Because business doesn’t have to be boring…
Meetings seem to be one of the unavoidable sides of Dubai that no one really wants to do, but will probably have to at some point.
In order to make them a lot more enjoyable, Dubai’s best restaurants have created a huge selection of business lunches to suit all budgets. Here are some of our favourite business lunches in Dubai to try…
If you’re into Italian, give new DIFC restaurant Marea a go. The New York restaurant has two Michelin stars so expect sophisticated dishes finished with an air of finesse. There’ll be a selection of signature mains of Italian and coastal seafood. It’s Dhs125 per person for a selection of appetizers, antipasti and a main, and runs from 12pm to 3pm.
The offer: Dhs125 per person for a selection of appetizers, antipasti and a main.
Marea, Gate Village 7, DIFC, 12pm to 3pm, Sunday to Thursday, Dhs125. Tel: (04) 583 6366. marearestaurant.com/dubai
2. Hi Five
This new rooftop bar has just opened in Internet City so is the perfect business lunch location for those working around Internet and Media City. Their three course business lunch menu is seriously good value for money at Dhs59. The menu rotates each week so you’ll always have something new to choose from.
The offer: 3 courses for Dhs59
Hi Five, Holiday Inn Express, Dubai Internet City, 12pm to 3pm, Sunday to Thursday. Tel: (055) 537 7714. hifivedxb.com
3. BiCE Ristorante
Don’t have time for a long leisurely lunch? BiCE has you covered as they promise you a 2 course meal that can be done and dusted within 25 minutes. Choose from a selection of salads and soups to start followed by a comforting pizza or pasta for main for just Dhs89. The offer is available at their JBR or Dubai Marina locations.
The offer: A starter and a main, within 25 minutes for Dhs99.
BiCE Ristorante, JBR, The Walk, Dubai, 12pm to 3pm, Sunday to Thursday, Dhs89. Tel: (04) 318 2520. www3.hilton.com
If you work in or near the Dubai Mall, check out GIA Ristorante in the Fashion Avenue Extension where you can get these two delicious Italian courses for Dhs79 and be in and out within the hour. Freshly baked olive focaccia with sun-dried tomato pesto is served before you choose from a selection of fresh salads to start, followed by decadent mains like chicken ragu with penne or risotto with Italian porcini and Portobello mushrooms.
GIA Ristorante, The Dubai Mall, Fashion Avenue Extension, 12pm to 3pm, Sunday to Thursday. Tel: (04) 234 9986. facebook.com/gia.dubai
5. The Restaurant at Address Boulevard
Lunch needing to be a bit more corporate? The Restaurant at Address Boulevard is a great shout for any client lunches. With fab views of the Burj Khalifa, Dhs95 will get you an appetizer and a main course with water and a soft drink. If you fancy dessert and coffee, upgrade for Dhs25.
The offer: Appetizer, main, water & soft drink for Dhs95
The Restaurant, Address Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, 12pm to 2.30pm, Sunday to Thursday. Tel: (04) 8883 444. addresshotels.com
6. Social Company, Zabeel House
The Social Company, or SoCo as it’s known by its favourite frequenters, is a chilled out zone, great for working away on your laptop before stopping for a business lunch. Theirs includes two courses for Dhs49 or three courses for Dhs59.
The offer: Two courses for Dhs49 and three for Dhs59.
Social Company, Zabeel House by Jumeirah, The Greens, Dubai, 12pm to 3pm, Sunday to Thursday. Tel: (04) 519 1111. facebook.com/zabeelhousethegreens
7. Cafe Belge
Artsy downtown hangout Cafe Belge has a great business lunch for those close by, with the menu featuring a carefully selected ‘dish of the day’. You can choose from two courses with a tea and coffee for Dhs95 or three courses and a hot drink for Dhs125.
The offer: Two courses for Dhs95 or three for Dhs125, both served with tea or coffee
Cafe Belge, Ritz Carlton, DIFC, Dubai, 12pm to 3pm, Sunday to Thursday. Tel: (04) 372 2323. facebook.com/cafebelgedifc
8. Le Cirque
This light and airy French restaurant will be sure to impress any business clients you’re entertaining for dinner. Get two courses for Dhs95 with delicious dishes like stracciatella or fish or the day with roasted fennel, peppers and bouillabaisse sauce. You can add a dessert for Dhs120.
