+ 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

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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

+ Dinner in the Sky UAE review

Dinner in the Sky – Dubai

If you’re a foodie, you’ve probably heard of Dinner in the Sky. With over 3000 meal flights conducted, it’s had it’s fair share of press around the globe. I’ve long admired the pictures of this amazing experience conducted worldwide, hoping one day I would get to try it. With the sky-high table winging it’s way back to Dubai, I finally got my chance to tick… Read More

+ Desert Palm Per Aquum Dubai Boutique Luxury Hotel Review Book

Desert Palm PER AQUUM – Dubai

Whether you’re looking for a staycation break away from Dubai without a long drive, or you’re an international visitor looking for something a little different away from the hustle and bustle of downtown, Desert Palm PER AQUUM is a great choice. Set on verdant polo fields just 30 minutes from downtown Dubai, the serenity of Desert Palm makes you feel a world away –… Read More

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Bazxar Brunch – DIFC, Dubai

  Ahh, DIFC. Home to SO many dining establishments, (including many of Dubai’s best restaurants) yet somehow still manages to have a new restaurant open what feels like every month. I suppose everyone is chasing the gold-lined suit pockets of those financial types and I can’t say I really blame them in what’s becoming an increasingly tough dining scene in Dubai.  Bazxar is one of… 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

+ La Farine Dubai JW Marriott Turkey Christmas Dinner Review

The Turkey Takeaway with all the Trimmings – La Farine, JW Marriott Marquis

One of the best things about Christmas in Dubai is that while it’s certainly different to most expat’s home countries, it has a lot of wonderful upsides. One of these is definitely that spending all day in the kitchen is not required. In fact, I’ll don’t think I’ll ever cater Christmas myself ever again! Why slave away over a hot stove for hours upon hours… Read More

+ Ronda Locatelli Atlantis The Palm Dubai Restaurant Review

Ronda Locatelli – Atlantis The Palm, Dubai

With Dubai being a city of celebrity chef-branded restaurants, a few times each year we are lucky enough to have the figurehead chefs themselves in town. It’s usually the best time of the year to visit these venues, as the ‘big boss’ overlooking proceedings ensures the best is coming out of the kitchen and often they’ll create a special menu just for the occasion…. Read More

+ Besh Dubai Mall of the Emirates Restaurant Review

Besh – Sheraton Mall of the Emirates, Dubai

The newest dining arrival located in the rather stylish Sheraton Mall of the Emirates, Besh is promising to bring traditional Turkish fare to Dubai using only the highest quality Anatolian ingredients and recipes. Consultant chef Vedat Basaran has brought his magical touch to the Besh’s menu – according to his bio, “Vedat has collaborated with many known chefs over the years such as Alain… Read More

+ Armani Deli Dubai Review

Armani/Deli – Armani Hotel, Dubai

Housed in the world’s tallest building, the Armani Hotel and it’s chic dining establishments are the epitome of Dubai indulgence. Armani/Deli is the first of the four dining concepts I’ve experienced – the more casual, traditional Italian offering and the only one of the restaurants open for lunch. Sure, it goes without saying that I love Italian fare – but there’s something else that brings me back… 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

+ J&G Steakhouse Review St. Regis Dubai Habtoor City

J&G Steakhouse – St Regis, Dubai

Stepping into what might be Dubai’s most majestic hotel lobby, you just know what’s coming has got to be good. I’m rather happy that one of my all time favourite hotel brands, St. Regis, has finally graced Dubai with it’s presence – it’s about time really! Part of the Al Habtoor City complex that includes the new W and soon to be opened Westin,… Read More

+ Fume Pier 7 Dubai Breakfast Review

Fume Breakfast – Pier 7, Dubai

Today I found myself grappling with a problem most Dubai residents will be familiar with – where to take guests when they visit to dine. Somewhere with good food, a good view, and prices that won’t make your visitors cry when they convert it to their local currency. Breakfast is by no means my favourite meal of the day, so given that I think… Read More

+ The Rib Room Review Jumeirah Emirates Towers DIFC Dubai

The Rib Room – Emirates Towers, Dubai

Coming from a steak saturated country, the home of beef and lamb (New Zealand, in case you were wondering), I’ll admit I’ve skirted around Dubai’s top steakhouses in my 18 months of living in the desert. I know a great steak, I can cook a great steak, so it’s often neglected in my dining calendar – but the good things I’d heard about The Rib Room were… Read More

+ Taste Kitchen Dubai Burger Review

Burger Review: Taste Kitchen – Mercato, Dubai

I’m on a bit of a burger kick at the moment. It’s kind of the opposite of a health kick. A combination of my visit to NYC and my ever escalating Food TV addiction seems to have ignited a passion for meat sandwiches that had lay dormant for most of my life. So I now find myself on a self-appointed quest to find the… 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

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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

