An ice cream parlour in City Walk, Japanese Kaiseki and a lounge bar that’s Miami cool…

From unique dining experiences to wallet-friendly dinner deals perfect for pairs, we seem to have it all when it comes to new restaurants.

But as the foodie scene gets bigger and bigger, we’re seeing both old and new concepts bringing a fresh approach to dining in Dubai.

So here are three restaurants on our radar to check out this week (here are the three fresh places we pointed out last week).

Coco on 8: Miami-cool comes to Media One

Formerly known as the Dek on 8, the poolside outdoor lounge at Media One Hotel has had a Miami-inspired makeover, and now goes by the name of Coco on 8. They’re running a ladies day-to-night offer every Sunday, a secondary ladies night runs on Wednesday too as well as a daily happy hour that extends all day on a Saturday.

Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, daily 12pm to late. Tel:(04) 427 1000.

Sweet Salvation: The ice cream you need on your Instagram

Canadian soft serve ice cream has arrived in City Walk in the form of Sweet Salvation (we never knew we needed Canadian soft serve in our life until now). The Toronto-based brand has just opened its first Dubai boutique, serving up cones like the Bangin’ Brownie and Red Rapture; as well as Dubai exclusives such as The Gold Digger cone with saffron and vanilla soft serve, toasted salted pistachios and cardamom caramel.

Plot 8-01 Al Mustaqbal Street, City Walk Dubai. Tel: (04) 349 9917. More info on website

Kohantei: A second serving of Dubai Opera dining

This tiny and traditional restaurant serves up Japanese fine dining food, revolving around a ‘Kaiseki’ menu that will continually evolve depending on ingredients that can be sourced. Think super-fresh sashimi, wagyu and creative mushroom dishes. Masterminded by Executive Chef Hisao Ueda, guests have the choice of a la carte dining or five multi-course menus designed to be enjoyed over several hours (these start from Dhs350 a head). There are three private dining rooms and only 28 seats in total, Kohantei is a simple and intimate space that prides itself on authenticity. Definitely one all Dubai foodies should check out – but, because it’s so tiny (and already so popular), you’ll need to book ahead.

Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Mon to Sat 12pm to 3pm and 6pm to 12am (last orders for dinner 10.30pm). Tel: (04) 243 5941. More info on website

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