Concierge Dubai blog » restaurants http://blog.conciergedubai.com Tue, 13 May 2014 13:17:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Gourmet dining in Abu Dhabi http://blog.conciergedubai.com/uncategorized/gourmet-dining-in-abu-dhabi/ http://blog.conciergedubai.com/uncategorized/gourmet-dining-in-abu-dhabi/#comments Tue, 07 Feb 2012 06:47:28 +0000 admin http://blog.conciergedubai.com/?p=458 As the city hosts the annual Gourmet Abu Dhabi festival, its culinary credentials are set to be further boosted with the launch of restaurants by Gary Rhodes and Juan Amador
Words by Amanda Tomlinson

A mark of a world-class city is its level of culinary offering. London, Paris, Tokyo and New York, to name just a few, have some of the best restaurants on the planet with the biggest culinary stars serving the city’s elite.
For some, the Middle East may not immediately spring to mind as a gourmet destination, but for years Dubai has been attracting the cream of the world’s Michelin-star and celebrity chefs. With Nobu Matsuhisa, Marco Pierre White, Pierre Gagnaire, Jamie Oliver, Gary Rhodes, Gordon Ramsay, Vineet Bhatia and many more making their presence felt in the emirate, it’s little wonder that they are now setting their sights on Abu Dhabi as they expand their empires.
Marco Pierre White was one of the first to see the potential in Abu Dhabi. He opened Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill and Frankie’s – a collaboration with famed jockey Frankie Dettori – at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr in 2009. A year later Hakkasan, a high-end Chinese restaurant from a well-known Michelin-star stable, opened at Emirates Palace, while world-renowned glamour hotspot Cipriani launched at Yas Yacht Club at the end of 2010.
But the stakes are being raised this year with three-star Michelin chef Juan Amador launching his debut Middle East restaurant at the Park Rotana during this month’s Gourmet Abu Dhabi and British celebrity chef Gary Rhodes setting up shop at the soon-to-open St. Regis Abu Dhabi.

 

Amador Restaurant & Cellar

Amador Restaurant & Cellar

Master gastronomer
While Amador Restaurant & Cellar is Juan Amador’s first restaurant in the region, it’s not his first foray in Abu Dhabi. He has been a regular guest chef at Gourmet Abu Dhabi, which will be held throughout the city’s top restaurants from February 8 to 23, and his restaurant’s opening on February 9 is sure to be a highlight of the two-week culinary festival.
The son of Spanish parents, Amador was raised in Germany and is famed for his Spanish-influenced molecular gastronomy. His innovative techniques bring unique flavours, aromas and special combinations of temperature and texture to his creations. He was awarded three Michelin stars for his restaurant Amador in Langen, Germany, and was also named ‘best chef’ in 2007 and 2008 by Bertelsmann restaurant guide. He promises that his new restaurant will not disappoint. Instead he believes it will raise the bar among Abu Dhabi’s haute cuisine options.
“The restaurant will serve a combination of European and Arabic cuisine and mix a variety of cultures, flavours and aromas. It will combine characteristics of my existing cuisine and also what I learned about local tastes, products and ingredients when I visited [Abu Dhabi in 2011],” says chef Amador.
“Abu Dhabi is now full of great restaurants, but I think our Spanish-influenced avant-garde cuisine can have a very positive influence on the emirate’s culinary scene,” he adds.
The restaurant will house two sections – one for formal dining, which can accommodate between 54 and 88 covers, and an informal tapas cellar with capacity for 77 guests. The decision to split the restaurant made business sense, he says, particularly with Park Rotana’s location close to government and commercial centres.
“Daytime custom provides any restaurant with substantial revenue, so it was important to find a way of incorporating a casual, relaxed setting within the restaurant and that is why we settled on the tapas cellar concept,” the chef explains.
“The cellar will remain open in the evening, but we expect the main restaurant to come to the fore when the sun goes down.”

 

Hakkasan

Hakkasan

Star attraction
Well-known UK celebrity chef Marco Pierre White – who handed back his three Michelin stars when he retired from the kitchen – may have been one of the first big names to stamp his mark on Abu Dhabi, but following closely behind was internationally famous Hakkasan, which opened in June 2010. The world-class luxury Chinese restaurant launched in London’s West End in 2001 and was later awarded a Michelin star. Owned by Abu Dhabi property investment company Tasameem, the Hakkasan group has expanded to include not just London and Abu Dhabi, but also Miami, New York, Dubai and Mumbai, with London’s Michelin-star dim sum restaurant Yauatcha also in its stable.
While few realise the extent of Hakkasan’s Abu Dhabi connection, the restaurant has become one of the hottest locations in the city, elevating dining to a new level of luxury. The ultra-modern, 165-cover restaurant has a private entrance in the east wing of Emirates Palace and constantly attracts a stream of the city’s most discerning diners.
At the culinary helm is Lee Kok Hua, who previously worked at Hakkasan London under head chef Tong Chee Hwee for five years. Kok Hua’s menu has been designed for the UAE market, while still featuring Hakkasan classics such as Peking duck with Royal Beluga caviar, steamed dim sum platters and grilled wagyu beef with King soya sauce.

 

Juan Amador

Juan Amador

Going gourmet
While this month sees the much-anticipated launch of Amador Restaurant & Cellar, visitors will have the chance to sample creations from some of the best chefs in the world at Gourmet Abu Dhabi from February 8 to 23.
Among the top names is festival regular and three-star Michelin chef Bruno Mènard, a firm believer in ‘neo-classic’ French cuisine. His Tokyo restaurant, L’Osier, is consistently awarded the highest accolades and has been voted one of the 10 best French restaurants outside of France. He will be hosted by Bord Eau at the Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri.
The list of guest chefs is a star-studded affair with 26 Michelin stars between them, but there are also stars of a different kind. Tipped to be one of the biggest draws is Australian chef and judge of the hit TV series Masterchef Australia, George Calombaris, who will host two dinners and a masterclass.
Also enlivening the Gourmet Abu Dhabi experience is Venetian cartoonist Ennio Marchetto. After performing at the Edinburgh Festival he became something of a cult hit, achieving massive critical acclaim. He has since performed in over 70 countries from Singapore to Mexico and will entertain guests at the Comedian Night with international masterchef William Ledeuil on February 9 at the Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi.
And of course, Juan Amador will showcase his delectable cuisine at the Park Rotana hotel from February 14 to 17. He will also host a culinary masterclass on February 15 and a château dinner with Domaine du Pegau on February 18.
Park Rotana’s director of food and beverage Prem Calais is excited by what Amador will bring to Abu Dhabi’s culinary scene. “Abu Dhabi now boasts a number of top-end restaurants providing exceptional innovative concepts and creating a diverse selection for customers compared with two decades ago,” he says.
“Amador Restaurant & Cellar will be the first of its kind in the country. We have a three-star Michelin chef, known to be one of the leaders of avant-garde cuisine, combining culinary influences from different cultures, creating dishes with almost scientific precision.
“Amador Restaurant & Cellar will elevate the culinary scene to a whole new level yet again.”

