1. Cielo Tapas Bar & Sky Lounge
Launching this January at the Dubai Creek Yacht Club, the Bodega-style tapas bar and restaurant will serve up traditional favourites like seafood paella and the popular salt-crusted baked sea bass. Complement your meal with a selection of quality vino, sangria and cocktails while you enjoy some Latin music and live Flamenco performances.
2. Clinton Street Baking Company
This brunch spot has New Yorker's queuing round the block for their amazing meals, particularly the pancakes which have been rated the city's best for years. It's so popular there's even a spin-off cookbook, so we can't wait to see what Dubai's foodies think when it opens this January in Burj Views.
3. Sapori di Bice
Now open in the up-and-coming Citywalk Mall, it's a trattoria concept serving breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner in a cosy rustic environment. The menu is based around sharing plates made from farm-to-table ingredients sourced locally and in Italy. There's a rotisserie counter churning out mouth-watering roasted chicken, lamb, veal and beef, and (the best part) traditional pizzas made to order from the classic wood-burning oven.
4. The Re-Launched Table 9 by Darren Velvick
The restaurant had massive success under chef-owners Nick Price and Scott Alvis, so we're excited to see where the new man in charge Darren Velvick takes it. Having worked in Michelin-starred restaurants in the UK, Darren has a stellar reputation and is promising a new look Table 9 with an imaginative and flexible menu customised to diners' preferences.
Expected to open in February in Pier 7 in Dubai Marina, Fümé calls itself an "unpretentious local" serving affordably priced, uncomplicated dishes that reflect the city's multicultural tastes. Like Dubai's residents, the menu comes from around the world with dishes like Hong Kong-style chicken wonton soup sitting alongside steak tartar, braised beef cheek and black cod siew mai.
Located in Madinat Jumeirah, this Mexican newbie is all about fresh ingredients cooked like the chef's grandmother would at home. In a market full of imposter Tex-Mex grub, Tortuga promises authentic cuisine from the heart of Mexico including ceviche, tortillas cooked to order, molcajete (melted cheese in a hot volcanic bowl) and that guilty pleasure, churros.
7. GQ Bar
With a menu of contemporary dishes created by Gary Robinson, Prince Charles' former chef and the also the culinary brain behind VOGUE Café, the new spot in JW Marriott Marquis will be serving lunch and dinner when it opens in February.