We love a homegrown success story… 

Dubai’s supper club scene is having a moment and, in turn, producing some of the city’s top restaurants. From humble beginnings as underground restaurants, home bistros, and pop-ups to now permanent eateries you can visit time and time again, these restaurants all have one thing in common: a passion for really great food.

Here are 7 must-visit supper club-turned-restaurants in Dubai: 

Kinoya

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From humble beginnings as underground supper club, A Story of Food, back in 2017 chef Neha Mishra created her restaurant Kinoya, which became the sole reason for foodies to go to The Greens when it opened in Onyx Tower in 2021. In the years that have followed, she’s innovated and accelerated, while still pouring the same passion into her innovative Japanese dishes as she did when she began serving ramen from her home kitchen to friends. Regardless of the occasion, Kinoya is a fail-safe restaurant for residents, visitors, business lunches and date night dinners. And this year, its meteoric success reached new heights when Kinoya became one of an elite few homegrown Dubai concepts, opening as a 20-seater eatery in the world’s most iconic food hall, Harrods in London.

Kinoya, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, Tue to Sun 12pm to 1am, Mon closed, Tel: (0)4 220 2920, kinoya.ae

Cafe Isan

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This authentic Thai restaurant started as a home cooking phenomenon and self-taught Chef New now has a licensed rooftop venue in JLT. Its rustic vibe will transport you straight to the shores of Thailand, and in true form will make for a dinner date under Dhs500, which won’t leave you hungry. Most mains here are around the Dhs50 mark, with a wide selection of spicy soups, curries and noodle dishes as well as a plethora of delicious starters. Their drinks menu is humbly priced with house wines costing Dhs29, five bottles of beer for Dhs189, and buckets of spirits for Dhs99 which includes a triple shot and a mixer.

Café Isan, Level 1 Armada Avenue Hotel, JLT Cluster P, Dubai, Weekdays 12pm to 1am, Friday and Saturday 12pm to 2am, Tel: (0) 58 529 1003, cafeisan.co

Dukkan El Baba

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Homegrown gem, Dukkan El Baba was born from a love of high-quality, homecooked food. The cosy Lebanese/Syrian restaurant opened earlier this year in Barsha Heights. Before opening the permanent spot, chef Salam would host people at her home for a taco hip-hop party and supper club, Birria Tacos. Go for the breakfast (order the eggs in Aleppo) and stay for the warm, friendly atmosphere.

Dukkan El Baba, Thuraya Telecom Building, The Greens, Barsha Heights, Dubai. Daily 9am to 11pm. Tel:(0)43440140, @dukkan_el_baba

Fusion Ceviche

Penelope Diaz, a self-taught Peruvian chef, saw her dream come true when she opened Fusion Ceviche in Dubai less than a year ago. She began hosting her neighbours and friends which led to a small catering business in Dubai, and she was eventually able to open Fusion Ceviche, a hole-in-the-wall, unlicensed, authentic Peruvian restaurant in JLT. 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. Daily 1pm to 11pm. @fusioncevichedxb

Hawkerboi

Sellout supper club Hawkerboi has opened a permanent (licensed) restaurant in The Park, JLT. The menu is an ode to Hawkerboi’s former life in the Far East, with influences from the culinary scenes in Singapore, Malyasia and Thailand. Before you go rushing to make reservations, a heads up: this is a walk-in restaurant, exactly as it would be in the bustling streets of Singapore (although group bookings of 6 or more can be made). What to order? Try the chicken and truffle shumai and Peking-style duck and thank us later.

Hawkerboi, The Park, JLT, Dubai. 6pm to 12am Sun to Thurs, 6pm to 1am, Fri and Sat. @hawker.boi 

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Tano’s at 8

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After accruing a small legion of fans across the city with their award-winning Bull Burger, paella pop-ups, and sell-out supper clubs, the team behind Tano’s at 8 recently opened an all-new homegrown burger bistro concept in Dubai called Eleven Green. The brainchild of Sultan and Kinda Chatila, the duo is set to take the local foodie scene by storm, once again, with a permanent spot offering fresh, quality, handcrafted burgers.

Eleven Green, Meyan Mall, Al Thanya Street, Umm Suqeim, Jumeirah, Dubai. Closed Mondays. Tuesday to Sunday from 12.30pm to 4.30pm and 6pm until stocks last. @elevengreen.uae

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Girl and the Goose

One notable figure in the homegrown food scene is former cabin crew turned self-taught chef Gabriela Chamorro. Chef Gabriela saw her childhood dream come true when she began her underground dining experience, Girl and the Goose, inside her JBR apartment, four years ago. Since then, it’s become a supper club sensation with a cult following and a wait list that is growing and growing. So much so, the Nicaraguan chef will soon open a permanent, licensed, restaurant in partnership with Rosy Hospitality, the team behind award-winning French restaurant Couqley.

Girl and the Goose, opening soon. @girl.and.the.goose

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