There’s a lot happening on the dining front in Dubai this month, from a Santorini-inspired seafood eatery to Chef Reif Othman’s latest gourmet restaurant at the H Hotel. And if a simple, old-fashioned burger sounds more appealing, we’ve got that covered too, thanks to Dubai’s latest British gastropub. You’ll also find upscale Turkish cuisine from the restaurant group behind Coya and Zuma, as well as where to head for reimagined Latin American fare. Read on and let Savoir Flair help you navigate the five need-to-know Dubai restaurants of the moment.
The Experience by Chef Reif Othman
Following the success of Chef Reif Othman’s PLAY restaurant, the renowned chef has launched The Experience, an interactive culinary concept that caters to only 12 guests at a time and features a customized dining experience led by Othman himself.
“The Experience is not your regular Chef’s Table, but more an ultra-luxury version of the Chef’s Table concept. Stepping into the new space, one will feel like they have been transported to someone’s magnificent living room. I will cook and serve every dish myself, treating guests to a completely unique and customized dining experience and unleashing new heights of creativity when it comes to food – dishes that you will never have tasted in Dubai or anywhere else for that matter,” explains Othman.
37th Floor, H Hotel
(+971) 4 336 2222
Fish Beach Taverna
Located on the beach of Le Meridien Mina Seyahi is the Santorini-inspired seafood restaurant Fish Beach Taverna. Here, you can enjoy breathtaking views of Palm Jumeirah alongside Aegean Sea fare (think sea bass rolled with capsicum, basil, and olive-oil sauce), dining within its cozy, white-washed walls or al fresco with grass beneath your feet.
Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
(+971) 4 511 7139
The restaurant group behind Coya, Nusr-Et, and Zuma has opened its latest dining concept Ruya, a Turkish restaurant and lounge serving upscale Anatolian cuisine at Grosvenor House. Enjoy specialty dishes such as slow-cooked lamb shank cooked up by Chef Colin Clague, who recently headed up Jean Georges and Qbara, while gazing out at the calm waters of the glittering Dubai Marina.
(+971) 4 399 9123
The Rose & Crown
Dubai’s latest British pub offers dartboards and a pool table along with classics such as Shepherd’s Pie. Try the ‘Rose & Crown Burger’ with 200 grams of beef, sharp English cheddar, and caramelized onions on a freshly baked farmhouse bun with a side of onion rings if you’re looking for comfort food in a relaxed pub setting.
The Atrium, Al Habtoor City
(+971) 4 437 0022
This new, homegrown Mexican concept is located in The Atrium at Al Habtoor City, with Chef Jimmy Rojas Lopez leading the kitchen. Meanwhile, manager Kenneth Ooi brings his experience of being at the helm of Asia de Cuba in Abu Dhabi. ZOCO serves up a modern take on traditional dishes like beef chorizo with seared steak and avocado cream, and desserts such as churro donuts.
The Atrium, Al Habtoor City
(+971) 4 437 0044