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Where to eat in Dubai - Cielo Sky Lounge

Cielo Sky Lounge

Neither a club nor a bar, Cielo prefers to call itself a lounge. Perhaps so it can place the emphasis on its scrumptious Spanish tapas – which just so happen to be served alongside drinks, shisha and some excellent music. Chef Luis heads up the kitchen, drawing from his years of working and travelling across Spain to create the menu. When he’s not busy making paella, he’s teaching people how to dance flamenco.

Insider Tip: Look out for a series of special nights at the lounge including a line-up of international DJs.

Where to eat in Dubai - Rivington Bar and Grill

Rivington Bar and Grill

The two Rivington Grill restaurants in Dubai, at Souk al Bahar and Madinat Jumeirah, are well known among expats and locals for offering a taste of Britain in the UAE. Their wide range of typically English dishes – classics include Saturday Roast, Beer Battered Fish & Chips, and Devonshire Crab – are fresh, seasonal and honest. Their “Back to Basics” theme means an open kitchen and lots of busy, warm energy – just like the sister restaurants in London’s Shoreditch and Greenwich.

Insider Tip: The Rivi Bar at Madinat Jumeirah offers a daily Happy Hour – AED25 (US$7) drinks – that you can enjoy on one of its four picturesque terraces.

Where to eat in Dubai - Restaurant Yuan

Restaurant Yuan

Restaurant Yuan might just offer the most credible Chinese dining experience in Dubai. Not too surprising, since all chefs and staff are Chinese. Although the menu is primarily Cantonese, try the Szechuan options such as the braised hot and sour soup, which aren’t as commonly found in Dubai. You have the choice of sitting in the tranquil Oriental Inner Courtyard or in the Principal House, inspired by the dining halls of Chinese nobility.

Insider Tip: The cocktails are just as impressive as the food. Try the signature Plum Martini, which fuses traditional Chinese ingredients and premium spirits

Where to eat in Dubai - Ottomans


The quality of the Turkish cuisine here is surprising even for many Turkish visitors. That is thanks to Turkish born chef Omer Ozkan Cam, who based the menu on long forgotten Ottoman recipes. To recreate dishes accurately, he studied original ledgers from the three main palace kitchens as well as memoirs of foreign diplomats. Try the excellent Sultan menu for two, which includes mouth-watering Lahmacun (minced lamb and beef on flat bread) and Gavurdagi Salasti (tomato and walnut salad with pomegranate dressing). Ottomans is also really accommodating when it comes to special requests and dietary restrictions so don’t be shy in coming forward.

Insider Tip: Sit out on the balcony at night to fully enjoy the romantic lights of Dubai Marina ahead.

Where to eat in Dubai - The Noodle House

The Noodle House

Although it is a home-grown UAE brand, The Noodle House serves up an authentic selection of South Asian dishes – perfect for a lunch stop. Since the first restaurant opened more than a decade ago, The Noodle House franchise has spread around the world. But whichever one you go to, you are still guaranteed affordable but absolutely delicious street food-style dining in an unpretentious atmosphere.

Insider Tip: The menu can be a bit overwhelming since there’s just so much to choose from. Popular picks include Beef Satay, Steamed Sea Bass and Duck Pot Stickers.

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