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4 New Restaurant Experiences to Check Out in Dubai This Weekend

Plans to dine out this weekend? These new Dubai concepts are worth checking out and adding to your list.


Photo: Courtesy of Jun’s

Located on Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Jun’s is the brainchild of award-winning chef Kelvin Cheung, offering a progressive Asian modern dining experience. The contemporary restaurant concept is rooted in Cheung’s Chinese heritage and brings together nostalgic
flavors of North American and Asian cuisines to serve up dishes with personal stories. Some of the chef’s highlights include the charred rainbow heirloom carrots with smoked labneh, candied nuts, and soy honey butter (fashioned after the cream cheese and smoked salmon bagels his mother used to make for him), a satisfyingly tangy kale chaat inspired by the city of Mumbai, the salmon tartar with gluten-free nori crackers, and charred avocado and agua de chili, among other must-tries. Don’t leave without indulging in Cheung’s boba crème brûlée—a culinary delight that’s likely to remind you of your childhood., 056 892 4121


Photo: Courtesy of Ekai

Ekai offers a blend of dining and nightlife, with an extensive menu that features Southern French and Mediterranean-influenced dishes. Launched as part of Ekai Hospitality, the latest concept located in the heart of DIFC aims to offer the city’s nightlife a refreshing ‘dine and unwind’ experience, along with several stage and DJ performances playing into the early hours. The restaurant’s interiors feature night sky walls imbued with traces of golden linings and dimly lit lamps with relaxing music in the background. Some of the menu highlights include fresh Scottish salmon with Peruvian corn and mango salsa, and freshly prepared pasta offering a variety of meat choices such as the Canadian lobster linguini and beef cheek pappardelle. For dessert, Ekai offers baked Alaska flambé, mille-feuille, and chocolate moelleux., 04 554 3392

‘Oysters with a View’ at Roberto’s

Photo: Courtesy of Roberto’s

One of DIFC’s beloved spots, Roberto’s has introduced the ‘Oysters with a View’ menu in celebration of World Oyster’s Day on August 5 for all seafood enthusiasts. The award-winning restaurant’s new addition will be available every day from 5pm to 7pm. Served exclusively at the Lounge in DIFC, guests can choose the appetizer and select from three packages; which are, two freshly shucked oysters paired with a glass of sparkling grape for AED 130 per person along, with two freshly shucked oysters for AED 40 per person. Half dozen freshly shucked oysters paired with a bottle of sparkly grape for AED 500 per person or a dozen of freshly shucked oysters paired with a bottle of sparkling grape for AED 600 per person., 04 386 0066


Photo: Courtesy of MaKiRa

Located at the iconic 5-star hotel Dusit Thani Dubai, is MaKiRa, the city’s newest Japanese rolls and bowls destination, featuring a unique fusion of flavors and techniques that hallmark the traditional and contemporary cultures of Japan into a fine dining experience. A ballad to Japan’s most beloved dishes, Maki and Ramen, the menu showcases dishes ranging from the originals to the chefs’ contemporary empirical flavors, with each dish taking its guests on a gastronomical voyage. The restaurant’s interiors flaunt a radiant and airy space with minimalistic wooden features amid graphic, coeval Japanese artwork. The carefully curated menu consists of a variety of Japanese rolls which include aburi truffle wagyu roll, ebi tempura uramaki and torched salmon uramaki amongst other delicacies. For those seeking healthier options, the restaurant also offers a fresh selection of salads, poke and chirashi along with the highlights being the tuna poke and the new style chirashi., 04 317 4515

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