What’s On and The Black Hat Guide bring you the complete rundown of the best Chinese restaurants in Dubai. Read snappy reviews, find out how book, and get a real insight with the help of our handy rating system. For a full explanation of how the Black Hat Guide works, click here.
Dhs200 for two
This Chinese is far better than your average mall fodder.
Mall Of The Emirates, Al Barsha, Dubai, Mon to Wed noon to midnight, Thur to Sun noon to 1am.Metro: Mall Of The Emirates. Tel: (04) 3549288
Dhs180 for two
Chef Yap’s quirky Chinese menu is so popular that Chopstix picked up a What’s On Award in 2012 and 2013.
What’s On Awards: 2012, 2013
Marco Polo Hotel, Al Muteena Street, Deira, Dubai, daily noon to 3pm and 7.30pm to midnight, Thur and Fri noon to 3pm and 7.30pm to 1am. Tel: (04) 2720002. Taxi: Marco Polo Hotel. marcopolohotel.net
Da Shi Dai
Dhs180 for two
The simple things are done very well in this popular Chinese restaurant.
Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai Marina, Dubai, daily noon to midnight. Tel: (04) 4264636. Metro: Dubai Marina. da-shi-dai.ae
Dhs160 for two
Cheap and cheerful Cantonese that’s popular with the local Chinese community.
Near Lamcy Plaza, Oud Metha, Dubai, daily 6.30am to 11.30pm. Tel: (04) 3353680. Taxi: Lamcy Plaza
Dhs220 for two
An enormous menu lets you choose from everything from dim sum to established Chinese classics, via some decent fish dishes. Well worth a visit for the price.
Le Méridien Dubai, Airport Road, Opposite Emirates Flight Catering, Dubai, daily 12.30pm to 5pm and 6pm to 11pm. Tel: (04) 2170000. Taxi: Le Méridien Dubai diningatmeridiendubai.com
Dhs175 for two
Don’t let Ping Pong’s mall location fool you. The kitchen is dedicated to the much-loved art of dim sum and is one of Dubai Mall’s highest quality outlets.
The Dubai Mall, Downtown, Dubai, daily 11.30am to 10pm. Tel: (04) 3399088. Metro: Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall. pingpongdimsum.ae
Dhs225 for two
A regal-looking place serving decent value Cantonese cuisine.
DIFC, Building 4, Dubai, daily 11.30am to 11.30pm. Tel: (04) 3545543. Metro: Financial Centre. royalchinadubai.ae
Dhs400 for two
A romantic restaurant with a great bar area and a tranquil terrace offering fantastic views of the city skyline. The lobster and scallop dim sum and the prawn wonton soup are great, but their trilogy of desserts will blow you away.
Fairmont The Palm, The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, Sat to Wed 7pm to 11.30pm, Thur and Fri 7pm to midnight. Tel: (04) 4573338. Taxi: Fairmont The Palm. dineatba.com
Dhs350 for two
Old-time expats will remember The China Club’s heyday, and the menu still boasts some worthy platefuls, with duck, seafood and tofu served in both traditional and inventive ways.
Radisson Blu, Dubai Deira Creek, Dubai, daily 7.30pm to 11pm. Tel: (04) 2227171. Taxi: Radisson Blu Deira. radissonblu.com
Dhs300 for two
Popular with the Chinese expat community, China Sea is worth seeking out if you’re looking for authentic Chinese cuisine.
Al Maktoum Road, Deira, Dubai, daily 11am to 2am. Tel: (04) 2959816. Metro: Al Rigga
Dhs300 for two
Chinese chefs whip up dishes like Cantonese duck, lobster in XO sauce and plenty of deep-fried nibbles in this straightforward but quality restaurant.
Ramada Hotel, Bur Dubai, Dubai, daily 7pm to midnight. Tel: (04) 5061148. Metro: Al Fahidi. ramadadubai.com
Dhs700 for two
Hakkasan is a restaurant with grand ambitions ideal for late-night dinner and cocktails. There is a bar area, private dining and indoor and outdoor seating areas. This year sees it earn a third hat.
Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Dubai, Mon to Sat noon to 3pm, Sun to Sat 6pm to midnight. Tel: (04) 3848484. Metro: Jumeirah Emirates Towers. jumeirah.com
Dhs550 for two
Take a seat on the balcony (don’t forget to wear insect repellent) and settle down for some dim sum in this glamorous spot. Don’t expect stodgy takeaway fare; this is high-end, streamlined Asian eating.
What’s On Awards: 2012
The Address, Downtown, Dubai, daily 6.30pm to 11pm. Tel: (04) 8883444. Metro: Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall. theaddress.com
Dhs550 for stars
Fine Cantonese cuisine in a grand setting. Shang Palace needs livening up, but the menu is full of old favourites and inspiring dishes.
What’s On Awards: 2013
Shangri-La, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, daily noon to 3pm and 7pm to 11.30pm. Tel: (04) 4052703. Metro: Financial Centre. shangri-la.com
Dhs500 for two
A classy Chinese restaurant serving Dubai-style Szechuan cuisine. The main room is open and showy – somewhere to be seen – with tall throne-like chairs and a DJ behind the bar. Don’t miss the deep-fried tiger prawns with wasabi mayonnaise and the wok-seared wagyu ribeye.
Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, Sat to Wed 7pm to 11.30pm, Thur and Fri 7pm to midnight. Tel: (04) 4262626. Taxi: Atlantis The Palm. atlantisthepalm.com
Dhs600 for two
Waterside at the Madinat’s Mina A’Salam, this modern Chinese restaurant serves both dim sum and substantial dishes. It’s not cheap, but it is never quiet.
Mina A’ Salam, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, daily noon to 3pm and 7pm to 11.30pm.
Tel: (04) 3666730. Taxi: Mina A’Salam. jumeirah.com