Insider Diner

Food guru Samantha Wood of serves up the latest on the UAE's dining scene
ByJasmine BandaliTuesday , 13 January 2015
Insider Diner

Four Seasons, Four Restaurants
Four Seasons Resort Dubai is the latest dining destination. London Peruvian import Coya becomes Dubai’s first dedicated Peruvian restaurant. Nusret is a famed Turkish steakhouse, Sea Fu serves Asian inspired seafood and later this year a Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant will also open its doors.

INFO: Jumeirah Beach Road,04 270 7777,

Only Solo
In a city overflowing with Italian restaurants, home-grown Solo (brought to us by the folks behind Japanese Tomo), which translates to ‘only’, differentiates with an unusual dining concept ‘bistronomia’. A combination of bistro and gastronomia (gastronomy), Bistronomia refers to a twist on haute cuisine, where the portions are generous and served in a relaxed, convivial setting - all at an affordable price. The team throughout, from the design, to kitchen and front-of-house are all Italian. Dubai veteran and chef-cum-partner, Corrado Pani helms the open-plan kitchen which serves homemade dishes, family-style peppered across Italy’s diverse regions from Lombardy and Tuscany to Campania and Sicily. 

INFO: 12noon - 3.15pm, 7pm - 11pm daily, Raffles Dubai, Wafi City, 04 370 8999,

The UAE has more food trucks! - Jake’s bagel burger van in Dubai, and Emirati kitchen truck Meylas in Abu Dhabi. Follow them on Instagram @thefoodtruckdubai and @meylas for their locations


China Grill Docks in Dubai
US restaurant hot spot China Grill has docked in Dubai at the Westin. Don’t expect typical traditional Chinese cuisine, this restaurant takes fusion to a different level adding Asian ingredients into European dishes. Think steamed pancake buns with Peking duck and caviar; doughnut rolls stuffed with lobster; and wasabi mashed potatoes. Is that enough to whet your appetite? 

INFO: 6pm-12midnight Sun-Wed, until 1am Thu-Fri, Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh Road, Jumeirah Beach. 04 511 7333, 

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