Dubai is now recognised as one of the world’s most exciting culinary destinations, thanks to a melting pot of cultures living side by side.
This city is truly a foodie’s paradise: embark on a culinary journey from the Emirates, across Europe, through the Americas and to the farthest points of Asia - all within a short distance of each other.
You can't experience a luxury Dubai holiday without trying out one or two of the incredible restaurants that are on offer. There are myriad restaurants based around one unique concept, street food diners, pop-ups and food trucks that will leave you reeling - and you’re bound to find exactly what your palate is craving on one of Dubai’s impressive palm resorts.
With over 180 nationalities living in the UAE, it’s no wonder that so many international chefs and ex-pats have chosen to make Dubai their home. We’ve rounded up the best in experiential cuisine for you to enjoy in 2020.
- Gordon Ramsey's Hell's Kitchen at Caesars Palace
- Nobu Dubai at Atlantis
- PierChic at Madinat Jumeirah
- Nathan Outlaw at Al Mahara at Burj Al Arab
- Buddha-Bar at the Grosvenor House Hotel
- Tasca by Jose Avillez at Mandarin Oriental Dubai
1. Gordon Ramsey’s Hell's Kitchen at Caesars Palace
Crank up the heat with Gordon Ramsey’s latest restaurant venture, where an immersive kitchen meets high-end dining. Yes, that’s right, customers here can watch the culinary action unfold just like the British chef’s eponymous TV programme.
Split between the ‘red’ and ‘blue’ teams, the interior draws inspiration from the hit TV show, and guests will feel like they’ve walked straight onto the set of Hell’s Kitchen. Expect live stations, high-end cooking and show-stopping views across The Palm Jumeirah and the Arabian Gulf.
Some of Ramsay’s signature dishes include Eggs in Purgatory, Beef Wellington, and a sinful Sticky Toffee Pudding - but there’s also an overflowing a la carte menu with enough starters and desserts to whet every appetite.
Guests staying at Ceasars Palace receive breakfast at Hell's Kitchen as part of their stay
We recommend heading here for the Hellacious Brunch, which consists of non-stop beverages and an exciting culinary challenge for guests to take part in.
Hell’s Kitchen at Caesar’s Palace is open seven days a week from 7-10:30 am, for a lunchtime sitting daily between 12-30:30pm, and in the evenings from 6-10:30 pm.
The Beef Wellington is just one of the many delights on offer at Hell's Kitchen in Caesars Palace
2. Nobu Dubai at Atlantis
For the best from the Far East, you need only go to the Middle East. Nobu has come to define Asian fusion cooking across the world, and now showcases the best in contemporary Japanese-Peruvian food. It’s chic, sleek and oozes international elegance.
The formula is loved worldwide: start your evening with a cocktail and small ‘tapas’ style Japanese plates in the sake lounge, before heading to its ornate garden setting for your main course. Nobu Dubai is experiential dining at its finest.
As with all of the best restaurants in this global hub, Nobu Dubai has its own celebrity chef cooking up a storm. We particularly recommend Nobu Matsuhisa’s award-winning black cod miso, sushi and wagyu beef tacos.
Top Tip: Head there on a Friday to enjoy one of Dubai’s best brunch menus. Guests can sip on Japanese sake and cocktails all day long, and sample the best sushi, sashimi and desserts in one sitting.
Regardless of whether or not you’re staying in the Atlantis Hotel on The Palm Jumeirah, Nobu Dubai is an absolute must. While you’re here, be sure to try out Gordon Ramsey’s Bread Street Kitchen and Hakkasan, too.
Nobu Dubai is open from Mondays and Wednesdays between 6-11 pm, on Thursdays from 6-12 am, Fridays from 12:30-4 pm for brunch and lunch and then again from 7 pm-12 am in the evening. Arrive on a Saturday and Sunday between 6-11 pm.