 

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New in town http://blog.conciergedubai.com/taste/new-in-town1/ http://blog.conciergedubai.com/taste/new-in-town1/#comments Wed, 11 Jan 2012 07:19:55 +0000 admin http://blog.conciergedubai.com/?p=419 New year, new dining scene. Concierge rounds up Dubai’s hottest new haunts.

Words by Catherine Langley

The Ivy

Famed as the UK ‘meet & drink’ for A-listers, next to Buckingham Palace, The Ivy is probably the most photographed address in London. Fortunately, we’re pleased to report that while The Ivy Dubai has all the culinary dynamism and atmosphere of the London-based haunt, it boasts a more intimate feel than the celebrity-filled alma mater.

Located at Jumeirah Emirates Towers, The Ivy Dubai ticks all the boxes when it comes to décor, service and menu. The trademark wooden panels and stained-glass windows are in place, while the bill of fare reflects the traditionalism of the London branch. Delicious signature dishes such as seared foie gras, herb-roasted lamb rack and shepherd’s pie are unforgettable and the staff, who are known for their attention to detail, are on hand to give you a detailed report of any dishes on the menu. The mains are particularly mouth-watering, but we recommend you save some space for dessert because the crème brûlée, baked Alaska and banana sticky toffee pudding all pack quite a punch on the culinary scale.

For those who would like to take a taste of The Ivy home, The Ivy Cookbook is available from the restaurant for AED195.

The Ivy

Location: The Ivy, Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Try: Dover sole
Open: Sat-Wed 12 noon to midnight, Thu-Fri 11.30am to 11.30pm
Tel: 04 3198767

Toro Toro

Seasoned carnivores can enjoy a feast of meaty delights at celebrity chef, Richard Sandoval’s newest culinary spot, Toro Toro. Perched over two floors with a view of Dubai Marina, this Pan-Latin dining experience borrows tastes from a variety of locations including Buenos Aires and São Paulo. Choice mains include the rocoto releno, which is beef stuffed baby pepper, prepared with mozzarella cheese and rosemary potatoes; chorizo empanada – a pastry dish with beef chorizo; and cheese and the pollo estofad, which is better known as braised chicken with green peas, carrots and chipotle-tomato sauce.

The décor is as mesmerising as the menu. Striking burnt orange tones are complemented by the open kitchen and pillared candles, which add a touch of drama. An eye-catching floor-to-ceiling fireplace cultivates a warm and welcoming feeling, which goes a long way to explaining why Toro Toro is always such a hive of activity.

After your meal don’t forget to take a seat by Cachaça Bar, where you can enjoy everything from the classic margaritas to the Latin favourites like Fresatini (vodka, strawberry and lime) and Latin Love (rum mixed with raspberry, coconut and pineapple).

Toro Toro

Location: Toro Toro, Grosvenor House
Try: Picadillo empandada
Open: Sat-Wed 7.30pm to 2am, Thu- Fri 7.30pm to 3am
Tel: 04 3998888

Table 9 by Nick and Scott

Scott Price and Nick Alvis are the latest gastro geniuses to burst onto the Dubai food scene. Having scooped the Best Newcomer prize at this year’s What’s On Awards, the British-born chefs, who met in Claridges’ kitchen in 2004, are at the helm of Hilton Dubai Creek’s newest signature restaurant, Table 9 by Nick and Scott. Named after the number on the chef’s table, at which guests can opt for a menu exclusively designed for them by the heads of the kitchen, the new menu features 28 dishes with a European theme.

With a markedly relaxed ambience – hand-pottered crockery and homemade menus are two of the trademarks – it’s impossible not to feel at home in this trendy Bur Dubai-based eatery. The menu is engaging with mouthwatering starters such as pig trotter served with a cucumber marmalade (tastier than it sounds), lobster with crackling and mango, and chicken with foie gras, hibiscus and prunes. The mains, which are all priced at AED100 per plate, are equally sumptuous. Try the sea bass, which is served with winkles and oregano butter, or the quail, which comes with a delicious truffle terrine, artichoke and broccoli. A top notch dessert menu includes old favourites with a new twist, such as liquorice meringue and clementine and Nick’s apple pie and custard.

Raoul, the sommelier, is on hand to pair each course with tipples from the extensive wine menu, which includes 50 types of wine available by the glass. Ultimately, Table 9 offers elegant cuisine with a chilled out setting, which is sure to be a recipe for success.

Table9

Location: Table 9, Hilton Dubai Creek
Try: Pork belly
Tel: Sun-Fri 6.30 to 11pm
Open: 04 2271111

Terra Firma Steakhouse

Situated next to the picturesque Festival Marina on Dubai Creek and taking its spot at water level, the InterContinental Dubai Festival City’s newest restaurant, Terra Firma, serves succulent, juicy steaks as well as a variety of other delicious dishes. Specialising in Australian Blackmore wagyu, the only hardship about dining at Terra Firma is the tough time you’ll have making your order. Simply put, everything looks amazing.

However, a great starting point is the tasty half dozen oysters, which are served with your choice of chilli, lemon parmesan or bread crumbs. Alternatively if you really feel like spoiling yourself, select the beluga caviar, which is served in 30g portions. For the main course the Blackmore wagyu striploin is a top choice, as is the grade five tenderloin. Those with a sweet tooth will find themselves in a world of indecision once more when it comes to dessert because both the baked American cheesecake and the warm apple and nut cobbler (served with flavoursome buttermilk ice-cream) promise to tickle the tastebuds.

Finish off the night with a shisha on the restaurant’s idyllic outdoor terrace. You can puff away on a selection of exotic flavours including apple, strawberry and blackberry.

