The must-try Dubai restaurants of the week

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There’s always something new and exciting to try in Dubai but dining out remains one of our favourite activities. Between newcomers hitting the scene almost every day and our favourite venues which keep on reinventing themselves, the only difficulty is to pick. We tried to make things easy with this guide of where to eat this week – and if you want more inspiration, you can always refer to this one or the previous one.
But for now, keep reading to discover the best places of this early April.


Exceptional interiors. the decor at La Niña is definitely part of the experience. Picture this: you’ve departed the bustling Financial District and have landed in a courtyard in Algarve, or a beautiful Andalusian alley. Not to shabby for a lunch break. The food is, however, the reason to keep coming back.
Inspired by Modern Iberian Latino cuisine, La Niña features an array of delicious dishes on its menu, from a cheese tart with figs to ceviches, a “Tartar De Atun” – a yellowfin tuna tartare with habanero truffle dressing, crema and rice crips- and generally top notch seafood and meat cuts.
Staff was exceptionally attentive and helpful, encouraging us to try their traditional dessert, a Spanish flan topped with manchego cheese. Curiously delicious. To note, the espresso martini was prepared to perfection.

ICD Brookfield Place –
312 Al Mustaqbal St – First floor -DIFC
04 395 1300
Open until 1am.


In a gorgeous location in Habtoor City is niched Agatha, a fusion restaurant that not only features flavorlful dishes on its menu but that also becomes quite the party after a certain hour.
Comfortably sat in our plush booth, we let the chef surprise us with some of his signature dishes. While Asian-French fusion are not exactly a rarity in Dubai, the execution is here pretty phenomenal.
The mushroom gyoza and steamed crab cakes were an immaculate start to the meal, shortly followed by a perfectly cooked sea bass and baby chicken paired with triple-cooked fries which, frankly, were some of the best we’ve ever had. Yes, we’re raving about fries, but try them and thank us later.
For dessert, a scrumptious fondant topped with pistachio ice cream stole our hearts and cocktails were just experimental enough to keep us curious while maintaining a good balance of aromas. As we were putting down our spoons, the music turned up and the lights dimmed, turning the ambiance into a lavish soirée.


Al Habtoor City
04 883 2118


Hailing from the coasts of Turkey, Bordo Mavi is the perfect spot for seafood lovers who want more than just a grilled sea bream (even if they’ll find just that too).
A creative menu with Turkish and Levantine twists, fish and other crusteans are obviously the real deal here but their salads and other mezze are equally full of flavors and the perfect addition to your seafood mains.
If you have a sweet tooth and can’t finish a meal without a dessert, do not sleep on their exceptional home made gelato, especially the hazelnut and walnut – fig ones.
Located in Jumeraih’s Fishing Harbor, and neighbor to Dubai’s favourite 3fils, the set up by the water makes the whole experience even more magical. As per the drinks, the mocktails win in the creative department with carefully crafted beverages you most likely never tried before.

Jumeirah Fishing Harbor
056 508 5002
Open until 11:30pm


This Beirut import is celebrating its 10th year in Dubai and can pride itself in having remained *the* venue people in the city turn to for drinks, great food and a great party.
While Iris is mostly famous for its cocktails and tunes, the food menu should definitely be a reason for you to make your way to this Meydan icon.
Delicious sushis, hamachi sashimis, tiger prawns, beet salad or other strip loins, Iris is the perfect place to spend the whole night from after work all the way to dancefloor o’clock via a great meal.

Meydan Grandstand
Nad Al Sheba 1
04 334 3355
Open until 2am on Monday to Wednesday and 3am Thursday to Saturday. Closed on Sunday.


How many times have we ordered from Eat Well? In full transparency, sometimes twice a day. This 100% gluten-free restaurant has you covered from breakfast to dessert – think thick slices of toast topped with avocado and beetroot hummus, arabic breakfast (and in its vegan version) , chia pudding with mango… then salads, burgers, curries or salmon… and to finish it off, gulit-free sweet treats.
On Dubai standard and for gluten-free options, Eat Well sits on the affordable side and often has 20% off on delivery app Careem.
We’ve yet to visit them at their location and try the All-You-Can-Eat Sunday set menu for 79dhs (a steal!) but just for you, we’ll be happy to do that and report back. 

Za’abeel 1, Oud Metha Road 
054 476 6326

Cover picture/Agatha