No longer has a desert outlier, Dubai earned a well-deserved post on the global epicurean circuit. With a hefty catalogue of celeb-chef offerings, each restaurant featured here is not simply somewhere to eat, but a destination for stunning décor, amazing views and unforgettable culinary experiences. The mouth-watering options in this gourmand gateway are as diverse as they are bountiful, from traditional Middle Eastern feasts to exquisite sushi, over-the top seafood spectacles and contemporary Peruvian delicacies.
You never know what you’ll get at this shapeshifting spot - and that’s the point. Tucked inside the gilded Palazzo Versace Dubai hotel, Enigma rethinks its entire menu, chef and concept every three months. The set menu offers a palatable peek into what Enigma truly can offer, so it’s safe to say that even with this much shorter journey you’ll enjoy some rather exceptional food.
At.mosphere Burj Khalifa
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The 12-seat jewel box here affords jetliner views of the city along with world-class foodie fusion. High tea in the lounge is also an extravagant undertaking, where pastries are stacked to the sky and a Champagne cocktail is flecked with real gold. There's wasabi roots from Japan, Australian Wagyu beef, lobster and more, all offered alongside suggested wine pairings.
The beauty of Zuma is that it is luxuriously unfussy, specializing in the Japanese Izakaya style of dining, in which food is served to share. It combines the classic Japanese dishes with bold, intense flavours and an emphasis on simple presentation acquired through quality ingredients. The multilevel space in the downtown draws a beautiful crowd with its vibrant bar scene, Izakaya style small plates and inventive sushi, informal yet sophisticated style of eating and drinking, with a contemporary twist.
Play Restaurant & Lounge
A restaurant that opened with an air of exclusivity, this new "Mediterrasian" eatery takes the two cuisines and puts together dishes to stunning effect. With serious kitchen pedigree (Zuma’s former toque Reif Othman oversees the 40 chefs on staff) and art deco–inspired décor has shot to the top of every must-eat list. Snag a table near the 36th-floor windows of the Hotel and order Black Cod Two Ways (teriyaki-skewered and Spanish croquette–inspired) or the Pita Surprise, a wagyu-draped pita shell that drips with truffle butter. An exclusive private dining space, Reif’s Room, will soon join the big-night fun.
Haunting music from Arabic oud and table players - along with the occasional belly dancer - drifts through this tented village, set up each evening on the seaside grounds of the Ritz- Carlton. A vast, alfresco caravan of regional masterpieces from Syrian chef Rami Almaket (you’ll crave his spiced lamb and secret-recipe chicken shawarma) have been luring in-the-know locals and exalted guests for more than a dozen years.
Peruvian plates are having a moment and this contemporary Incan den more than exceeds the hype with its ceviche counter, traditional anticuchos and fiery grilled meats. The Pisco Lounge, inspired by the oldest bars in Lima, stocks a library of infused brandy and has quickly become one of the most coveted cocktail lairs in the city.
What could be sexier than supper at sunset, floating over the Arabian Gulf? Perched on the edge of a pier at the Al Qasr Madinat Jumeirah resort, this elegant seafood showcase is considered the most romantic hideaway in Dubai. Soak in the dramatic views of the Burj Al Arab and the shoreline while sharing a finest seafood menu.
La Petite Maison