A new restaurant on Bluewaters, a beachside pop-up and a top roast in City Walk…

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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The brand new: The London Project

The first independent, licensed restaurant on Bluewaters has just opened its doors, and we can’t wait to check it out. Inspired by an English country garden, it’s home to a restaurant, gin garden and al fresco terrace. On the menu, you’ll find modern interpretations of British and Mediterranean classics, creatively plated and designed to be shared.

The London Project, Bluewaters, off JBR, Dubai Marina, now open. thelondonproject.com

The beachside pop-up: Umi Shio

Summersalt is an already popular pool club on the Jumeirah Al Naseem beachfront, but there’s now anther reason to go, thanks to the arrival of Umi Shio, a Japanese fusion pop-up now serving lunch and dinner. The menu is split into appetisers, crudo, soups, tempura, seafood and meat, and craeted using authentic Japanese and South American flavours. It will run until May 2019.

Umi Shio, Summersalt, Jumeirah Al Naseem, daily 12pm to 5pm and 7pm to 11pm. Tel: (04) 432 3232. jumeirah.com

The Saturday roast: Galvin Bistrot & Bar


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If you’re looking for a hearty roast to finish your final weekend of 2018, look no further than Galvin Bistrot & Bar. There’s a choice of indoor and outdoor seating, although we’d opt for the cosy courtyard tables every time. Served every Saturday from 1pm to 6pm, the roast is a choice of meats or a vegetarian option, that comes with top trimmings of root vegetables, roast potatoes, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower cheese, a yorkshire pudding and lashings of gravy. Specials on cocktails, wines and spirits are also on offer through the day, so you can wile away the afternoon. 

Galvin Bistrot & Bar, The Square City Walk, Saturdays, 1pm to 6pm, Dhs135. Tel: (800) 425 846. galvindubai.com 

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