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Staying in Dubai? Feel Far Away in These Top Restaurants

The summer is over, but that doesn’t mean our holiday blues aren’t. Luckily for us the cosmopolitan city of Dubai offers a whole array of dining options ready to carry us to far-flung places. From a taste of the Maldives to the streets of Belgium, here is a roundup of some of our favorite must-visit restaurants.

Ossiano, Atlantis The Palm

Canadian Lobster Salad. Courtesy of Ossiano.

Ossiano’s food is as exceptional as its location. Making you feel as if you’re spotting fish in the Maldives, the restaurant even features an impressive floor to ceiling fish tank. With live music adding to the atmosphere, Chef Gregorie Berger’s award-winning menu is perfect for a romantic evening out, especially if you’re looking to recreate a honeymoon vibe. Featuring dishes from both the land and sea, the presentation is almost too beautiful to tuck into. Almost.

Peyote, DIFC

Selection de Tacos. Courtesy of Peyote.

Adjacent to Zuma in the bustling Dubai International Financial Center, Peyote is a chichi restaurant straight from London’s Mayfair that will change the way you think about Mexican food. What distinguishes Peyote from the likes of Maria Bonita’s Taco Shop or Loca is its level of culinary creativity. The brainchild of acclaimed celebrity chef Eduardo Garcia, Peyote aims to elevate your experience of Mexican cuisine with mouth-watering flavors and dishes.

You won’t find a sombrero pinned to the wall, and don’t expect a plain shell stuffed with chilli sauce when you order tacos. Instead, the menu features two taco plates: one brimming with tender braised beef short rib and salsa, and the other with tempura prawn and chipotle mayonnaise sure to satiate any appetite. Other must-try dishes include a 24 hour-braised lamb shoulder served with homemade tortillas, grilled, jumbo tiger prawns, and the ribeye steak.

Sho Cho, Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa

A selection of sushi. Courtesy of Sho Cho.

With breath-taking views of the sea, a resident DJ, and a first rate menu, Sho Cho offers an unforgettable culinary experience for those looking for great Japanese cuisine. Our pick of the top dishes includes tantalizing steamed dumplings stuffed with a delectable mix of minced prawns and coriander all pan-fried to perfection, the crunchy, deep-fried crab spring rolls, and the selection of sashimi, sushi, and maki. Despite being open for more than a decade, the restaurant is still a go-to spot for those who want to enjoy a laid-back meal with family and friends.

Le Petit Belge, Pullman hotel, Jumeirah Lakes Towers

A selection of starters. Courtesy of Le Petit Belge.

Located on the ground floor of the Pullman hotel, a trip to Le Petit Belge will take you on a mini, gastronomic adventure around Belgium. With a buzzy ambiance, you will feel as if you are dining in a busy European restaurant. Filled with the distinctive hospitality of its namesake country, the charm of this brasserie is in its wholesome food. Featuring traditional favorites from giant pots of mussels to the famous Belgian frites, the flavors are authentic even with the ingredients being locally sourced. A win-win.

Jodhpur Royal Dining, Al Murooj Rotana

Courtesy of Jodhpur Royal Dining



Jodhpur Royal Dining proves that Indian cuisine extends past your run-of-the-mill curries. A delectable selection of dishes including butter lobster garnished with crispy shrimp, kale patta chaat, and tandoori portobellos’ parmesan crumble are now available on the restaurant’s newly-revamped menu. The selling point of this award-winning eatery is its authentic approach to infusing traditional dishes with a contemporary twist. Take, for instance, an Arabic food-inspired laban and ricotta kabab garnished with rose petals. Just make sure you save some room for dessert. Options to choose from include a mouth-watering lineup of delicacies such as banana cake, cassata, kulfi, jalebis, chocolate mousse, and the bestselling Lotus Treacle Tart.

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