+ The Experience by Reif Othman Dubai Review

The Experience by Reif Othman – Dubai

If you’re a fan (like me) of lists such as The World’s 50 Best and travel the globe to find exciting and inspiring food experiences, you’d be forgiven if Dubai left you a little…wanting. To put it very politely. Despite the huge amount of investment being poured into fancy restaurants on a constant basis, Dubai hasn’t really stepped up to international levels when it… Read More

Bagatelle – Dubai

I’d like to say I’ve heard a lot about Bagatelle since it opened at the Fairmont, but it would be more accurate to say I’d seen a lot about Bagatelle. Which led me to the issue of not knowing how to pronounce it’s name – is it Bagatell? Or Bagatelly? Thankfully I was able to make my reservation over email which avoided all need to… Read More

+ Fine Dining Myths Debunked by Zoe Bowker

Fine Dining Myths Debunked

The term ‘fine dining’ has come under a lot of fire lately. Everyone seems to be scrambling to define their restaurant as anything but. Why are restaurants now scared of being labelled ‘fine dining’? Is it because the general population are intimidated by the old school notion of fine dining, without realising what it really means today? In my eyes, it’s a term to… Read More


First Look: Lima – Dubai

Most foodies will be familiar with the name Virgilio Martinez, whether from his Chef’s Table episode on Netflix, or from being the man behind Central, ranked no.4 on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. He’s gracious, softly spoken and put simply, just a lovely bloke. We were very lucky he was in the kitchen (and on the floor) for our visit – I’m told… Read More

+ Ruya Dubai Brunch Review Grosvenor House Marina

Ruya Brunch – Grosvenor House, Dubai

  When the team behind Zuma, Coya and Nusr-et open a new restaurant in Dubai, you can bet it’s going to be the hot ticket in town. Clearly, Ruya is hoping to follow on from the success of Coya and Zuma – they’ve certainly prepared for crowds. (Also it seems they really like two syllable names ending in ‘a’ don’t they? There must be… Read More

+ The Artisan by Enoteca Pinchiorri Dubai Restaurant Review

The Artisan – Burj Daman, DIFC, Dubai

Ahh, The Artisan. After a long time pining over a visit to this restaurant, a gap finally came up in my schedule and I was more than excited to be taking hubs to a restaurant I just had a feeling would deliver the goods. The real deal. Italian like it should be. Let’s just say (spoiler alert, please don’t stop here – but if you’re hella… Read More

+ Carnival by Tresind DIFC Dubai Restaurant Review

Carnival by Tresind – Burj Daman, DIFC Dubai

  As if Chef Himanshu Saini didn’t have enough on his plate with his award winning Modern Indian restaurant on SZR, Tresind, he’s decided to add another crazily creative Indian inspired venue to his stable, and Dubai’s dining scene is all the richer for it. Accompanying a space on the 1st floor of the Burj Daman in DIFC just down from the fabulous The Artisan,… Read More

+ Stay by Yannick Alleno One and Only the Palm Dubai

STAY by Yannick Alleno – One & Only The Palm, Dubai

Ok so I may or may not have had an obsession with the One & Only brand since I was a teenager…so when the opportunity came to check out their fine dining restaurant, STAY, while the executive chef was in town, there was no way I was saying no. The chef in question is none other than Yannick Alleno, a culinary mastermind who’s work… Read More


Saffron – Atlantis the Palm, Dubai

Ask any Emirates cabin crew member enroute to Dubai which is the best brunch on offer in DXB and it’s likely they’ll enthusiastically espouse, ‘Saffron!’. It’s a brunch with a reputation that precedes itself, well known for epitomising the essence of the ‘Dubai Brunch’ – indulgence and party vibes! Rocking up to Saffron (at the world famous Atlantis the Palm no less), it’s evident… Read More


Dusty’s – DIFC, Dubai

I’m always on the look out for a new and unique brunch – so when I heard about the Departures Brunch, an airline themed Friday feast, it was the perfect excuse to finally take Dusty’s for a test drive. I spend a lot of time on airplanes, so I was keen to check out how Dusty’s have translated the sky high experience into a Dubai brunch…. Read More


Waldorf Astoria – Ras Al Khaimah

Whether you’re a looking to escape the summer heat, get some R&R or explore the other Emirates, Ras al Khaimah is a top choice. Just over an hour from Dubai, the isolated location of the seaside resorts means you can just put your feet up and have a guilt free getaway. A spur of the moment decision to get away for a quick staycation lead… Read More