Terra Firma Steakhouse

Location: Terra Firma Steakhouse, InterContinental Dubai Festival City
Try: Grade 5 Australian wagyu beef
Open: Daily 7pm to midnight
Tel: 04 7011111

Hakkasan Dubai

A lavish retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city, award-winning Cantonese fine dining phenomenon Hakkasan is one of Dubai’s newest culinary haunts. Located at Jumeirah Emirates Towers, this elegant eatery has an appetizing menu, which has been carefully fashioned by chef de cuisine, Pang Pin Lee. Pang, who previously worked at Hakkasan Abu Dhabi, has brought more than 10 year’s experience to the role and unsurprisingly the bill of fare is filled with delicious dishes such as grilled wagyu beef and Peking duck.

The opulent décor, which was designed by famed concept interior designers, Gilles & Boissier, feature two private-dining rooms and two semi-private sections, as well as the Ling-Ling lounge, which is stylishly decorated in black, gold and white.

An outside terrace surrounded by a wall of vegetation is also available for alfresco diners.

Hakkasan Dubai

Location: Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Try: Steamed dim-sum platter
Open: Daily 6pm to 2am
Tel: 043848484

 

Vôi

Located at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray on the edge of Palm Jumeirah, this elegantly decorated restaurant is the gem in Palm Jumeirah’s crown. From the glitzy mirrored columns to the flashy chandeliers, Vôi exudes old-style glamour and is reminiscent of French colonial Southeast Asia. For those who prefer to dine alfresco, check out the scenic outdoor terrace, which has charming views of the pool and beach. However, be aware these favoured spots are awarded on a first come first seated basis, so make sure you arrive early.

Start your meal with a delicious Hanoi mojito. Made with sweet basil and lemongrass, it’s a fresh take on the original cocktail, but one that will undoubtedly be received well, thanks to its refreshing flavour.

A fusion of French and Vietnamese cuisine, head chef Phuong Mai, who has over twenty five years of culinary experience, has done a marvelous job of crafting and developing the extensive menu.

If you’re new to Vietnamese dining, try out the Vôi Experience, which is a set menu of six dishes. The fried net rolls explode with flavour and the freshly made Vôi bread is unforgettable.

Vôi

Location: Vôi, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
Try: French scallops
Open: Daily 7 to 11.30pm
Tel: 04 4530000

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Catch of the day http://blog.conciergedubai.com/taste/catch-of-the-day1/ http://blog.conciergedubai.com/taste/catch-of-the-day1/#comments Tue, 10 Jan 2012 12:16:50 +0000 admin http://blog.conciergedubai.com/?p=406 With Abu Dhabi’s location on the coast, who could resist a deliciously fresh seafood meal in one of the city’s finest restaurants?
Words by Amanda Tomlinson

Nautilus

Nautilus

Enjoy unrivalled views of berthed luxury yachts, Yas Marina and the Yas Yacht Club at Nautilus thanks to the floor-to-ceiling glass along the marina-facing side of the restaurant.

It’s not just the view from the restaurant of this ultra-modern hotel that is the winner. Under the guidance of a new executive chef Michel Jost, who has worked in restaurants at luxury hotels in Switzerland, Spain, South Africa and Greece, Nautilus has seen a few changes.

Chef Michel and UK-trained chef de cuisine Satish, who is originally from Mumbai, have fine tuned and extended the menu offering a greater selection of Champagne, including an indulgent 22-carat Champagne rosé. The raw bar offers two types of French farm oysters and three types of premium caviar.

The selection of appetisers has increased and the warm dishes have been divided into two styles: Mediterranean and Pan-Pacific. Recommended starters include crab cocktail or signature scallop, while the grilled surf and turf gets the tick of approval.

Also getting the thumbs up is new restaurant manager Xavier Lignac who brings Michelin-star experience to the restaurant and places great emphasis on staff knowing the menu inside out.

With delicious fresh seafood, beautiful marina views and friendly efficient service, an evening at Nautilus is bound to be special.

Where: Yas Viceroy, Yas Island
When: Tuesday to Sunday 7 to 11pm
Contact: 02 6560600

Finz

Finz

Perched over the water in a wooden hut, this romantic sea-food restaurant has a boardwalk terrace that’s perfect for outdoor dining.

Whether taking in the views of the glistening Gulf waters or observing the growing Abu Dhabi skyline, by day or night Finz is one of Abu Dhabi’s favourite restaurants.

The menu features all manner of seafood dishes, but perhaps one of the most recommended is the salt-crusted sea bass for two, which comes with lobster and tarragon sauce, seasonal vegetables, baby potatoes and rice. The mixed seafood grill platter is also popular.

The seafood is sourced from all over the world. The sea bass is from Norway, the Dover sole from European waters, the sako tuna comes from the Philippines, the oysters are from France and the catch of the day is from the local fish market.

The wine list is extensive, while the service is friendly and attentive. There are few better ways to enjoy a seafood meal than overlooking the water, with a gentle breeze of mild sea air.

Where: Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi
When: Daily 12.30 to 3.30pm, 7 to 11.30pm
Contact: 02 6979000

Fishmarket

Fishmarket

In a hut overlooking the beach and the Arabian Gulf, sits Fishmarket, a restaurant where diners choose their ingredients and have the chefs prepare it the way they like.

In the seafood section, guests can select from fat juicy scallops, Omani lobster, oysters and mussels, squid, shrimp and tiger prawns and an array of crabs sourced from around the world. Each can be grilled or fried and served with sauces, such as lemon and garlic, or sweet chili.

In the fish section, the choice is extensive. There is sea bass, red hammour, sultan ibrahim, tuna, salmon, shark and more. Diners can then choose vegetables, salad, noodles and rice and decide how they would like the meal cooked. Staff are on hand to help with selections and also advise on the best sauces.

Once diners have ordered, they can enjoy views of the Gulf through the large windows, watch the chefs in action or admire the aquariums around the restaurant.

Fishmarket is ideal for those who like the freedom to choose how their meal is prepared. The seafood is fresh and tasty, the restaurant is lively with friendly and helpful staff and the view shows Abu Dhabi at its best.

Where: InterContinental Abu Dhabi, Al Bateen
When: Daily 12.30 to 4pm, 7pm to 11pm
Contact: 800 423463

Sayad

Sayad

Taking its name from the Arabic word for fisherman, Sayad at Emirates Palace is a modern seafood restaurant with an aquatic feel.