The offer: Two courses, Dhs95 or add a dessert for Dhs120.
Le Cirque, Ritz Carlton, DIFC, Dubai, 12pm to 3pm, Sunday to Thursday. Tel: (04) 372 2444. lecirquedubai.com
9. Eat & Meet
If you love nothing more than to graze from a plentiful buffet, Eat & Meet’s should do the trick. It’s Dhs75 and you’ll get to sample everything from fresh salads to international and Arabic dishes and finish it off with a selection off sweet plates.
The offer: Unlimited buffet for Dhs75.
Eat & Meat, The H, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 12.30pm to 3pm, Sunday to Thursday. Tel: (04) 501 8623. facebook.com/TheHDubai
Working around d3? Molecule, the cool and quirky artsy restaurant there is the perfect place to stop and refuel. You can get any two courses for Dhs85 or two and a dessert for Dhs99.
The offer: Two courses for Dhs85 or two and a dessert for Dhs99.
Molecule Restaurant, Ground Floor, Building 6, Dubai Design District, Dubai, 12pm to 3pm, Sunday to Thursday. Tel: (052) 949 2202. facebook.com/moleculedxb
11. The Restaurant at Address Downtown
If you’re looking to really impress a client, or give a suggestion to someone trying to impress you, look no further than The Restaurant at Address Downtown. The elegant decor combined with chic laid-back atmosphere makes it the ideal lunch spot for business or otherwise.
The offer: Dhs100 per person for a two-course set menu and soft beverages or Dhs125 per person for a three-course meal from the set menu and soft beverages.
The Restaurant, Address Downtown, Downtown Dubai, 12.30pm to 3.30pm, daily. Tel: (04) 8883444. addresshotels.com
12. Gürkan Şef Steakhouse
This Turkish steakhouse understand that there are two types of lunches in business hours: the leisurely afternoon of in-depth discussion and the get-in-and-get-out rush. Therefore they have two different business lunch offers so you’re never stuck giving the waiter that look to hurry up. They also do it from 12pm to 7pm now so you can head there anytime.
The offer: Fast Hot Express Lunch – Dhs99 for a choice of 3 mains, dessert, soft drinks and Turkish tea or coffee or Big Hot Lunch – Dhs129 for salad, choice of 3 mains, dessert, soft drinks and Turkish tea or coffee.
Gürkan Sef Steakhouse, City Walk 2, Al Safa, Dubai, 12pm to 7pm, Sunday to Thursday. Tel: (04) 379 9777. gurkansefdubai.ae
Do you ever feel limited by the business lunch choices on offer? DIFC Italian, Roberto’s, is there to help with a huge 22 dishes on offer for business lunch. Pick from either two, three or four courses from the extensive menu or push the boat out and enjoy three courses from the new I Crudo menu, with a choice of fresh seafood delicacies from Roberto’s raw bar.
The offer: Dhs 95 for two courses, Dhs125 for three course, Dhs155 for four courses or Dhs180 for three courses from the I Crudo menu.
Roberto’s Restaurant and Lounge, Building 1, Gate Village, DIFC, noon to 3pm, Sunday to Thursday. Tel (04) 386 0066. robertos.ae/dubai
Add a dash of Spanish flair to your mid-week munch with Salero’s Rapido Lunch. Choose from one tapa from a selection of hot or cold tapas options and a paella of the day or three tapas plus a soft drink of your choice.
The offer: Dhs117 for one tapa, one paella and one soft drink or three tapas and one soft drink
Salero, Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, noon to 5pm, Sunday to Thursday. Tel: (04) 409 5888. kempinski.com
15. Cafe M
Work in Media One? This one’s so easy for you. Every day Cafe M put on a mouthwatering selection of healthy salads, quinoa and fresh light bites. All you need to do is fill up your plate or takeaway bowl. Its Dhs69 to stay in or Dhs49 for takeaway.
Cafe M, Media One Hotel, Media City, Dubai, 12pm to 3pm, Sunday to Thursday. Tel: (04) 427 1000. mediaonehotel.com
Saving money on a business lunch shouldn’t mean compromising on taste and quality. Boca’s market lunch is created with fresh market-bought ingredients and rotates weekly with a choice of six tasty dishes.
