Eight of the hottest places to dine in Dubai right now, from beachside chic to casual cafes and upscale lounges.
AKA at The Pointe – A cyberpunk-inspired Japanese lounge:
AKA is an intimate and glamorous destination for those seeking a dining experience with an eclectic edge. The new Japanese restaurant situated at The Pointe features a menu of bold fusion, blending contemporary presentation with traditional flavours. Signature dishes include ceviche seabass, a flavourful sashimi platter and miso black cod served with wasabi sauce, sakura, lime, and yuzu daikon.
GO: Follow @aka_dubai on Instagram for reservations and more information.
Hunter & Barrel at Vida Emirates Hills – Hunt, gather and fire inspired culinary fundamentals:
Hunter & Barrel‘s design aesthetics draw inspiration from local customs and features a medley of regional falconry, fishing and archery juxtapositions. From light fittings created using falcon blinders, a hombre colour palate representing coral reefs, and curvaceous wooden bows lining the bar. This new restaurant at Vida Emirate Hills offers a communal dining experience inspired by abundant sharing feasts in an unpretentious setting with a menu rooted in coal-roasted artisanal dishes.
GO: Call (0)4 872 8888 for reservations and more information.
La Coco at Andaz Dubai The Palm – Californian vibes with a Latin American twist:
Situated meters from the pristine white sands of the Andaz Dubai The Palm’s private beach, La Coco features vibrant fuchsia lighting, an Insta-worthy living wall of cactus and foliage and an expansive bar offering a range of beguiling libations. The menu provides culinary escapism through dishes bursting with flavour, including chargrilled octopus and lamb tacos. With an expansive terrace that’s ideal for sundowners or al fresco dining, La Coco deserves a visit before the summer heat hits.
GO: Call (0)50 107 3766 for reservations and more information.
Mimi Kakushi at Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach – East meets West at this Japanese hotspot:
Mimi Kakushi blends time-honoured cuisine with new thinking, serving far eastern flavours with western influences. The menu adds playful twists to well-known Japanese classics, such as sashimi, sushi, tempura and gyoza, while main courses include oven-baked black cod and Kagoshima Wagyu beef. All accompanied by an extensive drinks menu.
GO: Call (0)4379 4811 for reservations and more information.
Moon Slice at Dar Wasl – A homegrown pizzeria that’s out of this world:
With input from acclaimed chef Reif Othman, the Moon Slice menu features a selection of light antipasti and playful desserts. Still, the main focus is the pizza with its elevated versions of commonplace toppings. FACT can vouch for the Diavola, laden with Wagyu carpaccio, spicy meatballs, and olive aioli. Other appealing options include Frutti di Mare with its topping of shrimp and octopus carpaccio and the MS; a truffle lovers dream adorned with truffle paste, truffle foam and grated truffle. The menu is supplemented by weekend specials, allowing regulars to try something new every time they visit.
GO: Call (0)4 239 8363 for reservations and more information.
Myrra by Opa at Club Vista Mare – A family-friendly restaurant overlooking the Palm Jumeirah shoreline:
The new concept infuses the island flavours of Greece and Spain against a desirable beachfront backdrop. Myrra by Opa‘s menu contains popular dishes from Greek and Spanish cuisines, to bring a taste of the Mediterranean to Dubai. Adding to the sense of island nostalgia, the menu will focus on flavours and detailed presentation, ensuring a feast for the senses.
GO: Follow @myrrarestaurant on Instagram for more information.
Terra at Al Thanya Street – Bistronomy and artisanal ambience in Jumeirah:
Serving ingredient-driven dishes, Terra is an elevated concept that provides a quality homegrown neighbourhood restaurant in Jumeirah. Small plates, including the Beef Carpaccio Roll, Watermelon Salad and Sweet Aubergine Croquettes, present new takes on classic combinations. While moreish comfort is provided by a selection of wood-fired pizzas and pasta. To end the experience, signatures include the Lotus Cheesecake and the Sticky Date Pudding.
GO: Follow @terra.eatery on Instagram for more information.
Vista del Verde at Zabeel House by Jumeirah, The Greens – A new neighbourhood hangout for residents in The Greens:
Set amidst an expansive green area on the hotel’s fourth floor, Vista del Verde is designed with traditional Mexican décor, bamboo furnishings, macrame and plenty of greenery. The new outdoor haven combines eatery, lounge and bar and serves up Mexican street food favourites from a funkily designed food tuck. The menu includes tacos, guacamole and chips, quesadillas, potato fritas and calamari.