+ Katana Downtown Dubai Review

Katana – The Address, Dubai

Currently on a mission to discover the best spots to take guests when in Dubai, and of course always being on a mission to discover the best food in Dubai, I was intrigued when offered the opportunity to check out Katana. Residing underneath the still-under-repair let’s-not-talk-about-that-NYE Address Downtown Dubai, location-wise it looked like it had the potential to tick both boxes if the food… Read More

+ Tea Ceremony at Royal China Dubai, DIFC Review

Royal China – DIFC, Dubai

Having spent more time eating European creations on my recent trip to Shanghai than Chinese cuisine, I was really craving some authentic Asian fare. Enter Royal China DIFC to the rescue. The sign outside the door signals that this isn’t a one-off establishment, but like many successful Dubai hotspots (Nobu, Coya, Zuma, Hakkasan anyone?) it’s a member of a worldwide group of restaurants under the… Read More


Vanitas – Palazzo Versace, Dubai

When a name like Versace arrives in town, people sit up and take notice – especially in the luxury-loving locale that is Dubai. A palatial property designed under the guidance of one of Italy’s finest design houses, Palazzo Versace’s dining establishments have rather large shoes (or should that be stilettos?) to fill. Enigma seems to be growing into it’s role as Dubai’s premium fine… Read More

Buddha Bar – Grosvenor House, Dubai

If you’re a traveller like me, you’ve probably come across the famous ‘Buddha Bar’ name somewhere, somehow. Perhaps you’ve visited one, or many, but after my visit to the Dubai outpost I can say it’s one you shouldn’t miss. Just want a quick rundown? Check out the short review here… From the moment you step through the red velvet rope, a night at Buddha… Read More


Weslodge – JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai

Look out Dubai diners, theres a new expat arrival in town – they hail from Canadia*, eh, and they’re here to rock the sky-high dining scene. I headed along to see exactly what Weslodge was all aboot. Want it short ‘n’ sweet? Read the compact version of my review here First of all, this location isn’t your run of the mill Dubai spot – it’s on… Read More


Gaucho – DIFC, Dubai

From the moment you arrive at the all-black valet entrance to this DIFC institution, first impressions suggest you’re in for a classier-than-average experience. An extremely classy one in fact. Given that Gaucho’s popularity extends to 15 locations in the UK plus three international outposts – Dubai, Hong Kong and Buenos Aries, there’s got to be something very special about the Argentinian cuisine they’re serving… Read More


Craft Cafe – Design District, Dubai

Venture a short distance from the Dubai mall and you’ll reach the new DIFC-style high concept industry zone, Dubai Design District, otherwise knows as D3. Home to creatives, art galleries and many soon-to-be eateries, Craft Cafe has done the smart thing and installed themselves in the compound early in the peace. Quirky and colourful, the Craft Cafe fit out feels like a very organic… Read More


Wakame – Sofitel Downtown, Dubai

From the moment you walk in to this new pan-Asian restaurant, the fitout blows you away. A fantastic use of space that makes each area feel cosy and it’s own, despite the entire venue being rather large. Wakame Dubai’s spaces include a dedicated bar/lounge space, a dining area, beautiful booths for groups and a striking glass encased private room. This was the first tip… Read More


Din Tai Fung – Dubai

I’ve dined at DTF in 7 countries, so I was over the moon when they announced their arrival in Dubai. The Dubai outlet is based in the Mall of the Emirates, with no alcohol license and no pork license. So for my beer and pork Xiao Long Bao cravings I’ll need to get on a flight. Still, for a long time, hardcore Din tai… Read More


Giardino – Palazzo Versace, Dubai

A recent arrival to the Dubai scene, the newest hotel of the iconic house of Versace has opened a range of dining options within it’s quarters (including Enigma – view my review here) – I was invited to check out Giardino’s Friday brunch offerings at a Zomato meet up. The first thing you’ll notice about the venue is the striking palm frond pattern used in… Read More


Mint Leaf of London – DIFC, Dubai

A London import, Mint Leaf occupies a large space in Emirates Financial towers, with a multiple spaces including a restaurant, bar, terrace and lounge, all with some interesting views. We visited for their Friday brunch eager to see what Indian delicacies they had on offer. Firstly, it’s a plated brunch – a big tick for me straight away. The first thing we notice is the… Read More


Intersect by Lexus – DIFC, Dubai

The first question you might ask is, “What is ‘Intersect by Lexus’”? Well, it’s one better answered by walking through the doors of the restaurant and settling in at a cosy table, but I’ll do my best to explain. In someways, it might be easier to first tell you what it is not – a car showroom. Yes, it is a Lexus branded concept, and yes, there… Read More