From new spots to familiar favorites, here are 8 restaurants and lounges with unique experiences to check out in Dubai this weekend.
Dubai’s popular Mediterranean restaurant, Basko is introducing you to two new exciting experiences. One, featuring the soulful sounds of the new resident band Abri. You can tap along their soothing beats as you relish Basko’s delicious Mediterranean cuisine and perfectly crafted cocktails. Live music will take place from 9pm onwards. Two, for all the brunch lovers, Basko has brought about a change in its menu by adding brunch to the list which will be held every Saturday from 12pm to 4pm. The brunch will feature a bunch of Mediterranean dishes such as the Crispy Tuna Tartine and the Shrimp Carpaccio.
Reservations@baskorestaurant.com, 04 582 4242
Electric Pawn Shop
Inspired by the Chinatown of New York in the 70s, Electric Pawn Shop is an exotic, dystopian counterculture Asian-Mediterranean spot. The concept behind the restaurant was brought about by lifestyle creator Lynn Lin and cultural innovator and music professional, Lobito Brigante – both globally acclaimed and respected in their arenas. The venue is surrounded by eclectic underground music, delivering funk-laced beats from different genres. Signature dishes such as the Pattaya Disco Prawn, Sizzling Muay Thai Ducking Noodle, and Lucky 777 Beef Volcano are sure to entice even the most discerning foodies.
Ask@electricpawnshop.com, 05 05 865 510
Nothing beats a soothing high tea on a calm Sunday afternoon, but SushiSamba’s brand new addition, called the Sky Tea, takes the experience to all-new heights, pun intended. Offering a breathtaking view of Palm Jumeirah, SushiSamba’s Sky Tea offers guests a luxe afternoon featuring delectable snacks—think house sushi, wagyu bites, and seafood hors d’oeuvre—and a host of mouthwatering sweet treats including chocolates and bite size cakes. Accompanying them, of course, is a wide range of Japanese teas to choose from, from classic jasmine and green tea to a milk oolong that’s bound to keep you coming back for more. Add to that the perfect live musical performances, and you’ve got yourself the ideal weekend outing.
04 278 4888
Estiatorio Milos, world-renowned for its Greek-Mediterranean cuisine by the acclaimed chef Costas Spiliadis, has opened its doors for the first time in Dubai at the newly launched ultra-luxury resort, Atlantis the Royal. The restaurant offers picture-perfect dining similar to that which one would experience in Greece. With the guidance of Milos chefs, you get the opportunity to create your own dining experience by exploring the market. Diners can also enjoy, Milos “my sister’s olive oil”, Greek thyme honey from the island of Kythira, family-harvested sea salt, and an array of fresh fruits and vegetables sourced from local Greek vendors, cultivated over generations.
Atlantis.com/dubai/dining/milos, 04 462 555
A unique tasting menu culinary experience has been introduced by the artisanal Italian restaurant, Monno, with a sophisticated five-course feast served by head chef Federico Bartoli and his crew. It offers a collection of signature and popular dishes from both the land and the sea, authentic to their ingredients and the Italian culinary traditions. Each dish is uniquely created, taking into consideration the narrative it holds.
Monno.ae, 04 332 2255
Nobu Dubai is welcoming its guest for an exciting brunch every Saturday from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm. This internationally renowned restaurant offers the finest Japanese Peruvian dishes with an unlimited selection of cold starters with classics like yellowtail sashimi with jalapeños. The starters are followed by an extravagant choice of Nobu mains, including the legendary black cod miso and Nobu wagyu sliders. Brunch ends on a sweet note with a wide dessert selection, including mochi ice cream and Nobu cheesecake.
Atlantis.com/dubai/dining/nobu, 04 426 0760
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Dubai’s beloved dinner-and-a-show venue, Papillion is offering you a multi-sensory experience for its third season as ‘Hotel Papillon’ with brand-new, original performances by Layla Kardan and her creative team. Producer Kardan has cast the city’s best talent, from The Luizaga Brothers to Pamela Pucheta and Toi Dupras. The show culminates with the transition of the dinner-show venue into a nightlife space, Le Club. They awaken your senses with cabaret cavorts and live music, where the food on your plate isn’t the only delight.
050 252 4098
Risen Café & Artisanal Bakery
Risen Café & Artisanal Bakery has become a popular brand in recent years with its fifth outlet opened at the Balqis Residence on the West Crescent of Palm Jumeirah. With floor-to-ceiling windows, wooden floors, and outside seating with beach views, their first location at Dubai Marina is destined to become the ideal choice of café for the residents of Dubai. You can enjoy their scrumptious pastries, full-bodied coffee, and fresh-from-the-oven loaves while dining with your loved ones or while working away from the office.