Coming soon: new restaurants, bars & clubs opening in Dubai

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Restaurants, bars, super clubs, and celebrity chefs…

It’s safe to say we’re spoilt for choice in Dubai when it comes to eating and drinking.

Award-winning celebrity chefs, the world’s tallest restaurant and cuisines from all corners of the globe are at our fingertips. But there’s still plenty more to come. This city moves fast.

Here is our ultimate guide to the upcoming restaurant openings you need to know about. Rest assured, we’ll keep updating this list as soon as we know more…

1. Antika

 

WHAT: Popular Beirut hotspot, Antika Bar, will open in Dubai at the start of September in DIFC’s Al Fattan Currency House. The Lebanese hotspot is known for its rich entertainment which includes guest performances and belly dancing. Inspired by the hidden theatres of 1950’s Lebanon, Antika Bar will have comfortable plush seating, with quirky antique decorations and a stage in the centre of the restaurant. There will be a big focus on live entertainment, as well as a weekly schedule of exciting events, including two weekly brunches and a ladies’ night. 

WHERE: Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC

WHEN: September

2. Americano

WHAT: Americano is the latest in a string of speakeasy, pre-prohibition inspired openings to make their way to the city, joining the likes of Distillery and Phoenix Social Club that have recently opened their doors. While renovations are currently underway and we’ve no images of the venue yet, if the renders are anything to go by, we can expect an industrial style interior complete with leafy botanicals.

WHERE: Madinat Jumeirah

WHEN: September

3. Reif

 

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WHAT: Local celebrity chef Reif Othman is set to debut his self-titled restaurant in Dar Wasl mall later this year. Promising to bring ‘unconventional Japanese street food’ to the region, the unlicensed restaurant will serve affordable versions of kushiyaki (skewered meats inspired by Japanese robata restaurants), as well as bringing back chef Reif’s famed ‘The Experience’, chef’s table menu.

WHERE: Dar Wasl Mall

WHEN: September 10

4. Brix

 

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WHAT: The mastermind behind award-winning Asian restaurant, 3Fils, is due to open another in Dubai this year. Called Brix, the sister restaurant will only serve desserts and drinks including premium tea and coffee, and chocolate bon bons and ganache for dine-in and takeaway. Guests can expect to find around 15 dessert items from 3Fils past and present at the restaurant, which is expected to open next door to the original.

WHERE: Jumeirah Fishing Harbour

WHEN: September

5. London Dairy Bistro, DIFC

WHAT: London Dairy Bistro is adding a third Dubai outpost to their collection in DIFC. The bistro will have seating for up to 140 inside, as well as a further 70 on the terrace and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Guests can also expect a live pizza kitchen, built in roaster for specialty coffee and an extensive range of pastries, cakes and of course, ice-cream.

WHERE: Precinct, Building No. 4, Near Choithrams, DIFC – Dubai

WHEN: September

6. Aya

WHAT: Already dominating the Greek and Mediterranean culinary scenes in Dubai, local hero chef Izu Ani is set to open a Japanese restaurant in the city later this year. Describing itself as a ‘unique culinary experience’, Aya will replace European bistro Galvin, which closed its doors in City Walk’s The Square earlier this year.

WHERE: City Walk

WHEN: September

7. Shanghai Me

WHAT: DIFC’s first upscale Chinese restaurant, Shanghai Me will open its doors in the new Gate Village 11 this October. We’ve got high expectations for the high end restaurant, which comes from Bulldozer Group, the people behind Cipriani and Gaia.

WHERE: Gate Village 11, DIFC

WHEN: October

8. Amazonico

WHAT: Hailing from Madrid, rainforest-inspired Amazonico is set to open its doors at the end of October in DIFC’s Gate Village 11. The team behind the restaurant say that Amazonico will be split into three distinct spaces: a ground floor sushi counter and lounge, first floor restaurant, and an open-air, Copacabana inspired rooftop with private dining area.

WHERE: DIFC

WHEN: October

9. Mood Rooftop

WHAT: Part rooftop bar, part exotic garden lounge, Mood Rooftop Lounge will open on the rooftop of the Meydan Hotel this October. Promising 180 degree views of the city, an international menu and extensive shisha offering, it will add to an already impressive list of bars and clubs at Meydan which include Soho Garden, Tokyo Vibes and Drai’s DXB.

