Hakkasan (Brunch), Emirates Towers, Dubai

Oh boy, oh boy. This should be a good one. Hakkasan is one of the many places that has been on my “must-visit” list for years. Its restaurant in London holds a Michelin Star and I see the name in the same light as the Nobus, the Zumas and the Coyas – high end, solid representations of the original, wherever they decide to open. I … Continue reading Hakkasan (Brunch), Emirates Towers, Dubai

Benjarong – Dusit Thani, SZR, Dubai

I’m a little bit dubious when it comes to the overall concept of a “high-end” Thai restaurant. The cuisine doesn’t tend to require ‘fancy’ methods of cooking and most dishes are made beautiful by utilizing affordable ingredients like chili, garlic, lime, onion, galangal and fish sauce to gain tasty balances of sweetness, sourness and spice. One of the best Thai dishes I’ve ever eaten was … Continue reading Benjarong – Dusit Thani, SZR, Dubai

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

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

folly by Nick & Scott (Brunch) – Madinat Jumeirah – Dubai

Nick & Scott are true stalwarts of the Dubai cooking scene. Coming to prominence in 2010 from leading Verre by Gordon Ramsay – to opening Table 9 in 2011 – to working with Spinneys on a product line and having success with their casual dining concept, Taste Kitchen. They’re now back in the game after a short hiatus, with a beautiful new fine dining restaurant … Continue reading folly by Nick & Scott (Brunch) – Madinat Jumeirah – 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