On from 21 February to 15 March, the Dubai Food Festival spans 23 days of gastronomic glory. It's going to be a world tour of taste and to help you on your way in the final week, here's a taster of where to go and what it'll cost you, thanks to www.dubaifoodfestival.com. Happy travels!
Dubai is home to a huge Indian population and hence we offer as all the diverse flavours of India – from theMughalai cuisine of the north to the seafood curries of Goa in the south. Splash out in a five-star establishment, or head to the streets of Deira or Satwa for authentic, freshly cooked dishes that cost just a few dirhams.
INFO: $$$ Rang Mahal, JW Marriott Marquis, www.jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com; $$$ Patiala, Souk al Bahar, www.patiala; $$$ Indego by Vineet, Grosvenor House, www.grosvenorhouse-dubai.com
Dubai does French very well. So well in fact, that the Dubai branch of La Petite Maison, (DIFC, www.lpmdubai.com) is not only French but also ranks at number 92 of the San Pelligrino list of Best Restaurants in the World.
INFO: $$$ Rostang, Atlantis The Palm, www.atlantisthepalm.com; $$ Bistro Madeleine, The InterContinental, Dubai Festival City, www.ihg.com; $$ Le Classique, Emirates Golf Club, www.dubaigolf.com
Peru has been named the World's Leading Culinary Destination and Dubai is making sure it gets in on the act.
INFO: $$$ Toro Toro, Grosvenor House Hotel, www.torotoro-dubai.com; $$ Story Rooftop Bar, Media City, www.storydubai.com; $$$ The Act, Shangri-La, www.theactdubai.com
There’s no shortage of first-class Japanese food here – so good that Zuma (DIFC, www.zumarestaurant.com) has been named by San Pelligrino for the second year in a row as one of the best restaurants in the whole world, ranked at number 87.
INFO: $$$ Okku, The H Hotel, www.okku.com; $$$ Armani Hashi, Armani Hotel, Downtown, www.dubai-armanihotels.com; $$$ Izakaya, JW Marriott Marquis, www.jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com; $ Yo! Sushi, Marina Mall, Mirdiff City Centre, The Dubai Mall, www.yoshushi.com
Some of the tastiest food in the city is among the best value. Eat like a king on Kashmiri curries and Pashtun kebabs.
INFO: $ Karachi Darbar, Deira, 04 272 3755; $ Ravi Restaurant, Satwa, 04 331 5353; $ Barbecue Delights, JBR, 04 423 0632
Who doesn’t likeclassic tapas and Spanish favourites such as albondigas meatballs, gambas with garlic, calamares, patatas bravas and, not forgetting, paella.
INFO: $$ Al Hambra, Al Qasr Hotel, www.jumeirah.com; $$$ Barca Club, Palm Jumeirah, www.emiratesleisureretail.com; $$$ Tapeo, Lafayette Gourmet, The Dubai Mall, www.galerieslafayette-dubai.com
Whether it’s an oven-fired pizza or handcrafted ravioli, Dubai’s Italian eateries do it with passion and flare.
INFO: $$ Busssola, The Westin Dubai, www.westinminaseyhai.com; $$ Ronda Locatelli, Atlantis The Palm, www.atlantisthepalm.com; Dante, Grand Millennium Hotel, www.millenniumhotels.ae; $$ Prego’s, Media Rotana, www.rotana.com
The exotic flavours of Thailand are brought to you with gusto.
INFO: $$$ Pad Thai, Al Qasr Hotel, www.jumeirah.com; $$ Indo Thai, Radisson Royal Hotel Dubai, www.radissonblu.com; $ Smiling BKK, Al Wasl Plaza, 04 349 6677
With so many international restaurants on offer in Dubai, don’t make the mistake of overlooking the delectable national Emirati cuisine.
INFO: $$ Al Fanar, Dubai Festival City, www.alfanarrestaurant.com; $$ Al Makan Souk Madinat, www.jumeirah.com; $$ Bait Al Bahar, Jumeirah, www.baitalbahar.com
Succulent steaks are served with passion – and sometimes with a helping of tango dancing on the side
INFO: $$$ Asado, The Palace, The Old Town, www.theaddress.com; $$$ Gaucho, DIFC, www.gauchorestaurants.co.uk; $$$ La Parrilla, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, www.jumeirah.com
With its European and African influences, dig into steaks of every cut, feijoada, vatapá, moqueca, polenta and acarajé.
INFO: $$$ Fogueira, Ramda Plaza, JBR, www.ramadaplazajbr.com; $$$ Frevo, Fairmont the Palm, www.fairmont.com; $$$ Chamas Churrascaria and Bar, Crowne Plaza Dubai, www.chamasdubai.com
This ancient Levantine cuisine, can be traced back to thousands of years to Roman, and even Phoenician times. This is kitchen where the Arab world meets the Mediterranean cooking up healthy dishes using fresh and sun-ripened ingredients.
