A Taste of Luxury: The 10 Best Dubai Restaurants

Dubai is the jewel in the Emirati crown, an ultra-modern
metropolis in which abundance and luxury are everywhere on display. The city’s
reputation for excess and extravagance is perhaps most evident in its
restaurant scene, where every dish must meet the pinnacle of fine dining
perfection, and where culinary giants from all over the world come to prove
their credentials.


An indulgent taste of Japanese luxury
in the heart of Dubai, Zuma has been hailed as one the best restaurants in the
world by San Pellegrino, Best Restaurant in the Middle East from Condé Nast and
has garnered a host of other accolades. It specializes in the Japanese Izakaya
style of dining, in which food is served to share. But Zuma raises it to the
level of lavish fine dining. The Tokyo based design house Super Potato is
responsible for the stylish and minimal dining space, which evokes the best of
contemporary Japanese interior design. The food is the main draw however, and
the taste explosion offered by seemingly simple takes on Japanese cuisine is
unmissable; highlights include the miso marinated black cod and the steak with
truffles, whilst the restaurant also offers a full selection of sashimi, sushi
and grills from the Robata counter, all of which are delivered to perfection.

Zuma, Gate Village 06 DIFC, Dubai, United Arab Emirates,
506620 Dubai, UAE
, +971 4 425 5660

La Petite Maison

Cuisine Nicoise traces its origins to the age old traditions
of Genoese cooking which came to the fore in Nice through the intermingling of
French and Mediterranean culinary styles. This ancient example of fusion food,
in which French and Italian flavors are blended fluently and deliciously, is
celebrated in Dubai’s La Petite Maison, one of the UAE’s most acclaimed
restaurants. La Petite Maison has been acclaimed as one of the 100 best
restaurants in the world by San Pellegrino and is fast becoming an essential
stop on any culinary tour of Dubai. Its focus on the French haute cuisine
traditions of the Mediterranean coast is unparalleled in Dubai, and it is to
the restaurant’s credit that it retains something of the rustic traditions from
which this cuisine originated, and is fulfilling without being intimidating.
The menu is an ever changing delight, and some recommended dishes are loup de
en croûte de sel, salt baked fillet of line-caught sea bass with artichokes
and tomatoes, and côte de veau grillée or grilled veal chop.

La Petite Maison, Gate Village 08 DIFC, Dubai, UAE, +971 4
439 0505


Entering Ossiano has been described as akin to entering ‘a
world of mesmerizing tranquility created by the captivating ocean life of the
Ambassador Lagoon’, and it is certainly unlike any other restaurant experience
in Dubai or around the world. The underground restaurant is surrounded by the
aquarium of the Ambassador Lagoon giving the impression of dining at the bottom
of the sea. The restaurant’s focus of course is firmly on seafood, and it has
been acclaimed as the Best Seafood Restaurant 2013 by Time Out Dubai. The
Lagoon contains 65,000 marine mammals, which swim around diners as they enjoy
their food. Ossiano offers both an a la carte menu and a prix fixe tasting
menu. The procession of incredible seafood dishes which make up the latter
have been described as works of art, as visually stunning as they are

Ossiano, Atlantis The Palm, Crescent Road, The Palm, Dubai,
, +971 55 573 1194

Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire

French culinary master Pierre Gagnaire has developed an
international reputation for innovation and excellence, which is more than
upheld at his Dubai venture, Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire. This is another of
Gagnaire’s culinary laboratories, where the ingredients and techniques of
French cuisine are stretched to the limit, to create new dishes which both
surprise and delight. The winner of Time Out Dubai’s Best Restaurant 2013,
Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire embodies the Gagnaire values of hospitality,
creativity and showmanship. Dishes are imbued with a sense of drama, which is
matched by the opulent décor of the dining space. Head Chef Olivier Biles’ menu
is ever changing, but diners have reported being amazed by the parmesan soufflé
with spinach velouté and torrefied pine nuts as well as the quercy lamb roasted
with oregano and glazed with tamarind juice.

Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire, InterContinental Dubai Festival
City, Dubai, UAE
, +971 4 701 1199


Dubai has become the honeymoon destination of choice for
many couples in recent years, and with restaurants like Pierchic it is quite
evident why. Located on stilts far out into the Persian Gulf, Pierchic is an
oasis of calm in the middle of the ocean, which nevertheless offers an
incredible view the bright lights of the city. The menu is firmly focused on
seafood, which makes sense given its ocean setting, and dishes such as yellow
fin tuna tartar and sautéed tiger prawn carnaroli saffron risotto more than
complement the incredible fairytale setting.

Pierchic, Al Qasr Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE, +971
4 366 6739

Al Iwan

Located in the stunning Burj Al Arab, Al Iwan attempts to
return to the culinary roots of the Persian Gulf, and of the Emirates itself.
The setting is as opulent and luxurious as you can image, combining gold, red
and black in an inimitable display of lavishness. The grandeur of this setting
is contrasted by the food, which is a hearty celebration of the best Arabic
cooking, from hummus and baba ganouj, to a selection of mezze and lamb couscous
tagine. The range of dishes is remarkable, and diners can enjoy the full
panorama of Arabic cuisine in these extravagant surroundings.

Al Iwan, First floor, Burj Al Arab, Dubai, UAE, +971 4 301


Armani/Amal brings the best of Indian cuisine to Dubai’s
Burj Khalifa, which it updates with fusion techniques and flavors from all
over the world. As part of the Armani hotel in the Burj Khalifa, Armani/Amal
maintains the same standards of luxury and quality found throughout this modern
masterpiece. The restaurant’s contemporary minimalist interior matches the
hotel’s modern design scheme, and allows the fiery food to take center-state.
With a focus on regional cuisine from India the menu is incredibly varied, with
a selection from every corner of the subcontinental giant, all of which is
given a distinctive modern twist.

Armani/Amal, Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE, +971 4
888 3444

Al Hadheerah

Al Hadheerah is a cultural event in itself, unlike
anything else in ultra-modern Dubai. Set within the Bab Al Shams Desert Resort
and Spa
this is a comprehensive celebration of Emirati culture, with displays
of traditional dancing, camel caravans, horse performances, and falconry
exhibitions, as well as musical performances from Arabic singers. The entire
restaurant is built in what looks like an ancient Arabic fort, with buildings
made to look far older than they actually are, and an extensive buffet served
in traditional Emirati stalls. The food is similarly rooted in tradition, and
includes such classic Arabic dishes as lamb cooked in a charcoal pit and an
incredible variety of treats and delicacies. Whilst kitschy, Al Hadheerah is
nevertheless one of the few places where traditional culture is celebrated in
such a fashion in the city.

Al Hadheerah, 8903 Dubai, UAE, +971 4 809 6194

Zheng He

Bringing the best of Chinese cuisine to Dubai, Zheng He is a
decidedly modern take on classical Chinese flavors. The restaurant blends East
and West effortlessly, with an emphasis on Western presentation and Chinese
techniques, which makes for some surprising and delicious combinations. The
décor is simple but evocative, with subtle Chinese touches which avoid becoming
too brash and tacky. The food is similarly refined, with dishes such as deep
fried beef strips, sweet vinegar glaze and sichuan siew mai, crispy egg yolk
evoking the wonders of Chinese cuisine in a luxurious and contemporary style.

Zheng He, Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim, Dubai,
, +971 04 366 6730

TOMO by Takahashi

TOMO was awarded the best newcomer award by Time Out Dubai
for its recreation of the best of Japanese cuisine, with an emphasis on
authenticity and provenance which immediately marks it out from some of the
more fine dining Japanese restaurants in the city. The comprehensive menu
offers the classics of Japanese cuisine, as well as some surprising but
delicious modern twists, all of which embody the elegance and refinement for
which Japanese food is famous. Dishes such as shimesaba kikka, cured mackerel
with vinegar and chrysanthemum flower, and agedashi tofu come highly
recommended, whilst the terrace view is an attraction in itself and is ideal
for pre-dinner cocktails.

TOMO by Takahashi, Wafi City, Raffles Hotel, Dubai 31348, UAE, +971 4 3577888