The turquoise lighting and clever use of glass give the restaurant an aquarium-like ambience, which sits perfectly with its menu of ocean delights.

The seafood at this fine-dining restaurant is prepared using mostly European cooking principles, while modern techniques are employed at times to improve the taste or texture of the food.

Highlights include the octopus carpaccio served with pickled peach, potato confit and a peach and tamarind dressing, or the sweet corn velouté, which is sweet corn soup served with king crab and curried popcorn. The seafood is sourced from Australia and Europe, particularly France and Norway.

Situated on the ground level of the hotel, the restaurant offers views of the beach and marina. There is a terrace for al fresco dining and three private dining rooms, each accommodating up to eight diners.

Where: Emirates Palace, Ras Al Akhdar
When: Daily 6.30 to 11.30pm
Contact: 02 6909000

Pearls & Caviar

 

Pearls & Caviar

A firm favourite on Abu Dhabi’s dining scene, Pearls & Caviar never fails to impress.

The venue’s exclusivity and luxurious surroundings are evident from the name alone, but it’s a theme that carries throughout the restaurant.

Overlooking the water and the stunning Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the Mediterranean seafood restaurant exudes class. It is coloured in pewter tones with Arabic touches. There’s an intricate mosaic tile pattern on the floor, white tablecloths and comfortable leather chairs.

Guest chef Jean Paul Lourdes, from the Shangri La Hotel, Toronto, has designed a special menu that shows flair and creativity, while incorporating some local delights.

For a starter, try the scallops roasted with coffee and cardamom with salted milk curd and medjool dates, or the puree of pattypan squash, sautéed Gulf shrimps, bitter orange and pomegranate.

For mains, it’s hard to beat the Chilean sea bass, garlic ravioli, sour grapefruit essence, beef marrow and juice of young tarragon.

Where: Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri
When: Daily 7pm to midnight
Contact: 02 5098555

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Alfresco dining in Abu Dhabi http://blog.conciergedubai.com/uncategorized/alfresco-dining-in-abu-dhabi/ http://blog.conciergedubai.com/uncategorized/alfresco-dining-in-abu-dhabi/#comments Sun, 11 Dec 2011 14:26:26 +0000 admin http://blog.conciergedubai.com/?p=383 Enjoy an alfresco meal in the sunshine or under the stars at these top restaurants
Words by Amanda Tomlinson

 

Filini

Filini

Filini
Take a seat on the terrace of this stylish restaurant and admire the view of Yas Links golf course and the turquoise waters of the Arabian Sea.
Filini is the ideal place to while away an afternoon, indulging in fine Italian cuisine and taking in the Yas Island scenery.
The best time to do this is on Fridays when the restaurant offers a unique ‘brunch’ concept with freshly prepared Italian dishes from a specially designed menu. “It is important that Filini reflects the true Italian way of living and the concept of our new brunch is intended to mirror a traditional family dining experience in Italy,” says chef Thomas Marchi.
Instead of the standard buffet brunch, waiters deliver 15 different small dishes to the table. The menu changes weekly, but includes antipasti, pasta, risotto, pizza, chicken, meat and fish dishes and classic desserts such as tiramisu and panna cotta.
The brunch costs AED145 including soft drinks, or AED190 with house wine and beer.
Those who visit outside of the brunch times can make their selection from the extensive à la carte menu. Recommended dishes include beef caprese with buffalo mozzarella, grilled tomato and basil olive oil, and veal escalope with sage and crunchy bresaola with sauteed spinach, raising butter and hazelnut sauce.
Where: Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi Yas Island
When: 12 to 3pm and 6 to 11.30pm
Contact: 02 6562000

 

Afya Beach Lounge

Afya Beach Lounge

Afya Beach Lounge
Children can build sand castles on the beach, jump in the bouncy castle or play in the playground at the Friday afternoon barbecue at Traders Hotel Qaryat Al Beri. And there’s also face painting for a little extra colour.
While the children are playing, parents can listen to classic tunes played by the DJ, while enjoying barbecue food and drinks.
On the barbecue menu, guests will find grills such as shish tawook, fish, marinated prawns and kofta as well as roasted meats, burgers and chicken drumsticks. There is also a selection of cold Arabic mezze, salads and desserts
Beverages, which are bought separately, include soft drinks, juices, wine and beer.
The beach barbecue parties have risen enormously in popularity. So much so, that the beach is now open from Saturday to Thursday from 5pm. Diners can enjoy a Mediterranean barbecue on Thursday nights from 6pm and shisha and snacks on the remaining evenings.
For families looking to enjoy the sand and sea under the stars with great food and music, the Traders Beach Barbecue Party is perfect.
Where: Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri
When: Fridays from 5 to 11pm
Contact: 02 5108888

 

Suhail

Suhail

Suhail
Set amid the towering dunes of the desert, the ter-race at Suhail is the ultimate place for watching an Arabian sunset.
Arm yourself with a camera and tripod to capture the moment forever, or just sit back and relax on one of the comfortable sofas with an aperitif.
After the sun goes down, look out over the surrounding desert village which lights up like a luxury oasis or venture inside to the bar or adjacent restaurant.
On the menu at this rooftop bar and grill, guests will find fine cuts of meat and fresh seafood flown in from all over the world as well as vegetarian options. Highlights include the starter of duck liver ravioli with mushroom duxelle and truffle foam, and sesame-crusted yellowfin tuna with wasabi mousse and ginger confit. For mains, try the pan-fried marinated black cod with young vegetables and parmesan foam, or the wagyu beef strip loin with pont neuf potato, shallot marmalade and Szechuan peppercorn sauce.
To accompany the cuisine, Suhail offers a comprehensive selection of fine Champagnes and wines all housed in a walk-in wine cave.
Where: Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara
When: 7 to 11pm
Contact: 02 8862088

 