The offer: Dhs90 for two courses and Dhs125 for three courses
Boca, Gate Village 6, DIFC, Dubai, noon to 3pm, Sunday – Thursday. Tel: (04) 323 1833. boca.ae
17. The Penthouse
Why not enjoy your lunch alfresco? The Penthouse is offering bento boxes as a light alternative to the typical lunch offerings. The menu changes daily with dishes varying from teriyaki salmon to beef bulgogi, grilled salmon bass and Japanese poke salad with sashimi and assorted nigiri.
The offer: Dhs120 per bento box
The Penthouse, FIVE Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jumeirah, noon to 4pm, daily. Tel: (052) 900 4868. fivehotelsandresorts.com
18. Alta Badia
Alta Badia takes inspiration from the Ladin delicacies of the Italian ski destination to bring you an authentic business lunch menu to enjoy while overlooking views of DIFC on your lunch break.
The offer: Dhs93 for two courses or Dhs112 for three courses.
Alta Badia, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, DIFC, Dubai, 12:30pm to 3pm, Sunday – Thursday. Tel: (04) 432 3232. jumeirah.com
19. Bistro Des Arts
Bistro Des Arts have a Plats du Jour menu with a different delicious option each day to ensure you’re never stuck for choice. The menu offers one of the following each day of the week: braised lamb shank, mussels, steak frites, beef bourguignon and salmon.
The offer: Dhs75 for two courses or Dhs90 for three courses
Bistro Des Arts, Dubai Marina Promenade, noon to 6pm, Sunday – Thursday. Tel: (04) 551 1576. bistrodesarts.ae.
20. Lima Dubai
Lima offers a three-course menu packed with flavour to shake up your lunch time routine. With options such as hot chicken ceviche, salmon causita, chaufa chicken rice or salmon nikkei, you can see why.
The offer: Dhs130 for a three course menu and glass of white or red wine, half pint of Peroni or soft drink
Lima, Fine Dining Courtyard, City Walk, Dubai, noon to 4pm, Sunday – Thursday. Tel: (056) 500 4571. limadubai.com
A favourite among the Media City office dwellers, Qwerty has a business lunch menu which rotates daily. Dishes are light and arrive quickly, so you can focus on the business at hand.
The offer: Dhs90 for a starter and a main including a tea or coffee. Dhs100 for a three course meal.
Qwerty, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, noon to 3pm, Sunday to Thursday. Tel: (04) 427 1000. mediaonehotel.com
22. Burger & Lobster
DIFC hotspot Burger & Lobster is offering an surf ‘n’ turf business lunch, which includes a soup of the day, mini cheeseburger, signature mini lobster roll, grilled beef skewers, side of fries and dessert.
The offer: Dhs75 for all six dishes
Burger & Lobster, Burj Daman, DIFC, Sunday to Thursday 12pm to 3pm. Tel: (04) 514 8838. burgerandlobster.com
23. Rose & Crown
Break up the office day with a trip to a quintessentially British pub for some comfort food. Their business lunch deal comprises of a 3 course meal with warm, hearty dishes to send you back to work feeling well-fed. There’s also pool and darts available if you can squeeze in a game.
The offer: Dhs65 for starter, main, dessert and a regular soft drink or hot beverage.
Rose & Crown, The Atrium, Al Habtoor City, 11am to 4pm, Sunday to Thursday. Tel: (04) 437 0022. roseandcrowndubai.com
For a more luxurious lunch experience, Zuma has the full package. Start with a miso soup with tofu, wakame, and green onion followed by two choices for a starter and a choice of one of 15 main options.
The offer: Dhs137 for soup, two starters and one main
Gate Village 6, DIFC, Dubai, noon to 2pm, Sunday to Thursday. Tel: (04) 4255660. Metro: Financial Centre. zumarestaurant.com.
25. Mr Miyagis
A bento box for Dhs69? Yes please. Pan-Asian venue Mr Miyagis offers just that with a choice of Cathay, South East, Oriental, Far East and Vegetarian with loads of different options.
My Miyagis, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, Dubai, 12pm to 4pm, Sunday to Thursday. Tel: (04) 420 7489. facebook.com/MrMiyagisMediaOne