10 wallet-friendly Dubai dinner deals that are 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 a tasting menu of seven courses, we’ve rounded up 10 Dubai dinner deals that won’t break the bank, and that are ideal for two.

1. Fill up on sushi

Dhs148 per person, Sundays

Start the week with unlimited sushi at Pan-Asian restaurant Zengo’s all-you-can-eat Sushi Sundays. Food-wise you’ll find 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 to 11pm, Dhs148 per person (food only). Tel: (04) 316 5550. Zengo-dubai.com

2. Fusion maki

Dhs150 per person, Mondays

Every Monday, Latin American and Asian fusion spot Waka serves up two hours of unlimited maki rolls in a lively atmosphere. Featuring a range of traditional seafood options with a few unique ingredients such as quinoa, Maki Mondays provide a guilt-free excuse to indulge. The Dhs150 price tag will get you unlimited Maki rolls, plus a glass of house wine.

Waka, The Oberoi, Business Bay, Monday 8pm to 10pm, Dhs150 per person. Tel: (04) 444 1455. waka.ae

3. Dine with the Yin to your Yang

Dhs388 for two, Mondays

Every Monday, pairs that dine together can enjoy a seven-course tasting menu with free-flowing house wine for Dhs388 at China Grill. The Pan-Asian ‘Yin Yum Yang’ menu serves up a menu of nigiri and sashimi platters, classic tempura rock shrimp, Asian Bouillabaisse and steamed Shanghai soup dumplings. But make sure to save room for mains, a grilled wagyu striploin is the menu highlight of this meal, and a close second is the beautifully plated berries and meringue dessert.

China Grill, The Westin, Dubai Mina Seyahi, Monday 7pm to 10pm, Dhs415 (for two). Tel: (04) 399 9144. chinagrilldubai.com

4. Enjoy a mid-week treat

Dhs300 for two, Tuesdays

This trendy Canadian saloon has introduced an alternative to the usual Tuesday ladies’ nights that is all about the food. At Dhs300 for two, receive a welcome drink, a 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. Weslodge.ae

5. Share some Asian street plates

Dhs99 per person, Wednesdays

This Asian street food restaurant and bar has launched a ladies’ night with something for the boys too, making it a good option for budget-conscious couples. Ladies can enjoy three dishes from a select menu, and two hours of unlimited drinks for Dhs99, and for the same price, guys can enjoy three dishes and a welcome drink. Bites include edamame and spring rolls, while for mains you’ll get to try dishes like Kung Pao chicken and vegetable Pad Thai. The deal is also available on Saturday’s too.

Mr Miyagi’s, Level 9, Media One Hotel, Wedesday, 5pm to 11pm, Dhs99 per person. Tel:(04) 420 7489. mrmiyagisdubai.com

6. Kick off the weekend with a seafood fix

Dhs195 per person, Thursdays

Start the weekend with an evening of seafood at Italian Trattoria Il Faro. Dhs150 gets you unlimited food, including a seafood salad, pastas and grills. There is also unlimited white wine for two hours include. Plus, there are great views out across the Palm and the Arabian Ocean from both their indoor and outdoor seating options.

Azure Residences, The Palm Jumeirah, two hour package from 7pm to 10pm, Dhs150. Tel: (04) 568 3137. ilfaro.ae

7. Challenge yourself to unlimited tacos

Dhs149 per person, daily

While Loca might be famed for having some of the best guac in town, there’s now another reason to head to the Souk Al Bahar branch – they’ve just added a taco room. Diners are invited to a three-hour package of build-your-own-tacos, with a choice of beef, chicken or fish and a host of fillings for Dhs149 per person including margaritas. Add on beer and it’s Dhs199.

Loca, Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai, 3 hour package, daily 12pm to 2am, Dhs149 margaritas, Dhs199 margaritas and beer. Tel: (04) 449 4455. Facebook.com/LocaUAE

8. Sample Spanish-style sundowners

Dhs199 for two, Saturdays

Riva Beach Club is back in action after a summer refurb’, and with it comes a brand new Mediterranean menu with a whole host of new deals. On Saturdays, enjoy a pitcher of red or white Sangria and a generous portion of signature seafood Paella that’s perfect for sharing for Dhs199. It’s a great place to sit out and watch the sun set, or head down early and take a dip in the pool before dinner.

Building 8, The Shoreline, Palm Jumeirah, Saturday 7pm to 10pm, Dhs199. Tel: (04) 430 9466. Riva-beach.com

9. An early-bird dinner deal

Dhs150 per person, every night (7pm to 8pm)

For the early doors diners, Marina Social 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 and it costs Dhs160 per head.

Marina Social, Intercontinental Dubai Marina, daily 7pm to 8pm, Dhs160 per person for two courses, Dhs210 for three courses. Tel: (04) 446 6664. Marinasocialdubai.com

10. Cool off with an Alpine-inspired evening

Daily, from Dhs140 (enough for two)

DAILY: Take a trip to the Alps without leaving Dubai at Publique. The Alpine-themed bar located in Souk Madinat Jumeirah serves up a cheese fondue and carafe of house wine for Dhs140, Pierrade and a house wine carafe for Dhs170 and a raclette and house wine carafe for Dhs180.

Publique, Souk Madinat, Madinat Jumeirah, daily 12pm to 12am, from Dhs140. Tel: (04) 430 8550. Publique.ae

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