Waka – The Oberoi, Business Bay, Dubai

Over the last 18 months, it’s seemed like a week can’t go by without me hearing about a new Peruvian restaurant opening, or one slinking off into a re-brand (Tesoro, I’m looking at you). I went to Coya a few weeks ago and found it a little hit and miss and in all my experiences of Peruvian food, I can’t pinpoint a time where I … Continue reading Waka – The Oberoi, Business Bay, Dubai

Yalumba (Friday Night Seafood Brunch) – Le Meridien, Garhoud, Dubai

One of my lovely followers, Maria, requested that I do more reviews at affordable places, which I felt was a fair comment. Quite a lot of the restaurants I’ve recently critiqued have been on the fine-dining, special occasiony side, so when I read about Yalumba’s new, evening seafood brunch (from their hilariously pun-filled flyer), coming in at a very reasonable 295 AED with a variety … Continue reading Yalumba (Friday Night Seafood Brunch) – Le Meridien, Garhoud, Dubai

Buddha Bar – Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina, Dubai

It feels like Buddha Bar has been around forever – 10 years apparently, which in this transient Emirate is particularly admirable, especially when you look at some of the high-end places that have been and gone during that time: Rivington Grill, The Ivy, Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire, Verre, Mango Tree, Le Classique, Qbara…the list goes on. After a disappointing experience earlier in the week, I … Continue reading Buddha Bar – Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina, Dubai

Bateaux Dubai, The Creek, Dubai

The in-laws had family in town, so what better way to show them what Dubai has to offer culinarily (yeah, spellcheck says this isn’t a word, but it is now), by taking them to a tourist-trap, restaurant-boat that floats across The Creek. As you can tell, my excitement levels were cranked up to 11. I have an issue with novelty/touristy things over here; having lived … Continue reading Bateaux Dubai, The Creek, Dubai

Asia Asia – Pier 7, Dubai Marina, Dubai

Ohhhh Asia Asia. I remember, all those years ago being blown away by this grandiose new edition to Pier 7; the majestic entrance, the lemongrass aromas emanating throughout the venue, the beautiful furniture, it really was spectacular. I was excited to see if it had aged well so headed there with a few friends on a Sunday night to checkidy check it out. It’s an … Continue reading Asia Asia – Pier 7, Dubai Marina, Dubai

Prime 68 – JW Marquis Marriott, Business Bay, Dubai

As the pièce de résistance of my birthday celebrations (oh yes, I milked it this year), the decision was made to take advantage of one of the best steak houses in the country, Prime 68. I’ve never been before, but heard nothing but good things from friends who have visited and the online reviews speak for themselves. We’d tried getting in on the Thursday night, but … Continue reading Prime 68 – JW Marquis Marriott, Business Bay, Dubai

Il Borro – Madinat, Jumeirah Al Naseem – Dubai

Il Borro is one of those new restaurants creating a real buzz in the air at present. Nominated for several regional awards in its first year and received warmly by some of my prominent foodie contemporaries, I was very excited to go check it out for the first time. The food is Tuscan-themed as opposed to your standard Italian fare. Tuscan food I’d say is … Continue reading Il Borro – Madinat, Jumeirah Al Naseem – Dubai

Coya – Four Seasons Hotel, Jumeriah, Dubai

Coya is one of those global institutions in the same vein as the Nomas and the Zumas – synonymous with lip-smackingly good food and cool, trendy atmospheres and fit-outs globally. It’s currently Dubai’s most critically-acclaimed Peruvian-fusion restaurant (and my God there are a lot at the moment) so it seemed a perfect venue to celebrate the wife’s birthday. We arrived, gobsmacked at the breathtaking entrance. … Continue reading Coya – Four Seasons Hotel, Jumeriah, Dubai

Le Petit Chef – World Trade Centre, Dubai

I’m a sucker for good, viral content. When around two years ago, “Le Petit Chef” gifs were going round Facebook, I was captivated by this unique “3D” dining experience and was mega-excited to see it was touring Dubai – I HAD to see it! So I brought the wife along to check it out. The night started off in the Executive Lounge in the World … Continue reading Le Petit Chef – World Trade Centre, Dubai

Eat & Drink – Umm Suqeim Road, Dubai

Sometimes, I like to splurge on a fancy meal at a posh restaurant. Sometimes, I want to get as much food as possible, for as little as possible and last night was one of those nights. Eat & Drink is a name synonymous with Dubai (at least if you’ve lived here a few years). Established in 1982, branches have been popping up all over the UAE … Continue reading Eat & Drink – Umm Suqeim Road, Dubai