Prego's

Prego's

Prego’s
This warm and friendly restaurant is one of Abu Dhabi’s most popular Italian eateries and its terrace is highly sought after during the winter months.
Overlooking the gardens, beach and turquoise sea, it’s a prime position by day or night.
The menu features classic dishes with starters such as beef carpaccio and bruschette. As expected there is pizza, pasta and risotto with seafood, beef and chicken varieties as well as a good selection to keep vegetarians satisfied. The Prego’s team is also happy to adjust menus to cater for dietary requirements and personal preference.
Menu highlights include the homemade pasta with garden herbs, cepe mushrooms, smoked turkey, asparagus and black truffle oil; oven-baked tiger prawns with sweet peppers, baby potatoes and rocket salad in citrus dressing; and the warming winter dish osso bucco.
Stick with tradition and order tiramisu for dessert or branch out with the fresh berry tart with parmesan ice cream and raspberry coulis.
For warm, friendly service and a relaxed vibe, you can’t beat Prego’s.
Where: Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi
When: Noon to 3.30pm and 7 to 11.30pm
Contact: 02 6979000

 

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Abu Dhabi restaurants http://blog.conciergedubai.com/uncategorized/abu-dhabi-restaurants/ http://blog.conciergedubai.com/uncategorized/abu-dhabi-restaurants/#comments Thu, 10 Nov 2011 07:44:27 +0000 admin http://blog.conciergedubai.com/?p=333 Abu Dhabi is a foodie’s paradise with top quality restaurants offering authentic cuisine in spectacular settings
Words by Amanda Tomlinson

Finz

Finz

SEAFOOD
Finz
Perched over the water in a wooden hut, this romantic seafood restaurant has a boardwalk terrace that’s perfect for outdoor dining.
Whether taking in the views of the glistening Gulf waters or observing the growing Abu Dhabi skyline, by day or night Finz is one of Abu Dhabi’s favourite restaurants.
The menu features all manner of seafood dishes, but perhaps one of the most recommended is the salt-crusted sea bass for two, which comes with lobster and tarragon sauce, seasonal vegetables, baby potatoes and rice. The mixed seafood grill platter is also popular.
The seafood is sourced from all over the world. The sea bass is from Norway, the Dover sole from European waters, the sako tuna comes from the Philippines, the oysters are from France, the salmon from Norway and the catch of the day is from the local fish market.
The wine list is extensive, while the service is friendly and attentive. There are few better ways to enjoy a seafood meal than overlooking the water, with a gentle breeze of mild sea air.
Where: Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi 
When:
Daily 12.30 to 3.30pm and 7 to 11.30pm
Contact: 02 6979000

ALSO TRY
Nautilus
Yas Viceroy
02 6560600
Admire luxury yachts in Yas Marina while feasting on fresh seafood in this ultra- modern restaurant.

Turquoiz
St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort
02 4036577
Relaxed beachfront restaurant and lounge serving a good selection of fresh seafood.

 

Chamas

Chamas

STEAKHOUSES
Chamas
There are two things you’ll need to get through dinner at Chamas: A large appetite and a craving for meat. That’s not to say that vegetarians won’t be catered for here – there is an extensive salad bar – but really, it’s more for the avid carnivores.
Chamas, which means flames in Portuguese, is Abu Dhabi’s only churrascaria, or Brazilian-style steakhouse, and the pasadors (meat waiters) roam the restaurant with a variety of flame-grilled meat on long skewers eagerly carving slices onto the diners’ plates.
After choosing their first course from the salad buffet, guests will find a coaster-sized disk at each place setting when they return to their table. One side of the disk is red while
the other side is green. This is to let the pasadors know when to bring more meat. Red means ‘not now thanks’, while green means ‘bring it on’.
With a warm atmosphere, energetic staff and as much meat as diners can stomach, guests are certain to remember their meal at Chamas.
Where: InterContinental Abu Dhabi
When: Dinner and Friday lunch
Contact: 800 423463

ALSO TRY
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
02 6543000
Popular steakhouse
overseen by the three-star Michelin chef.

55th and 5th The Grill
St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort
02 4036577
Signature restaurant with a terrace overlooking the Arabian Gulf.

 

Hakkasan

Hakkasan

ASIAN
Hakkasan
One of the first restaurants of high-end international fame to open in the capital, Hakkasan is an ultra-trendy Chinese restaurant from a Michelin-star stable.
The restaurant’s design and décor are as much a work of art as the dishes. Dark wood, high ceilings, creative lighting and private dining spaces adequately reflect the modern Chinese cuisine while still capturing the Middle Eastern location.
Start the evening at the 20-metre-long bar and enjoy a signature cocktail before moving through to the restaurant, which is divided into two sections with private dining areas. Those near the kitchen can watch the chefs through the aquarium-like blue glass.
The menu is impressive with many Hakkasan specialities. Try the jasmine tea-smoked wagyu beef ribs as a starter and charcoal-grilled silver cod with Champagne and Chinese honey for main.
Where: Emirates Palace
When: Daily 6pm to midnight
Contact: 02 6907999

ALSO TRY
Cho Gao
Crowne Plaza
Abu Dhabi
02 6166122
Trendy restaurant in the centre of Abu Dhabi serving a range of Asian cuisine.

Talay
Le Meridien Abu Dhabi
02 6446666
Best Thai restaurant in town. Reserve a table on the terrace overlooking the water.

 

Mezlai

Mezlai

REGIONAL
Mezlai
The UAE’s first five-star Emirati restaurant, Mezlai at Emirates Palace is a must for those who want to taste more than just the local culture during their visit. While Lebanese cuisine is common throughout Abu Dhabi, Emirati cuisine has been hard to find, until now.
Mezlai’s chef, Ali Salim Ebdowa, says Emirati food differs from Lebanese food in the way it is cooked and the spices that are used.
Chef Ebdowa recommends visitors try his signature dish lamb medfoun. “You don’t see this dish every day,” says chef Ebdowa. “Families would normally make it during Eid. It’s a once-a-year dish.” The roasted lamb shoulder with chick peas in tomato sauce is served with a sauce of dates, honey, vinegar, yeast, local spices and garlic.
Mezlai is not out of place in the opulent Emirates Palace hotel. With high ceilings and large windows, it is bathed by light during the day yet cosy in the evenings.
Arabian hospitality is at the core of the experience and diners are treated to Arabic coffee and dates in the majlis on arrival.
Where: Emirates Palace
When: 1 to 11pm
Contact: 02 6909000

ALSO TRY
Marakesh
Millennium Hotel Abu Dhabi
02 6262700
Moroccan restaurant with theme nights and entertainment by a belly dancer and band.

Mawal
Hilton Abu Dhabi
02 6811900
Lively Lebanese restaurant with a belly dancer and singer to entertain late into
the night.

