Top 10 Restaurants with Views in Dubai

If you love food as much as you love a spectacular view then these haunts are for you
Friday , 03 January 2014
The Observatory
The Observatory
Bateaux Dubai
Bateaux Dubai
Noble House
Noble House
Arabesque
Arabesque
Al Hadheerah
Al Hadheerah
Rivington Grill
Rivington Grill
At.Mosphere
At.Mosphere
Al Fanar
Al Fanar
Pier Chic
Pier Chic
Vu’s
Vu’s
The Observatory
Bateaux Dubai
Noble House
Arabesque
Al Hadheerah
Rivington Grill
At.Mosphere
Al Fanar
Pier Chic
Vu’s

The Observatory
Address:
Marriott Harbour Hotel, Marina, Dubai
Tel: 04 319 4795
Web: www.theobservatorypdx.com
Dress code: Smart casual
Times: 11am to 10pm, Sunday and Monday; 11am to 12am, Tuesday to Saturday
Price Range: $$$
Unless you are skydiving or splashing out on a seaplane, there is no better view of the Palm Jumeirah and the Dubai marina to be had than from this 52nd floor undiscovered gem of a restaurant. The low-lit lounge, well-stocked bar and courteous staff ooze fine dining finesse but the breathtaking views and phenomenal photo ops are what draw tourists, suit-clad businessmen and locals alike. Their Friday brunch wows guests with one of the best seafood stations in town; you’ll be torn between the plump prawns, decadent oysters or seared scallops on offer. Those who want to make a meal out of meat should head straight for the fantastic carving station; lamb, beef and turkey are accompanied by all the usual suspect roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings and spinach gratins.
FYI: Caffeine-fiends will want to check out the only speciality coffee cart in the city.
Signature Dishes: Fried Camembert, Sirloin ‘Strindberg’, caramelised apple tart with bourbon vanilla ice cream.

Bateaux Dubai
Address:
Dubai Creek, Bur Dubai, near the British Embassy
Tel: 04 399 4994
Web: www.jebelali-international.com/Properties/BateauxDubai
Dress code: Smart casual
Times: 8.30pm to 11pm, Sunday to Saturday
Price Range: $$$$
Even the most ardent land-lover will be charmed by this creek-tastic fantasy. Eschewing tackiness and steering clear of the traditional faux-ethnic bandwagon, Bateau Dubai is seriously stylish proposition. An on-board band tinkles unobtrusively in the background as this minimalist, glass-walled cruiser gently meanders up and down the creek, letting diners take in 360 degree panoramic views of the romantic old Dubai shoreline, with its trading dhows and abras traversing the strait, twinkling with lights whilst being served an astoundingly impressive menu. A very different way of seeing the city, this sophisticated option fits perfectly with the typically Dubai ethos of dinner with a difference.
FYI: Those in the know book the private Prestige Lounge at the front of the boat for uninterrupted views and private dining for up to 52 guests.
Signature Dishes: Fennell risotto with grilled scallop, Coconut-milk poached Barramundi with sweet potato gratin, white chocolate crème brûlée.

Noble House
Address:
Raffles Hotel, Wafi, Dubai
Tel: 04 314 9888
Web: www.raffles.com
Dress code: Smart elegant
Times: 7pm to 11.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday; Closed Sunday and Monday
Price Range: $$$
The view from the pinnacle of the trademark pyramid at the Raffles Hotel is obviously going to be something special. The length of the bustling Sheikh Zayed Road, its lights twinkling and the Lilliputian-looking vista is worth splashing out on alone. Yet thankfully at the much-lauded Noble House you get some of the best Chinese food in the city thrown into the mix too. This is gourmet far eastern fine dining; amuse bouche playfully tempt your palate before the modern Szechuan and Cantonese feast commences; theatrics abound when it comes to presentation. Make sure you order their signature home-made coconut ice; served over billowing dry ice, this glutinous rice, strawberry and mango dish is worth the calories.
FYI: Noble House’s Chinese tea master went through martial arts training to be able to acrobatically serve the traditional tea Noble House is known for.
Signature Dishes:
Two flavoured prawns, pan-seared black pepper wagyu beef, coconut ice.

