Restaurants

Top Choice Japanese in Bur Dubai

Tomo

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 Iranian in Deira

Shabestan

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 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 Thai in Jumeirah

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 Seafood in Jumeirah

Pierchic

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 …
International in Downtown Dubai

Baker & Spice

Offering a seasonal bounty of intriguingly paired organic ingredients, the colourful salad bar is the undisputed star at this charming, country-style cafe imported from London. Mains like chicken pie and beef lasagn…
Street Food in Jumeirah

2nd December Street

Quiet by day and buzzing by night, 2nd December Street is one of Dubai’s most historic – and foodie – streets. The 2.5-kilometre strip stretches from Union House to the World Trade Centre Roundabout. It comes alive …
Burgers in Jumeirah

Salt

Salt started life as a roaming food truck serving delicious mini-burgers, before graduating to two silver Airstreams parked permanently at Kite Beach. Join the ever-present queue to place your order, then pull up so…
Arabic in Jumeirah

Operation Falafel

The ubiquitous falafel – crunchy on the outside, green and fluffy inside – is must-try street food that you can't leave Dubai without trying. Go for the fritters dipped in nutty tahini sauce or stuffed in pita with …
Cafe in Downtown Dubai

Sum of Us

Spread over two floors with industrial-style interiors and outdoor seating, this plant-filled cafe serves an inviting all-day breakfast, from French toast with salted caramel sauce to spicy scrambled eggs, and first…