Traiteur (Brunch) – Park Hyatt, The Creek, Dubai

Long-standing “Best Brunch in Dubai”, Traiteur has undergone a huge facelift that has meant its hallowed doors have been closed for quite a while now. After several delays (one of which my family bore the brunt of when they weren’t ready to host their extremely expensive Christmas brunch), it’s finally opened, so I headed down courtesy of their lovely PR team, to check out their … Continue reading Traiteur (Brunch) – Park Hyatt, The Creek, Dubai

Seafood Kitchen – Jebel Ali Recreation Club, Dubai

Jebel Ali Recreation Club is one of the oldest institutions in “expat-Dubai” and recently underwent a huge facelift – the old clubhouse (think typical, dirty, smoky working men’s club-but charming) demolished, to make way for a behemoth of a venue, that kinda looks like half of a football stadium from above. The businessman in me questions whether the venue is fully fit-for-purpose, as it’s not located … Continue reading Seafood Kitchen – Jebel Ali Recreation Club, Dubai

Ravioli&Co. – Burj Daman, DIFC, Dubai

Ravioli&Co is one of the newest restaurants in town, situated directly opposite ‘The Artisan’ (arguably the best Italian in town……..so I hear). An interesting choice of location! The wife and I dropped by for a Thursday night after-work dinner to see if it hit the mark. The first thing you’ll notice about the restaurant is its size. It’s tiny! It makes for a warm, romantic … Continue reading Ravioli&Co. – Burj Daman, DIFC, Dubai

Bleu Blanc – The Renaissance Hotel, Business Bay, Dubai

It was Thursday, it had been a tough week at work for the missus, so I decided to take her out for date night. The brief was “somebody where all the influenzas in Dubai aren’t invited to, that is new and hot” so my good friend Zoe (The Luxeologist) advised I give David Myers’ new French Farmhouse-style restaurant in the Renaissance a go. Apologies for the … Continue reading Bleu Blanc – The Renaissance Hotel, Business Bay, Dubai

Axe House – Armada Hotel, JLT, Dubai

Axe House is the new restaurant in place of popular-but-short-lived Cocktail Kitchen in the Armada Hotel, so the wife and I thought we’d drop in for a spot of lunch after it was highly recommend by our good buddy Courtney (atozaatar). It was pretty quiet when we arrived and we were seated in a weird “is it inside or is it out?” area, facing the … Continue reading Axe House – Armada Hotel, JLT, Dubai

La Môme – Nassima Royal Hotel, SZR, Dubai

After coming off the back of writing a review on one of the best restaurants I’ve been to in a while (TOMO), it is with regret that I now have to write a critique on one of the most dreadful eateries I’ve ever had the displeasure of eating in. Let’s wind things back a few weeks and I’ll tell you an interesting (subject to debate) … Continue reading La Môme – Nassima Royal Hotel, SZR, Dubai

360° (Evening Brunch) – Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai

I’ll admit – I didn’t head to one of Dubai’s biggest nightlife hotspots and expect a fantastic culinary experience, but places have surprised me before, so after receiving a kind invite from atozaatar to join her and The Luxeologist, the wife and I went with an open mind to the famous 360° bar in JBH. We arrived and went through the whole rigmarole of all being … Continue reading 360° (Evening Brunch) – Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai

Ibn AlBahr – Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeriah

Club Vista Mare is one of my favourites of the newer developments in Dubai. A waterfront, promenade-like row of licensed restaurants spanning from Ethiopian cuisine to a traditional “Tap House”? What’s not to love? I’d been invited to go to Ibn AlBahr a few weeks ago, but it was one I wanted to save until the weather was better, so now that winter is upon … Continue reading Ibn AlBahr – Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeriah

The Black Lion – H Hotel, Dubai

A colleague and I had just finished a meeting in the area, so we thought we’d swing by The Black Lion in the H Hotel (SZR) to test out their new menu. The first thing you’ll notice about the Black Lion when you walk in, is how gosh-darn smoky it is. As a non-smoker, I found it really off-putting and almost walked out, but we … Continue reading The Black Lion – H Hotel, Dubai

Izakaya – JW Marquis Marriott, Dubai

Being happily married, starting work at 7:45am, living over in JVC and being a responsible dog owner has curtailed my Ladies Night activities over the past few months. However, in understanding that my readers would probably be interested to know about some of the less-known offerings out there, I thought I’d go check out Izakaya (JW Marquis Marriott’s casual Japanese restaurant) with a good friend … Continue reading Izakaya – JW Marquis Marriott, Dubai