The ultimate foodie checklist for Dubai

While undoubtedly Dubai is home to many amazing and iconic sights, attractions, not to mention a growing list of Guinness World Records, there are also many fantastic restaurants across the city, with cuisines from all over the world represented. With venues covering a large range of fine dining options, where does one begin? Read ahead to make the most of your visit to the Emirates!

At.mosphere

While the food may not exactly live up to the view, when you’re dining 120+ floors up in one of the most recognizable buildings in the world, who cares? Book At.mosphere in advance and enjoy breakfast, lunch, high tea (literally!) or dinner service (including a pre-theater dinner menu, should you have tickets for the Dubai Opera). Drinks at the bar are also memorable. While the Burj ‘At the Top’ Experience is available via the connected Dubai Mall, a meal at At.mosphere ensures a more private experience, away from the masses of tourists.

At.Mosphere Dubai

Weslodge

At the nearby JW Marriott Marquis, the tallest hotel in the world, why not enjoy a brilliant view of the Burj Khalifa while dining on some outstanding Canadian fare? For an extraordinary evening, aim for sunset to enjoy sundowners while overlooking one of a kind views of Sheikh Zayed Road. Order the lobster poutine – you won’t be disappointed.

STAY by Yannick Alléno

Have a need for Michelin star quality food while visiting Dubai? How about dining on the Palm Jumeirah? Look no further than dinner at STAY by Yannick Alléno, located in the luxurious One & Only The Palm. With a dynamic interior and food to match, this is a superb location for a special occasion. Try the one of a kind extractions menu, a technique pioneered by 3 Michelin Star Chef Yannick. Chef Alléno visits the property two or three times during the year, so be sure to enquire if he is in town during your stay.

Carnival by Tresind

Up next is the supremely interesting culinary journey at Carnival by Tresind. While the city of Dubai is spoiled for choice in the genre of contemporary Indian gastronomy, Carnival offers a memorable meal, with equally unique drinks to match. Spoil yourself with the many courses of the Chef’s Tasting Menu, and make sure you arrive with your camera charged – you’ll want to take plenty of photos of the colorful cuisine.

Carnival by Tresind

Laluz

Another can’t miss venue is Laluz, located in DIFC, the financial hub of Dubai and home to many incredible fine dining restaurants. While the food stands out (the spherical ‘olive’ is a true thing of beauty), this venue, designed by Tarruella Trenchs Studio, features a distinctive dining room, lounge and bar area. If you are looking for inventive but authentic Spanish food, Laluz should be on your list. Save room for dessert – the selections are sweet heaven.

laluz

PLAY

Lastly, under the direction of Chef Reif Othman (of Zuma fame), PLAY, located on the 36th floor of the H Hotel offers a concoction of flavors that fuse East and West. With one of the most unique interiors in the city, this is a place to see and be seen. Standouts on the menu include Seared Maple Foie Gras, Black Cod Croquettes, and Hokkaido Sweet Corn.

This list is just a taste of what Dubai has to offer, but there is plenty to explore in the city. For a more adventurous evening, Frying Pan Adventures and monthly FooDiva dine around are certainly worth considering.

Do you have a favorite location?

Comments (2)

  1. Peter says:

    Is the photo above of the spherical olive? Can you tell me a bit more about this unusual presentation. Do you really get served just one olive?

  2. Hi Peter, the olive is actually made of blended olives and then presented in this form. You can look up unique molecular gastronomy or el Bulli (where this technique was invented). And yes, the serving size is just the one (but you can order as many as you’d like). :)

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