Arabian Peninsula restaurants

Top Choice Omani in Muscat

Al Angham

This exquisite restaurant next to the Royal Opera House offers just the kind of refined fare demanded of a special occasion, such as a night at the opera. From the Omani silver napkin rings to the carved wooden ceil…
Top Choice Cafe in Manama

Café Lilou

This elegant balconied venue, with its velvet upholstery, wrought-iron banisters and polished-wood floors, is reminiscent of a 19th-century Parisian brasserie and is the place for a classy breakfast or lunch. The ha…
Top Choice Cafe in Yas Island

Nolu's Café

California meets Afghanistan at this cafe charmer where almond butter and chia pancakes are offered alongside borani banjon (oven-baked aubergines with mint-flecked garlic yoghurt) and hearty fodder like lamb shank …
Top Choice Lebanese in Marina Breakwater

Li Beirut

A fine-dining Levantine feast awaits. Scoop up Lebanese mezze classics of moutabal (purée of aubergine mixed with tahini, yoghurt and olive oil) and muhammara (red chilli and walnut dip) before moving on to rack of …
Top Choice Cafe in Doha

Drawing Room

Part shop, part cafe, this cute and atmospheric spot would fit in London's hip Shoreditch area. It's adorned with crafted trinkets and vintage goods, from an old gramophone to a retro typewriter. The cafe serves hot…
Top Choice Syrian in Downtown

Cafeteria Al Liwan

This budget canteen will exceed your expectations every chance it gets. This is Middle Eastern flavours Syrian-style, with some of Abu Dhabi's best hummus and fuul (mashed fava beans), falafel fried to crispy perfec…
Top Choice Asian in Al Mina & Saadiyat Island

Sontaya

You can't beat the beachy atmosphere of this restaurant, surrounded by narrow water-feature canals and looking out towards the sand. The pan-Asian flavours, and twists on traditional dishes, are spot on, from its pr…
Top Choice Asian in Jumeirah

3 Fils

Singaporean chef Akmal Anuar turns out innovative yet unpretentious Asian-influenced small plates at this tiny, unlicensed spot – a perfect foil to Dubai's expensive, overblown eateries. There are around 25 seats in…
Top Choice Peruvian in Al Zahiyah & Al Maryah Island

Coya

The contemporary Peruvian cuisine with its flavour-fusion of Latin American and Asian is a tastebud sensation. Dig into the menu of sharing plates featuring traditional ceviche, Peruvian sashimi and tacos (we recomm…
Top Choice Seafood in Kuwait City

Al Boom

As unique as dining gets in Kuwait, this atmospheric restaurant is set on the huge Mohammedi II dhow. Built in Calicut, India, in 1979, it's made of fine teak wood, 2.5 tonnes of copper and 8.8 tonnes of iron nails.…