Spaccanapoli

Spaccanapoli

ITALIAN
Spaccanapoli
This central Abu Dhabi restaurant serves simple traditional food that an Italian family would prepare at home. According to restaurant manager Luca Busato, when the team was putting together the initial menu, “we had to think of what our mums would cook at home”.
Spaccanapoli’s warm, themed interior has a relaxed atmosphere making it perfect for families.
But the real treat is in the eating and this is something Spaccanapoli does on a grand scale. The large wood-fired pizza oven can produce one-metre-long pizzas.
All recipes are prepared using traditional methods and with an Italian chef and restaurant manager, diners know they are in for the real deal.
Where: Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi
When: Noon to 4pm and 7 to 11pm
Contact: 02 6166122

ALSO TRY
Prego’s
Beach Rotana
02 6979000
Casual Italian eatery serving authentic cuisine, with a terrace overlooking the water.

The Beach House
Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi
02 6738301
Offers Mediterranean dishes and great views of Saadiyat Beach. Venture upstairs for sundowners.

 

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With authentic cuisine and nightly entertainment a meal… http://blog.conciergedubai.com/uncategorized/arabian-nights/ http://blog.conciergedubai.com/uncategorized/arabian-nights/#comments Mon, 03 Oct 2011 14:01:15 +0000 admin http://blog.conciergedubai.com/?p=232 With authentic cuisine and nightly entertainment, a meal at one of Abu Dhabi’s Middle Eastern restaurants is the ideal way to sample Arabic culture
Words by Amanda Tomlinson

Anar

Anar
Cuisine: Persian
Meaning ‘pomegranate’ in Farsi, Anar serves traditional Iranian food and if the clientele is anything to go by, it’s safe to say this is something it does very well.
The restaurant attracts a mix of nationalities, but is particularly popular with the Emirati crowd.
A warm friendly welcome greets diners before they are ushered along a wide corridor decorated with Iranian trinkets.
The restaurant, which is bathed in light courtesy of large windows, has a predominantly red colour scheme from the highly decorative Persian carpet on the floor to the table runners and glass plates. The vibrant tone contrasts perfectly with the blue and white Persian tiles on the walls.
But Iranian architecture and décor form just one part of the Anar experience.
Start the meal with Beluga caviar, which comes with chopped egg white and egg yolk, parsley, onion and toasted taftan bread which is made onsite in the restaurant’s tanoor oven.
There’s an extensive selection of salads to follow but save room for the polow (rice dishes), which come highly recommended, and the grills, which can be ordered as part of a mixed platter for maximum variety. End the meal with Iranian tea served with saffron sugar sticks and start planning your next visit.
Where: Emirates Palace
When: 1 to 3.30pm, 7 to 11pm
Contact: 02 6907999

Min Zaman

Min Zaman
Cuisine: Lebanese
This Lebanese restaurant in the heart of Al Ain city is renowned for its authentic cuisine and nightly belly dancing performances.
With both indoor and al fresco dining options, guests can sit outside with a view of the garden and swimming pool by night while enjoying their favourite flavoured shisha, or relax in air-conditioned comfort inside the restaurant.
The signature dish is the Lebanese mixed grill served with the chef’s special sauce which is unique to Min Zaman and won’t be found anywhere else in the emirate. Each dish is delivered with a unique Arabic presentation, which adds to the authenticity of the restaurant.
The atmosphere is relaxed, cosy and semi-formal, while the décor is a chic coupling of ‘East meets West’. For example, guests will find Swarovski crystal chandeliers adorning the cosy majlis-style seating and entertainment each night.
Where: Al Ain Rotana
When: 6.30pm to 3.30am
Contact: 03 7545111

Marakesh

Marakesh
Cuisine: Moroccan
Themed after the red city in Morocco, Marakesh is a lively restaurant with a large capacity.
Frescos painted on the walls, a red, cream and gold colour palette, date palms and window shutters set the scene, while nightly entertainment furthers the experience.
The selection of dishes on buffet nights is extensive – at least 14 at Monday’s Ibn Battuta seafood night – so diners should show restraint with the enticing starters. This may not be so easy for the seafood lovers as a platter of prawns and other ocean delights greets them at the door.
Those who hold out will be rewarded with mixed seafood tagine, grilled lobster, seafood thermidor and oyster provencal.
Energetic entertainment by a belly dancer and Moroccan singer is held from 10.45pm until the early hours of the morning.
Visit on Monday for the seafood buffet, Tuesday for a Moroccan buffet or on remaining nights, except Saturday, for á la carte orders.
Where: Millennium Hotel Abu Dhabi
When: Daily (except Saturday) 7pm to 3am
Contact: 02 6146000

Cedar Lounge

Cedar Lounge
Cuisine: Lebanese
Fast becoming one of the city’s hottest dining destinations, Bain Al Jessrain (also known by its English name, Between the Bridges) is home to an increasing number of quality restaurants and bars.
Among them is Cedar Lounge, a fine-dining Lebanese restaurant with a popular terrace overlooking the beach, waterway and Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
Those who want the prime position at the front of the terrace with the best views need to arrive early, but the atmosphere is pleasurable regardless of where you sit. On one side there is a water wall which flows into the shallow pools surrounding the terrace, while the other side is bordered by gardens.
Shisha (hubbly bubbly) is available on the terrace and diners can select from a menu with Cedar Lounge’s take on some must-try favourites.
Among them are hot and cold mezzeh plates and the popular mixed grill with tender, juicy lamb, shish taouk and kebab, served with rice and grilled vegetables.
Where: Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
When: 12.30 to 3.30pm, 7pm to 2am
Contact: 02 6543000

Barouk

Barouk
Cuisine: Lebanese
For a taste of the Middle East, Barouk offers more than just authentic Lebanese cuisine.
In the kitchen, the Lebanese chefs carefully select their ingredients and prepare dishes that accurately reflect their country’s culture and culinary offerings. Signature dishes include raheb batenjen (chargrilled aubergine with onion, garlic, tomato, parsley and mint), arayess (minced lamb with onion, tomato, mint, pine nuts, chargrilled in Lebanese bread) and hommous Barouk (chickpea tahina dip with wild cucumber pickle, garlic, chopped parsley, olive oil and pine nuts). However, according to executive chef, Danny Kattar, “Guests do not come to a Lebanese restaurant for one specific dish. They come for the whole experience, expecting flavour and freshness from a variety of dishes.”
This stylish and elegant restaurant has a modern Middle Eastern look and feel, with an outdoor terrace overlooking the gardens where guests can relax and smoke shisha.
Where: Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island
When: 7pm until late
Contact: 02 6563053

