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. 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: October

2. 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

3. FIKA

WHAT: The latest venture from acclaimed chef Izu Ani, FIKA will open its doors in Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Inspired by the philosophy of taking time out to enjoy good food, drink and good company, FIKA has a strong focus on wellness, with the menu described as ‘clean indulgence’ delicious dishes that are nourishing, fresh and based on seasonal ingredients.

WHERE: Jumeirah Beach Hotel

WHEN: October

4. FIVE Beach

WHAT: FIVE Beach at FIVE Palm Jumeirah is described as a ‘boho luxe beach experience’ and opens its doors this October. Home to 350 luxury loungers, a glass-lined outdoor swimming pool and an oh-so-Dubai designer chandelier, guests will be able to enjoy Mediterranean tapas and cooling drinks served up to the tunes from a live DJ as the sun sets across the Marina skyline.

WHERE: FIVE Palm Jumeirah

WHEN: October

5. Shanghai Me

WHAT: A new upscale Asian restaurant set to debut in DIFC, Shanghai Me will open its doors in Gate Village 11 this October. The homegrown concept takes inspiration from the glamour of 1930s Shanghai , with rich detailing to the interiors and aromatic cuisine on the menu. We’ve got high expectations for the fine dining restaurant, which comes from Bulldozer Group – the people behind Cipriani and Gaia.

WHERE: Gate Village 11, DIFC

WHEN: October

6. 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.

WHERE: Four Seasons Jumeirah

WHEN: October

7. The Bungalow

 

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WHAT: The Bungalow is described as ‘a backyard vibe with a seaside twist’, and is expected to have impressive sea views. The venue can be accessed from within the Waterpark itself or if you just want to head there for sundowners and bites, The Bungalow also has a separate entrance outside the waterpark. Aiming to merge Baja California’s surf lifestyle with the Gulf of Arabia’s history and community, The Bungalow promises to offer a ‘refreshing menu of drinks and creative bites in glutenous proportions’.

WHERE: Laguna Waterpark, La Mer

WHEN: October

8. 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: TBC

9. Amazonico

WHAT: Hailing from Madrid, rainforest-inspired Amazonico is set to open its doors at the end of November 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: November

10. 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: November

11. Brazilbanese

WHAT: Promising a fusion of Lebanese and Brazilian flavours, Brazilbanese will open in Address Sky View in November. Boasting both indoor and outdoor seating, the restaurant promises lush, colourful interiors and a menu of exotic Lebanese and Brazilian dishes, served up alongside live entertainment.

WHERE: Address Sky View, Downtown

WHEN: November

12. WHITE Beach

WHAT: Two of the city’s biggest hospitality powerhouses, Atlantis The Palm and Addmind, the hospitality company behind the likes of White and Drai’s, will come together to launch a new beach club this November. WHITE Beach at Atlantis The Palm promises multiple different areas including a live event space, restaurant with open-air terrace and a shoreside infinity pool perfect for getting those wow-worthy Instagram shots. As well as poolside lounging by day, WHITE Beach will open for an exciting prgramme of sunset sessions, as well as local and international artist performances.

WHERE: Atlantis The Palm

WHEN: November

13. 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

14. Bottega Prosecco Bar & Craft Beer

WHAT: Italian prosecco brand Bogga Spa (the makes of those distinctive gold bottles) is set to open up a bar and restaurant in Terminal 3 at Dubai Airport. The aptly named Bottega Prosecco & Craft Beer will not only serve a selection of signature drikns from the Bottega range, but will also offer an array of Mediterranean dishes to travellers on their way through Terminal 3.

WHERE: Dubai Airport, Terminal 3

WHEN: November

15. CE LA VI

WHAT: Perched atop the soon-to-open Address Sky View, CE LA VI is a stunning, multi-tiered venue that promises unparalleled views across the city by day and by night. Set to become a space for every occasion, it’s home to a pool, restaurant, sky bar and Ultra Lounge, and will serve a playful interpretation of contemporary Asian cuisine.

WHERE: Address Sky View

WHEN: December

16. CHINGÓN

WHAT: Brand new modern Mexican restaurant CHINGÓN is set to open its doors later this year. Described as a celebration of all things authentically Mexican, the new Mexican restaurant will occupy the rooftop of the Grand Millennium in Business Bay

WHERE: Grand Millennium, Business Bay

WHEN: Later in 2019

17. 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

18. 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

19. 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

20. Phileas Foggs

WHAT: Spanning an impressive 32,000 square feet, Phileas Foggs will occupy a big space at the Address Montgomerie. Set to become the go-to neighbourhood hangout, it’s split into five bespoke spaces; The Orangery (restaurant), sports pub, garden, amphitheatre and kids area. Designed as both a family-friendly space by day and idyllic date-night spot by night, guests can look forward to an array of seasonal community events throughout the year.

WHERE: Address Montgomerie

WHEN: Late in 2019

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