Five unique restaurants in Dubai

Dubizins has a list of ten unique restaurants in Dubai, including weird and special dining experiences you have to try

Eating a la Madame Tussauds

Getting to mingle with Hollywood stars over dinner is ‘kind of’ possible at Sunset Mall’s Taste of Fame, a restaurant packed full of waxworks of everyone from Justin Bieber to George Clooney and Will Smith.




Dining in the Dark

Noire at Fairmont Dubai is a surprise-packed experience for diners as they get to taste and smell five-star gourmet cuisine without actually seeing what it is. The pitch-black setting also makes for some highly entertaining interaction between guests, waiters and the food itself (you might have to wear a bib).



Take center stage

This majestic venue on Shangri-La Hotel’s 42nd floor trebles up as a restaurant, nightclub and of course a theatre (the highest in the world). From its circular design to the antique look of its wooden floors and furniture, The Act transports guests to a Victorian playhouse.




Stuffed at sea

It doesn’t get much more special than barbecuing your own food on board a doughnut-shaped float on the waters of Dubai Creek. BBQ Donut is a must for anyone looking for something different from the usual hotel restaurant.




360-degree dining

Watch the world go round (quite literally) at Dubai’s only rotating restaurant. Al Dawaar in Deira’s Hyatt Regency Hotel slowly spins around (it takes an hour for a full 360-degree rotation) as diners tuck in to their food while enjoying the changing views.






Get a free metre of food at Brunswick Sports Club

Plus the launch of a brand-new steak night to get the taste buds going

This might possibly be the best pair of offers we’ve found for quite some time.

Brunswick Sports Club up at Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates, which will be marking Eid with the launch of a brand-new menu next week, has just put out a monster deal.

Head over with nine or more of your mates, or the kids and extended family, on Thursday June 22, and get your hands on a free metre of food. The free metre includes mac bites, sriracha hot wings, salt and pepper squid and a ploughman’s board including bresaola, smoked chicken, pickles, marinated feta, comte cheese, warmed olives and grissini.

The only catch is that you’ve got to pre-book, but other deals still apply – you just get extra free food.

In addition, the BSC Monday Night Steak Night has just launched, kicking off for the first time next Monday, June 26. And this is a sweet, sweet deal.

We’ll keep it brief. Your choice of 300g steak and a choice of sides for just Dhs119. Every Monday.
Dhs119. From Mon Jun 26, 6pm-11pm. Ongoing. Sheraton Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (056 404 0685).


Pick up a giant churro at Truckers DXB

A new food truck dedicated to massive churros will launch at Truckers DXB

Follow the Yellow Brick Rd. to something much better than Oz this summer. The Yellow Brick Rd. food truck set up shop at Kite Beach last November serving burgers, hot dogs and other street food classics.

Now it’s back with a brand-new concept, Churros by YBRD – a food truck entirely dedicated to the doughy, sugary and delicious sweet Spanish snack.

The traditionally fried dough pastries will come with all sorts of indulgent fillings and toppings from Nutella and white chocolate to dulce de leche and home-made Oreo whipped cream.

Catch Churros by YBRD at the (indoor) summer foodie hangout Truckers DXB – a food fair that takes place every Wednesday, Thursday Friday and Saturday from July 7 all the way up to September 9.
Truckers DXB runs Jul 7-Sep 9, 2017; Wed-Sat 4pm-11pm. Hall 8, Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.truckers.ae.


Dish of the week: Nathan Outlaw at Al Mahara

Dive into the new menu at Nathan Outlaw at Al Mahara, starring baked scallops

When a starter is going to set you back Dhs250, you want it to be good. Very good. And thankfully, this baked scallop dish from the new menu at Nathan Outlaw at Al Mahara is. Very good indeed.

It’s a price tag that might make you wince, but when a chef who holds four Michelin stars at his seafood restaurants in the UK is at the helm, it’s likely to be worth it.

Since taking over in August 2016, Outlaw has worked on the venue’s menu and last month was in town to launch a new version.

The three scallops in this dish are from Scotland, and Outlaw says there’s no better source in the world. They’re placed in their shell and put in the oven with a knob of seaweed butter. After a few minutes they come out and a crumb topping is added. Once another couple of minutes have passed they’re done, the butter bubbling underneath and the crumb carefully crisped. A wedge of charred lime is added and they’re served.

The center of the scallops is translucent, the sweet taste of the meat is complemented by the richness of the butter, earthiness of the seaweed and sharp acidity of the burnt lime. Superb.

