A Day of Dining in Dubai
Dubai is no place to visit on a diet. You will find hundreds of eateries catering for all tastes of budgets, but with this much choice, the tricky part is fitting them all in. So maximize your exposure to this city’s wonderful cuisine by following out (rough) eating itinerary:
Breakfast of Kings
Start with a delicious breakfast. Pastry lovers are in for a treat at La Serre, a French-Mediterranean Bistro and Boulangerie situated in Vida Downtown Hotel. The open-plan kitchen and elegant atmosphere is in keeping with the delicious menu, where you can find possibly the best breakfast Dubai has to offer; a fantastic array of freshly baked pastries and breads along with breakfast favorites like eggs benedict and french toast. If you are looking for something slightly more adventurous, then head straight for Kosebasi at The Walk at JBR for a vibrant Turkish menu featuring fried eggs and Turkish sausage (sucuklu yumurta), scrambled eggs with peppers and tomatoes (menemen) and gorgeous toasted Turkish bread.
Lunch like a Prince
After wandering around some of Dubai’s must-see sights, including the Burj Khalifa and the Al Fahidi historic district, it will be time for a spot of well-earned lunch. Many of Dubai’s residents grab a quick meal on the go, so lunch is your chance to get fully involved with the street food culture. Al Dhiyafah Road is the best place to go to experience street food at its finest – try Sidra for salads and delicious grilled meats, Ravi Restaurant for curries with bags of flavor or Pars Iranian Kitchen across the road for lamb and fresh seafood. For something slightly more upmarket, take some time to have a leisurely lunch at the Rivington Grill in downtown Burk Khalifa. This establishment serves British bistro favorites (think fish and chips, sticky toffee pudding), in effortlessly cool surroundings. Bear in mind that Arabs and Emiratis like to enjoy their lunch and take their time, usually dining from between 2pm and 4pm, so don’t feel you are in any rush!
Dinner after dark
As night falls, Dubai really comes into its own, and it is worth splurging for the full dining experience. In recent years the city has seen an influx of celebrity chefs keen to make their mark on the capital, including Gary Rhodes, Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay’s protégé Jason Atherton. More unusual places for dinner include Tidjoori, specialising in organic and vegan food, Caliburger for authentic American-style burgers or Per Te, a fantastic Italian restaurant at Jumeirah Beach. In Dubai, there really is something for everyone – from the very chic to the cheap and cheerful – and a 24 hour feast might leave your wallet lighter but your belly very happy indeed. So loosen your belt, open your mind, and spend an unforgettable day exploring everything this ‘city of plenty’ has to offer.
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