Although Dubai has more than its fair share of excellent restaurants, a huge helping of them are franchised from elsewhere in the world. However, if you want to head to somewhere you’ll only find in Dubai there are some great options to choose from...
With cracking views of the sea, folly by Nick & Scott (+971 4 430 8535), by two longtime Dubai- based chefs with a rich pedigree – including a combined eight years at Gordon Ramsay Holdings – offers up a thoughtful menu of modern European sharing dishes. The cooking is precise, the flavours impactful, and what they can do with a mere mushroom and plain old radish needs to be tasted to be believed.
If you want to see more of the city as you dine, hop aboard Bateaux Dubai (+ 971 4 336 6768). This popular floating restaurant will take you on a cruise along Dubai Creek so you can soak up the sights while tucking into a four-course meal. The boat is moored on the Bur Dubai side of the creek, at Al Seef.
Trèsind (+971 4 308 0440), at Nassima Royal Hote,l offers a bold expression of modern Indian cooking and presentation, in which elements of molecular gastronomy are done to perfection. Plus, the mixologists here have developed a drinks menu that's second to none in the city.
You’ll want to visit the wonderful beachside development that’s La Mer while in Dubai.
After time spent exploring it, make Masti (800 62784) your final destination. Head
upstairs to enjoy a couple of brilliantly inventive drinks – the mango chutney infused mahar mojito, for one – then go downstairs to enjoy food that’s termed an expression of ‘new India’.
For something very different, Kishmish (+971 4 349 6665) at Dar Wasl Mall in Jumeirah, brings Afghan street food to Dubai for the first time via a trio of female chef owners who have been family friends for generations.