Who says it gets quieter during summer in Dubai?

From a famous Lebanese import to a burger spot that stuffs its patties, here are five new restaurants in Dubai to look out for this summer.

1. Boubouffe


Fans of this Lebanese brasserie will be chuffed to hear it’s expanded into Dubai. The famous Beirut institution serves a menu of classic Lebanese dishes and hot and cold mezzes, as well as soups, sandwiches, Lebanese burgers and more. Our spies say they also serve up special dishes each weekday such as lamb chops with stuffed vine leaves and courgettes on Mondays, or traditional Lebanese moghrabieh on Tuesdays.

Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, daily noon until midnight. Tel: (04) 3943196. Metro: Financial Centre.  boubouffe-uae.com

2. Mori Sushi

mori sushi

Don’t expect a typical Japanese restaurant when you dine at Mori Sushi, the new hotspot in Downtown Dubai. Conventional sushi dishes are infused with Latin flavours, which seems only natural since the Mori brand was born in São Paulo, Brazil. We like the sound of the summery scallop salad infused with cherry tomatoes. Look out for our verdict in next month’s issue.

Plaza 2, Downtown Dubai Boulevard, Dubai, daily 11am to midnight. Tel: (04) 5521853. Metro: Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall

3. The Stuffed Burger Co

Blue cheese stuffed burger for dinner, and what an experience !! #stuffedburger #BlueCheeseBurger

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A new burger joint, which specialises in stuffing its patty with select ingredients, has opened in Jumeirah. Diners can choose from five signature stuffings: three cheese (mozzarella, cheddar and Swiss cheese), pizza burger (pepperoni, mozzarella with marinara sauce), mushroom and Swiss, blue cheese, and roasted tomato and garlic, all packed into a freshly baked potato bun. The menu also offers other staple American dishes. Think charbroiled beef burgers, a veggie-friendly garden burger along with chicken wings, fried jalapeño poppers, a selection of mini sliders and their signature loaded fries topped with cheese and grilled onions.

Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah, Dubai, Sun to Wed 11am to 1am, Thur to Sat 11am to 3am. Tel: (600) 545541. Taxi: between Al Manara Street and Al Thanya Street. thestuffedburgerco.com

4. Ceviche


Dubai’s Peruvian scene had a shining moment in 2015. But what started as a unique concept quickly grew tiresome, with more fried quinoa than you could stomach. So how will new Peruvian restaurant, Ceviche, measure up in a saturated market? Well, their sous chef is the real deal. The Lima-born entrepreneur believes in sourcing ingredients directly from Peru. Could we be falling back in love?

Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC, Dubai, Sat to Wed 11.30am to 10pm, Thur and Fri 11.30am to 11pm. Tel: (04) 3266333. Taxi: Emirates Financial Towers. cevichedubai.com

5. Brickhouse (COMING SOON!)


Watch out Loca – there’s a new Mexican joint coming to the UAE that’s flying in from Hong Kong. Yes, you heard that right. Dubai’s newest taco tavern is a beloved Chinese import. Located down a nondescript, graffiti-clad alley in Lan Kwai Fong’s party district, Brickhouse Hong Kong has made a name for itself as one of the most frenzied but genuine Mexican dining experiences on the continent. While it may be lacking a dark alley setting (Brickhouse will be located in Al Manzil Souk), we can set our sights on authentic Molcajete nachos, Mexican street corn and tacos galore. Ole to that.