Hungry? New opening, fresh menus, any day, any time, Dubai’s food scene has got you covered.
The Dinner Party, Il Capo, The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City
Step inside this New York-style Italian, and instantly you’re immersed in grandiose Prohibition Era interior design that says class, style and everything else that you would associate with the Big Apple.
A three-piece jazz band accompanies the smooth moves of our attentive waiter who starts off our evening with delicious fresh baked focaccia bread.
Simple but very well executed dishes Italian dishes make up the three-course menu – a delicious salata burrata is refreshing and with bite. The caramelised onions and raisin sauce topping our seabass made the popular dish simply divine.
Il Capo translates as The Boss, and with its plush interior and sweeping views over Dubai Water Canal, we certainly felt important. A recommendation for a sophisticated but low-key evening where good Italian hospitality and even better food can be enjoyed.
Every Thursday, 7pm-11pm. Three-course meal with unlimited cheese board and house beverages for 2.5 hours. AED 395.
Jekyll and Hyde, DIFC
Named after a British literary classic, this new pub in the Al Fattan Currency House in DIFC goes beyond just a title with all the British trimmings. From your classic battered fish and chips to its louche living room vibe, it ticks all the boxes for home-sick Brits, and anyone else who enjoys the simple pleasures of a good bar.
When we visit, the place is filled with an electric atmosphere of the typical after-work DIFC crowd. Live music, with a great band and affordable deals certainly make this a place to bring the colleagues to wash off the long day.
But the strange case of Jekyll and Hyde is that it doesn’t only cater to the after work crowd, it also opens from 8am to plate up a great British breakfast. This place will definitely be busy, so be sure to get in quick to get yourself a seat.
8am-2am. Jekyll and Hyde, Al Fattan Currency House in DIFC. 04 343 5518
Fiesta de Tapas, Vista Bar, InterContinental Dubai Festival City
Catch Mediterranean flavours without hopping on a plane, every Saturday at Vista Bar and Terrace.
We walk in to open views, a friendly welcome and Spanish music that is channeling some major Andalucian coast feels.
The serve-yourself buffet allows us graze through dishes we might not have otherwise tried and we discover that from the large selection of topped breads, our personal favourites are smoked duck with reduced peas and Mediterranean vegetable.
Live cooking stations offer a fantastic range of fajitas. Choose from two types of beef and a prawn then watch chefs use a blowtorch to melt the cheese.
Partial to a slice of queso? There’s a brilliant selection, only matched by an extensive array of desserts, from which we shamelessly indulge in mini-ice creams.
Fiesta de Tapas, Saturdays, 2pm-5pm. Vista Bar & Terrace, InterContinental Dubai Festival City. AED 150 with soft drinks, AED 250 with beverages. www.diningdfc.com
Breakfast – Kaftan, Jumeirah Beach Road
Jumeirah stalwart with the chance of becoming hip again, thanks to the new vogue for Turkish cuisine.
Elegant inside, the fresh take on the breakfast menu carries a more informal vibe and is served up until 6pm.
Scoop up organic bee honeycomb and thick cream (bal and kaymak) with soft Turkish bread and it wouldn’t be a proper Aegean breakfast without menemen – a soft scramble of eggs and tomatoes.
Smart waiters keep the complimentary Turkish tea flowing and there’s plenty of art to admire, plus the tranquil walled garden is a peaceful place to linger.
9am-midnight daily. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim. Dishes from AED 30. 04 338 9688
Lunch – 7 Elephants, DIFC
You can’t miss the entrance of this new lounge bar, where you are greeted by an amazingly colourful neon elephant. That’s not the only thing to catch our eye – the back drop of DIFC is incredible too.
Opened to the elements (for now), glass-to-ceiling windows look over Downtown and the Burj Khalifa.
Chilled but funky music accompanied a three-course preview that flaunts how the kitchen combines cuisines from Italy, Mexico, Spain, India, Indonesia, Britain and the Middle East (seven again, get it?).
We snacked on a crisp chicken and coconut salad, which had just the right amount of fruit running through it. As someone who would never order a salad, we are surprised and impressed.
We were equally pleased with tapas platter of seafood favourites Calamar D’Espelette, Gambas Al Ajillo and Cecina De Res Ahumada, and be sure to grab a bite of the cinammon roll, one of seven desserts on offer.
An ideal sundowner spot, watch out for the stock market-inspired pricing model to grab a bargain.
12pm-2am daily. Level C, Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC. 04 354 4354
Dinner – Shanghai Surprise at China Grill
Looking for a chilled Wednesday night that’s full of good food, great entertainment, but easy on the wallet? Head on down to China Grills newly-launched Shanghai Surprise.
This four-hour all-inclusive evening is the perfect way to spend a date night or hang out with a group of friends. Set on the outdoor terrace, the atmosphere is chilled with a super jazz band, turning modern hits into jazz classics.
The five-course a la carte menu has, in true China Grill style, a great Asian taste. We sunk our teeth into pulled lamb steamed buns and a chunky chocolate brownie, among other treats.
Paired with the work of a talented mixologist, The Shanghai Surprise night is one to be added to the weekly diary.
Wednesdays only, 8pm-12am. AED 250 with food and drinks. AED 150 drinks only. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort. 04 511 7373