Gourmet Gastronomy is Why You Should Come to Dubai

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While many visit for the year-round sunshine, Dubai is also home some of the finest restaurants and best chefs on the planet, offering tastes to astound and inspire even the most demanding palette.

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Since the Emirati boom first began, Dubai has been attracting the rich, famous and hungry. The result has been a gastronomic revolution that has seen scores of fine dining establishments open for business in the city-state.

There are now 5,400 restaurants and cafés in Dubai serving cuisine from all around the world. Whether you’re looking for traditional French and Italian, cutting-edge Scandi-style, or indigenous Emirati menus, Dubai offers something for everyone… and plenty more.

Pierchic, seafood restaurant in Dubai

For seafood, head to Pierchic, where exceptional dishes comprising the finest fruits of the ocean are served on a pier jutting out into the ever-warm Arabian Gulf. It wasn’t without good reason that Time Out named it the Best Seafood Restaurant in town.

Al Mahara, fish restaurant in Dubai

Also with a seaside theme, but far more jaw-dropping, is the setting for Al Mahara, another fish specialist housed inside the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, where guests eat as they stare into an underwater aquarium. This is not only the place to dine in Dubai, but also to be seen.

It comes with a vertigo-inducing price tag, just as its twin sister imitation restaurant Ossiano’s at Atlantis The Palm, another underwater themed restaurant which was crowned Best Seafood Restaurant and where there’s a minimum spend of £120 per person. Certainly, la crème de la crème.

Zheng He's, a wonderful Chinese restaurant

Meanwhile, more intoxicating flavours can be tasted at Zheng He’s, a wonderful Chinese establishment on the banks of a canal in the Jumeirah resort. Or perhaps you’d prefer to indulge in a piquant from closer to home? In which case Rhodes Mezzanine, the flagship offering at the luxurious Grosvenor House Hotel, probably ticks the right boxes, thanks to the innovative creations of founder and Michelin-starred chef, Gary Rhodes.

Rhodes Mezzanine, the flagship offering at the luxurious Grosvenor House Hotel

The list could go on. And on. And on. For example, we’ve yet to reference the many options offered by Neil David Foster, the acclaimed British gastronomer who heads up a team of 123 chefs at the world famous Jumeirah Zabeel Saray. And this is before anyone has mentioned the mind-boggling variety presented at the annual Dubai Food Festival, a month-long celebration of intoxicating flavours, inspired by the four corners of the globe, and the 200 nationalities that currently call this wonderful place home.

Dubai Food Festival

Like we said, more than enough to keep you busy for a holiday, or indeed a lifetime. As such our best recommendation is to step off the plane and immediately immerse yourself in the culinary revolution currently under way in this corner of the UAE.


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