Speaking to Time Out ahead of the new menu’s launch, Outlaw said: “It’s taken me seven months to source the finest seafood in the world. But we’ve done it with lobsters from Devon, Cornwall or Scotland, Scottish langoustine and scallops, Russian or Norwegian king crab, Madagascan prawns and Irish oysters. It’s the best you’ll find anywhere.” Who are we to argue?
Dhs250. Nathan Outlaw at Al Mahara, Burj Al Arab, Umm Suqeim (04 301 7600).




4 epic egg eats you need to try

There’s never a bad time for eggs. Here are the best dishes to try this week.

Betty’s Hummus Bowl at Common Grounds

Don’t ask us who Betty is, we haven’t a clue. But if the answer to “how do you like your eggs in the morning?” is “poached on top of smoky beetroot hummus with garden peas, beef bacon, crushed pistachios and fried brioche, and don’t forget the truffle oil”, look no further than this Mall of the Emirates haunt.
Dhs54. Mall of the Emirates (050 478 1094).


Brothaus Benedict at Brothaus Bakery Bistro

Fans of the old-school American combination of steak and eggs should poke their appetites into the Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay, for this dish could easily be considered a riff on two breakfast classics. Two poached eggs sit on a cushion of toasted onion bread topped with braised beef, all drizzled with a sweet mustard hollandaise. You may only just have got out of bed, but we reckon you might need another lie down after this.
Dhs55. Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay (04 369 0000).

Falafel Scotch egg at The Sum of Us

Ask around for a breakfast suggestion in Dubai, and it’s hard to move for the onslaught of recommendations for “the BEST shakshouka”, but for a more unusual bite fusing Western breakfasting with Middle Eastern flavours, head to Tom and Serg’s trendy Trade Centre eatery. Homemade pistachio falafel carefully encases a
soft-boiled egg, all accompanied by sautéed spinach, red pepper relish and minty grilled halloumi. Yalla, what are you waiting for?
Dhs65. Burj Al Salam Tower, near Dubai World Trade Centre (056 445 7526).

Lobster Benedict at At.mosphere

If it’s going to be served on the 122nd floor of the world’s tallest building, it’s go haute cuisine or go home. Naturally, At.mosphere rises (sorry) to the challenge. This is no ordinary Benny – but for Dhs165, you’d jolly well expect not. Here, slow-cooked blue lobster from Brittany is placed atop two halves of a fresh English muffin and topped with a 64-degree-poached egg before being lavishly dressed with a rich brown butter and sudachi lime hollandaise.
Dhs165. Served Fri-Sat 7am-10.30am. Level 122, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3828).



Best fish dishes in Dubai

Dubizins celebrates some of the brilliant Dubai seafood restaurants with a special look at the best fish dishes in Dubai, including Zuma and Coya

Chilean sea bass at Zuma

While Zuma’s black cod is indeed superb, the original from Nobu has made it onto this list. The restaurant, still Time Out Dubai’s Best Japanese, has plenty of amazing seafood dishes to choose from. The Chilean sea bass, marinated in teriyaki sauce, lemon, chilli and garlic is cooked on a robata grill and drizzled with a zingy chilli, ginger, lemon soy and vinegar sauce. It’s deeply flavoursome and satisfying with every bite.

Cod loin at Marina Social

Jason Atherton’s Dubai outpost is expertly overseen by Tristin Farmer, formerly of Pollen Street Social and Maze, and boasts a range of innovative dishes served up against the twinkling lights of Dubai Marina. Among the fish offering from the new menu is a meaty piece of cod loin, paired with coco beans, mussel vinaigrette, Amalfi lemon and samphire, for a truly fresh taste of the sea.


Fire up (spicy salmon) at PLAY

Brand new to the menu at Play, a restaurant by chef Reif Othman of Zuma fame, is the aptly named sushi dish “Fire Up”. Prettily presented spicy salmon sits atop a sushi roll with more salmon and avocado that packs quite the punch thanks to jalapeño, spicy tenkasu, spicy miso, sriracha and sliced red radish. Fans of food with a kick will be in their element: fiery by name and nature.




Dish of the week: Zahira’s burrata

Middle Eastern cuisine in Dubai is already well represented, and now Australian-Lebanese Michelin-starred chef Greg Malouf has raised the bar further.

His latest venture, Zahira, recently opened at The H Dubai and promises a stylish take on traditional Middle Eastern dishes.

“I’ve spent years working on the evolution of Lebanese cuisine and while the dishes need to remain faithful to the essence of the region, they can still be presented with creative flair,” says Malouf.
Aiming to “showcase an artistic journey through the Levant”, dishes are inventive and interesting, such as smoky moutabal with cheesy naan bread, hazelnut falafel and salmon kibbeh nayyeh.

