Ever since I’ve moved to Dubai I’ve accepted that there will always be 3 extra kilos that I will never be able to get rid of. Dubai is a melting pot of tradition and culture, and as a Muslim culinary enthusiast it is the best place to be in! I’ve received countless emails of people asking me where the best places are to eat when visiting. The variety of cuisines available in Dubai are unbelievable, from traditional Arabic food to Japanese cuisine, Dubai has it all.
These are my picks of the best restaurants in Dubai
Zuma. One of Dubai’s most popular restaurants ,which serves Japanese. It’s centrally located near the DIFC and Parking is easily accessible. It is difficult to get a reservation so try and call ahead of time. If you’re a culinary enthusiast you will thoroughly enjoy Zuma. This is what we ordered
Starter: fried soft shell crab served with wasabi mayonnaise and the crispy fried squid with green chilli and lime
Main: spicy beef tenderloin with sesame, red chilli and sweet soy.
Dessert: hot chocolate fondant
This is a pricey affair and kids aren’t allowed so save it for date night! Be prepared to dine with the finest, when I visited I was seated near Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty and friends!
Café Blanc. This is a more informal setting and is located on the lower level of the Dubai mall. They serve Lebanese food and if you’re lucky you can have your dinner while watching the famous Dubai fountain! There’s no specific courses however these are my favourite dishes
Fatouch salad, Hummus and Falafel. All which will be served with unlimited supply of Lebanese breads. Jweneh bil kouzbara chicken, crispy chicken wings served in a tangy lemon and garlic sauce. Oriental club sandwich a delightful fresh main meal filled with wonderful ingredients.
La petite maison– also located at the DIFC, this French inspired restaurant will leave no stone unturned when it comes to perfection. They are known for their immaculate food and presentation. Reservation is required. As a starter we ordered the Burrata with tomatoes and basil. The Carpaccio of scallops come highly recommended if you’re adventurous. As our main meals we had the Gnocchi with cherry tomatoes and parmesan which was extremely delicious. we also had the succulent Grilled rib eye steak with gratinated baked potatoes which were creamy and cooked to perfection. Dessert was UH-mazing! Passion fruit posset, an almost granita textured dessert which was mind blowing and the smooth vanilla crème brulee which left a sweet ending to our meal.
Serafina – located in Souk al Bahar, opposite The Dubai mall. I love the fact that it’s central yet not as casual and busy as the mall. Primarily serving Italian food, I loved every minute of it. If seated outside you have an amazing panoramic view of the musical fountains and the Burj Khalifa. Our starter was the tomato bruschetta which is perfect for 2 people. As our main meal we ordered The porcini mushroom pizza and Lobster linguine which were both extremely satisfying. For dessert we opted for the Garden, an edible chocolate pot plant with the creamiest filling accompanied by a crunchy topping.
Maison bagatelle. Also French inspired cuisine, however I recommend a visit for breakfast, brunch or lunch. We had the French toast with Nutella and we requested berries on the side. The omelette and the eggs benedict were really well presented and packed with flavour. They are located on Sheikh Rashid Boulevard keeping with the hustle of Dubai city.
Handi– located at the Taj hotel in Deira. This is a firm favourite amongst many tourists that visit Dubai. To be quite honest I’ve probably had everything off the menu but my favourites include Chana masala, masala papad, kasuri malai, masala jhinga and the chicken biryani. They have live entertainment on most nights, call ahead to see if they have any artists lined up on your visit.
Omnia by Silvena– this inspirational kitchen has a strong Arab influence yet her food is health conscious and delightful. Located in the Jumeirah fisherman’s village, the setting is opulent and mesmerising and the food is just as good. Her warm shakshouka and heavenly cheesecake is enough to leave you satisfied. all of the ingredient’s used are organic and locally sourced.
these restaurants are essentially what I feel will provide the culinary enthusiast with the most fulfilling gastronomical journey. there are many restaurants which I still need to visit and I cant wait to share the reviews with you all. for latest restaurant updates in Dubai follow my instagram page.