Get these new foodie spots on your radar…

Looking for a new place to catch up with friends this Christmas? Well you’re in luck, as Dubai has just welcomed a slew of new restaurants. Can’t keep up with all the new openings? We’ve rounded them up here in a handy little guide.

And there’s plenty more to come, check out our ever-growing list of restaurants that are opening soon.

Han Shi Fu

Described as a ‘trendy Asian fusion gastropub’, Han Shi Fui can be found in Aloft City Centre Deira. Split into multiple dining areas, the vibrant space promises a ‘unique mood and atmosphere’ at each. As well as restaurant dining, there’s a more casual bar area where diners can perch up for a pre or post dinner drink.

Han Shi Fu, Aloft City Centre Deira, daily 11am to 2am. Tel: (04) 228 1075.


Kizmet is a two-storey restaurant promising “a cool comfortable well-lit space with small plates and a focus on a neighborhood feel” that can be found in the Dubai Opera. Brought to you by the team behind Baker & Spice, the menu promises a little bit of everything, focusing on affordable dishes cooked in traditional ways, inspired by the cultural melting pot of Dubai.

Kizmet, Dubai Opera, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, Sat to Weds 12pm to 1am, Thurs and Fri 12pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 388 8717.


One of eight restaurants that has opened its doors in the new Emerald Palace Kempinski on The Palm, is Italian Venetian restaurant, All’Onda. In the kitchen, guests can expect a blend of Italian Venetian cuisine, with influences from Japanese and Indian cooking traditions, with the menu headed up by the award-winning chef Chris Jaeckle.

all’Onda, Emerald Palace Kempisnki, West Crescent, Palm Jumeirah, Sat to Weds 5pm to 1am, Thurs and Fri 5pm to 2am.


Traditional Greek eats, Zorba dancing and plate smashing are all on the menu at new Greek restaurant, Opa. The new spot, which has replaced Catch Dubai in the Fairmont on Shiekh Zayed road promises an affordable menu of traditional Greek eats, a friendly ambience and charming interiors inspired by the Greek Islands.

Opa Dubai, Fairmont Dubai Sheikh Zayed Road, 7pm to 1am, Sat to Weds, 7pm to 2am Thurs and Fri. Tel: (04) 357 0557.

Bounty Beets

Gourmet by Kcal has had a glow-up, and now goes by the name of Bounty Beets. Found in Le Meridien Mina Seyahi, the new spot is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with seating fro 130. It’s designed to be photographed – think angel wings in a mural on the wall and a huge blossom tree in the centre, while the menu has a big focus on healthy eats.

Bounty Beets, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi, Dubai Marina, daily 8am to 10pm. Tel: (04) 399 3333.


Found on the second floor of Dubai Marina’s Pier 7 building is Mama Zonia. The restaurant, lounge and terrace promises to take you on a journey through the Amazon rainforest thanks to its jungle-themed decor, tribal entertainment and tropical, Latin American cuisine. The venue has already launched a weekday business lunch, gents’ night every Monday, ladies’ night every Tuesday, so we’re confident you’ll want to be adding it to your weekly ladies’ night circuit.

Mama Zonia, Level 2, Pier 7, Dubai Marina, 12pm to 2am, Sat to Weds, 12pm to 3am, Thurs and Fri. Tel: (04) 240 4747.

Mix Dubai

Mix is the first Dubai outpost by celebrated chef Alain Ducasse, found in the Emerald Palace Kempinski hotel. Spread over three floors and with room for 400 guests, the stunning space features a separate bar and lounge, private chef’s table and central Faberge Egg, which spans three floors of the dramatic restaurant space.

mix Dubai by Alain Ducasse, Emerald Palace Kempinski, Palm Jumeirah, weekdays 5pm to 1am, weekends 5pm to 2am, from Saturday December 15. Tel: (04) 248 8860.

The Duck Hook

The Duck Hook is a new British gastropub found in Dubai Hills Golf Club. Themed on traditional English country pursuits. Overlooking the golf course, it promises a menu of ‘pub grub meets modern European fare’, craft beers, and plenty of screens for watching international sports live. It’s dog-friendly too, so you can take your pooch along when you’re craving some proper pub grub.

The Duck Hook, Dubai Hills Golf Club, Dubai Hills, daily 12pm to 12am. Tel: (800) 666353. 

Copper Chimney

The award-winning Indian restaurant brand Copper Chimney has been a leader in Indian cuisine for more than forty years, and it can now be found in Dubai. The UAE branch has just opened its doors at the Millennium Plaza Hotel, on Sheikh Zayed Road, and can seat 130 guests over two floors. On the menu, expect a variety of small plates designed to be shared, while the venue advertises that their signature Tandoors are a must-try.

Copper Chimney, Millennium Plaza Hotel, Dubai, now open. Tel: (04) 326 9444.

Chalet Berezka

One of the first restaurant openings at new Palm Jumeirah destination, The Pointe, Chalet Berezka has just opened its doors. The split level, licensed concept promises a diverse menu of Eastern European classics with influences from Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and central Asian cuisines. There will also be daily live shows from 10pm which will rotate on a frequent basis, and a beverage and shisha license that extends to 3am through the week and 5am on weekends.

Chalet Berekza, The Pointe, East Marina, Palm Jumeirah, Sat Sun, Mon and Weds 6pm to 3am, Tues Thurs and Fri 6pm to 5am.

Stoke House

Featuring a casual dining area, bar, terrace and pool area, Stoke House is an all-day eatery located at the clubhouse at Damac Hills estate. Overlooking the lush golf course, the venue will open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and promises daily deals including happy hours, a weekly quiz night and weekend brunches. It’s the latest opening by Gates Hospitality, who also look after properties such as Reform in The Lakes and folly in Madinat Jumeirah.

Stoke House, Clubhouse, Damac Hills Estate, Dubai, daily 6.30am to 3am. Tel: (04) 245 3939.

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