The dish that piques our interest most, though, is the Middle Eastern take on burrata. And since we love cheese, we can’t help but be thrilled that a dish seen on menus across the city, but not usually on Middle Eastern ones, is popping up here.

The Italian cheese is served atop traditional Middle Eastern foul medames and broad beans, in place of more common Italian accompaniments such as tomato.

The courses on the menu are labelled “The Art of Sharing”, “The Art of Mezza”, “The Art of the Garden”, “The Art of Sweet Design” and “The Art of Tradition”. Alternatively, “The Art of Feasting” presents a nine-course tasting menu for Dhs260, which changes regularly, for those adventurous (and hungry enough) to give it ago.
Dhs60. Zahira, The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 501 8606).


Get free doughnuts on Friday June 2

Good news, doughnut lovers – it’s National Doughnut Day on Friday (June 2).

And to celebrate, the kind folk at Rise & Dawn Bakehouse are giving away 200 of their best sweet, doughy treats.

You can pick up your free doughnut from Tom&Serg, The Sum Of Us, Brunswick Sports Club and Muchachas Mexican Cantina from 9am on Friday June 2.

Choose from inventive flavours including the delicious-sounding strawberry jam with sour cream glaze; salted caramel and dark chocolate; vanilla and honeycomb dusted with cinnamon sugar and last, but not least, lemon cheesecake with biscuit crumble.

The pastry mastermind behind Rise & Dawn Bakehouse is Dave Sanderson, executive pastry chef of Bull & Roo.

The bakehouse is the newest member of the Bull & Roo Group, and is located at The Sum of Us café at Mall of the Emirates. It is serving up quirky baked goods including éclairs, maracon and cronuts (you know, the croissant/doughnut totally excellent hybrid).

The doughnuts are free until they run out so you’d best hurry. We’re setting our alarms now…

From 9am, Friday June 2. Tom&Serg in Al Quoz and The Sum of Us at The Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha are both open for takeaway only. Brunswick Sports Club at Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, and Muchachas Mexican Cantina, Holiday Inn Express, Safa Park, are open for takeaway and dine in. For more information visit: www.bullandroo.com


New Belgian restaurant opens in Dubai

There’s a new Belgian restaurant in town, Le Petit Belge is now open for business in JLT.

The eatery, which offers a “truly Belgian experience”, threw open its doors today (Monday May 29) at the Pullman Hotel JLT.

Promising “world-renowned Belgian cuisine, unmistakable Belgian hospitality and continental charm”, here at Time Out Dubai we’re excited about the new venture, especially as we got a sneak peek at some of the dishes.

With mussels (in various sauces), veal sausages and mash, lobster rolls and Belgian frites the menu is packed full of classic choices.

Plus there are plenty of desserts from Belgian chocolate mousse to apple crumble, if you’re more interested in puddings.

The restaurant is aimed to be “more than just a restaurant” and a “real testament to the famous Belgian culture, overflowing with diverse tastes, International influences and a rich culinary culture”.

Le Petit Belge has an extensive, traditional menu, with lunch and dinner daily specials, plus a range of Belgian hops.

We hear they promise to have monthly offers, too…
Open Sun-Thu noon-2pm, Fri-Sat 10am-2am, Ramadan hours 7pm-2am. Pullman Jumeirah Lakes Towers Hotel & Residence, Cluster T, JLT, www.lepetitbelge.com


Get free fish and chips at McGettigan’s

Fish and chips fan? Make a note in your calendar – you’re in for a treat on Wednesday May 31 as McGettigan’s is giving away free bite-size portions of the popular dish.

Head down to any of the three branches across Dubai (JLT, DWTC and Souk Madinat Jumeirah) and you’ll get a small portion of complimentary hops-battered fish and some big, chunky chips, between 7pm and 8pm.

The freebies are to mark “Irish National Fish & Chips Day”, so go on over and celebrate this traditional pub grub dish.

Pass the salt and vinegar…

McGettigan’s opening hours until June 26:
McGettigan’s JLT: Open Sun-Fri noon-3am, Sat 11am-3am. Cluster J, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (04 378 0800).
McGettigan’s DWTC: Open 5.30pm-2am. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (800 6247).
McGettigan’s Souk Madinat: Open Sun 9am-2am, Mon-Wed noon to 2am, Thu noon to 3am, Fri-Sat 9am-3am. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 4470219).