In Dubai, there’s no need to step foot on an airplane to experience another country’s cuisine. Lately, there’s been an influx — more on that, here — of delicious culinary imports with wildly impressive menus to hit our city. Click through the gallery to discover five dynamic new Dubai restaurants we’re eager to book tables at.
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For a classic, south-of-France joie de vivre experience, head to the new Bistrot Bagatelle where French dishes are enlivened with innovative flavors reminiscent of a Provençal Brasserie. Inspired by a New York-infused dining concept with subtle and intricate Parisian adornments, the restaurant boasts dishes such as lobster pizza and homemade potato gnocchi with black truffles.
Dine your way around the world next to a tranquil beach and the sparkling waters of the Arabian Gulf at Hanaaya, an elegant new restaurant featuring contemporary international cuisine. Chefs at Hanaaya, meaning “happiness” in Arabic, craft their dishes at live cooking stations where regionally-sourced ingredients are married with rich colors and exotic aromas from various countries around the world.
Explore and feast on contemporary Asian-inspired cuisine at Wakame, a stylish and edgy new restaurant anchored around a striking sushi and dim sum counter. Relax and observe the mesmerizing way these expert chefs prepare fresh produce and a range of signature dishes using traditional techniques and ingredients reflecting the best of Asia.
Delight all five of your senses at Olea, which features throwback Levantine cuisine prepared by passionate chefs who adopt traditional cooking methods and present signature dishes in a ravishing table-side presentation. Discover the best of the Levant with authentic dishes from the El Homos Beiruti of Lebanon and Nayeh (raw meat) selection of Syria, to the Sultan Ibrahim of Cyprus and Soft Kunafa of Palestine.
Hailing from the heart of the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles and a favorite amongst A-list celebrities, Katana, which is coming soon to Dubai, will bring its pioneered “robatayaki” style of Japanese cuisine to the city. Diners can expect a world-class culinary experience with mouth-watering bites grilled over hot coals, carefully curated Japanese fusion dishes, and an exclusive sushi bar. Overlooking the fountains and Burj Khalifa, this is a place you’ll quickly want to see and to be seen.