+ Totora Cebicheria DIFC Dubai Review

Totora Cebicheria Peruana – DIFC, Dubai

DIFC, home to some of Dubai’s best and most talked about restaurants, has welcomed a new Peruvian purveyor to the fold – Totora Cebicheria Peruana. A locale loved by financiers and foodies alike, DIFC hosts heavyweight culinary competition in the form of Zuma and LPM, both just scraping into this year’s World’s 50 Best 51-100 list. In a market some might say overloaded with Peruvian and… Read More

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Rhodes W1 – Grosvenor House, Dubai

Ahh Grosvenor house….full of so many of my favourite eateries, yet so hard to pronounce. My love for GH brought me here to test out a dining venue that was new to me yet not new to Dubai….Rhodes W1. Short on time? Read a summary review here… One of Gary Rhodes’ eponymous restaurants, this is a Dubai establishment that has celeb chef cred attached… Read More

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Brunswick Social Club – Mall of the Emirates, Dubai

Introducing the latest release from the team that brought you such hits as Tom & Serg, Common Grounds and The Sum of Us…it’s Brunswick Social Club! More Aussie than the three combined, this is one that just screams ‘Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! (Oi, Oi, Oi)’ from the moment you step inside it’s doors. The quick facts: Beers! Practically in the Mall of the Emirates! You heard… Read More

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Brunswick Social Club – Mall of the Emirates, Dubai

Introducing the latest release from the team that brought you such hits as Tom & Serg, Common Grounds and The Sum of Us…it’s Brunswick Social Club! More Aussie than the three combined, this is one that just screams ‘Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! (Oi, Oi, Oi)’ from the moment you step inside it’s doors. Ok boys, I know you just want the quick rundown – you can… Read More

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Le Tresor Classic Car Cafe – Box Park, Dubai

Unexpectedly out and about very early on a weekend morning, we decided it was a good opportunity to check out a new cafe for breakfast, and having not visited Box Park yet we drove on down the road to see what it has to offer. Breakfast is an ideal time of day to visit Box Park – for me it’s a precinct best suited to… Read More

Bar 44 – Grosvenor House, Dubai

Atop the Number 1 tower of Grosvenor house, the 44th floor to be precise (tell me you saw that one coming), lies a well kept Dubai secret.  A double sided venue with a duo of impressively stocked bars, you can take your pick of Marina (smoking) or sunset/beach/The Palm views (non-smoking) – or perhaps even enjoy a drink in both. An extensive cocktail list… Read More

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Sloane’s – Grosvenor House, Dubai

Dining here for breakfast post-stay at Grosvenor House, we arrive at 10am (today last call is at 11am) and the restaurant is packed with holiday makers. It’s an extensive spread, larger than most breakfast buffets that I have eaten at and almost segueing into the lunch area too, which is great for guests who want to get a serious refuel in before exploring the city… Read More

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Enigma – Journey of a Nordic Chef – Palazzo Versace, Dubai

Having experienced the first incantation of Enigma, the seasonally changing fine dining concept at Palazzo Versace that welcomes a new chef’s vision each three months or so, I was eagerly counting down the days to experience the next chapter. Chef Bjorn Frantzen, of the eponymous Stockholm restaurant currently voted no. 31 on the World’s Best Restaurants list, has been chosen as Dubai’s new gourmet golden boy…. Read More

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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

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Tresind – Nassima Royal, Dubai

Tresind – the restaurant voted Dubai’s best by Zomato users, yet it somehow still feels like Dubai’s best kept secret. Quite the contradiction, and that’s exactly what Tresind is about. Contradiction, confusion and a great sense of fun resonates through their offering. From crazy cocktails to chaat art, Tresind is doing a good job of stepping outside the Dubai norm and offering diners something… Read More

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Bombay Brasserie – Taj Downtown, Dubai

From the moment you step into the serene Taj lobby, you can see this is a property that has good taste oozing out of its walls. Hoping this impeccable sense of taste will continue with our brunch experience at Taj’s Indian outfit, Bombay Brasserie, we hungrily ascend to the fourth floor to check it out. Bombay Brasserie is just as stylishly decked out as… Read More

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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

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Caravan – The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai

In Dubai, when is a breakfast a breakfast and not a brunch? When is a brunch simply a brunch and not a Brunch? Well, put simply, in my mind a brunch that is not on a Friday (or Saturday) is not a Brunch, and a breakfast by convention doesn’t usually involve alcohol. Unless it’s a super awesome holiday champagne breakfast. But I digress. Back… Read More

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Shang Palace – Shangri-La, Dubai

Feeling like a spot of good Chinese comfort food, I decided it was a good excuse to finally give Shang Palace a crack. Housed in the rather dated-by-Dubai-standards Shangri-La on Sheikh Zayed Road, I had expectations that Shang Palace would too be dated in style, but if it’s still hanging on that has to be a sign that they have great food right? Well… Read More

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China Grill, Westin Mina Seyahi – Dubai

