7 Of The Hottest Restaurants In Dubai

Dubai is all about bling and extravagance, and there’s no better place to experience the good life than in the city’s most fabulous restaurants.

Dubai’s trendiest restaurants offer jaw-dropping views, sexy and opulent interiors, with a sprinkle of caviar on everything just because. From cutting edge AI art installations to swanky beach clubs, our list of the hottest restaurants in Dubai all deliver the delicious high life that you’re looking for!

 

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Amelia Lounge Dubai

Downtown Dubai - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

If you want an evening of drama, excitement and glamour, Amelia Lounge is the place to see and be seen on a swanky night out. Amelia is a seamless blend of restaurant and nightclub with an alluring voyager theme. The decor is “retro futuristic steampunk” featuring a life-size airplane with spinning propellers which serves as the dramatic centerpiece of the venue. And on the other side is the DJ booth, above which sits a gigantic compass framed by soaring cathedral-like arches. Add in plush banquette seating, pulsing electronic music and floor-to-ceiling views of the Dubai skyline, and you got yourself one of the hottest dining destinations in Dubai.

Amelia's Lounge
Amelia’s Lounge. PHOTO NADIA CHO

 

Amelia Macchu Picchu
Amelia Macchu Picchu. PHOTO NADIA CHO

The food at Amelia is as worldly and eclectic as the theme, with a focus on Japanese Peruvian Nikkei cuisine with some Mediterranean and other international touches mixed in. True to Nikkei fashion, there’s plenty of ceviches, tiraditos, maki, nigiri and sashimi to choose from.

Amelia Ceviche
Amelia Ceviche. PHOTO NADIA CHO

Definitely go for the taco cones, specifically with the Wagyu Tartar. The tartar is flavored with yuzu and sesame which you scoop into little cones. Every bite of the crunch and the tender wagyu is heaven. Another must-order item at Amelia is the Machu Picchu Australian wagyu, or any of the premium meats. The meats are cooked at your table on a Himalayan salt hot plate, which you can only imagine, cooks and flavors the meat to perfection. For seafood lovers, go for the Mariscos Mezclado which features lobster, calamari and prawns on a bed of udon noodles mixed with kimchi cream and aged parmesan. It’s like a spicy, flavorful carbonara, that’s decadent and luxe.

Amelia's tiradito Toro Kyabia
Amelia’s tiradito Toro Kyabia. PHOTO NADIA CHO

It wouldn’t be a popping nightlife destination without cocktails and Amelia Lounge has its creative mixology on lock. The Fermented Tomato Martini was our CEO, Wendy’s, favorite, featuring Ketel One with fermented tomato and pickle. It makes for a balanced, savory and most interesting martini you’ll have the pleasure of trying. Our other favorite is the M.I.A., made with Jimador Blanco tequila, mezcal, apple, yuzu and wild thyme. Or if you’re feeling extra adventurous, go for the Samurai X which comes with Roku gin, wasabi, ginger, pineapple and a hint of sesame.

Amelia's Mariscos Mezclados
Amelia’s Mariscos Mezclados. PHOTO NADIA CHO

Amelia Lounge has everything it takes to be a one-of-a-kind venue, from jaw-dropping decor, vibey club music and a culinary menu that takes you on a journey which you’re unlikely to ever forget!

Amelia Wagyu Tartar Taco cones
Amelia Wagyu Tartar Taco cones. PHOTO NADIA CHO

Shanghai Me

DIFC, Gate Village Building 11 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Whenever you get the craving for delicious Chinese and Asian dishes in a trendy locale, Dubai’s go-to destination is Shanghai ME. It is vibrant and decorated to the nines with splashy art, lush foliage and colorful Chinese motifs. The spacious restaurant is split into multiple sections, including the stylish bar lounge adorned with vintage photography, elegant private dining rooms and the glamorous main dining hall complete with a rendering of Andy Warhol’s Chairman Mao.

Shanghai ME
Shanghai ME. PHOTO NADIA CHO

The menu contains all the greatest hits you would want to chow on at a modern Chinese restaurant. Go straight for the Roast Duck with foie gras and caviar, which is cooked to perfection with the crispy skin up top and soft, juicy duck underneath. And if you want more duck (which is never a bad idea), the Crispy Duck Salad with pine nuts and more crispy skin on top is to die for. Also, don’t ever say no to the Lobster with Singapore sauce, which is sweet and sour and comes with a tasty vegetable stir fry.

Shanghai ME Roast Duck with foie gras and caviar
Shanghai ME Roast Duck with foie gras and caviar. PHOTO NADIA CHO
Shanghai ME Lobster with Singapore sauce
Shanghai ME Lobster with Singapore sauce. PHOTO NADIA CHO
Shanghai ME dining room
Shanghai ME dining room. PHOTO NADIA CHO
Shanghai ME bar
Shanghai ME bar. PHOTO NADIA CHO

The dim sum library is a collection of updated dim sum classics which come steamed or fried. Dig into baskets of prawn and truffle har gow, wagyu beef and truffle cheung fun rolls and sesame prawns on toast. The bar menu is also a fun treat as the signature cocktails are split into the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac, in which each zodiac sign has its own flavorful concoction. Go for the Dragon which is made with spiced rum, cachaca, coconut and passion fruit, or the Horse made with tequila, Aperol, yuzu, mango and grapefruit.