WHERE: Meydan

WHEN: October

10. Verde by Yeeels

WHAT: Lead by chef Jerome Lagarde, who previously helmed the kitchen at Atmosphere Burj Khalifa, Verde by Yeeels promises to bring French cuisine, influenced by chef Lagarde’s wealth of experience from Sydney, Hong Kong and Miami to Dubai this Autumn. At its original outpost in Paris, Verde by Yeeels serves small sharing plates of high-end, internationally influenced French cuisine in a lively party atmosphere. So, we can expect something similar once the first international venue opens in Dubai in the coming months.

WHERE: Four Seasons Jumeirah

WHEN: October

11. Baoli

WHAT: It’s known as one of Cannes most famous hotspots for drinking, dining and partying, and now Baoli is set to open its doors in Dubai. Baoli Dubai will be located on the ninth floor in the new Gate Village 11, and will open its doors sometime later in 2019, when Gate Village 11 opens. While we don’t yet have any images of Baoli Dubai, if the venue in Cannes is anything to go by, we can expect plenty of over the top decor, lavish interiors and sultry lighting.

WHERE: Gate Village 11, DIFC

WHEN: Later in 2019

12. Nammos

WHAT: A slice of the Greek party island of Mykonos is coming to Dubai, as Nammos beach club has announced it is opening in the Emirate. As well as serving up chilled out beach vibes by day, Nammos is known as a lively party spot for top Mediterranean dishes, and also hosts one-off beach parties by night. We hope it brings them all to the Four Seasons Jumeirah when it opens in October.

WHERE: Four Seasons Jumeirah

WHEN: November

13. CE LA VI

WHAT: One of Asia’s best known – and most impressive – rooftop bars, CE LA VI, is set to open in Dubai later this year. CE LA VI will be found on the 54th floor of the Address Sky View, at the poolside of the incredible infinity pool that links the two hotel towers.

WHERE: Address Sky View

WHEN: November

14. Toca Madera

WHAT: Brand new modern Mexican restaurant Toca Madera is set to open its doors later this year. The restaurant hails from West Hollywood, and serves up sultry, dark interiors and a modern menu of sharing plates for lunch, dinner and brunch. So, we’re hoping for a similar menu when Toca Madera arrives in Dubai.

WHERE: Grand Millennium, Business Bay

WHEN: Later in 2019

15. J54 Studio

 

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WHAT: J54 Studio is scheduled to open this year in the same spot that Pacha once occupied in Madinat Jumeirah, and promises a vibe inspired by the legendary ’70s New York club that was often frequented by celebrities of the highest calibre from Cher and Diana Ross to Michael Jackson.

WHERE: Madinat Jumeirah

WHEN: TBC

16. Salt Bae Burger

WHAT: Nusret Gökçe, better known as Salt Bae, is famed for his steakhouse in Four Seasons Jumeirah, but he’s set to soon add a second Dubai outpost to his collection. Earlier this year he teased that he was in DIFC to sign the license on a new restaurant, which will be called Salt Bae Burger. Although we’ve heard little since, it’s set to open its doors soon in DIFC’s Gate Village, in the spot that previously housed Peyote.

WHERE: DIFC

WHEN: TBC

17. Indochine

 

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WHAT: Longstanding New York hotspot Indochine is set to open it’s first franchise in Dubai this year. The French-Vietnamese restaurant and bar has been known for hosting the A listers of America since its opening in 1984, so we can’t wait to see who frequents their Dubai outpost. Whilst the official opening date is yet to be confirmed, we’re expecting it to be in the next couple of months.

WHERE: DIFC

WHEN: TBC

18. The Maine Land Brasserie

WHAT: The Maine is one of Dubai’s best-loved restaurants for brilliant brasserie food, lively ladies’ nights and delicious business lunches and later this year a third venue will open its doors in Business Bay. The restaurant will open before the year is out on the ground floor of the ME by Melia Hotel, which will open its doors in The Opus, designed by the late legendary architect Dame Zaha Hadid. This time around, the restaurant will be called The Maine Land Brasserie, and will be more like a city grill style brasserie, according to The Maine founder, Joey Ghazal. Designed for the Downtown crowd, guests can expect an in-land feel with a darker, more sultry design, and a heavy meat focus on the menu. Though, fans will be pleased to hear all of the best-loved dishes from the JBR menu will make their way to Business Bay.

WHERE: ME by Melia, The Opus, Business Bay

WHEN: December 2019

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