3 fresh food spots to dine at in Dubai this weekend
A gorgeous new Greek restaurant, a mouth-watering weekend roast deal, and the return of an Italian favourite…
We’re spoiled for choice when it comes to dining out in Dubai – from celebrity chef-led restaurants to indie gems, there are new openings every week. So, if you’re looking for somewhere fresh to book a table this weekend, these are our top picks.
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Brand new: Gaia
Foodie hotspot DIFC has a new dining option as Greek restaurant GAIA has just opened its doors in Gate Village. The concept was created by homegrown chef Izu Ani, who you’ll recognise from top restaurants including La Serre, La Petite Maison, and carine. Signature dishes include freshly baked bread, Greek salad, baked feta, seabream carpaccio and baby goat. Guests can also visit the in-house fish expert – a fishelier – for bespoke orders and recommendations.
Gaia, Gate Village 4, DIFC, Dubai, daily 12pm to 3pm and 7pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 241 4242. @GaiarestaurantDubai
New menu: 21 Grams
Balkan bistro 21 Grams on Jumeirah Beach Road has launched a brand new menu. Head chef Uros’ newly crafted dishes include a hearty Balkan breakfast, with baked eggs in tomato and pepper relish with beef sausages and crumbled feta cheese; Pljeskavica, a Wagyu beef patty stuffed with bacon and cheese and served with spicy Moravian salad and soft flatbread; and delicious Balkan desserts like Tufahija – poached apples stuffed with walnuts. They’ve also got a new weekend roast deal – you can tuck into meat, potatoes, heirloom carrots and garlic for Dhs98, or add on a dessert for Dhs120.
21 Grams, Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim 3, daily 7am to 11.30pm. Tel: (04) 3490744. 21grams.me
Re-opened: Roberto’s Dubai
Italian food lovers, rejoice. After a long summer hiatus, Roberto’s in DIFC is back – and it has a brand new look. Drawing on both classical and modern Italian designs, the new interior features a refurbished and expanded lounge, two sleek bars, and a new entrance. The a la carte menu also has a number of new additions – highlights include Insalata al 4 Semi (baby spinach, kale salad, clementine, peanuts, baby gem and agave dressing), Calamarata Gamberi e Pistacchi (calamarata pasta with gamberi rossi, burrata and pistachio in AOP sauce) and Polpo (slow cooked roasted octopus, artichoke and cacio e pepe sauce).
Roberto’s, Gate Village 1, DIFC, daily midday to 2am. Tel: (04) 386 0066. robertos.ae