Shanghai ME Horse cocktail
Shanghai ME Horse cocktail. PHOTO NADIA CHO
Shanghai ME Crispy Duck Salad
Shanghai ME Crispy Duck Salad. PHOTO NADIA CHO

Nobu by the Beach at Atlantis the Royal

Atlantis The Royal - Crescent Rd - Palm Jumeirah - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Nobu may be a trendy restaurant with hotspot destinations all over the world that most jetsetters are familiar with. But in Dubai, of course, Nobu is extra special and gets its own beach club at the fabulous Atlantis the Royal Resort. Nobu by the Beach is a buzzing beach club with expansive swimming pools surrounded by luxe daybeds and palm trees.

Nobu Chu Toro Sashimi
Nobu Chu Toro Sashimi. PHOTO NADIA CHO

For those who want something extra, there are open-air or totally private cabanas available for rent which come with exclusive spa services. While lounging under swaying palms, you can enjoy views of the architectural marvel that is Atlantis the Royal, as well as the Dubai skyline off in the distance. It’s a delight to pass a whole afternoon sipping poolside cocktails and swaying to deep house music in front of the glittering lagoon pool.

Nobu by the Beach
Nobu by the Beach. PHOTO NADIA CHO
Nobu by the Beach at Atlantis the Palm
Nobu by the Beach at Atlantis the Palm. PHOTO NADIA CHO
Nobu lobster and caviar tacos
Nobu lobster and caviar tacos. PHOTO NADIA CHO
Nobu soft shell crab tempura
Nobu soft shell crab tempura. PHOTO NADIA CHO

When you’re ready to sit down and chow, you can head over to the restaurant that’s attached to the beach club. The restaurant section is open-air and breezy, where you can enjoy Nobu’s signature minimalist style while staring into the azure waters of the Arabian Sea. Diners can enjoy all their favorite Nobu signatures like yellowtail jalapeno sashimi, black cod butter lettuce, rock shrimp tempura, lobster shiso tacos and tuna crispy rice. Other dishes we were obsessed with include the soft-shell crab kalamansi tempura and chu toro sashimi with tangy Mizuna dressing.

Make sure you swing by Nobu by the Beach for the iconic Nobu bites and sexy poolside vibes at Atlantis the Royal, whenever it’s time to spend the day at The Palm.

Nobu beach club
Nobu beach club. PHOTO NADIA CHO
Nobu signature dishes
Nobu signature dishes. PHOTO NADIA CHO

Alaya

677J+FX9 - Dubai International Financial Center - Gate Village 4 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

For showstopping and unforgettable Middle Eastern cuisine, the only place to go in the heart of Dubai is Alaya – a gorgeous restaurant with an ornate Art Deco dining room which blends Middle Eastern and Mediterranean luxury. Along with a pretty outdoor terrace surrounded by lush foliage, which is the perfect place to spend an afternoon with friends over amazing food and drinks.

Alaya terrace
Alaya terrace. PHOTO NADIA CHO

Alaya’s menu is vibrant and delicious, in which every item is the best variation of that dish you’ve ever experienced before. Such an item is the Cheese Borek, which nobody should leave without trying. Alaya’s Cheese Borek is a mouthwatering fever dream of delicate, yet uber-crispy filo dough stuffed with warm, melt-in-your-mouth truffle cheese. The menu offers a diverse range of hot and cold mezzes, spreads and salads. Our favorites being the sweet and smoky Muhammara dip made with sweet pepper, walnuts and pomegranate molasses for dipping the house’s fresh tandoori bread. As well as the Kale Tabouleh, Artichoke Salad and Maqluba rice with fried eggplant and cauliflower as the side.

Alaya spiced seabream
Alaya spiced seabream. PHOTO NADIA CHO
Alaya Rotisserie Tenderloin
Alaya Rotisserie Tenderloin. PHOTO NADIA CHO

For mains, make sure you order any of the rotisserie meats which are slow-cooked on the rotisserie grill all day. Like the Tenderloin with peppercorn sauce, in which every bite feels like the meat is melting in your mouth because it’s so tender and juicy. There are also great seafood options ranging from Whole Grilled Lobster to Pan Fried Dover Sole, all of which you can expect to be generously spiced and flavored. But we loved the Spiced Seabream for the smoky savory spices that were clearly present in every bite.

Alaya Middle Eastern cuisine
Alaya Middle Eastern cuisine. PHOTO NADIA CHO
Alaya Ali Baba Highball
Alaya Ali Baba Highball. PHOTO NADIA CHO

The bar churns out creative cocktails which are just as exotic and exciting as the food. The cocktail menu leans into Middle Eastern flavors with unique touches that you don’t often see like sesame, harissa cordial, coconut water and mastiha. Perhaps the most exotic cocktail on the menu is the Pearl of Arabia which features two types of rum, smoked black tea, local honey and camel milk. If a cocktail with camel milk isn’t your vibe, there’s plenty of other alluring tipples like the Ali Baba Highball, which features a clean profile of Johnny Walker Black Label, Moroccan mint tea, coconut water and sesame. The bar also offers an array of fabulous non-alcoholic options featuring fresh fruits and sodas, like the Cairo Breeze made with raspberry, passion fruit and grapefruit soda.

Every trip to Dubai needs to come with a Middle Eastern fix, and the best place to get it is Alaya, where you’ll embark on a gastronomic journey which you’ll never ever forget!