Time to find new taste sensations in the trendsetting Al Habtoor City
Designed as a one-stop stay-and-dine destination, Al Habtoor City – located on the banks of the new Dubai Water Canal in the centre of the city – is home to three international luxury hotels and a specially-designed restaurant hub. The Atrium is a series of restaurants, where you can find everything from premium wagyu beef, to paella to grilled black truffle and cheese sandwiches. Here are the highlights for your next meal in Dubai’s newest lifestyle precinct.
Reminiscent of a Brooklyn snooker hall, albeit a shiny new one, Cook Hall brings a touch of industrial grunge to Al Habtoor City. American diner favourites dominate the menu, with the chef’s black truffle grilled cheese sandwich taking place of honour alongside tangy buffalo wings and crispy duck tacos.
Must-order: Black truffle grilled cheese sandwich
With a massive wood-fire oven taking pride of place, it’s clear Il Capo takes Italian food seriously, from its house-made pasta, rustic presentation, and a willingness to go heavy on the Parmigiano-Reggiano. The latest restaurant to launch at The Westin, it sports excellent views over the Dubai Water Canal, with an intimate atmosphere that’s ideal for a romantic date night.
Must-order: Toasted olive oil cake with balsamic strawberries and cream cheese.
Styled after a North American hunting lodge, the J&G Steakhouse is full of high-backed leather couches, heavy drapes, and sizeable steaks, specially bred for J&G and fast-tracked to Dubai from 13 herd-specific cattle farms. Select your favourite cut and age from the raw bar display, before it’s cooked to your liking and served with gourmet American sides such as truffled macaroni and cheese.
Must-order: 1.2kg Stockyard Silver Label wagyu tomahawk steak
Offering provincial French fare, Brasserie Quartier’s elegant dining room has been an instant hit with Dubai’s chic socialites clamouring for Fine de Claire oysters, lobster bisque, and apple tarte tartin. The Versailles Decadence Friday Brunch would impress even Marie-Antoinette herself, with platters of fresh seafood, tender grills, and a dessert room filled with cakes, puddings and tarts.
Must-order: Baked warm Camembert for two with thyme and garlic baguette
Spanish, Italian and Grecian dishes sit side-by-side in this Mediterranean eatery. Focusing on market-fresh ingredients and authentic recipes, Level Seven offers tapas, a crudo bar, rotisserie, and an a la carte menu for both lunch and dinner, as well as an international breakfast menu.
Must-order: Paella Catalana
Namu’s duelling chefs fight for your favour, with both Japanese and Korean dishes on the menu. Edgier than your average sushi joint, this futuristic restaurant makes you feel like you’re knocking back eel sashimi inside a spaceship, thanks to the dramatic décor and red and purple mood lighting.
Must-order: Wagyu tartar yuk-hoe
The Rose and Crown Dubai
Claiming its place as Al Habtoor City’s token British eatery, this roomy venue has been embraced as a meeting place for locals looking to unwind. The Rose and Crown takes after the British gastro-pub trend, offering a curated but tasty menu of the UK’s best-known classic plates.
Must-order: Ploughman’s board
The Atrium features seven restaurants over five levels, and Zoco was the first, launching its Mexican-Peruvian menu to local acclaim. The industrial-meets-fiesta dining hall can cater for a crowd, with its extravagant El Bruncho Friday brunch swiftly becoming a firm favorite with those looking to celebrate.
Must-order: Bone marrow, radish and cilantro tacos
This intriguing Hollywood-born concept combines the red velvet-lined décor of a Chinese den with a Western prohibition-era speak-easy, topped off with a dash of Japanese-style karaoke. Ideal for groups of friends, Blind Dragon’s intimate setting lets wannabe singers let loose, while the rest of us enjoy a selection of gourmet dim-sum and Asian specialities.