3 Fils

Top choice asian in Jumeirah

Image by Lara Brunt Lonely Planet

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 inside and a pint-sized kitchen in the corner, but try to nab one of the outside tables overlooking the bobbing yachts in the marina. Reservations are not taken.

Menu highlights include asparagus tempura, char-grilled octopus drizzled with gremolata, and spicy beef tartare on sourdough toast, along with novelty dishes like charcoal fry (squid ink tempura-fried aubergine served with real chunks of charcoal).