Launched in London in 2002, Zuma has restaurants across the world. A stone’s throw from Dubai World Trade Centre in DIFC, the Dubai version more than delivers on its reputation: excellent food, lively ambiance and a guaranteed experience to remember. From melt-in-the-mouth sashimi to its signature black cod, this is Japanese food at its finest.
La Petite Maison
Often named one of the city’s best restaurants, La Petite Maison is the place to go for sophisticated French fare. This renowned global brand is based in Dubai International Financial Centre and serves contemporary Mediterranean dishes such as quinoa salad, tuna carpaccio and aromatic tiger prawns.
For modern Italian fare, seamless service and one of Dubai’s most scenic terraces, head to Roberto’s in DIFC. This much-loved restaurant blends Milan’s flair with Venice’s hospitality and Rome’s devotion to food, a combination worth savouring. Highlights include the slow-cooked roasted octopus with artichoke and ‘cacio e pepe’ sauce.
Elevating the French bistro to the highest echelons of Dubai’s dining scene, Bagatelle is a culinary treat worth every dirham. The interior is cool and crisp and the cuisine classic French Mediterranean. Dishes include the grand Linguini au Homard Épicé – Chef Timothy Newton's spicy lobster with linguini, tomatoes and cream.
Al Nafoorah is the ideal place to sample high-quality Lebanese cuisine – whether you’re new to Arabic food, or a regular. After a long day of meetings, try the grilled white fish with a twist of lemon. For dessert, kunafa, soaked in sugar syrup and layered with cheese, is a favourite. With a panoramic terrace, the branch in Jumeirah Emirates Towers is at its best during the cooler winter months.
Located in the Towers Rotana hotel just minutes from Dubai World Trade Centre, Teatro blends Eastern cooking with Western cuisine. The eclectic menu more than delivers, with dishes from Thailand, China, Italy, Japan and India. While the nori seaweed salmon with wasabi potato puree and miso-ponzu glaze is a firm favourite, the real star of the show is the theatrical open-plan kitchen. With a warm, welcoming vibe, Teatro makes for a truly enjoyable dining experience.
Overlooking The Dubai Fountain in Souk Al Bahar, Abdel Wahab is the place to go for great Middle Eastern food combined with one of the city’s most loved visitor attractions. With traditional mezze-style dishes, such as hummus, tabbouleh and lamb kibbeh, the restaurant serves all your Arabic favourites and many more.
Bringing a dash of Japanese street life to the DWTC neighbourhood, Bentoya is a bright and busy spot for a true taste of Tokyo, especially when seated in the Japanese-style dining area upstairs. Tables both inside and on the adjacent pavement are frequently packed with diners enjoying bowls of affordable and authentic miso soup and udon noodles, or plates of fresh sushi and sashimi.
Serving delicious Levantine street-style dishes 24 hours a day, Zaroob has made its name on a simple but tempting promise: pop into this bright and cheerful two-level café on Sheikh Zayed Road, and you won’t be disappointed. Popular ‘street style’ dishes include manakeesh, falafel and shawarma – the region’s equivalent to a wrap or burrito, and a twist on the traditional kebab.
A Dubai institution, this Pakistani restaurant in nearby Satwa is always buzzing. Customers of every nationality come, keen to sample the authentic food, down-to-earth charm and bargain prices. Sit outside and enjoy a side of Dubai that residents rave about, yet visitors are often unaware of: genuine curry and rice dishes mopped up with piping hot roti and naan, set among the city’s original streets – and all for just a handful of dirhams.