22 exciting new restaurants to try in Dubai
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If you’ve exhausted all of your usual dinner spots, you’re in the right place as new restaurants in Dubai are always popping up. Whether it’s a fancy fine-dining spot for a romantic date night, or somewhere more cool and casual to gather with your mates, we’ve got the inside scoop on the must-visit places across the city.
Here are 22 new restaurants in Dubai you need to try.
Opening soon: En Fuego
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The hotly anticipated new addition to Atlantis, The Palm’s culinary array, En Fuego, opens its doors on Friday December 9. Taking the spot in the Avenues previously occupied by Ronda Locatelli, the space will say goodbye to its Italian roots in favour of a South American flavour. En Fuego, which translates to on fire in Spanish, is set to be a high-octane, social dining concept with a big focus on entertainment. Guests are welcomed by Master Showman, Don Fuego, who invites you into his world of unexpected experiences. A huge cast of talented performers vary from musicians and dancers, to singing hosts and an enchanting family of roaming characters – offering non-stop entertainment throughout the evening. Rest assured, there’ll never be a dull moment here.
En Fuego, Atlantis, The Palm, Palm Jumeriah, Mon to Thu 5pm to 1am, Fri 5pm to 2am, Sat 12pm to 2am, Sun 12pm to 1am, from December 8. Tel: (0)4 426 0772. atlantis.com
Opening soon: Babylon
Debuting in early December is Babylon, a new restaurant that promises to bring something new to the haute dining scene when it opens in DIFC. Located in Gate Village 5 and taking the place of Gaucho, Babylon’s sophisticated interiors and sultry decor set the stage for an evening of fun fine dining and extraordinary entertainment. Known as a place of maximalism and opulence, this splendour will be showcased throughout rich interiors, a menu of gourmet delights and vibrant entertainment set to dazzle guests. When guests can tear their eyes away from the stage, a culinary show awaits on their plate, with refined sharing dishes the star of the show. Internationally influenced and inspired by Babylon’s historic essence as a gathering place for pure conviviality, executive chef Carlos De Los Mozos describes his menu as ‘revisited neo-classical cuisine’ that promises to be “unique, fun and designed to serve the purpose of entertaining.”
Babylon, Podium Level, Gate Village 05, DIFC, opening December 2022. @babylondifc
Dreaming of a slice of La Dolce Vita? Then check out Loren, a gorgeous new restaurant on the ever-popular Palm West Beach. Offering a more refined dining experience to the beach clubs elsewhere on the strip, the stylish restaurant is perched on the rooftop of The Club, fusing stunning sea views with delightful Italian dishes. a celebration of Italy where the beauty of Italian food and the stunning views of the sea go together like tomato and mozzarella. The flavour-packed menu will take guests on a journey, transporting them to a colourful and deliciously chic world: the epitome of la bella vita. Think authentic pizza, octopus, homemade pasta, fresh seafood, indulgent desserts, and more. Let’s just say, you’ll definitely want to go back for seconds.
A new addition to Dubai Creek Resort’s culinary portfolio is ONZE. French for 11, it also has a special meaning in Japanese, which gives an indication of the daring cuisine on offer at this Peruvian-meets-Japanese restaurant. The result is a dazzling menu that contains highlights such as salmon taquitos, tuna tataki, ceviche, and corn robata. As well as superb cuisine, ONZE provides a memorable party experience from sunset until late after dark with a string of exuberant DJs in residence and a stellar line-up of guest DJs throughout the season. A curated soundtrack of Afro house, melodic chillout and disco increases the blissed-out sunset vibes at ONZE. Mesmerising dance shows and other entertainment acts will add even more energy to the atmosphere of the restaurant. The generous alfresco terrace is one of the most impressive in the city, serving as a perfect spot to enjoy sundowners and Creek views.
ONZE, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club – Port Saeed, 5pm to 3am daily. Tel: (0)4 250 6567, dubaicreekresort.com
Couqley is a firm favourite on Dubai’s dining scene for its cosy atmosphere, brilliant roster of daily deals and top quality French cuisine. But alongside the original in JLT, you can now enjoy all this and more at Couqley French Brasserie, the brand’s gorgeous new Downtown venue. Located inside the Pullman Hotel Downtown, Couqley has brought its signature charm and delectable menu to its new outpost, while getting a visual glow-up befitting of its upscale new location. There’s still a nod to the Parisian charm of the JLT original, but interpreted in a modern brasserie style, with a triple height ceiling, verdant trees and plants, bright artworks and a jewel-hued aesthetic. In addition to the best-selling menu at the JLT location, Couqley French Brasserie has some exciting new additions, but still features daily deals including a business lunch, steak frites Monday and ladies’ night.
