Home-style Greek at Mythos
Tucked away in a Jumeirah Lakes Towers basement is Greek-owned Mythos Kouzina & Grill. Step inside, and you’ll be greeted by an authentic taverna featuring rustic-style furniture and Cycladic design elements. There are plenty of hearty dishes to sample – including popular favourites such as gyros and souvlaki – and a welcoming vibe that will make you feel right at home. It’s become a fast favourite, with people travelling from far and wide for a taste of Dubai’s most authentic Greek food.
Irresistible Asian at Indochine
One of the coolest spots in DIFC, Indochine boasts jungle-esque foliage and chic vibes. There’s a relaxed lounge area, a terrace and a chic dining space. Set up in New York in 1984, the French-Vietnamese eatery opened in Dubai in late 2019 and has been a hit ever since. Dishes are adventurous, and their risks pay off. Don’t miss the kaffir lime and lemongrass-infused escargot, Vietnamese ravioli, the lamb char sui or the crunchy fried bananas for dessert.
Celebrated Chinese at Hutong
Made famous by its sibling in The Shard, London, this Chinese fine dining restaurant boasts its own stunning location right in the heart of DIFC. The fiery plates are stuffed full of flavour and imagination – from the scallop, squid and shrimp dumplings to the truffle egg fried rice – and with the option to inject as much heat as you like into each order, there’s no reason not to embrace the spice.
European gems at Marina Social
Marina Social is the first venture in the region by Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton. He has got plenty of experience and expertise, having opened 17 restaurants globally. Located at the InterContinental Dubai Marina, the restaurant overlooks the pristine waters from a large terrace. Leave your meal in the hands of the chef and opt for one of the three degustation menus, or try the seared yellow fin tuna, avocado puree, salted cucumber and wasabi, or oozing goat’s cheese churros.
Fusion French at LPM Restaurant
Transport yourself to the south of France at LPM Restaurant – arguably the best French food you can find in Dubai. That’s what many will say about LPM Restaurant in DIFC Gate Village, an offshoot of the French café chain born in Nice. The classy restaurant has been raking in awards since it opened, which will be no surprise once you’ve tasted the food. The menu focuses on Niçoise cuisine, where French Mediterranean fusion has been evolving and taking in some inspiration from Italy.
Contemporary Indian at Carnival by Trèsind
A sister venue to the acclaimed Trèsind, Carnvial by Trèsind offers a post-modern take on fine dining and traditional Indian dishes. The chic venue is adorned with black and white chevron floors and illuminated copper-coloured trees. The modern and vibrant theme extends into its menu, but the traditions of Indian cooking remain intact. If you are having trouble deciding what to order, opt for the 15-course degustation menu, either with, or without meat.
Portuguese favourites at Lana Lusa
This cute neighbourhood-style restaurant is in the ever-growing Wasl 51 complex, and it boasts a petite terrace and a menu of traditional Portuguese dishes. Service is knowledgeable and friendly, while dishes sing with authentic flavours. The menu includes salted codfish croquettes and arroz de tamboril (a fish-based rice stew), and don’t miss the utterly moreish Portuguese custard tarts pasteis de nata (tip: you can buy a box to take away too).
Enigmatic Italian at Il Borro
Il Borro brings the taste of Tuscany to the Middle East with a modern interpretation of the 1,000 year old cuisine. Started by the son of Salvatore Ferragamo, Ferrucio Ferragamo opened the restaurant in Dubai to diversify the family empire – this time, drawing inspiration from their Tuscan estate. The organic food on the menu represents the simplicity of Tuscan cooking, so you’ll find plenty of homegrown organic olive oil, seasonal vegetables and honey.
Latin American delights at Amazonico
This buzzing restaurant is incredibly popular, and there’s a lot to shout about. The jungle-esque décor is on point and will make you feel as though you’re deep in the rainforest, travelling along the Amazon River. The dishes, meanwhile, are just as tasty as the place looks. There’s a separate sushi menu, but there’s also a long list of creative Latin American dishes, from fried frog legs to slow-cooked short ribs.
Terrific Turkish bites at Sultan Saray
This authentically Turkish haunt is a local favourite here in Dubai when it comes to tasty Middle Eastern cuisine (with a touch of theatrics) and serves up a wide variety of mezze, kebabs, and tempting desserts. For dinner and a show, go for the Kwag al Sultan, to which servers apply the final fiery touches tableside. It’s worth the order just for the Insta likes.
Japanese flair at Zuma
With locations in thrilling cities, including Miami, London and New York, Zuma is right at home in Dubai. Inspired by nature’s elements, the setting includes chic granite counters and rusted-steel walls. Whether you take a seat at the private dining area, sushi and robata counter, or main restaurant, Zuma does not disappoint. The menu has it all, from small plates such as salmon and tuna tartare with caviar, to signature dishes including seabass with yuzu, truffle oil and salmon roe.
North American flavors at Bull & Bear
Dishes at the Waldorf Astoria’s flagship eatery, Bull & Bear, taste as good as they look. This cooler-than-cool New York export has dazzled since arriving in the area, with a sophisticated interior that acts as a precursor for the mouthwatering morsels that emanate from the kitchen. The Alligator Pear is not to be missed, while the prawn cocktail and steaks are a hit too.
Terrific Thai at Café Isan
Trust Café Isan to offer the best of Thai street food in Dubai. Explore new, delightful flavours that will enliven your tastebuds and transport you to the streets of Thailand. Indulge in hot meals, served fresh, with fresh spices that will entertain your palate. The food at Café Isan is inspired by the culture of north-eastern Thailand, also known as Isan. You can enjoy lighter curries, clear soups, as well as delicious pad Thai noodles, with vegan options also available.
Lebanese plates at Ibn AlBahr
The best Lebanese seafood and mezze is available at Ibn AlBahr, offering a taste of Lebanon on the shores of Dubai. Bring your family and friends to enjoy the exceptional mezzes and grilled fish, caught fresh and priced by the kilo. You’ll find the fresh catches generous enough to satisfy your entire crew. Along with fresh platters are customer favourites like cashew nut prawn and fish curry.