3. PierChic at Madinat Jumeirah
A table at PierChic is the height of romance. Stroll over the boardwalk from the Madinat Jumeirah resort and you’ll reach the restaurant which is elevated on its very own pier on stilts. You’ll be fine dining as the evening sun melts into the Arabian Gulf.
The allure doesn’t stop at the breathtaking sea views. Dubai is renowned for its five-star Mediterranean seafood, and PierChic is the finest restaurant to enjoy the catch of the day. With minimalist interiors of wood and white linen, guests can relax and admire the view of the iconic Burj Al Arab.
PierChic is more than a restaurant - it’s an entire dining experience for a truly magical Arabian night.
The dress code here is smart casual, but we recommend arriving in sandals so you can take a leisurely stroll to the shore after dinner.
Perched over the sea, this one-of-a-kind restaurant is open seven days a week between 12:30-3pm, and then again from 6:30-11pm for evening meals.
4. Nathan Outlaw at Al Mahara at Burj Al Arab
Helmed by British Michelin-star chef Nathan Outlaw, this piscine restaurant is like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. Translating to ‘the oyster shell’ in Arabic, Al Mahara is the world’s first underwater restaurant complete with a floor-to-ceiling aquarium.
Don’t be put off by its location in the opulent Burj Al Arab - head chef Nathan Outlaw is on a mission to bring high quality yet affordable cuisine to the sail-shaped hotel. Hailing from a sleepy fishing village in Cornwall, Outlaw arrived in Dubai championing sustainable seafood - and has brought a relaxed style of home cooking to the UAE’s glitziest city.
Despite the extravagant setting, the food is still true to Outlaw’s cooking philosophy. Food and family go hand in hand, and this dining concept is one of the best for all ages - children of all ages are welcome at lunchtime, and eight years and above for dinner.
Lunchtime is between 12-2 pm and dinner is between Saturday and Wednesday, from 6:30-10:30 pm, and on Thursdays and Fridays from 6:30-11 pm. Dress smart elegant, and you’ll stride into the Burj Al Arab in style.
The food isn't the only thing that will take your breath away at Al Mahara
5. Buddha-Bar at the Grosvenor House Hotel
This is one of the most incredible culinary temples on offer in all of Dubai. With decadent décor, vibrant Asian-fusion cuisine and a resident DJ to match - Buddha Bar at the Grosvenor House Hotel is the place to head after the sun has set.
Guests can enjoy the restaurant’s unique concept on varying levels. Start your evening the right way with elaborate cocktails at the majestic Dragon bar, before heading to the Sodo dining room for an a la carte menu inspired by cuisine from Japan, Thailand and China.
With large chandeliers and wall-to-ceiling windows, the new interior will take your imagination to entirely different heights. Enjoy unrivalled 360-degree views across the Dubai Marina as you dine in style.
Buddha-Bar is open every day from 7 pm-1 am, except Thursdays and Fridays when it’s open till 2 am.
6. Tasca by José Avillez at Mandarin Oriental Dubai
Overlooking the metropolis of downtown Dubai, José Avillez has instilled a sense of his Portuguese heritage with his first international venture, Tasca at the Mandarin Oriental Dubai. The name, which means ‘tavern’ in Portuguese, serves authentic Atlantic flavours with a contemporary twist.
Guests can choose to dine indoors or on its alfresco terrace, which perfectly captures the essence of a Portuguese summer. Expect the freshest ingredients, Afro-Brazilian beats and views across Dubai’s shores and the impressive Burj Khalifa.
We recommend the Portuguese brunch - the first of its kind in Dubai. Each dish is wholly imaginative, featuring classic dishes from Avillez’ homeland such as freshly marinated seafood and jugs of sangria. And it wouldn’t be complete without some delicious Pastel de Nata for afters.
Tasca is open every day for brunch and lunch from 12:30-3 pm, and again for dinner from 6:30-11 pm.
Do these restaurants tickle your tastebuds? Get in touch with our travel specialists to discuss your holiday to Dubai now.
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