With cooler weather finally on the horizon, the people of Dubai are beginning to stir from their soporific summers, recover from Ramadan and visitors are returning to the city. This season we’re seeing more and more local restaurants popping up on the foodie scene, along with international favourites, and we want you try them all. Here's our pick of the best...
This week marks the soft opening of Novikov Restaurant & Bar at the new Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sheikh Zayed. Dubai is the third city, following Moscow and London, to launch this highly anticipated fine-dining establishment by Russian entrepreneur and food tsar Arkadiy Novikov. Expect innovative dining that merges traditional Asian cuisine from Japan, China, and across South-East Asia inspiring Novikov’s menu.
Each dish stays true to its roots, with enhanced elements to appeal to the Dubai market. Executive Chef Shane Macneill ensures guests are treated to a world-class Asian inspired menu, including these mouth-watering signature dishes: Peking Duck, King Crab Leg Wasabi Gratin and Toro Tartare with Caviar.
The 280-seat 13,000sqm venue designed by Geometry Design Moscow, has created a modern, luxury dining experience with granite walls, natural leather, cracked stone and opulent jade. This restaurant-meets-lounge concept is spread across two floors, divided into four distinct areas: The Bar & Lounge, Sushi Counter, Main Dining Room and the Mezzanine Private Dining Room complete with open kitchen. Make sure to book well in advance, as this is one of Dubai’s most anticipated restaurant openings www.sheratongranddubai.com
Spirito Brazilian Lounge & Kitchen launched on the 1st August at Media One Hotel, in Dubai’s Media City. This new dining concept brings authentic South American dishes, inspired by Brazilian street food. Spirito’s design is vibrant to say the least. Think symmetrical-design colourful ceilings, mismatched dining chairs and eclectic sounds of Latin Jazz, Latin House, Bossa Nova, Samba and Reggae match the interior perfectly.
Head Chef Nilton Rodigo Ceccarelli is the mastermind behind Spirito’s delicacies, which include Pastel De Carne: light and thin pastry filled with spicy braised beef, smashed avocado & lime, Coxinha: smoked chicken croquettes with Romesco Sauce and Churrasquinho: Boneless lamb rib skewer, fennel, apple & peanut slaw.
As for cocktails, the Acai Caipirinha and the Acai Mojito were among our favourites. Ask about Spirito’s cocktail happy hour that will take you from sunset dining to dancing until 3am. Media One Hotel is a popular destination for young and dynamic media industry folk. We expect a whole host of young professionals to be frequenting, from magazine editors to techies calling this place their local after-work spot. spirito.ae
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Clinton Street Baking Company
Clinton Street is by far one of Dubai’s most popular breakfast spots. Using only the freshest organic produce and the acclaimed recipes that made the original New York restaurant so famous, Clinton Street offers diners a menu of Southern American inspired dishes.
My personal favourite is the Fried Chicken & Waffles. For a lighter option, try the Kale and Quinoa Salad, Veggie Sandwich, or the Mexican Fish Tacos. If you have room for dessert, their homemade apple pie is better than your Grandma’s. The diner is especially busy for breakfast and lunch on weekends and guests are seated on a first come, first serve basis. clintonstreetbaking.ae
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Vida Food Truck
Vida Food Truck
The food truck scene is a growing trend in Dubai and it’s one worth salivating over. The most recent addition is the VIDA Hotels & Resorts’ 1970s, 23-foot, Airstream safari truck, parked outside Manzil Downtown Dubai. Chef Spencer Black leads this laid-back, casual and quirky dining experience.
Spencer and his staff are taking food truck dining to a whole new level by serving up gourmet treats throughout the city. With a fully outfitted kitchen, you can expect popular street foods to sit down menus, refreshing salads and light-bite lunchtime meals. To confirm the current location of the VIDA food truck, call +971 4 428 5 888 or see www.vida-hotels.com
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Kuai, which means ‘fast’ in Chinese is one of the latest casual restaurants to open in new retail and dining district, Boxpark. Kuai’s design matches Boxpark with an urban, hipster feel. As for the menu, think Chinese street food enhanced with a Western twist. We like the sound of Lobster Satay Mac ‘n’ Cheese, Honey Grilled Seabass and Lychee Prawn Toast. Make sure you add a Bubble Tea to your order. www.eat-kuai.com
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