Top Choice Iranian in Deira


Dubai’s top Persian outpost also scores high on the romance metre with a panorama of glittering lights unfolding over the Creek. Take your sweet time as you tuck into slow-cooked lamb, charcoal-grilled kebabs or chi…
Top Choice Seafood in Jumeirah & Around


Looking for a place to drop an engagement ring into a glass of champagne? Make reservations (far in advance) at this impossibly romantic seafood house capping a historic wooden pier with front-row views of the Burj …
Top Choice Lebanese in Al Markaziyah West & Around

Lebanese Flower

Amid a cluster of Middle Eastern snack, grill and pastry outlets, a short walk from Al Husn Fort, this Lebanese restaurant is a local legend, attracting a multinational clientele of city residents. The generous plat…
Top Choice Teahouse in Tehran

Azari Traditional Teahouse

Just north of the train station on the west side of Valiasr (opposite Book City), this restored ‘coffeehouse’ in south Tehran is wonderfully atmospheric because it remains popular with locals, who use it as an unoff…
Top Choice Gilani in Tehran


Tiny, no-frills Khoshbin is an institution among Tehranis, who cram onto the fast-turnover tables for an authentic Gilaki (food from the Gilan region) lunch. Usually known as Hassan Rashti, after the restaurant foun…
Top Choice Asian in Tehran


Long-running Monsoon still has a well-deserved reputation for the city’s best modern Asian food. The fare ranges from Thai curries to Chinese noodle dishes, though the sushi isn’t so hot. It’s smart, sophisticated, …
Top Choice Felafel in Amman

Hashem Restaurant

You haven’t tried felafel until you’ve eaten here. This legendary eatery, run for half a century by a Turkish family, is so popular with locals and visitors alike that there’s stiff competition for tables, many of w…
Top Choice Turkish in Jeddah


With appealing decor and a comfortable atmosphere, Yildizar is a local institution serving a splendid mix of Turkish and Lebanese food. Dishes range from grilled quail and boneless pigeon to caviar, fabulous fish di…
Top Choice Middle Eastern in Riyadh

Najd Village

Serving Saudi food in a Saudi setting (designed like a central-region village), this place is almost unique in the Kingdom. It’s the perfect place to sample kasba (meat with rice) or the Najd-region speciality, hash…
Top Choice International in Riyadh


One of five restaurants in Al Faisaliah Tower, Globe is one of the most romantic spots in town. Cosy, dimly lit and with spectacular views, this is one of the best restaurants in Riyadh.