Arabesque
Address:
Park Hyatt, Deira, Dubai
Tel: 04 317 2222
Web: www.dubai.park.hyatt.com
Dress code: Smart elegant
Times: 12.30pm to 4pm and 6.30pm to 12am, Sunday to Saturday
Price Range: $$$
The soothing cool cream and white hues of the sunshine-filled Arabesque is a break from the dark, moody norm when it comes to Levantine dining. Sitting on its terrace overlooking the yacht-filled marina, you’ll be rubbing shoulders with the chic crowd who trek here to sample some of the most delicious and bountiful Lebanese, Jordanian and Syrian inspired- cold mezze, appealingly laid out in buffet form and prepared by chefs exclusively from the region. The freshly baked-breads are all made daily on the premises and although you might be tempted to forgo mains after indulging in the selection of starters, make sure you reserve room for the home-made desserts- the sweetest of teeth will be satiated by the gooey, honey-drenched goodies on display.
FYI: : The origins of Umm Ali are a matter of great debate; some say it was invented by the Mamalukes whilst others attribute it to the Ottomans. Los Angeles Times writer Charles Perry jokes that Umm Ali was pudding made by an English nurse named O’Malley.
Signature Dishes: Muhammara, mixed grill platter, Syrian ballawa.

Al Hadheerah
Address:
Bab Al Shams Desert Resort, Dubai
Tel: 04 832 6699
Web: www.meydanhotels.com/babalshams
Dress code: Smart casual
Times: 7pm to 11.30pm, Sunday to Saturday
Price Range: $$$$
This kitsch but fun, open-air restaurant, laid out under the stars like a massive local market with infinite stalls purveying a plethora of goodies, is worth the 45 minute drive out of central Dubai, if nothing else than to watch the stunning orange and red hues of the sunset over the sand dunes and experience the serenity of the desert. Along with the mouthwatering, freshly cooked local dishes on offer thanks to the live cooking stations (there are 14 starters alone brought to the table), this 1001 Arabian Nights-style extravaganza entertains with camel rides, belly dancers, whirling dervishes, Arabian stallions and swooping falcons to distract even the most difficult to divert diner from dishes like meltingly soft slow cooked lamb, served with traditional spice-flavored rice.
FYI: Its trademark ouzi is so popular that on a single night Al Hadeerah can cook up to 40 whole lambs.
Signature Dishes: Freshly baked manakeesh, ouzi makmoura, Um Ali with camel milk.

Rivington Grill
Address:
Souk Al Bahar, Dubai
Tel: 04 423 0903
Web: www.rivingtongrill.ae
Dress code: Casual smart
Times: 12pm to 12am, Sunday to Saturday
Price Range: $$$$
Superlatives abound when foodies discuss the affectionately known, perennially popular, ‘Riv Grill’. Regulars cite the superb service, where guests are greeted by name, the bright and breezy- not to mention always buzzy- ambiance, and more quirkily, the incredibly more-ish straight-from-the-oven crusty sourdough bread, served on arrival. The modern British menu inevitably battles for top billing with the sweeping views of the Dubai fountains that captivate diners; the tables to bag are of course those on the terrace, nearest the fountains so you’re in prime position for their breath-taking musical performances.
FYI: Your mini-me’s have their own menu and can be satiated with simple servings of cheese on toast and bananas and custard.
Signature Dishes: Seared beef and Yorkshire pudding salad with horseradish cream, fish and chips with mushy peas, sticky toffee pudding.

At.Mosphere
Address:
Downtown Burj Khalifa, Dubai
Tel: 04 888 3828
Web: www.atmosphereburjkhalifa.com
Dress code: Smart casual
Times: 12pm to 3pm, 7pm to 11.30pm, Sunday to Saturday; Lounge 12pm to 2am, Sunday to Saturday
Price Range: $$$$
Believe the hype. Located at a stratospheric 408 meters high, at the 122nd floor of the world’s tallest building, At.Mosphere is more than just a restaurant, it is an experience. Moody lighting and gleaming, polished woods ensures this gimmick-free, gastro-dome is a very grown-up affair. Book a window table so you can fully appreciate the twinkling lights of Dubai stretching as far as the eye can see but ensure you opt for a spot in The Grill to fully appreciate the menu- The Lounge is a tapas-based haven - as the very able Chef Dwayne Cheer has put together a succinct selection of plates to convert even the most fussy foodie. A special venue that defies expectations.
FYI: Don’t get carried away with staring outside; make sure you also notice Corey McCorkle’s ‘Width of Circle’ and Carol Bove’s ‘The Night Sky Over’ art installations.
Signature Dishes: Diver scallops with ricotta dumplings, chorizo and tomato confit, free range Australian salt bush lamb, Gianduja chocolate mousse.

