It’s never an easy task to pick a restaurant for the perfect date night. Some couples enjoy a humble cup of tea and flavored macaroons, while others prefer a vibrant atmosphere with an energetic vibe.
Whether it’s fine or casual dining, impress your partner with these Vogue-approved date night restaurant options…
Akiba Dori, Dubai Design District
Akiba Dori is inspired by the anime culture of Akihabara – Tokyo’s neon-filled electronics district. This foodhall-style indoor alleyway serves Japanese street food and one of a kind Tokyo-style Neapolitan pizzas made using fresh ingredients sourced from Japan and Italy and baked in a wood fired oven in under 60 seconds. This vibrant location is perfect for lunch, dinner or drinks. If you get stuck for conversation on your date, head to the arcade games and unleash your competitive side.
Asia De Cuba, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
Get immersed in the carnival-style atmosphere of the streets of South America at Asia De Cuba. Through an innovative menu and vibrant atmosphere, Asia de Cuba will bring you into the bustling streets of 1950s Cuba with an energetic vibe and exquisite dishes. The menu’s sharing concept helps create a more romantic setting for you and your partner.
Besh Turkish Kitchen, Sheraton Mall of the Emirates
Too early in the relationship for a mini break in Istanbul? Fear not, at Besh you can experience the next best thing. Not only does the restaurant embrace Turkish traditions, but the menu has been inspired by cookbooks dating back more than 150 years, resulting in the region’s most authentic Turkish flavors.
Blue Jade, The Ritz-Carlton, The Walk
Internationally recognized and awarded, Blue Jade showcases the cuisines of Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Japan, and China. Stay in doors and be witness to the impressive culinary theatrics from the open kitchen or head outside for al fresco dining where coastal views, fairy lights and table candles offer all the ingredients for a romantic tete-a-tete.
Lobby Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton, Jumeriah Bech Residence
Ditch the jeans and tee, dress to impress and get super fancy with your date at the Lobby Lounge where you can indulge in a quintessential afternoon tea experience in the heart of Dubai Marina. Dine in grandeur under the sparkling chandeliers inside, or head to the terrace overlooking the luscious resort gardens. The afternoon tea menu includes an assortment of finger sandwiches along with traditional scones accompanied by Devonshire clotted cream with rose petal jam. The real stars of the show are the artfully prepared assortment of pastries and sweets, for the perfect ending to a refined affair.
YUi, Dubai Design District
YUi is the region’s first dedicated ramen hotspot that invites people to rediscover the deep flavors of authentic Japanese ramen. The noodles are handmade, and only the highest quality ingredients are used. As a result this laid back venue is often busy, especially at lunchtime, so get there early.
Not one for herbivores, but if you and your partner like a cheeky steak night, Beef Bistro is for you. As the name suggests, this French bistro dishes up classic dishes from tartare to burgers using premium beef, including cuts from Japan, Australia, New Zealand, the US and Argentina – all in their own sections on the menu. For dessert, forgo the fruit salad and treat yourself to chocolate fondant, mille-feuille or vanilla crème brûlée.
It’s impossible not to enjoy Bebemos. It’s cosy, it’s fun and its traditional Spanish tapas from the likes of Andalucía, Galicia, and Catalunya will have you feeling happy. The menu starts with cold and hot bites, with black rice with scallops one of the most iconic dishes of Bebemos. Sweets to finish include a chocolate parcel with olive oil, caviar and salt.
Tamba serves the finest Indian-inspired cuisine with influences from all over the world. The menu is designed to encourage social dining and allows guests to explore a diverse and eclectic range of dishes. Passion and culinary creativity are evident throughout, where every dish is a Tamba signature. The breathtakingly exquisite venue represents a skillful juxtaposition of innovation and tradition. The sleek loft-style interior is embellished with decorative layered screens setting the scene for mystery and intrigue from lunch until the early hours. Floor to ceiling windows beautifully frame the Abu Dhabi skyline, offering stunning views of the city beyond. It’s a classy date night option.
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