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With the subcontinent just a few hours away… http://blog.conciergedubai.com/uncategorized/the-spice-is-right/ http://blog.conciergedubai.com/uncategorized/the-spice-is-right/#comments Thu, 14 Jul 2011 12:51:31 +0000 admin http://blog.conciergedubai.com/?p=141 With the subcontinent just a few hours away, Abu Dhabi is home to a number of fine Indian restaurants

Angar

Angar

Angar
This delightful restaurant on Yas Island is known for its traditional Indian cuisine with a modern twist. Sample delights from Punjab, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Goa, deserts from Bengal and Mughlai cuisine from Kashmir.
Popular dishes include rogan josh, biryani and butter chicken, while the specialities of the house are favourites too. Try lamb boti, an appetiser prepared in the tandoor and marinated using chef Satish’s personal recipe, then flavoured with star anise and mace. Vegetarians are well catered for with dishes such as karare gobi (crispy cauliflower), while the Bengali desert, rus malie, which is topped with fresh raspberries and gold flake sprinkles, provides a refreshing end to the meal.
Angar’s defining feature is the show kitchen, which is decorated with beaten copper, complementing the warm red hues of the restaurant. Guests can watch the chefs as they make traditional Indian bread before cooking it in one of three tandoors.
Chef Satish is originally from Mumbai, where he developed his knowledge of the various regional cuisines in India.
Where: The Yas Hotel
When: Wednesday to Monday, 12.30 to 3pm and 7 to 11pm
Contact: 02 6560600 or http://www.theyashotel.com

Rangoli

Rangoli

Rangoli
In a sea of vibrant colours and textures, Rangoli, which takes its name from one of India’s most common art forms, is known for its diverse flavours and aromas.
The cuisine is traditional and simple yet contemporary at the same time. Importance is placed on fresh seasonal ingredients which are combined with subtle, aromatic and, at times, fiery spices which are the core of Indian cuisine.
Rangoli offers home-style cooking from north and south India and serves it in a contemporary form, combining colours and flavours.
From the open-plan kitchen, which has two tandoor ovens, chef Nitin Raheja, who is from New Delhi, prepares the restaurant’s favourite dishes. Among them is the Rangoli home-style chicken curry, which chef Nitin says is prepared using the same method employed by families in India. “The chicken is cooked with caramelised onion, tomato, ginger, garlic and a blend of Indian spices. The curry is finished with some yoghurt, flavouring, spices and fresh coriander. It’s one of the fast-moving dishes and has been appreciated a lot.”
Where: Yas Island Rotana
When: Tuesday to Sunday, 7pm to midnight
Contact: 02 6564280, rangoli.yasisland@rotana.com or http://www.rotana.com

Tanjore

Tanjore

Tanjore
For a taste of the Indian subcontinent in Al Ain, visit Tanjore restaurant. The chef bases many of the dishes on cuisine from the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu, but guests will also find north Indian delicacies, such as kebabs and curries, on the menu.
The restaurant has a warm and subtle atmosphere with neutral tones and Indian accents.
Its authentic décor complements the traditional cuisine, setting the scene for a culinary journey to India.
Coming from India, the chef has specialised in his home cuisine since the beginning of his career,
so diners know they are in for the real deal. Among the popular dishes are traditional tandoor items, chicken chettinad, bhuna gosht (meaty favourite) and luchnawi gosht ki biriyani (meat and rice).
Ideal for families, groups of friends and business travellers, Tanjore has a regular promotion throughout summer in which diners can enjoy unlimited kebabs from the traditional clay oven.

Where: Danat Al Ain Resort
When: 12.30 to 3pm and 7.30 to 11.30pm
Contact: 03 7046000 or http://www.danathotels.com

Indigo

Indigo

Indigo
It’s best to visit Indigo with a raging appetite because chef Gauruv Gaur likes to feed his guests well.
Chef Gaurav, who is from Delhi, India, has specialised in contemporary modern Indian cuisine for more than eight years, so guests know they are in good hands, especially once they see the team in action in the show kitchen.
The inspiration for chef Gaurav’s dishes comes from north India, however the menu contains traces of south, east and west too, allowing guests to taste the best of what the country has to offer.
While dishes are carefully selected for the menu, classics such as murgh malai tikka (tandoor-roasted chicken marinated in pepper cheese, cardamom and mace) and the signature dish sikandari raan (pot-roasted leg of lamb marinade with chilies, cardamom and potli masala) remain popular along with the kebab assortment. To complement the beautifully prepared dishes, there is a selection of classic international cocktails and mocktails with an Indian flavour.
The restaurant is cosy and stylish with a warm colour palette and bursts of brightness.
It is popular during the week when a three-course express business lunch is offered, while in the evenings the degustation menus are an ideal way to sample more dishes.
Where: Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi
When: Monday to Saturday, 12.30 to 3.30pm
and 6.30 to 11.30pm
Contact: 02 6979000 or http://www.rotana.com

ALSO TRY

L’Opera
Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi
800 101101
Try L’Opera’s Indian theme night, which includes a naan cooking station, every Sunday for AED120.

Ginger
Park Rotana
02 6573333
Enjoy Indian cuisine every Saturday night for AED140.

Ushna
02 5581769
One of Abu Dhabi’s favourite Indian restaurants overlooks Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the waterfront.

