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 Japanese in Bur Dubai


Visiting celebs aren't the only ones who love this gorgeously formal lair where Chitoshi Takahashi serves top Japanese cuisine. No gimmicky fusion here, just perfect super-fresh cuts of sushi and sashimi, delectable…
Top Choice Yemeni in Deira

Al Tawasol

At this gem, the best seats are on the carpeted floor of your private Bedouin-style tent with a thin sheet of plastic serving as a 'table cloth'. It's famous for its chicken mandi, a spice-rubbed and oven-roasted bi…
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 Thai in Jumeirah & Around

Pai Thai

An abra ride, a canalside table and candlelight are the hallmarks of a romantic night out and this enchanting spot sparks on all cylinders. If your date doesn’t make you swoon, then such expertly seasoned Thai dishe…
Top Choice Middle Eastern in Bur Dubai


This Wafi hot spot is known for innovative, contemporary Arabic cuisine served in a sublime setting. Think dark, mysterious and sensuous, with a 10m-long bar, a huge glass-bubble chandelier, rich fabrics and project…
Lebanese in Dubai Marina & Palm Jumeirah

Al Nafoorah

With its bold archways, dark-wood carvings and elegant tables, Al Nafoorah is no slouch in the looks department, especially when sitting outside with a view of the pool and the Gulf. Nibble on a three-tier platter o…
Mediterranean in Dubai Marina & Palm Jumeirah

101 Lounge & Bar

With to-die-for views of the Dubai Marina skyline, it may be hard to concentrate on the food at this marina-adjacent alfresco pavilion at the ultraswish One&Only The Palm resort. Come for nibbles and cocktails i…
in Bur Dubai

Iranian Club

Feast at this Persian-cuisine showcase owned by the Iranian government. Start by rolling cheese and mint in hot bread, then sample soups and marinated salads, followed by tender kebabs and stews from an enormous buf…
in Downtown Dubai

Spectrum on One

This top brunch pick features free-flowing champagne, eight buffets with six different cuisines and an entire room full of port and cheeses.