Couqley French Brasserie, Pullman Hotel Downtown Dubai, 12pm to 2am daily. Tel: (0)4 514 9339, couqley.ae
Award-winning Tresind restaurant, sibling to Michelin Starred Tresind Studio, has relocated to the Al Sufouh side of town, and is now found in the Arabian Court of One&Only Royal Mirage. The flagship restaurant from Passion F&B has welcomed guests since 2014, and prides itself in fostering the legacy of contemporary Indian food. In its new location, guests can still expect the progressive fine Indian dishes they know and love from the original in a chic, elevated setting.
Tresind, One&Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh, 12pm to 11.30pm daily. Tel: (0)4 374 6661, oneandonlyresorts.com
The casual yet elevated Tex-Mex spot Esco-Bar hails from Lebanon, and is located in front of Palm Beach West in the newly opened Radisson Beach Resort. The Dubai branch is larger than the cosy outposts in Lebanon, with seating for 220 party people across the vibrant indoor restaurant and leafy alfresco dining space. The menu brags a number of popular Latin American dishes including indulgent favourites such as fajitas, ceviche, salads, and more. For a bigger meal, there’s Camarones a la Criolla (grilled shrimp with onions, tomatoes, capers and white wine), Pescado de Esco-bar (white fish fillet served with baked potato and rice) and much more.
Esco-bar Coctel y Cocina, Radisson Beach Resort, Palm Jumeriah West Beach, Dubai, open daily 12pm to 3am, Tel: (0)56 444 7575. @escobardubai
Copenhagen-born Issei is a signature restaurant in the Radisson hotel group portfolio, and you can now find it in the brand’s Damac Hills property. Presenting fresh Peruvian Japanese fusion dishes, the restaurant has opened on the 27th floor of Radisson Hotel Damac Hills, pairing Nikkei cuisine with gorgeous views of the greens. Familiar favorites on the menu include yakitori skewers mix served with antichuchera or lime mayo, salmon tataki with jalapeño, chili and papaya or crispy octopus with a roccoto-chilli sauce, broccolini and aji verde. The interiors are just as colourful, with inspiration taken from the land and sea in the bright space.
Issei Dubai, Radisson Hotel Damac Hills, Dubai, 5pm to 12am Tues to Fri, 1pm to 12am Sat, 1pm to 10pm Sun, closed Mon. Tel: (0)4 879 1111, @isseidubai
Contemporary Japanese dining lands at The Dubai Mall in the form of Kata. The new, unlicensed addition to Fashion Avenue is a suitably stylish address backdropped by picture-perfect Dubai Fountain views. At the culinary helm, chef Ricardo Bojador fuses traditional Japanese precision with contemporary flavours, all given a delightful twist. These include the signature KATA Maki Roll with striploin beef, caviar and foie gras and the black sesame creme brûlée dessert. Like the food on the menu, the interior indulges in the contemporary with stunning graffiti adorning the walls. Outside, KATA is equally impressive with its enormous terrace area that allows for unrestricted views of The Dubai Fountain and the world’s tallest building, the iconic Burj Khalifa.
KATA, The Dubai Mall, 11am to midnight weekdays, 11am to 1am weekends. Tel: (054) 582 9933, kata.ae
Summersalt by Kayto and Summersalt by Kenji
A stylish beachside escape at Jumeirah Al Naseem is Summersalt, flanked by the sugary sandy beach. For the new season, this upscale beach club experience jut got even better, unveiling a duo of beachfront restaurants: Summersalt by Kayto and Summersalt by Kenji. Summersalt by Kayto is a beachside iteration of Jumeirah Al Naseem’s beloved Nikkei restaurant Kayto, featuring fine Peruvian Japanese flavours and dishes such as seaweed salad, mushroom and tofu hotpot and a cheesecake brulée. Summersalt by Kenji offers a relaxing toes-in-the-sand vibe by day and premium alfresco experience by night, making it the ideal spot for a chilled-out lunch with friends or an evening get-together under the stars.
