New Restaurants to Try in Dubai

When it comes to food in Dubai, name it and you’ll find it. With more than 2,000 restaurants opening up in the past year and a half alone, if your favorite eatery is not here yet, there’s no doubt it will be soon. Here are just some of the picks from the past few months that have caught our eye (and tantalised our taste-buds).


This sassy new place is the latest venture from food heroes Tom & Serg who’ve brought us some of Dubai’s favorite cafes (Tom Arnel is Australian, Sergio Lopez is from Spain). The turquoise-hued eatery offers Mexican staples, including the duo’s take on tacos, quesadillas and chili beef, all served in fresh and playful ways. Ask for diablo shrimps served on a cut pineapple, or a signature charcoal chicken. Feeling brave? Opt for the Muchachas fiesta menu, where the chefs will do the thinking for you.

New Restaurants to Try in Dubai


The clashing flavors of Asia come together in this high-rise restaurant in the edgy W Hotel. Namu brings the best of rival Japanese and Korean cuisine together, ranging from sushi and sashimi to barbecued steaks and wagyu ribs, cooked in live stations. Located on the 31st floor, guests can also enjoy the sweeping views over Sheikh Zayed Road.

New Restaurants to Try in Dubai

Carnival by Tresind

Newly opened in September, Carnival by Tresind promises to bring post-modern Indian cuisine to the Dubai food scene. The DIFC eatery is the second venture from the minds behind Tresind, one of the top-rated restaurants in town. With items on the menu including Happy Halloween (a soft Indian bread stuffed with pumpkin) and Life is Short, Eat Dessert First (a yoghurt-based dish served with the traditional Indian sweet, jalebi), Chef Himanshu Saini puts on a festive show, served with a touch of theatre and packed with flavor.

New Restaurants to Try in Dubai

Firebird Diner by Michael Mina

This new eatery serves American favorites with a regional twist. At the helm of the diner (located in the swanky Four Seasons Hotel), is Michelin-starred Egyptian-American chef Michael Mina. With its comfy booths and a 1950s jukebox, Firebird offers a relaxed eating environment, transporting you to old-school USA, with an added layer of luxury. Diners can enjoy hearty meals of classic buffalo wings, corn dogs and burgers, and polish it off with a sweet sundae or a cup of coffee.

New Restaurants to Try in Dubai

Miss Lily’s

The latest Jamaican restaurant is a New York City export, pitched as beach shack-meets-diner (it’s nowhere near the beach, though). With a soundtrack of smooth reggae and walls plastered with vinyl records (do we hear Bob Marley?), diners can enjoy Caribbean favorites such as jerk chicken, curry goat and a highly recommended coconut-flavored jerk corn platter, while sipping on Jamaica’s signature grapefruit soda, exclusively available here.

New Restaurants to Try in Dubai


Japanese flavor with a Western twist: that’s how this London-run restaurant bills itself. Ramasuke puts its own spin on the laid-back tradition of a Japanese izakaya (an informal eatery). Its varied menu offers everything from traditional sushi rolls to the out-there “chilli j-dogs” – a hot dog packed with wagyu beef and pickles, to a sashimi pizza.

New Restaurants to Try in Dubai

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