Dishes are simple yet unique. Try the scallops, a favorite of the chef.
There are many restaurants where you can still get the best of the dining in Dubai experience, at reasonable prices.
The Antique Bazaar is one of these places; the décor is unusual with every table decorated in a different manner. It serves great Indian cuisine. Don’t miss the Tandori chicken and of course the succulent curries.
Awtar serves legitimate Lebanese cuisine; its kebabs are a must. Start with a Meze and enjoy the live entertainment.
Medzo is the epitome of comfort, with large tables and big leather chairs. It’s a great place for seafood and has perhaps the best lobster bisque around.
Thai Chi is quite the fun spot; the restaurant has two kitchens, one prepares Thai food and the other one prepares Chinese cuisine. It’s a great place and the food is fabulous. Try the chicken prepared in a spicy coconut milk.
You never thought you’d see the words Japanese cuisine next to “moderately priced,” but at Kiku, you’ll find great cuisine served in a very elegant style, and yes, at affordable prices.
With so many restaurants, don’t miss a casual day on the boardwalk, where you can enjoy juicy burgers or an evening barbecue in the desert. It’s a great and unique experience.