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Dubai is a record-setting city with new industrial endeavours pushing the boundaries of extravagance at every turn. And it’s this fever for audacious creations that has filtered into the city’s restaurants and into the minds of some of the world’s most gifted and experienced chefs.

SUITCASE teamed up with gourmet bloggers We The Food Snobs to tackle the never-ending list of eateries to choose from in the desert playground, where hotel restaurants are king and leaving a table hungry just isn’t an option.

Namu

Thirty floors above the frenzied Sheikh Zayed Road, Namu reflects the futuristic design of the newly opened W Hotel in which it sits. Here, Korean meets Japanese in a clash of culinary cultures and electronica anthems from W’s Lounge below. The menu is full of superb dishes with inspired ingredient choices such as hirata buns with poached lobster, yuzu and watermelon kimchi. The nashi pear and ganjang-marinated Japanese wagyu short ribs are succulent, rich and indulgent – they go down smoothly with Namu’s Soju cocktails. Don’t be tempted to skip dessert, however. While Namu’s chocolate decadence attracts the most intrigue, don’t miss the showstopper: cereal milk custard with avocado purée, chocolate hazelnut tuile and pine nut brittle. Expect to find yourself scraping at the plate for the final remnants.

  • +971 4 436 6666
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  • W Hotel Al Habtoor City
    Sheikh Zayed Road

Al Mahara

Submerged below the atrium of the Burj Al Arab – accessed by a golden elevator, no less – Al Mahara offers visitors the chance to dine in opulence surrounded by a gigantic aquarium. With the obvious nod being to the sea, it’s unsurprising that two Michelin-starred chef Nathan Outlaw has recently begun his residency at the restaurant. The best way to sample his award-winning seafood is through the signature tasting menu, consisting of seven dishes such as lobster risotto, orange, basil and spring onions or seared raw yellow fin tuna with pickled ginger, carrots, onion and chilli, paired with a punchy saké. Be sure to leave enough space for dish number seven; the sticky toffee pudding with clotted cream and local stuffed dates is without doubt, the best we’ve ever had. Make a booking before you travel as tables are in high demand.

Pierchic

Noted as one of the finest seafood spots in Dubai, Pierchic is located on Jumeirah Beach, best reached via the beautiful grounds of hotel Madinat Jumeirah. As the name suggests, the restaurant sits at the very end of their pier, simultaneously suspending guests above the turquoise waves and providing an unspoilt view of the iconic Burj Al Arab. Having held the title of Dubai’s most romantic restaurant for three years in a row, it’s hard to deny that this setting makes for a memorable meal, day or night. The food certainly matches up to the location, with fresh fish and seafood taking precedence. Pierchic’s lobster is always a crowd-pleaser, served with a dijon sauce and roasted cauliflower. Just add a couple of cocktails and you’re set for kicking back and enjoying a unique dining experience.

  • +971 4 366 6705
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  • Al Qasr at Madinat Jumeirah Al Sufouh Road

Marina Social

It’s no secret that brunching is a big thing in Dubai. Located on the first floor of InterContinental’s beautiful waterside property, Marina Social and its newly launched Monday Social Club treat guests to views over the harbour while bottomless espresso martinis are mixed tableside. The feast that follows is something that shouldn’t be entered into lightly. Arrive hungry, bring friends to help and ensure your outfit incorporates some room for growth. Guests are supplied with the entire menu of starters and desserts, with an individual choice for mains. It’s the indecisive diner’s dream. Tables are laden with goat cheese churros and truffle honey, salted cod brandade with salsa verde, chargrilled yellow peach with goose ham and salt & pepper squid with chilli aioli. Don’t miss the dessert table inside where chefs whip up the final course of bramley apple doughnuts with maple glaze and custard, freshly baked vanilla madeleines and the divine Devon clotted cream Mr. Whippy cones. For those with smaller appetites, dine from the a la carte menu which features sharing plates inspired by the Mediterranean.

  • +971 4 446 6664
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  • InterContinenal Dubai Marina
    Al Sufouh Road

Eauzone

Arriving at Eauzone is a spectacle in itself. Housed in the grounds of the beautiful One & Only Royal Mirage Hotel, guests wander the magnificent grand hallways before finding their way outside to the island-like restaurant, surrounded by serene waters. If you can handle the heat, a table on the beachfront is the way forward, with beautiful views of the waves crashing ashore from beneath the shade of giant palm trees. Here you can find some of Dubai’s best Asian cuisine with dishes such as miso-glazed black cod and grilled lemongrass beef tenderloin. Spice fans should edge on the side of caution, however. The superb duck red curry packs a generous helping of spice which, in thirty five degree heat, will quickly have you calling for another bottle of water. Coconut soufflé with pina colada ice cream or the pineapple carpaccio with lemon basil sorbet are a perfect foil to the desert climate.

  • +971 4 315 2412
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  • Al Sufouh Rd, Jumeirah Rd
    Arabia Courts, Opp Media City

At.Mosphere Lounge

You’d have thought that dining in the tallest building on earth would come with an equally sky-high price tag. Fortunately, some 122 floors above the streets, At.Mosphere Lounge is a relatively affordable way to dine with a backdrop of the earth’s curving horizon. Nesting atop the Burj Khalifa, this laid-back lounge is perfect for casual drinks and brilliant food. If you can handle your vertigo, booking in advance is the key to getting a window seat, peering out over the edge as, below, the famous fountains dance on cue and cars snake through the city. Altitude isn’t everything here, however. The minimum spend of £50 per head gives you a surprising amount of options from the menu, which is best treated as lots of small sharing plates. Top of the bill are the prawn sushi with a fiery buffalo sauce and the lobster tacos with yuzu dressing. Arrive just before sundown to watch the best show of all, as the city transforms from day to night.

Al Hadheerah

Whenever you’re abroad, it’s always good to get off the beaten track and see a destination from a different perspective. Just outside Dubai City lies Bab Al Shams, a stunning five-star resort, surrounded by nothing but miles of desert dunes. Inside the traditional fortress walls is Al Hadheerah, Bab Al Shams’ famous restaurant, which provides a fusion of culture and cuisine. Revellers enjoy an Arabian banquet, served up from traditional-style market stalls offering fragrant curries and grilled meats while local musicians and dancers perform for the crowds. Dining beneath the stars is a welcomed change from the hustle and bustle of the city, trading commuter noise for the cheers of diners experiencing the wonders of the Tanoura dance for the first time.

  • +971 4 809 6100
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  • Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa
    Al Qudra Road

Tomo

A short drive from Downtown Dubai, this Japanese gem is hidden in the upper reaches of the Raffles Hotel. Known as the place where the Japanese come for sushi, Tomo is a place where talented chefs showcase their craft from an open kitchen. If you’re a fan of al fresco dining then this is one of the best spots in Dubai but you’ll need to book in advance to land a table on Tomo’s famous terrace, which offers one of the best panoramas of the city. Trace Dubai’s most famous buildings while ordering the restaurant’s superb spider rolls with toasted crab and avocado or the tender wagyu beef fillet, served sizzling on a ceramic plate. As the sun melts into the horizon, cocktails and mochi ice cream are the way forward, contrasting perfectly with the heat of the Dubai nights.

Namu

Al Mahara

Pierchic

Marina Social

Eauzone

At.Mosphere Lounge

Al Hadheerah

Tomo

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