Ever since I moved to Dubai, China Grill’s Toy brunch has been on my radar. Often talked about as a quintessentially ‘Dubai’ brunch experience, I had been waiting for the right moment to pounce upon this unique An automated Wofood fiesta. It appeared to have a wacky party atmosphere while having good food too from what I’d seen around. Well, I was correct on… Read More

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R Trader – DIFC, Dubai

Open the doors to R Trader (or Rogue Trader as per what I routinely call it) and you’ll find yourself stepping into something very different from the brightly lit mezzanine of Al Futtaim Currency House from which you entered. We arrived on a Thursday evening, entering to the sight of a gaggle of guys and dolls crowded around the dimly lit bar and scattered… Read More

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Hive Bruch @ Warehouse – Le Meridien Garhoud, Dubai

Dubai brunches are many things – indulgent, crazy, absolutely wonderful, and usually…expensive. I recently tried one that had a price tag that won’t make you wince, and also provided plenty of fun bang for your buck. At 259dhs this may be one of the best value brunches in town. Le Meridien’s Warehouse has just launched their new Hive brunch, and at this price point… Read More

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Toko – Vida Downtown, Dubai

From the moment you walk into Toko and spy their gorilla geisha and pop art kitty cat, you know you’re in for a good time. Toko definitely delivers on good food and good vibes. What we ordered: SWEET POTATO FRIES – 40 CURED BEEF, TRUFFLE FOAM, POACHED EGG  – 85 EGGPLANT MISO  – 45 GRILLED AVOCADO, SWEET SOY, LIME  – 50 GRILLED DUCK BREAST, AUBERGINE,… Read More

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Prime 68 – JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai

I didn’t know really what to expect from Prime68. I had heard it’s a steakhouse – well, great. I’ve tried a lot of fine steakhouses, and now I usually prefer to have my steak dinners at home (I cook a mean steak and sides). We booked in for the brunch to see exactly what everyone was raving about. What I discovered at Prime 68’s… Read More

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Toro Toro – Grosvenor House, Dubai

Part of the impressive Grosvenor House stable,  Toro Toro doesn’t disappoint. Dark, moody and fiery – Toro Toro oozes Latin attitude from the moment you step in the door and are greeted by the giant golden bull sculpture and red lighting. A sprawling two level space much like it’s neighbour Buddha Bar, we had plenty of space to relax in  and a view out to the marina… Read More

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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

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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

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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

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Shabestan – Deira, Dubai

As you are probably aware if you live in Dubai, this place is old school. About as old school as you can get in Dubai these days. It’s been around since the 80s apparently and well, it certainly looks like it. At the prices being charged, it would be nice to see it undergo a facelift – it felt like being in a time… Read More

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Tesoro – Business Bay, Dubai

Part of the recently built Taj Hotel, Tesoro is one of Dubai’s many pan-latin/Peruvian concepts. Yes there are a lot of these, but Tesoro is one that delivers in my books. Visiting for brunch, we were lucky to score a table right by the window, gazing out at the fantastic Burj Khalifa view the restaurant possesses. It may be one of the best dining… Read More

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Comptoir 102 – Jumeirah, Dubai

Comptoir 102 is not just a restaurant. Or if you’re a born shopper, not just a retail outlet. If you like a) kale b) yoga c) positive mantras or all of the above, I think you’ll like this place too. Being part home decor, part fashion boutique and part restaurant, this is also probably a place you’ll part with your cash! First thing I… Read More

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Vii at Conrad Dubai

Stepping into Vii you may be excused for feeling like you’ve fallen down the rabbit hole. From the red carpet entrance to the stunning glimmering eagle sculpture as you walk in, the glam entrance to the indoor bar and lounge…and that’s only the start. The corridor that leads you outside is fantastic in itself (a fantastic corridor…think that’s a first for me) and hints… Read More

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Cafe Belge – Ritz-Carlton DIFC, Dubai

Cafe Belge is a classy affair, tucked away in the almost hidden Ritz Carlton DIFC. Yes, it is I suppose what you could describe as a Belgium beer restaurant, but it has definitely been elevated to a higher level with it’s grand fit out. Both indoors and outdoors are lovely calm spaces to relax in – I find the outdoor space always reminds me… Read More

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Nine7One – The Oberoi, Dubai

I had heard good things about this Street Food brunch at the Oberoi Downtown so was happy to give it a go when a friend booked a table. It boasted lots of stations of various cuisines – why the Dubai obsession with International cuisine and being all things to everyone? Pick something and do it well I say. Sadly, it really didn’t live up… Read More

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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

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Enigma – Palazzo Versace, Dubai

Enigma – a new seasonal restaurant concept at Palazzo Versace that will change chefs and menu every three months. The current chef is Quique Dacosta of the three Michelin starred restaurant of the same name in Denia, Spain. We got wind of this impending arrival late last year and had been thinking about booking since – the hope of legitimate innovative Michelin star style… Read More

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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