INFO: $$$ Al Nafoorah, Jumeirah Emirates Towers and Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, www.jumeirah.com; $$ Abdel Wahab, Souk al Bahar, www.soukalbahar.ae; $$ Lella, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard and Mirdiff City Centre, www.leilarestaurant.com
Traditional diners and burger joints always go down a treat.
INFO: $ Shake Shack, Mall of the Emirates, www.shakeshack.com; $ Johnny Rockets, The Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates and Beach Centre, www.johnnyrocketsuae.com; $$ Hard Rock Café, Dubai Festival City, www.hardrock.com
In true British style, tuck into bangers and mash or steak pie and round it all off with a sticky toffee pudding or apple crumble. London’s theatreland favourite, The Ivy (The Ivy, Boulevard at Jumeirah Emirates Towers, www.theivy.ae) has gone down a treat here, and British celebrity chef Gary Rhodes, an ambassador of all things British, has two restaurants in the city.
INFO: $$ Rivington Grill, Souk al Bahar and Madinat Souk, www.rivingtongrill.ae; $$ Alfie’s, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, www.jumeirah.com; $$ Rhodes Twenty10, Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, www.leroyalmeridien-dubai.com
You’re always guaranteed a good craic served on the side of hearty homemade fare.
INFO: $$ The D Bar and Grill, McGettigans, World Trade Centre, www.mcgettigansdubai.com; $$ The Irish Village, Garhoud, www.theirishvillage.com; $$ Fibber Magee’s, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.fibbersdubai.com
More heavily spiced than Middle Eastern cuisine, with the use of dried fruits, spices and couscous, who doesn’t enjoy a tagine?
INFO: $$$ Tagine, One&Only Royal Mirage, www.royalmirage.oneandonlyresorts.com; $$$ Marrakech, Shangri-La Hotel, www.shangri-la.com; $$$ Almaz by Momo, Mall of the Emirates, 04 409 8877
The rich history of Iran has conjured up an equally rich and flavoursome cuisine.
INFO: $$$ Shayan, Al Ghurair Rayhaan by Rotana, www.rotana.com; $$$ Anar, Souk Madinat, www.jumeirah.com; $ Special Ostadi, Bur Dubai, 04 397 1933
Indulge in the rich flavours of vast array of specialties from the Ottomans.
INFO: $$ Salt, Rixos ThePalm, www.rixos.com; $ Koswbasi, The Walk, JBR and Mirdiff City Centre, www.kosebasi.com; $ Istanbul Flower, Safestway, www.istanbulflower.ae
Lemongrass, ginger, mint, coriander – let all the flavours combine to create a combination of French colonial and Asian delights.
INFO: $$$ Voi, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, www.jumeirah.com; $$$ Hoi An, Shangri-La Hotel; $ Hanoi Café, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, www.hanoi-cafe.com
From Cantonese to Szechuan, and every style in between, this vast cuisine is served up with flare.
INFO: $$$ Zheng He’s, Mina A’Salam, www.jumeirah.com; $$ Royal China, DIFC, www.royalchinadubai.ae; $ Noodle Bowl, Satwa, 04 345 3381
This ‘lifestyle’ restaurant is obsessed with "good health". Think soya bean curd dishes and green tea noodles – with all ingredients being 100% natural
INFO: $$ Sino Chai, Healthcare City, www.sinochai.com
Over the years this national cuisine has evolved. Be prepared to order lots of dishes so you can enjoy the full works.
INFO: $ Sonamu, Asiana Hotel, www.asianahoteldubai.com
Travel this vast continent taking in the dishes of Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Ghana and Uganda along the way.
INFO: $$ Kiza, The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland, www.kizalounge.com; $$ Tribes, Mall of the Emirates, www.malloftheemirates.com; $ African Restaurant, Florida Hotel Baniyas Square, 04 226 8888
Mix native Taino food with Spanish, African, and Caribbean cuisine and the result is an exciting, salsa dancing fusion of flavours.
INFO: $$ Café Habana, Souk al Bahar, www.habana-dubai.com
With Russia being Dubai’s fifth source market for incoming tourists, we’ve got a few restaurants serving up popular favourites such as kotlety and polmeni, to make them feel at home.
INFO: $$ Tchalkovsky, Marina Byblos Hotel, Dubai Marina, www.marinabybloshotel.com; $$ Suvoroff, JBR, www.suvoroff-uae.com; $$ Troyka, Ascot Hotel, Bur Dubai, www.ascothoteldubai.com
Tuck into kaldereta (meat in tomato sauce stew), afritada (chicken simmered in a peanut sauce with vegetables), lumpia (fried spring rolls) and, of course, pancit (noodles).
INFO: $ Grill Corner, Satwa, 04 359 4158; $ Max’s Restaurant, Bur Dubai, 04 325 7797; $ Barrio Fiesta, Burjuman, 04 359 4158
$ Betawi Café, Karama, www.facebook.com/betawifanclub