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The (Absolute) Best Chinese Restaurants in Dubai
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by Savoir Flair 6-minute read February 9, 2024

Welcome the Year of the Dragon with the best Chinese restaurants in Dubai.

Lunar New Year, also commonly known as Chinese New Year, begins on February 10th and ushers in the Year of the Dragon. As the only mythical animal in the zodiac, the dragon represents a unique, magical era in Chinese astrology. It symbolizes strength, luck, and prosperity. This year is believed to be an auspicious time to start businesses, make significant life changes, and invest in high-value purchases. Whether you subscribe to these beliefs or not, a little optimism is something we can all get behind.

Another Lunar New Year tradition that we can all relate to is feasting on good food. From authentic dim sum treats to elaborate tasting sets, Dubai is brimming with options for all your Chinese-food cravings. Read along to discover Savoir Flair’s picks of the best Chinese restaurants in the city that you can visit all year ’round.

Editor’s Note: As we continue to explore and review this ever-expanding culinary landscape, we’ll keep adding to this list throughout the year. Bon Appétit!

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Chuan

Chuan, named after a stream that endlessly flows, nails the vibe with a name that couldn't be more on point. It's all about serenity and timelessness here, from the decor to the color scheme, giving off major "dining like royalty in ancient China" feels. Chef Sun Yonghe is steering this ship, bringing his A-game from years of cooking for all his illustrious guests. And wow, does it show in every dish — each one is a masterpiece in itself. Let’s dive into the menu, starting with the small plates that have everybody talking. The shredded yam salad is a zesty joyride, and the KouShui chicken is as rich and aromatic as it gets. Then comes the hot and sour soup, a bowl of soul-warming, spicy goodness topped with mushrooms and chicken that’s a dream for anyone who’s all about that heat. 

The Peking duck is an art form at Chuan, with crispy skin to die for and the classic pancake combo that’s a mouthful of tradition. Ending on a sweet note, the egg tarts and mango sago are the perfect cool-down, balancing textures and temperatures. Dining at Chuan might not be identical to a Chinese emperor’s feast, but we’re pretty sure it’s the closest we’ll ever get to tasting one.

The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah
+971 (0)4 564 3888
chuanseafood.com

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Demon Duck

Dining at Demon Duck is like peeling back the layers of Chef Alvin Leung's complex personality, course by course. This culinary maestro, known for his Michelin-starred ventures across East Asia and Europe, has turned his Dubai debut into a go-to spot for the in-the-know crowd. Leung, the self-styled "Demon Chef," brings his own brand of culinary wizardry to the table with what he dubs “X-Treme Chinese” — a bold, artistic spin on traditional Chinese fare. His creative spin on the classic chop suey infuses it with an irresistible edge, while the house specialty, Bang Bang Chicken, consistently delights with its zesty and vibrant taste. Also on the must-try list is the Demon à l’Orange, a dramatic creation prepared right before your eyes, featuring a flambé spectacle. This dish skillfully combines dried, aged Chinese mandarin and char siu sauce, enhancing the delicate duck breast and invoking a new level of admiration for the familiar classic. The dining experience at Demon Duck, flamboyant and whimsically unpredictable, truly embodies the hype surrounding its celebrated chef. For a meal that promises a blend of inventive and nostalgic flavors, look no further.

Banyan Tree Dubai - Bluewaters Island
+971 (0)4 556 6466
www.banyantree.com

Hakkasan

While there are countless reasons to stroll into Hakkasan at Atlantis Dubai — from its effortlessly chic interiors to the kind of service that makes you feel like royalty — it's the Lunar New Year festivity that truly sets the bar high. Spearheaded by Michelin-starred Chef Andy Toh, the exclusive menu is not your ordinary dinner. This special experience takes you around the world, masterminded by Hakkasan’s finest chefs. Begin with Chef Toh’s lobster salad — it’s like a citrusy burst of summer on your palate. Then journey through the Smoked Eight Treasure Duck from Abu Dhabi, a dish that’s as rich in flavor as it is in history. The Wishes of Prosperity dim sum from Riyadh is a parade of flavors, with each bite of abalone, truffle sea bass, and caviar feeling like a feast. Meanwhile, Shanghai’s contribution is the claypot Galician sea bass that’s a testament to the art of flavor balancing.