Al Fanar
Address:
Le Royal Meridien, Al Markaziya, Abu Dhabi
Tel: 02 674 2020
Web: www.leroyalmeridienabudhabi.com
Dress code: Smart casual
Times: 12.30pm to 3pm and 7pm-11pm, Sunday to Saturday
Price Range: $$$
A revolving restaurant is usually associated with tourists longing to get a bird’s eye view of the city yet Al Fanar’s stellar culinary credentials, under the stewardship of Chef Olivier Loreaux, stand up to scrutiny despite the novelty factor, ensuring that Abu Dhabi locals too are drawn to take in the slowly-changing vistas and continuously return to explore the always evolving menu. Contemporary European cuisine expertly executed ticks all the right boxes, with unobtrusive yet efficient service and a sophisticated, jazz-filled ambiance finishing the premiere package. A simple decor bows to the superiority of the views outside. Make sure you book for the fantastic Friday brunch.
FYI: The restaurant usually takes an hour and a half to complete a revolution, but can be speeded up to complete it in 45 minutes!
Signature Dishes: Alaskan crab and nori wasabi lime emulsion, braised lamb shank with dauphin potatoes, meringue leaves, chocolate sorbet, meringue ice cream and bitter chocolate spuma.

Pier Chic
Address:
Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah, Al Sufouh, Dubai
Tel: 04 366 6730
Web: www.jumeirah.com
Dress code: Smart casual
Times: 1pm to 3pm, Sunday to Saturday, and 7pm to 11.30pm, Sunday to Saturday
Price Range: $$$$
A fairy-tale like setting, which looks to be floating out in the midst of the azure sea, only reached via a gentle stroll along a wooden deck, lit by flickering candles and flaming torches, providing many a Kodak-camera moment along the way, is an apt location for this piscatorial fine-dining favourite. Executives on expense accounts and occasionally stumble on this delight but it’s a supremely romantic haunt, with vistas of the grand Madinat Jumeirah on one side, the mighty Buj-Al-Arab on the other, and given the gentle soundtrack of waves lapping in the background, this is one option best suited to dining a deux.
FYI: Adventurous gastro-nauts will want to sample the seemingly Blumenthal-inspired blue cheese brulee with black truffle ice cream on the desert menu.
Signature Dishes: Tuna Carpaccio with king crab panna cotta, white asparagus, caviar and soft quail egg, pan fried sea bass, Valrhona chocolate fondue.

Vu’s
Address:
 Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
Tel: 04 319 8088
Web: www.jumeirah.com
Dress code: Smart casual
Times: 12.30pm to 3pm; 7.30pm to 12am, Sunday to Saturday; 12pm to 4pm Friday Brunch
Price Range: $$$$
Those with a head for 300 meter heights will adore this European fine dining stalwart- all starched, crisp linens, glistening glass and sparkling silverware- perched on the fiftieth floor of this established hotel. Opt for the glass lifts to whisk you up to the top; though the thrill of the ride is far outweighed by lure of the tantalizing menu. The tables to covet are of course the ones at the edge- the others will have you desperately craning for vista-filled glimpses- which offer uninterrupted panoramas stretching down the length of Sheikh Zayed Road and down to the sea.
FYI: Want to get up close and personal? Wow your nine closest friends by requesting a chef’s table and eating in the midst of the kitchen hustle and bustle.
Signature Dishes: Lobster bisque, milk fed veal chop with pumpkin gnocchi, Grand Marnier and chocolate mini soufflé with white chocolate ice cream.