Looking to refresh your weekend plans? Here are four new restaurants right here in Dubai that are worth checking out for a memorable dinner.
Beirut-based Amelia has arrived in the city, in the heart of Downtown Dubai, with its newest standalone venue at the Address Sky View this July. Establishing itself as one of the top restaurant destinations in the world, the refined lounge restaurant offers the best in mixology, gastronomy, and music. Featuring a one-of-a-kind retro-futuristic steampunk-inspired theme, Amelia takes its guests on a culinary journey blended with the Nikkei cuisine along with subtle yet captivating Mediterranean hints. The restaurant offers an extensive menu, catering to vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike, and is filled with highlights, from the fresh marinated raw-fish ceviche, tiradito, and sushi, to Amelia’s signature hot dishes, iron pots and the robata and josper selection of exquisite tenderloin, sirloin and T-bone wagyu steaks, lamb, poultry and seafood, among others.
Amelialounge.com, 04 328 2805
Located in DIFC, Gate 2, Jass Lounge is a 1920s New York-inspired, intimate yet vibrant space with a low-lit ambiance, hand-painted ceilings, and a transcendental atmosphere. With its sultry sounds and plush décor, the venue entertains its guests with live jazz performances featuring smooth soul, rhythmic funk, Cuban jazz, and classic blues along with resident DJ Esh playing into the early hours. The venue also offers a host of carefully crafted cocktails with the signature drinks being the nearness cocktail and Django along with a premium grapes selection, featuring the Bordeaux blend Esprit de Pavie.
Jasslounge.ae, 050 912 4242
Alaya (Open for reservations from July 27)
Created by Evgeny Kuzin and acclaimed Chef Izu Ani, Alaya is a unique approach to the concept of fine dining. Celebrating the lively cuisine of the Mediterranean with a hint of Middle Eastern flavors, Alaya is a nod to the richness and beauty of the region. The restaurant offers its guests an epicurean experience with each dish specially crafted to create meaningful experiences with carefully selected ingredients and rigorous cooking methods used to combine traditions with a modernist approach. Featuring interiors that boast rich colors, and a labyrinth of patterns and textures, Alaya blends and entwines culture, history, and high design, focused on bringing forth the beauty and worldliness of the Eastern Mediterranean region onto the DIFC dining scene.
Alaya-dubai.com, 04 570 6289
The contemporary yet cozy dine-in is one of the latest members of the F&B scene in Dubai. Located in Al Wasl Road, Fat Uncle celebrates advanced and modern techniques of cooking, crafted with intricate and state-of-the-art equipment, and takes its guests on a gastronomical voyage through the Mediterranean. Helmed by Turkish head chef Alper Uzundurukan, the menu includes a wide range of dishes such as the scallops gratin, doused in Gruyere cheese, tender grilled lobster thermidor, and cured beef tartar with succulent bone marrow and A5 grade Hokkaido wagyu, among other delectable options. With affordable prices, the ethos of the brand orbits around its members’ tradition, community, and comfort. The venue also comes with an in-house bar, namely ‘Fat Bar’ and serves its guests uniquely crafted drinks along with an extensive dry menu. For those of you who like to dine under the stars, the restaurant offers a large patio, entirely covered and ventilated, making sure that guests feel comfortable in the cool temperatures outside while enjoying their meal.
Ourfatuncle, 04 324 4416