Table for one? The best spots in Dubai for solo dining
No sharing-style menus here…
…solo dine in style. While you may be happy eating alone just about anywhere it can be quite intimidating. Thankfully, there are some restaurants that make dining solo seem like the norm (and so it should be).
In fact, there are many perks of eating out alone: you’ll get quality time to yourself, you’ll appreciate food more, you won’t have to share, no small talk, you’re guaranteed great company, and, ironically, you might even meet new friends.
Here are our top picks for solo dining in Dubai: where to go, what to eat, and even where to sit. Embrace it…
This ultra-hip café is an Al Quoz gem located in The Courtyard. With plenty of space both indoors and outdoors, friendly service, and hearty French dishes – you’ll feel right at home. We could people-watch here all day long while tucking into the French beef dip sandwich or the savoury waffle duck confit.
Cassette, The Courtyard, Al Quoz, Dubai, open 8pm to 5am, daily. Tel: (04) 349 1966. cassette.ae
This no-fuss Japanese experience brings affordable yet delicious Japanese cuisine. They offer a variety of broth bases from soy to miso, spicy, and veggie. Pick from a number of delicious toppings that are available to add in. There are many bites to go along with your meal such as kimchi or gyozas. With locations across the city including DIFC and JLT, Daikan is the perfect spot to dine alone so you won’t have to share.
Multiple locations across Dubai, 12pm to 11pm. Tel:(0)4 583 1184. @daikanramen
If you’re anxious to eat out alone, Depachika is a perfect choice. Home to several of Dubai’s favourite dining venues, this gourmet food hall is a foodie’s dream to grab a bite to eat in a sophisticated setting, that’s totally worth the calories. Between the like of Lime Tree Café, Daikan Ramen, and Casa Della Pasta, you will be sure to find something to satisfy your cravings whatever your mood, or you can even grab a bite from each.
Depachika, Nakheel Mall, Palm Jumeirah. Daily, 10am to 10pm. depachika.ae
Chef-owned, homegrown, and authentically Peruvian – this hole-in-the-wall ceviche bar is a must-visit. The space is not large, seating around 20 or so inside and a further six outside. Sit at the bar for front-row seats to watch Chef Penelope prepare the renowned ceviches and share her fascinating stories. What to order? Try the clasico ceviche to start followed by the pulpo anticuchero.
Fusion Ceviche, Cluster Q (opposite The Park), JLT, Dubai. @fusioncevichedxb
Like most great culinary stories, Kinoya started from a supper club by Chef Neha Mishra, before she opened the permanent restaurant Kinoya in The Greens. This ramen restaurant takes great pleasure in two things: ramen, obviously, and its laid-back atmosphere where all visitors can unwind with wonderful cuisine. Pick from slow-cooked chicken, cured duck slices, or tenderloin beef as your ramen topping for a solo feast. Did you know Kinoya was recently named number seven on the MENA 50 Best restaurants list?
Kinoya, Onyx Tower, The Greens, Dubai, Tue to Sun 12pm to 1am, Mon closed, Tel: (0)4 220 2920, kinoya.ae
Nette, located at Matcha Club, is the gorgeous sister café to Cassette. A trendy café nestled between yoga studios and padel courts, it’s home to a wholesome menu, although Nette may surprise you with its lean toward Japanese ingredients – a nod, we assume, to the name of the wellness club it’s housed within. Stroll around, people-watch, and dig into their divine dishes like the nutrient-filled matcha acai bowl or miso eggs Benedict. Nette is also an ideal place for digital nomads looking for a change of scenery and an airy and nourishing meal.
Nette at Matcha Club, Al Quoz, daily 8am to 10pm. Tel: (0)4 548 8369. @nettedxb
Not Only Fish
Located in the Almas Tower in JLT, Not Only Fish serves authentic Pan-Asian flavours in a sophisticated atmosphere. Visit during a lunch hour (from 12pm to 4pm on weekdays) for their business lunch: Dhs105 for two courses or Dhs125 for three courses. Sit up at the open kitchen counter for the ultimate solo experience. Head here for the yellowtail sashimi, you will not be disappointed.
Not Only Fish, Almas Tower, JLT, Dubai. Daily, 12pm to 12am. Tel:(0)4 554 0707. @notonlyfish.dxb
If you’re heading out alone this weekend, stop by the cool homegrown café One Life for a breakfast bagel or lunchtime poke bowl (and refreshing draught beer). The bustling café consists of indoor and outdoor seating, an open kitchen, and a bar. Some people come to work, some to drink under the shaded seating, and some for a quick grab-and-go lunch, but one thing is for certain: you will fall in love with their wholesome and affordable dishes.
One Life, various locations in Dubai, onelifedxb.com, @onelifedxb
Streetery Food Hall
This one-stop eatery has got all your Asian cravings sorted. If you’re like us, we love to try a little bit of everything, and at Streetery, this is encouraged. Choose between four outlets; Fat Aunts, Zen, Pinkimli, and Hing Kee, where you can mix and match Chinese, Malaysian, Indian, Korean, or Thai cuisine to your heart’s desire. Enjoy your chicken satay next to dim sum, Korean barbecue, roti, or a laksa.
Streetery Food Hall, JLT Cluster D, Dubai, 11am to 11pm daily, Tel: (0)4 587 3373, streeteryfoodhall.com
Wild and the Moon
For Dubai’s health-conscious crowd, Wild & The Moon has got your back. Everything served here is homemade, plant-based, and organic, with options for gluten-free too. On the menu, you’ll find nutrient-packed pressed juices, healthy snacks, super bowls and so much more. This is the go-to spot for busy workers looking to fill up during a quick lunch break or watch the world go by from the outdoor seating.
Wild & The Moon, multiple locations, Dubai, 9am to 8pm Sun, Mon, Tues, Thurs, 9am to 10pm Wed, Fri, Sat. Tel: (0)4 343 3392. @wildandthemoonuae