Summersalt by Kenji and Summersalt by Kayto, Jumeirah Al Naseem, 12.30pm to 12am daily. Tel: (800) 323232, jumeirah.com/en/dine/dubai/al-naseem-summersalt
Attiko is the name of a new Pan-Asian restaurant and lounge set on the lofty rooftop of W Dubai – Mina Seyahi. With brilliant views of Palm Jumeirah and beyond from its 31st floor location, the chic and contemporary venue features an expansive alfresco terrace. Lush green foliage fills the entrance, while floor to ceiling windows promise a brilliant spot from which to see golden sunsets along the horizon. What’s on the menu? Starters include shrimp tempura, oyster, tuna tataki salad, and yellow tail carpaccio. For the mains, Attiko’s instant crowd-pleasers include black pepper chicken, Chilian seabass, lobster with lime butter and a chili crumble, and spicy Waygu beef striploin, alongside an extensive sushi, sashimi, and maki selection. To end on a sweet note, try the three kinds of Mochi ice cream and passion fruit cheesecake with banana ice cream.
Attiko, W Dubai – Mina Seyahi, Dubai Marina, 6pm to 2am daily. Tel:(0)4 350 9983, w-dubai-mina-seyahi.com
Tonino Lamborghini Mare Nostrum
Dubai’s stunning new rooftop escape has transformed the top floor of Palm West Beach’s Radisson Resort. The venue oozes Mediterranean style, complete with inviting swimming pool, a duo of VIP private jacuzzis, and a breezy restaurant in ocean shades. Drawing inspirations from the glorious Italian coast, Tonino Lamborghini Mare Nostrum brings the Mediterranean lifestyle to Dubai’s shores, welcoming guests to a trio of experiences: pool, bar and restaurant every day from 11am. Whether it’s a pool day, long, leisurely lunch or a catch-up over sundowners, this new hotspot is one you need to know about. The restaurant will open from 11am daily for laidback lunches, transforming into a sought-after spot for alfresco dinners with a view once the sun has set. On the menu, expect an array of Mediterranean delicacies with heavy Italian influence. Fresh seafood, grilled-to-order meats and homemade pastas are among the highlights.
Tonino Lamborghini Mare Nostrum, Level 14, Radisson Resort Palm Jumeirah, 11am to 6pm pool, 11am to 11pm restaurant, 11am to 2am bar. Tel: (0)58 559 4222, @tlmarenostrumdubai
Laguna Beach Taverna
Laguna Beach Taverna opens this weekend on the shores of Sofitel Dubai The Palm and features a seaside aesthetic in keeping with its beachfront setting, complete with a thatched pergola roof, whitewashed walls and rattan design features. On the menu, starters served family style include plentiful portions of grilled squid, a fresh greek salad and punchy beef carpaccio. For mains, you’ll find signatures such as grilled prawns and chicken gyros, while you won’t want to miss a sweet Laguna Magnum.
Laguna Beach Taverna & Lounge, Sofitel Dubai The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 12pm to 2am daily. @lagunabeachdubai
Take a trip to Miami without leaving Dubai at newly opened Black Flamingo. Bringing jaw-dropping Miami maximalism to the newly opened Radisson Beach Resort, its standout interiors feature details that draw you to every corner of the space. On the beach-facing terrace expect bright booths, verdant greenery and lively beats that welcome you for an evening of dinner that turns into drinks and dancing into the night. At the culinary helm, Reif Othman presents a fusion of Latin and Caribbean creole dishes. Matching the tropical interiors and flavourful menu, expect a rotation of DJs and live music that fuses Afro beats, Reggaeton, Latin and R&B from all eras.
Brick Lane’s beloved Rosa’s Thai has opened in Dubai. Rosa’s Thai had humble beginnings as a market stall in London’s Brick Lane in 2007. There, Chef Saiphin Moore served time-honoured classics for lunchtime crowds. Shortly after this the first restaurant opened and quickly became synonymous with simple, fresh and authentic Thai food. Their first international outpost is now open on JBR, serving that same authentic Thai food in a setting that is fun, bright and welcoming.
Asia Asia Business Bay
If you’re a fan of Pier 7’s long-standing Pan-Asian hotspot, Asia Asia, you may be delighted to hear that the restaurant can now also be found at Grand Millennium Business Bay. As you enter, the exquisite restaurant immediately transports you to the ancient Spice Route through opulent interiors and hand-sourced collectible antiques, furniture, and art from around the world. The venue also overlooks Dubai Water Canal, with a large terrace for guests to dine alfresco. On the menu? From dim sum to sushi platters, crispy aromatic duck to red curry, there’s something to satisfy everyone’s Asian food cravings. Save enough room for dessert to try the Asia Asia Mochi.