Hakkasan’s take on the Lunar New Year goes beyond mere celebration — it's a sincere fusion of tradition and aspiration. As guests jot down their wishes on red paper lanterns, the atmosphere buzzes with stylish optimism, intertwining sumptuous dining with a moment of hopeful reflection.

Atlantis The Palm, Dubai
+971 (0)4 426 0752
www.atlantis.com

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Hutong

Hutong Dubai, a standout in the DIFC, is redefining the Chinese fine-dining game with its modern twist on Qing Dynasty-inspired cuisine. Merging traditional Northern Chinese recipes with contemporary flair, it serves up dishes rich in unique ingredients and nostalgic tastes. The setting matches the cuisine's sophistication: sleek, modern interiors and a stunning outdoor terrace.

This Lunar New Year, Hutong is upping the game with an exclusive menu. Prepare to be impressed by dishes like the Lobster Lao He and the Chinese New Year Dim Sum Platter, alongside rich Five Spices with Foie Gras and a show-stopping Flaming Peking Duck. But the experience isn't just about the food; Hutong turns into a vibrant hub of festivity with DJ beats, dragon shows, and enigmatic face-changing performances. Plus, there’s a weekend brunch that will feature live DJ music, more dragon dances, and the artistry of live calligraphy. It’s a fusion of tradition and trend, making Hutong  the go-to for a Lunar New Year filled with unforgettable flair. And since the stars predict an auspicious year, don't miss the chance to make a wish under Hutong's very own wishing tree. It's the perfect end to a celebration that blends taste, tradition, and a touch of magic.

DIFC - Gate Building 6
+971 (0)4 220 0868
www.hutong-dubai.com

Long Teng

Hidden away in Business Bay, Long Teng is Dubai's not-so-secret treasure for Chinese cuisine. This spacious spot comes with a menu so vast it might have you scratching your head, but fear not — the savvy staff are like your culinary compass, pointing you towards some seriously good eats. We recommend starting with steamed chicken and mushroom dim sums and prawn dumplings, which are so delightful that they often warrant a second order. For those looking to explore further, the live seafood menu is a must-try, especially the crab cooked with fried minced garlic and black beans — an exceptional choice. Carbs are not just an afterthought here; the stir-fried hofun with beef and fried rice with fresh black truffle and foie gras are divine, satisfying both hunger and taste buds. Desserts at Long Teng are as quirky as they are fantastic. A standout is their sweet buns, whimsically topped with a chicken face, which surprise diners with a delicious salted custard center when bitten into. Equally heavenly are the buns filled with walnut and caramel paste, rounding off the meal with sweet, indulgent flavors.

U-bora Towers, Business Bay
+971 (0)4 241 1666
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Shanghai ME

Tucked away in the heart of DIFC's concrete jungle lies a little slice of tropical oasis — Shanghai ME. This spot is a true standout in the financial district’s hip scene, dishing out modern Chinese cuisine that's making waves in Dubai’s fine dining world. The menu is a vibrant mash-up of contemporary flavors and classic East Asian dishes, with standouts like Roast Duck with Chinese Caviar and Soft Shell Crab, Silken Egg & Creamy Wasabi stealing the show. And the dim sum? Expect a tantalizing mix of flavors and textures, from zesty kimchi to delicate wild mushrooms and fruity coriander. But let's talk about the showstopping signature dessert — the hazelnut-coated Giant Fortune Cookie. Crispy wafer, chocolate, and matcha mousse come together in a concoction that’s like the exotic vacation of your dreams. 

The setting is just as fabulous: glamorous Art Deco vibes meet Pop Art flair and lush greenery, creating the ideal backdrop for unwinding with some top-notch food. After a long day, gathering with friends at Shanghai ME is pretty much our definition of bliss. Plus, there's a hidden gem inside: the secret speakeasy Bund Lounge, adding an air of intrigue to the already fabulous experience.

