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5 Great Restaurants in Dubai

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009


Dubai, a wealthy desert playground in the Middle East and home to some of the world’s most exclusive hotels and shopping malls contains perhaps the most diverse and eclectic variety of restaurants that any city has ever known.

From Cuban cuisine to even Mongolian, there truly is something for everyone. But of course, we’re not looking for humble backstreet fodder to ward off starvation here, but only the tastiest and (justifiably) expensive eateries that Dubai has to offer.

5. Verre – The Hilton, Dubai Creek

Dining at this large French Restaurant which is owned by Gordon Ramsay, the chef who’s more famous for professional swearing than professional cooking, will prove expensive, with meal costs stretching well into the triple digits. While the interior leaves something to be desired and the restaurant is somewhat antique compared to the new restaurants even now springing up like daisies all over Dubai, the fabulous minestrone with langoustines and minty crème brulee are sure to make it worth a visit.

4. Spectrum on one – The Fairmont Hotel

This ambitious multi-cuisine dining hangout popular with Dubai’s multicultural (and wealthy) crowd has food cooked before your very eyes from China, India, Japan, Europe, Thailand and the Middle East. The service is super polite and the servers like to add a forced personal touch to compliment their strained smiles. The only things which should be avoided are the somewhat mediocre desserts. Champagne brunch, with unlimited European bubbly, is offered at a shade over €100.

3. India Palace – Garhoud

With a slogan like “Dine like a Maharaja”, you know this sort of establishment has a lot to live up to. It’s also the cheapest restaurant on this list, with a three-course meal costing around €30 – all accompanied by live music and a terrific ambience. Items on the menu include Biryani and kormas, as well as extremely tasty Chicken Kebabs. Vegetarians may also prefer India Palace, as there is a Vegetarian emphasis here not known in many of Dubai’s other restaurants.

2. Beachcombers – The Jumeirah Beach Hotel

The emphasis on this restaurant serving Japanese, Indian, Thai, and even Malaysian cuisines is primarily on the family, with low tables and even PlayStations. Adults will enjoy knowing that their children are being well entertained whilst soaking up views of the magnificent Burj al Arab, the world’s only (self-proclaimed) seven star Hotel. It’s classy without being childish and the food is top quality. It’s an award winning, and of course correspondingly costly place to take your family, with prices for a meal at around €70-90.

1. JW’s Steakhouse – JW Marriot Dubai

Dubai’s most well known (and considered to be best) steakhouse, resplendent with classy designer interior, leather armchairs, deliciously soft steaks, and even just-off-the-boat seafood and lobster is considered among the be-all-and-end-all of culinary experiences in the city. However far the human race goes in gourmet sophistication, there’s hardly anything that appeals to the caveman instinct as much as simple, unadulterated prized animal matter. No, there is no “modern twist on old classics” or any of the boring old restaurant critic stock-phrases here, just pure meat and baked potatoes, delivered just right and screaming of classic quality. Marlon Brando. Frank Sinatra. James Dean. I contest that they all would have eaten here were they still alive. Isn’t that a good enough reason to justify the €100 and above for some meat and potatoes?

Popular Dubai Hotels & Restaurants on Venere.com

  • Hotel Al Khaalej – 3-star hotel featuring a pizza restaurant
  • Metropolitan Hotel Dubai – 4-star hotel with Indian restaurant, seafood restaurant, Italian restaurant and International restaurant.
  • Flora Creek Hotel Apartments – 5-star hotel offering the Olive Tree Restaurant (Arabic and Asian cuisine)
  • Al Manzil Hotel – 4-star hotel with sports grill restaurant, gourmet restaurant, Arabic restaurant and coffee shop
  • Al Murooj Rotana Hotel – 5-star hotel with Indian restaurant, Lebanese restaurant, Latino restaurant and all-day dining International restaurant.

Photo of Towers Rotana Hotel, Dubai by Jessamyn

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Venere Travel Blog writer paul crompton

Paul Crompton is an avid reader and has a passion for cars and technology, primarily. He loves traveling to whichever exotic travel location which is cheap. His dream is to become an advertising executive.

4 responses to “5 Great Restaurants in Dubai”

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  1. Cooking Contest says:
    June 25th, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Wow. That’s a fantastic compilation. I live in Dubai and I am a fan of the JW Steakhouse. Awesome food indeed!

  2. kawish says:
    August 29th, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Dubai is just full of such exotic restraunts … Jws is reallythe best their cuisine is worth gold and diamonds. Yum yum yum

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  4. Bikanervala Dubai says:
    December 18th, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Hey Guys, I just got a new Indian Restaurant in Dubai. They are serving many exclusive indian food in dubai. i Already visited there and i like their Chaats & Snacks very much.


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