6 Restaurant Ideas For Lunch With Friends This Weekend

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Another weekend means another power lunch spent catching up with your nearest and dearest. However, deciding where to congregate as a group can often feel as demanding as a work deadline. Here, Savoir Flair rounds up six places around Dubai that offer delicious food, inviting ambiance, and just the laid-back setting required for a long, leisurely lunch.

Pi Dubai
When the craving for authentic Italian strikes your friend group, head to Pi Dubai at The Dubai Mall where you’ll find amazing Neapolitan-inspired pizzas and Italian “soul food”. Loyal patrons recommend the gnocchi as a starter, a fresh “pi”, and, of course, a piece of hot caramel cake to finish off the meal. It’s easy to go overboard on the carbs here, but thankfully Pi offers lighter options as well, like kale caesar salad and burrata with crudo.

Average price for two: AED 120/SAR 121

The Dubai Mall
Tel: (+971) 4 4471757
www.pidubai.com

La Serre
This two-story bistro and boulangerie combines Parisian sophistication with Dubai’s modernity for a one-of-a-kind dining experience. Head Chef Izu Ani carefully orchestrates an elegant bistro menu with imaginative fusion dishes like ‘feta, leek, and spinach tart’ and classic French delights like ‘whole roasted chicken, foie gras, and truffle sauce’. If you’re looking for a luxurious lunchtime experience with your nearest and dearest, book a table at La Serre.

Average price for two: AED 400/SAR 408

Vida Hotel, Downtown
Tel: (+971) 4 428 6969
www.laserre.ae

Cocoa Room
The hype over the newly opened Cocoa Room means expectations are high and the waiting line is long, but the refined, elegant atmosphere and delicious menu are more than enough to satisfy. Red-velvet pancakes and eggs benedict are brunch favorites, while each meal is dished up on stylish dinnerware that makes every plate Instagram-worthy.

Average price for two: AED 200/SAR 208

Galleria Mall
Tel: (+971) 600 544005
@cocoaroomae

Reform Social & Grill
Reform, Dubai’s first gastropub, offers a laid-back lunch experience where savory plates of fish & chips, charcuterie boards, and a special list of charcoal-grilled dishes await you. For a daintier experience, book an Afternoon Tea at Reform with the girls and enjoy a throwback British experience unlike any other.

Average price for two: AED 350/SAR 357

The Lakes
Tel: (+971) 4 375 0324
www.reformsocialgrill.ae

Baker & Spice
The menu at Baker & Spice is ruled by harvest cycles, meaning you can expect locally sourced, fresh menu items that are in season. Not only do they take great pains in the sourcing and preparation of your food, but they also boast a truly astonishing assortment of baked goods made from the finest ingredients.

Average price for two: AED 200/SAR 208

Dubai Marina Walk or Souk Al Bahar
Tel: (+971) 4 4516121
www.bakerandspiceme.com

S’wich
Whoever thought of the idea for S’wich is a genius! This one-of-a-kind eatery, which is now open in Jumeirah and Dubai Marina, offers traditional shawarmas that are customized according to your taste and preferences. Choose your base — a range of flatbreads or fresh lettuces — and add whatever kinds of protein, toppings, and sauces you desire. Mix and match to your heart’s content, and then reap the reward by feasting on your creation with your closest circle.

Average price for two: AED 60/SAR 61

Jumeirah 1
Tel: (+971) 800 SWICH

www.myswich.com

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