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 four courses, we’ve rounded up 10 Dubai dinner deals that won’t break the bank, and that are ideal for two.
Dhs499 for two, daily
JBR steakhouse and US export STK is already popular for its Tuesday ladies’ night and sellout Friday brunch, but the venue has now added a daily offering to please the party crowd. Available each evening from 6pm to 1am and priced at Dhs499 for two, guests can enjoy a 1kg rib-eye steak with prawns, served with a side of parmesan truffle chips and broccolini accompanied by a bottle of house wine.
STK JBR, The Walk, JBR, Dubai Marina, daily 6pm to 1am, Dhs499. Tel: (04) 323 0061. More info on website
Dhs170 per person, daily
Throughout summer, this quaint La Mer restaurant and terrace will be serving up a monthly changing summer menu of signature dishes for Dhs170 per person. Valid until September 17, the modern Indian menu will be specially selected by the chef, and served daily until 10pm.
Masti, La Mer North, Jumeirah 1, 12pm to 10pm, daily, Dhs170 per person. Tel: (04) 344 4384. Mastidubai.com
3. Marina Social
Dhs160 per person, daily (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
4. Miss Tess
Dhs98 per person, Sundays
Every Sunday, Miss Tess offers guests ‘All you Can Eat Sushi’ for a great value Dhs98. Valid from 8pm to 11pm, guests can enjoy a range of unlimited sashimi, maki and nigiri, served up alongside theatrical performances and live entertainment.
Miss Tess, Taj Dubai, Business Bay, 8pm to 11pm, Sundays. Tel: (050) 650 4988. misstessdubai.com
Dhs180 per person including beverages, Mondays
Do you love pizza? Dumb question, of course you do. The new ‘Matto Mondays’ night at The Oberoi in Business Bay lets you indulge in non-stop pizza (and one negroni) for just Dhs100 from 7pm to 12am. Want to go all out? Pay Dhs180 and you get an open bar of wine and beer for two hours, or Dhs280 with selected spirits, cocktails and prosecco, along with as much pizza as you can handle.
The Oberoi, Lobby Level, Business Bar, Mondays, 7pm to 12am, Dhs100 pizza and one drink, Dhs180 with wine and beer, Dhs280 with cocktails and prosecco. Tel: (04) 444 1335. oberoihotels.com
6. Fogo de Chao
Dhs399 for two, Mondays
Overlooking the DIFC skyline with a distant Burj Khalifa view, Brazilian export Fogo de Chão serves up two traditional Brazilian cut dinners and a bottle of grape for Dhs399 every Monday. Meat cuts are offered from a selection including seasoned chicken, traditional steak or lamb.
Fogo de Chao, Podium 3, Central Park Towers, DIFC, 7pm to midnight, Mondays, Dhs399. Tel: (04) 343 8867. fogodechao.com.
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
8. Il Faro
Dhs150 ladies, Dhs195 gents, Tuesdays
Il Faro on The Palm not only looks adorable (it’s set in a little lighthouse overlooking the water), but it has a fab ladies’ night deal on a Tuesday – that also offers something for the boys. For Dhs150 each, you get unlimited pizza and free-flowing prosecco, with the same deal priced at Dhs195 for guys.
Il Faro, Azure Residences, The Palm Jumeirah, 7pm to 10pm, Tuesdays, Dhs150 ladies, Dhs195 gents. Tel: (04) 568 3137. ilfaro.ae
Dhs229 per person, Wednesday
Every Wednesday, Ruya serves up four courses of it’s ever-popular Anatolian cuisine and a drink for Dhs229 per person. The homegrown restaurant masterminded by celebrated Dubai chef Colin Clague offers a choice of authentic Anatolian dishes such as cheese pides and Adana Kebap (spicy minced lamb) alongside live beats by DJ Amin.
Ruya, Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina, 6pm to 11pm, Wednesday, Dhs229 per person. Tel: (04) 399 9123. ruyadubai.com
10. The Scene by Simon Rimmer
Dhs250 for two, Fridays
The Scene by Simon Rimmer has a tasty traditional British dinner deal to take advantage of to kickstart the weekend. Every Friday from 12pm, enjoy a Beef Wellington with two starters for Dhs250 per couple. Pair it with their tab weekender which gets you five drinks for Dhs175.
The Scene by Simon Rimmer, Pier 7, Dubai Marina, 12pm to 6pm, Fridays, Dhs250. Tel: (04) 4222 328. thescenedubai.com