Where raw is an art form. Drawing on elements of Japanese and South American cuisines, the raw bar is a menu of authentic, yet contemporary delights and shines as the star of the show. Traditional ingredients prepared with modern flair deliver flavourful plates for those who prefer a stripped diet of the bare essentials.
It’s not just about the food. A carefully curated collection of paintings and artwork is on display here, which allows culture-lovers to view, appreciate and purchase pieces. Head to their monthly exhibitions, where the works of international and local artists are displayed in all their glory.
Polished but fun. The incredible Downtown and Business Bay views combined with natural materials of wood, glass and greenery allude to a feeling of space and Zen. Staff are trendy but infinitely approachable and if you have a special date, there’s a romantic outdoor area that will tick all your boxes.
The atmosphere is energetic and lively. Beyond the live sets spun by international resident DJs every night, the premium talent of local bands adds to the ambience. Rather than drown out the conversation, the diverse soundtrack of eclectic beats amps up the buzz.
The rock shrimp tempura is a must-try. It’s light, crispy and incredibly moreish. Accompanied by a sweet chilli mayo, it’s one of the naughtier things on the menu, but it won’t weigh you down.
Location: Level 27, The Oberoi
Contact number: 056 951 1442, 04 432 7779
Facebook: /Iris Dubai
The pain perdu brioche. Guests who frequent Iris have dubbed it the best Dubai has to offer.