Best new restaurants in Dubai


The city is full of exciting new places representing great cuisine from around the world.

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IIn one of the most exciting food towns in the world, visitors can enjoy freshly fried samosas around a street corner as easily as they can indulge in a multi-course omakase dinner at an eight-seat counter. While Dubai may not yet have a Michelin guide, the world’s 50 best restaurants in Middle East North Africa will launch in 2022, and the city is expected to feature high on the list. Read on to discover some of Dubai’s most notable restaurant openings recently, as well as those to watch out for.

Cafe Isan

When it debuted in 2016, Cafe Isan quickly became known for serving the best Thai food in town, including hard-to-find dishes from the northeastern province of Isan such as Tom saap nude, a sweet and sour soup with beef entrails, and som tum pla ra, papaya salad with fermented fish sauce. Chef Patthama Chaklang, known by her nickname, New, also doesn’t hesitate to add in amounts of “Thai-spicy” chili, although co-founder Lisa Knight always warns that if you go for this option, you’ll get the real one. Searing flavors of Thailand.

The only thing diners couldn’t get was a cold Singha to wash it off – like many places outside of Dubai hotels, the place was not allowed to serve alcohol. Fast forward to June 2021 and that all changed, with the opening of a new Café Isan at the Armada Blue Bay hotel in the Jumeirah Lakes Towers area with a large outdoor terrace, and finally, a license to serve. beers and cocktails. Don’t miss the street food style gay yang grilled chicken, only available at this location.

Kaspia Caviar

Created in Paris in 1927, Kaspia Caviar offers a sleazy sense of luxury that feels right at home in Dubai, where black stuff is enthusiastically added to everything from sushi to roasted duck to pizza. The signature dish is actually much simpler: a baked potato with a huge dollop of caviar on top, although at around $ 100 per potato, for 25 grams of Baeri – $ 400 if you go for Royal Beluga. – it is the most sumptuous tuber in the city. There are also other less greedy options, such as tortiglioni with Kaspia caviar and a good old classic chicken Kiev. After dinner, head up to the bar to continue the Russian tradition with a Kaspiatini made with the restaurant’s signature vodka.


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On the 70th floor of the new SLS hotel, the view of downtown Dubai from the terrace of the Fi’lia are simply breathtaking. But the cuisine is equally impressive. The predominantly female team, led by 25-year-old Palestinian Jordanian chef Sara Aqel, has created a menu of hearty Italian fare inspired by three generations. Categorized as Nonna, Mamma, and Fi’lia, Nonna (grandmother) items lean more towards the classic, while Fi’lia (daughter) dishes tend to be lighter and more contemporary. Think of the burrata with mashed fresh asparagus and the sea bass in a crusted feta with herbs. Don’t miss the weekday business lunch, a bargain under $ 30 for three courses.

There are many vegan and vegetarian options in Inkognito.


Burgers are a big deal in Dubai. What started out as a pop-up in the artsy Alserkal Avenue district has now moved into a new home in bustling Wasl 51 in Jumeirah. And while wagyu burgers cost a dozen dirhams in this town, InkognitoThe menu is pleasantly vegetarian and vegan. Carnivores will love the Smoked Chorizo ​​Burger and Simmered Breast Burger, but the menu is getting really exciting for herbivores. The fried, non-chicken Korean burger pulls a big hit of gochujang mayo and a fresh bouquet of mixed herbs, and the Pulled BBQ burger, made with slowly cooked pulled jackfruit, vegan feta, and crispy onions, comes with it. with a generous layer of barbecue sauce.

Bistro Orfali Bros

The kitchen at Bistro Orfali Bros is not Middle Eastern per se, but the restaurant’s roots are firmly Levantine. The three Orfali brothers are from Aleppo, Syria, and the city and its centuries-old culinary traditions inspire many dishes. The perfect start is the deceptively simple corn bomb, a crispy corn tortilla topped with a thick sweet corn mash, charred kernels, a generous pile of Parmigiano Reggiano, and toasted corn silk. Don’t miss the Come With Me To Aleppo, juicy wagyu beef skewers topped with sour cherries, toasted pine nuts and a pinch of cinnamon. And save room for dessert: two of the brothers, Wassim and Omar, run the creative pastry kitchen. The essential mandarin rice pudding is an orange-shaped frozen sphere that gives way to a smooth and creamy center punctuated by grains of al dente rice.


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When the weather gets colder, life takes place in the great outdoors in Dubai. There are plenty of beach clubs to choose from all over town, but TwiggyThe Park Hyatt’s location along Dubai Creek takes people away from the fray and offers a serene way to spend a day at the beach. While it’s not on a beach – it’s a 330-foot infinity “lagoon” with a strip of sand on it – the vibe is chic, and so is the Mediterranean cuisine. King crab, oysters and carpaccio are a great start with a generous selection of salads, pastas and grills to follow; or opt for a poke bowl or sushi, served directly on your lounge chair. And don’t rush home: the sunsets here are stunning.

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Ariana’s Persian cuisine

When it opens on the Palm Jumeirah at the end of 2022, the new Atlantis the Royal will introduce 18 restaurants and bars, including 8 by celebrity chefs, in Dubai. One of them will be Ariana’s Persian cuisine, the first restaurant of French-trained Iranian-American chef Ariana Bundy, former pastry chef at Mondrian Los Angeles, author of several cookbooks and host of the travel and gastronomy show Nat Geo People Ariana’s Persian cuisine. The menu will feature family-style Persian classics, and although the menu has yet to be finalized, if its recipe books are anything to go by, we can expect dishes infused with pistachio, saffron, pomegranate. , sea bass scented with rose. , Caspian skewers, and alabaloo polo shirt rice with sour cherries. Hopefully his wild orchid ice cream is also on the menu.

La Mar by Gaston Acurio

Joining Ariana Bundy’s Persian cuisine at Atlantis the Royal will be The Mar, Dubai’s first outpost for Peruvian chef Gastón Acurio, recipient of the coveted Award of excellence for all the achievements of the Diners Club in 2018, credited with helping put Lima on the map as a major culinary capital.

La Mar promises to bring the first traditional cebichería to the city, with an emphasis on sustainably sourced fish. from Acurio Novoandine the cuisine includes leche de tigre, tiraditos, causas, anticuchos and pisco sours, but we will have to wait and see if the menu includes another signature of Acurio, Pekingese Cuy, or Pekingese-style guinea pig pancakes.

Chic Nonna

When Chef Vito Mollica left Four Seasons hotels after 25 years, many people wondered what he was going to do next. It all became clear when, shortly after, he announced that he was going to open a new restaurant, Chic Nonna, with the Italian hotel group Mine & Yours at the Dubai International Financial Center. The restaurant will include a lounge, bar, show kitchen, chef’s table and the region’s largest wine cellar spread over five floors with 3,000 bottles. Mollica’s cuisine focuses on Italian traditions and aims to preserve the original flavors of fresh ingredients. Still passionate about the produce, he has already explored farms in the United Arab Emirates to see what he can source locally before the restaurant opens in early 2022.

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