It’s hard to keep up with Dubai’s ever-evolving list of new hangouts from restaurants, to beach clubs and bars. As we enter the new season Top Spots Dubai shares the top new restaurants to dine at.
Chic Nonna, DIFC
An Italian eatery situated on DIFC’s Gate Avenue with Burj Khalifa views. Chic Nonna promises guests a combination of Italian heritage and cosmopolitanism. A menu based on timeless dishes can be paired with premium wines selected from the venue’s cellar (Chic Nonna’s cellar is said to be one of the most comprehensive in the city). After dinner head to the top floor to the Cigar Lounge designed to resemble an Italian mansion. Live music comes from the DJ or the swing jazz band.
Alaya, DIFC Gate Village
The latest addition to DIFC’s thriving dining and social scene, Alaya serves up a menu of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavours that pioneer fresh ingredients. Founded by Chef Izu Ani, dishes draw influence from the coast and streets inspired by Ani’s travels. Expect art-fuelled contemporary interiors and an energetic atmosphere.
Belcanto Restaurant, Dubai Opera, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd – Downtown Dubai
Head to the top floor of the glass-walled Dubai Opera to discover this elegant, fine-dining Italian eatery. Tuscan chef Giacomo Lombardi has crafted a menu of Italian cuisine from premium ingredients and there’s also classic Neapolitan pizza. Belcanto features opulent interiors – wood panelling, theatrical curtains and crystal chandeliers. Performers and musicians entertain diners from a central stage while digital art is projected onto the walls.
Mayabay, Jumeirah Al Naseem Hotel
Monaco favourite, Mayabay, has opened its first overseas location in Dubai. The restaurant is known for its take on Thai, Chinese and Japanese cuisine. Guests will appreciate striking views of the Burj Al Arab and Turtle Lagoon. Live entertainers including a DJ and musicians keep it lively.
Tàn Chá, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Business Bay
Tàn Chá takes its influence from downtown Hong Kong, offering a combination of traditional provincial Chinese flavours, contemporary innovation and sensory immersion. Chic interiors, private dining spaces and in-house DJs give Tàn Chá an exclusive and energetic atmosphere.
Amelia, Address Sky View, Downtown Dubai
Beirut favourite Amelia has launched in Dubai. The venue is a lounge-style eatery that combines gastronomy, mixology and live music. The cuisine combines Japanese and Peruvian flavours with a touch of Mediterranean influence while gothic/steampunk-inspired interiors are an unexpected surprise for visitors. Amelia is a lively venue with a rotation of resident DJs.
Tabu, St Regis, Downtown
Located on the 23rd floor of the St Regis Downtown Tabu proposes a Japanese-influenced menu and eclectic atmosphere. Looking outwards, the terrace offers impressive city and Burj Khalifa views while inside large screens are designed to showcase NFTs. Tabu’s stage hosts performers from sumo wrestlers to geishas. The menu continues the theatrical experience. Book a private dining room for an intimate experience. When you’re finished head to “The Other Side” the upstairs speak-easy lounge.