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From Festive to Tranquil—6 Dubai Restaurants to Visit This Weekend

Photo: Courtesy of Eugène Eugène

Short of plans this weekend? Thankfully, Dubai’s culinary scene is ever-ready to offer new and unique experiences. Check out some of the best restaurants to visit soon.

Pincode by Chef Kunal Kapoor

Photo: Courtesy of Pincode by Chef Kunal Kapur

Nothing beats the comfort of soul-warming Indian cuisine shared with the entire family this winter. Keeping just that in mind, Pincode by Indian celebrity chef Kunal Kapoor has curated a special menu with a focus on fresh seasonal ingredients. Appetizers feature mouthwatering creations like the Sweet Potato Chaat, Chicken Chili Cheese Kebab, and Bengali Fried Prawns, while the mains include a hearty Sarson Ka Saag, as well as Tawa Chicken, and Bombay Chicken Pulao. What’s more, the dessert offerings including Moong Dal Halwa and Gajar Halwa are bound to spark nostalgia with their simplicity and wholesomeness wrapped in two expertly crafted dishes.

The Winter Menu will be served all day long starting December 15.

04 566 1424, Pincodebykunalkapur.com

Eugène Eugène

Photo: Courtesy of Eugène Eugène

Celebrating its first festive season, the garden-inspired rooftop restaurant hidden away in Kempinski, Mall of Emirates is the perfect spot for a memorable meal with loved ones this time of the year. Eugène Eugène is marking the season with a special menu brimming with flavor, seasonal ingredients, and traditional dishes. Starters include smoked beans and foie gras, marinated yellow tail, and truffle wagyu beef carpaccio, while the mains feature Coquille Saint Jacques, duck breast, and for dessert, a Buche de Noel by Madeleine et Marcel, and more. If you fancy ringing in the new year from the magical conservatory-style setting of the restaurant, indulge in the special NYE dinner which features highlights like St. Jacques caviar and beef with truffle potatoes and foie gras, and much more. The restaurant is also hosting festive brunches from December 24 to January 1, where guests can enjoy live music, and a special menu including sharing starters and desserts, along with à la carte mains.

04 379 8963, Eugeneeugene.ae

Sān Beach

Photo: Courtesy of Sān Beach

If an escape from the busy holiday season is on your mind, a visit to Sān Beach will treat you to just that, and much more. Nestled within The Club at Dubai’s pristine Palm West Beach, the restaurant and retreat has quickly earned itself a place among the city’s beloved spots. Visit during the day for private pool and beach access, and lively ambiance with resident DJs and bands playing music, or at night when the venue turns into a tranquil setting against Dubai’s glittering skyline. As for the food, Sān Beach prides itself on delectable South African and Greek-inspired cuisine—from breakfast to indulgent meals centered around fresh meat and seafood.

For New Year’s Eve, the venue is throwing an extraordinary party that kicks off at 8pm on December 31, with sharing menu and beverage packages starting at AED 1500. A special set by international guest DJ Eran Hersh will begin the countdown to midnight after resident DJs Marasi and Zaheera warm up the crowd.

04 458 0499, Westbeach.ae 

Kata

Photo: Courtesy of Kata

Few experiences come close to enjoying contemporary Japanese cuisine with a view of the Dubai Mall fountain show. Promising precisely that, homegrown restaurant Kata has quickly become one of the most popular restaurants in Downtown Dubai’s Waterfront Promenade. A highlight of its exceptional interior design is a mural that was hand-painted on-site by renowned artist, designer, and illustrator Wong Ting Fung (aka TF), while the menu is curated by award-winning Chef Marwan Sardouk. Must-try signature dishes include melt-in-your-mouth Truffle Wagyu Tartar, Chilean Seabass, Wagyu Truffle Rice, and the Burj Khalifa Roll.

054 582 9933, Kata.ae

Avli by Tashas

Photo: Courtesy of Avli by Tashas

A culinary odyssey to Greece’s vibrant shores, Avli by Tashas’ New Athenian lunch sees authentic flavors given an inventive, contemporary twist in a celebration of the country’s gastronomic heritage. A collaboration between Avli’s head chef, Vlassia Anagnostou, and guest celebrity Nomad Chef Andreas Lagos, this fusion of Mediterranean flavors employs high-quality Greek ingredients – and equally authentic Greek hospitality. Premium ingredients are on offer in a meticulously curated menu through both buffet and à la carte options. A breezy yet luxurious ambiance complements the food, rounding out the enchanting atmosphere full of fun, music – and show-stopping desserts that take center stage.

04 359 0008, Avlibytashas.com

Soul Kitchen 

Photo: Courtesy of Soul Kitchen

An ode to the Arab diaspora that spread through Latin America, Beirut’s beloved Soul Kitchen is a new addition to Dubai’s dining scene at Business Bay. It is known for familiar favorites from Levantine cuisine reinvented with local ingredients that take your palate through a journey of flavors born out of the cultural exchange since the 19th century. In its Dubai location, expect star dishes like Sheri Fish Crudo, infused with tabbouleh water and jicama crudité, Grilled Calamari marinated with achiote, the Tamarind Glazed Lamb Chops and the Chicken Shawarma Empanadas.

04 836 0900, Soulkitchendxb.com

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