Around the world in 8 Insta-worthy Dubai restaurants

Go on a trip without leaving Dubai…

Dubai’s ever-evolving food and beverage scene is one of the things it’s best known for. Whatever cuisine you’re craving, there’s a restaurant for you, and in true Dubai style, no expense has been spared when it comes to aesthetics.

Go around the world in 8 Insta-worthy Dubai restaurants… 


Where it will take you: South America

South American-inspired restaurant Amazonico will take you into the jungle. The venue is made up of three floors, with the cool bar and lounge area found on the ground floor. The design is mesmerising, with giant plants, vibrant hues of warm oranges, golds and greens, and plush furnishings everywhere you look. On the top floor is a cool copocabana-inspired open-topped terrace. Amazonico has just undergone a bit of a transformation (it will retain its jungle identity though) and is set to reopen for reservations on Wednesday, September 8, 2021.

Amazonico, DIFC, Dubai, open 12pm to 1am daily. Tel: (0)4 571 3999. @amazonicodubai

Buddha Bar

Where it will take you: Southeast Asia

The Buddha Bar restaurant (which is kind of like Dubai Marina’s answer to Zuma) is beautiful with rich Asian styling everywhere you look, from the red draped curtains to the printed upholstery and dramatic chandeliers. It’s got that glamorous and sophisticated feel that we love about some of Dubai’s most long-standing restaurants. In the main restaurant is a huge (and we mean huge) golden buddha statue. If you’ve previously visited Buddha Bar, you’ll know that it delivers exquisite dishes inspired by the Far East and Asia, from China, Japan and Thailand.

Buddha Bar, Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina, Dubai, open 7pm to 1am daily. Tel: (0)4 317 6000. @buddhabardubai



Where it will take you: China 

You’ll find upscale Chinese restaurant Hutong Dubai in DIFC. Critically acclaimed in its existing locations in The Shard, London and New York’s Manhattan, the Dubai outpost of Hutong has been welcomed, and it’s proved hugely popular so far. In the centre of the restaurant, you’ll find a wishing tree, created by a Chinese master and imported to Dubai – an homage to the famous Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees in Hong Kong, as well as red lanterns and signature Chinese styling. Guests are invited to write a wish on the red labels and place them as high as possible on the tree in the hope they come true.

Hutong, Gate Building 6, Ground Floor DIFC, Sunday to Thursday 12pm to 2.30pm, 6pm to 1am, Friday and Saturday 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 1am. Tel: (0)4 220 0868. @hutongdubai

Mimi Kakushi


Where will it take you: Japan

Mimi Kakushi transports you to 1920s Osaka, a glamorous homage to the avant-garde oriental era, with a sultry amalgamation of big round leather booths, a large mahogany-esque bar with a cool jazz soundtrack playing in the background. Enjoy sharing plates boasting signature dishes such as sashimi, sushi, tempura and gyoza. For mains try the beautifully tender Kagoshima Wagyu beef. Find out what What’s On thought of Mimi Kakushi here.

Four Seasons Resort Restaurant Village. Daily 6pm to 2am. Tel: (0)43794811. mimikakushi.ae


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Where will it take you: Italy

New Italian restaurant Mura will transport you to the dreamy scenes of the Amalfi Coast and Southern Italy. The restaurant is decked out in hues of dark blue and white with stunning lemon trees coming together to create a leafy canopy ceiling effect. Upstairs, there’s an outdoor terrace, once again lined with lemon trees, making for a truly Mediterranean dining experience.

Mura, The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, open 6pm ti 1am daily. @mura_restaurant

Myrra by Opa

Where it will take you: Greece and Spain

Greek and Spanish restaurant Myrra by Opa recently opened its doors at Club Vista Mare. The Mediterranean spot is the ideal beachside spot to enjoy a view of the ocean with your fresh oysters and catch of the day. The Spanish cuisine fans will enjoy the traditional paella, while lovers of Greek food will fawn after dishes such as kleftiko and spanakopita. There’s both indoor and alfresco seating, plus a dedicated area for the little ones to play and enjoy. Huge blooms adorn the inside restaurant and spill outside onto the terrace and beach.

Myrra by Opa, Club Visa Mare, Palm Jumeirah, daily, 11am to 1am. Tel: (0)4 770 1433.


Where will it take you: France

Take a trip to French Alpine-inspired bar Publique, which is decked out like a cosy chalet, with plenty of wood, deep red leather seating, a faux-fire and even a life-size gondola, as well as skis and snowboards. The menu is as authentically French as the restaurant itself, with dishes such as cheeses and cold cuts, rich mains and vats of gooey fondue or raclette, which are perfect for sharing.

Publique, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, open 12pm to 2am daily. Tel: (0)4 430 8550. @publiquedubai

The Farm, Al Barari

Where will it take you: UK

Dine surrounded by lush greenery at The Farm, Al Barari. You might be forgiven for thinking you’re dining next to stunning gardens in the UK somewhere, as it’s a stunning botanical oasis that takes you out of the heart of the city with waterfalls, gorgeous plants and open-sided decking from where you can enjoy your alfresco breakfast. Dishes include freshly-cooked omelettes, eggs Royale, waffles, full English and plenty more.

The Farm, Al Barari, Dubai, breakfast served daily, 7.30am to 12pm. Tel: (04) 392 5660. thefarmdubai.ae

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