The UAE has a lot to offer visitors – beautiful hotels, amazing shopping, year-round sun and of course mouthwatering food. Having visited the UAE several times over the past few years, we have had the opportunity to eat at some of the most amazing restaurants, especially in Dubai. Whatever your taste or budget, the likelihood is you will find several suitable food hotspots in Dubai. From fast food outlets to lavish all you can eat buffets and not forgetting fine dining restaurants with award-winning chefs, Dubai is a foodies dream come true. Here are some of our favourite hotspots that we have had the pleasure of eating at during our visits and hope to revisit during our next trip to Dubai in February 2022.
Friday Brunch at The Tree House, Taj Hotel
Friday Brunch is kind of a big deal in Dubai. Everyone gets dressed up and heads to a local hotel or restaurant to eat as much as they can over the course of a few hours. Most hotels also offer a bottomless drinks package too. This means you can pay a set price depending on the level of drinks you want. You can then have as many refills as often as you like/can manage. Most offer a soft drinks package, a beer, wine and (set) cocktails package and also a premium cocktail and champagne package.
Brunch normally consists of every food imaginable. From stale breakfast foods right through to seafood and steak. We have has the pleasure of sampling some fantastic Friday Brunches in Dubai. However, our favourite for quality, quantity and variety has to be the Tree House at the Taj Hotel in Business Bay. Plus the Burj Khalifa backdrop is pretty special making it one of our favourite food hotspots in Dubai.
Argentina Grill at La Mer
If you are looking for a beach break in the middle of the city, La Mer is the place to head. It opened in 2017 and is an extremely popular place to head when visiting Dubai. It has everything you need for a great day out. Of course, the beach is the main pull for many people, but that is not all it has to offer. Together with a waterpark, shops and a cinema, there are also a number of restaurants. There is a range of dining options whether you want a light lunch or a lavish dinner. One of our favourite restaurants here is the Argentina Grill.
It is important to remember that Dubai is a busy city with international guest visiting all year round. Therefore booking a table via a booking website in advance is recommended. The Argentina Grill, even by Dubai standards is quite pricey (around £20 for a burger). However, the food is divine. With mouthwatering steaks and seafood and not forgetting salads and sides, this restaurant is worth a visit. If you are looking to save a few dirhams lookout for the daily happy hour and speciality nights.
Zheng He’s at Jumeirah Mina A’Salam
If you are looking for a modern twist on Chinese food, look no further. Zheng He’s at Jumeirah Mina A’Salam is the perfect restaurant to visit. The Head Chef Lai Min Wei certainly knows how to cook up a storm in the kitchen. Again, quite pricey but again you get what you pay for, especially the phenomenal dim sum with eight different fillings on offer. Zheng He’s offers limited lunch and set menus if you want to know in advance how much your meal will cost. If not, an extensive la carte menu is also available with offering delectable delights such as lobster and Wagyu beef.
Not only is the food at Zheng He’s outstanding but so is its waterfront location. Located in the waterways of Dubai’s Madinat Jumeirah and just steps from the beach, the surroundings add to the dining experience. However, even though the beach is only a stone’s throw away, it is important to remember the restaurant’s smart casual dress code. With views of the landmark Burj Al Arab which is beautiful both during the day and lit up at night, it is no wonder this is one of our favourite food hotspots in Dubai.
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