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Celebrity dining in Dubai http://blog.conciergedubai.com/post/celebrity-dining-in-dubai/ http://blog.conciergedubai.com/post/celebrity-dining-in-dubai/#comments Thu, 14 Jul 2011 06:26:03 +0000 admin http://blog.conciergedubai.com/post/celebrity-dining-in-dubai/ There’s no shortage of excellent eateries in Dubai but throw a handful of celebrity restaurants into the mix and you’re really spoilt for choice. Concierge rounds up the cream of the crop

Words by Scott Birch

Verre by Gordon Ramsay

Verre by Gordon Ramsay

Verre by Gordon Ramsay

Some say abrasive, others say passionate. Whichever camp you fall into regarding Gordon Ramsay, you can’t deny the quality of his restaurants and his influence on the Dubai dining scene. When Verre opened a decade ago, it was the first celebrity restaurant in the city and Ramsay’s first outside the UK. In a fast-moving culinary environment it has managed to maintain its status as one of the best eateries in the emirate.
While the figurehead oversees the restaurant on his frequent visits, the task of maintaining Ramsay’s particular standards falls on the shoulders of talented chef Scott Price. Given the scope to adapt the menu to incorporate the best produce available, Price adds his own signatures and style to the Ramsay formula.
Revamped last year, the interior is a sophisticated, contemporary space that is elegant enough to let the food do the talking.
Dinner guests can choose from the three-course set menu, with enough options to keep most diners happy (unless they happen to be Ramsay’s bête noire, the vegetarian). Alternatively, there is a superb degustation menu which provides samples of many of those same dishes – perfect if you can’t make up your mind. All dishes are meticulously presented, with quality ingredients and inventive combinations.
An essential selection has to be the signature tarte tatin. Made for sharing, this sticky sensation is served table side, only adding to the spectacle.
Or for a close-up experience, book the chef’s table and dine in-kitchen with chef Scott. He promises not to bite.
Location: Hilton Dubai Creek
Contact: 04 2127551

Rhodes Twenty10

Rhodes Twenty10

Dubbed ‘the don of British cuisine’, Gary Rhodes has a host of best-selling books and TV series to back up that claim. Renowned for championing the great British dessert (think sticky toffee pudding or treacle tart) and other comfort classics, it may be surprising to learn that this venture is first and foremost a steakhouse – albeit arguably the best in town.
Like Rhodes Mezzanine, Rhodes Twenty10 has stylish décor and ambience that’s as crisp as a perfectly cooked chip. The menu has an ‘emphasis on sharing’ so expect starters to be substantial enough for two. When it comes to mains, there is a wide selection of premium cuts including the ubiquitous wagyu – all cooked to exacting standards.
Rhodes’ desserts, as mentioned, are not to be missed, and provide a distinctly British finale to a fine steak dinner.
With a growing fanbase and Rhodes’ reputation, we suggest you make your bookings early to avoid the traffic.
Location: Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa
Contact: 04 3995555

Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire

Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire

Reflet par Pierre Gagnaire

This multiple-award winning restaurant offers the finest of French food from the mind of masterful chef Pierre Gagnaire. His eponymous restaurant in Paris regularly ranks in the top five restaurants in the world and with other restaurants opening across the globe bearing his name, you can be assured of a similarly stellar experience in Dubai.
With presentation and service bordering on theatre, playful décor and a mischievous menu of weird (and always wonderful) dishes, this is a true gastronomic adventure.
If dinner reservations are proving difficult, opt instead for the three-course business lunch which, at AED180, represents excellent value.
Location: InterContinental Hotel Dubai Festival City
Contact: 04 7011127

Frankie's

Frankie's

Frankie’s Italian Bar & Grill

Go along for a fun ride with horseracing’s crown prince, Frankie Dettori, as he presents his own version of iconic Italian dishes alongside renowned culinary king Marco Pierre White. The two first collaborated in London and the winning formula has been recreated in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
The menu is broad, comprising 80 dishes typical of northern Italian cuisine, while the pianist adds an extra air of grandeur and sophistication.
Originally conceived as a diner, service is fast and informal, making it particularly good for families or those looking for a more relaxed meal. The multi-award winning Frankie’s is a hot favourite for fun fine food.
Location: Oasis Beach Tower
Contact: 04 3994311

Indego

Indego

Indego by Vineet

Serving a cunning combination of the best Indian cuisine but with European influences, this is a high-class dining experience. Not so much ‘fusion’ as ‘suggestible’, the menu is the brainchild of India’s first Michelin-starred chef, Vineet Bhatia.
If weather permits, dining can also take on a more relaxed feel on the terrace, where a new tapas menu features typically inventive combinations, including sundried tomato chicken tikka, masala rice balls with asparagus spears or chilli-lime scallops and saffron mash.
Inside, the décor has more of a polished Western feel, with crisp white tablecloths and simple furnishings punctuated by Indian icons to remind you of what’s in store.
Chef Bhatia continues to create, meaning a trip to this award-winning Indian restaurant is sure to delight
both die-hards and debutants to the popular cuisine.
Location: Grosvenor House Dubai
Contact: 04 3176000

Also try

Jamie’s Italian

04 2329969
This first international foray for UK celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has been eagerly anticipated by Dubai residents. The Festival City outlet has two levels as well as an outdoor terrace for winter months. Expect rustic and hearty Italian fare with the renowned Oliver twist.

Asha’s

04 3244100
If high-end Indian food sounds tempting, head to Asha’s at Wafi City for a fiery and fine taste of Indian acting legend Asha Bosle’s favourite dishes.

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Best restaurants with views in Dubai http://blog.conciergedubai.com/post/best-restaurants-with-views-in-dubai/ http://blog.conciergedubai.com/post/best-restaurants-with-views-in-dubai/#comments Tue, 14 Jun 2011 05:48:28 +0000 admin http://blog.conciergedubai.com/post/best-restaurants-with-views-in-dubai/ We received this question yesterday from a reader in the UK:

I am coming out to Dubai next week, and I was wondering if you could please recommend any restaurants/bars which I can bring my 18 year old brother to, which also have good views across Dubai.

And this was our answer. If anyone has any other great suggestions, please post a comment here… Thanks.

Hi, one good bet would be the various cafes and restaurants at The Dubai Mall in the evening, as these have views over the Dubai Fountain.

Also worth trying are the dozens of bars and restaurants at Madinat Jumeirah, which offers a wide choice and great views of the Burj Al Arab etc.

If it’s too hot to be outside, you can try The Observatory at Dubai Marriott in the Marina. This is on a high floor and offers panoramic views of the marina, Palm, etc.

Another good option is Barasti at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi – a casual beach bar very popular with British expats.

Depending on your tastes and location, The Irish Village in Garhoud near the airport is also something of an institution and offers Dubai’s only real beer garden. Just bear in mind it will still be warm and humid even at night.

If you have more details of your preferences or tastes, I’m sure we can give you some more information. I would also suggest your brother carries some ID.

Dubai Creek in the old part of town is more atmospheric and there are various ways to experience that too.

Have a great trip.

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