5 wallet-friendly dinner deals perfect for pairs


The much-needed excuse to steer clear of cooking tonight.

With brand new restaurants popping up all over the city each week, committing to one can be a deal-breaking decision. The food, the drink, the location, the music, the views… with so many variables it’s hard to know where to go.

And catching up with a mate or dining for two can be an expensive hobby. So whether it’s bottomless bites, a deal that includes drinks or cuisine created by an award-winning chef, we’ve rounded up five dinner deals that won’t break the bank, ideal for two.

1. Fill up on sushi

SUNDAY: Start the week with unlimited Sushi at Pan-Asian restaurant Zengo’s Sushi Sundays. Choose from an array of dishes such as King Fish and Salmon Nigiri through to a selection of maki rolls, including Spicy Tuna, Crispy Shrimp, Roasted Tomato, Cucumber and Crispy King Fish Truffle.

Zengo, Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, Sundays 7pm-11pm, Dhs148 per person. Tel: (04) 316 5550. More info on website

2. Get in early

Marina Social interior

DAILY: For the early doors diners, Marina Social, the Dubai Marina hotspot by Michelin Star chef Jason Atherton, has created the Early Supper. Served daily between 7pm and 8pm, the contemporary British menu of two or three courses includes highlights such as beef tartare with egg yolk jam and steamed seabass with lemongrass fondue.

Marina Social, Intercontinental Dubai Marina, daily 7pm-8pm, Dhs150 per person for two courses, Dhs195 for three courses. Tel: (04) 446 6664. More info on website

 3. Have a playdate

DAILY: This upscale “Mediterrasian” restaurant by What’s On award-winning chef Reif Othman has launched a seasonal summer offer designed for pairs. A bespoke set menu, guests can enjoy a starter and main plus a glass of wine while taking in the 36th floor views from this elegant art-deco spot.

Play, The H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, daily 7pm-1am, Dhs300 for two. Tel: (04) 336 4444. More info on website

4. Enjoy a mid-week treat

TUESDAY: This trendy American Saloon has introduced an alternative to the usual Tuesday ladies’ nights which is all about the food. At Dhs300 for two, receive a welcome drink, four-course dinner and a glass of wine. There’s a lively atmosphere with music from their resident DJ, and great views across Downtown from the 68th floor.

Weslodge, JW Marriott Marquis, Tuesdays 7pm-11pm, Dhs300 for two. Tel: (04) 560 1700. More info on website

5. Double up on Irish pub-grub

MONDAY: From July 17, every Monday guests can enjoy two-for-one on all main courses from 6pm to 10pm until the end of August at the Souk Madinat branch of Dubai stalwart McGettigans. While starters, sides and desserts may not be included in the deal, the main course menu features plenty of hearty pub classics such as fish and chips and bangers and mash.

McGettigans, Souk Madinat, Mondays 6pm-10pm, two for one main courses, from July 17. Tel: (04) 447 0219. More info on website

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