Asia Asia, Level 2, Grand Millennium Business Bay, Dubai, 6pm to 1am Mon to Fri, 2pm to 2am Sat, 2pm to 1am Sun. Tel: (0)4 873 3388, dubai.asia-asia.com
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Jumeirah Emirates Towers’ newest pop-up, Dasha, is a collaboration between celebrity chef Akira Back and regional hospitality leaders, Gates Hospitality. The menu promises the best of Akira Back’s impressive culinary array, with a menu of Asian fusion dishes featuring highlights like the Szechuan dim sum and chill garlic broccoli. It occupies the hotel’s 50th and 51st floors – so comes with some pretty impressive views, too.
Dasha – The Dubai Chapter, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, DIFC, Mon to Fri 5pm to late, Sat and Sun, 12pm to late. Tel: (0)4 319 8783, @dasha.dubaichapter
Oyster fans looking to get their fix can also now experience Dibba Bay on JBR, as the brand’s second Dubai seafood shack is now open – and best of all, this one is licensed. For its newest location, Dibba Bay has set up shop just steps from the beach in the Sheraton JBR, meaning you can slurp down plump oysters while admiring the views of JBR, Bluewaters and Ain Dubai. Continuing the mission of promoting local seafood and sustainability, the shack serves its own glorious oysters, as well as locally sourced additions like salmon smoked locally by Salmontini and a locally produced burrata dish with fresh produce supplied by UAE farms.
Hayal is the newest culinary addition to the dining scene at The St Regis Downtown Dubai, replacing Bleu Blanc. Styled on the chic restaurants of Istanbul, Hayal presents rich and aromatic flavours of Turkey’s modern cultural capital with a menu of succulent meats, strong coffees, and rich desserts, all given a contemporary, Dubai touch by head of culinary Roberto Segura. The venue features lush, vibrant, and artistic décor, with panoramic views of the breath-taking Downtown Dubai skyline, and a warm, social atmosphere centred on a lively open kitchen.
Hayal, The St. Regis Downtown Dubai, 6pm to 2am Mon to Fri, 8am to 11am, 12.30pm to 4pm and 6pm to 2am Sat, 8am to 4pm and 6pm to 2am Sun. Tel: (0)4 5125 533, stregisdowntowndubai.com
Alongside a Grecian-inspired beach club, Kyma on Palm West Beach is also home to an alfresco restaurant where guests can indulge in long, lazy lunches with their toes in the sand. It’s shaded by a large canopy and offers diners some gorgeous sea views. Promising authentic Greek flavours with wider Mediterranean influence, expect to order crowd-pleasers like sushi, fresh salads and zesty ceviches.
Kyma, Palm West Beach, Palm Jumeirah, daily, 10am to 8pm pool, 12pm to 2am restaurant. @kymabeachdubai
The Nice Guy
Famed West Hollywood restaurant The Nice Guy just opened its first international outpost in Dubai’s Emirates Towers. Drawing inspiration from the original in LA, The Nice Guy Dubai has a cosy aesthetic with dark woods, dim lighting and custom fabrics that are decadent and detailed. As you enter the restaurant, found on the ground floor of Emirates Towers Boulevard in the spot formerly occupied by Al Nafoorah, you’re met with an upscale lounge space where a grand marble and brass bar takes centre stage. Here craft cocktails and engaging conversation are promised as guests enjoy a pre-dinner drink or party into the early hours.
The Nice Guy Dubai, Ground Floor, Emirates Towers Blvd, 12pm to 1am Mon to Weds, 12pm to 3am Thurs to Sun, from October 4. Tel: (04) 276 9888, @theniceguydubai
Replacing Caramel in Gate District Precinct Building 3 is Raspoutine Dubai. The colour palette is almost exclusively various shades of crimson and scarlet in crushed velvet and soft satins, interlaced with pops of opulent gold. The bold red shades are complimented by antique chandeliers, stained glass windows, old paintings, carved wood, and embroidered fabrics that give character and history to Dubai’s thoroughly futuristic financial centre. While the original in Paris has a storied 50-year history operating exclusively a nightclub, at the Dubai venue the party starts with a decadent dinner. The festive restaurant follows the format of sister restaurant in Miami, with an indulgent menu paired with tantalising drinks and deep house sets.
Raspoutine Dubai, Gate Precinct Building 3, DIFC, 8pm to 3am, Tues to Sat. Tel: (0)4 272 5373, raspoutine.com/dubai