DIFC, Gate Village Building 11
+971 (0)4 564 0505
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SHI

Perched stylishly on Bluewaters Island, SHI brings a touch of contemporary flair to high-end Chinese dining. The space is a delightful blend of classic charm and modern whimsy, with terracotta warriors, banyan trees, and lively cartoon murals showcasing the Chinese zodiac. You can't miss the colorful BearBrick figures, especially the larger-than-life one at the entrance flaunting the restaurant's logo. Upstairs, the vibe is buzzing, thanks to a bustling mixed drinks bar and a sought-after terrace boasting sweeping views of the JBR skyline and an intimate glimpse of the beautiful (temporarily closed) Ain Dubai

In celebration of Lunar New Year, SHI is hosting its exclusive 'Dragon Feast', promising an extravagant menu steeped in Chinese tradition and culture. Guests will be treated to a feast fit for royalty, including delectable dishes like Braised Lamb Pot, Wagyu Beef with Black Vinegar, and Crispy Chicken with Lime Sauce, ensuring an unforgettable dining experience that's as rich in flavor as it is in tradition. And with such an extensive menu, you'll find yourself returning time and time again — because with each visit, there's always something new to discover. You’ll be back.

Bluewaters Island
+971 (0)4 393 9990
www.shirestaurant.com

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Xu

We can’t stop going to Xu. Maybe it’s the warm, cozy interiors, or the excellent staff (who always remember our names), or the delicious food – actually, wait, it’s probably the delicious food – or a combination of all of these factors, but Xu has quickly become one of our favorite dining spots in all of Dubai. Part of the Rikas Hospitality Group suite of incredible restaurants (other standouts include Mimi Kakushi, Tagomago, and Twiggy), Xu recently opened inside the Kempinski Hotel at Mall of the Emirates but will absolutely transport you to another time and place. Artfully presented Cantonese-inspired cuisine is as delicious as it is beautiful. Here’s how to ensure you have a perfect meal: start with the outrageously succulent Xu Cherry Wood Peking Duck and a smattering of starters. We recommend the Spicy Cucumber, the Crispy Lemongrass Chicken, and the Wok Fried Mussels. You can’t go wrong with any of the dim sum but definitely do not miss the Assorted Vegetarian Dim Sum. They are divine (and so adorable!). For mains, the Slow-Cooked Wagyu Short Rib, Szechuan Pepper Black Cod, and Mapo Tofu are a must, but the dish that keeps bringing us back is the Crispy Chicken with Spicy Peanut Sauce. Desserts are a starring attraction, featuring delicately flavored Coconut Panacotta and the rich and crispy Black Sesame served with refreshing mango sorbet. This is one dessert so surprisingly delicious that you’ll crave it for weeks afterward.

Kempinski Hotel, Mall of Emirates
(+971) 04 394 6252
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Zheng He's

Named after Zheng He, the legendary Muslim Chinese explorer rumored to have reached America before Columbus, Zheng He’s is a gem in Dubai's dining scene. While historians might debate the accuracy of his voyages, there's no contesting the excellence of this restaurant that honors him. Located in the picturesque Mina A’Salam and boasting views stretching to the Burj Al Arab, Zheng He’s is a fusion of history and culinary artistry, making it a must-visit destination.

The Lunar New Year at Zheng He’s is a celebration of flavors. The special menu starts with an appetizing Braised Shredded Chicken with Mushroom Soup and Steamed Scallop Dumpling topped with Fish Roe. For mains, the selection includes Stewed Chicken with Spicy Bean Sauce, Flavour Pork Belly, and Wok-Seared Tenderloin with Savoury Truffle Paste, along with Steamed Seabass Fillet with Black Ear Mushroom. These are perfectly paired with Fried Rice with Diced Unagi and Crispy Garlic, and Black Pepper Har Fun Noodles with Chicken. The meal concludes beautifully with a Chilled Sea Coconut with Longan in Lemon Syrup.

Outside of the Lunar New Year festivities, Zheng He’s continues to impress with its Yum Cha brunch, a parade of unlimited dim sum that's a delight for dumpling lovers. The tasting menu is another journey through exquisite flavors, showcasing why Zheng He’s is not just a place for special occasions, but a culinary adventure waiting to be explored any day of the year.

Jumeirah Mina A' Salam, Madinat Jumeirah
800 323232
www.jumeirah.com

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