Dubai is well known for both its traditional and modern style dishes. If you are looking for authentic Gulf and Middle Eastern cuisine then Dubai is the best destination. Dubai is a city of immigrants, so it has a mixture of other cuisines like Arabic, Iranian and also Lebanese food. There are even restaurants that are open 24-hours to calm down the midnight cravings. Also in the past few years Dubai has become very popular for food trucks. It is so in trend that can even hire those food trucks for private events. Some of the top attractions in Dubai for relishing your taste buds are:
1. Dubai Food Festival
The Dubai food festival usually kicks off in February and lasts till March. It is the biggest food festival in the world held in Dubai. Participants in this event are from around the globe famed chefs, restaurants, food and entertainment industry, retailers featuring blend of different cuisines. There is an ultimate food lover’s dream event Dubai Restaurant Week. In this event across ten days there are three course meal at one price! Dubai’s finest restaurants take part in this event for which you need to make booking online.
2. Dinner in the Sky
Feel on cloud nine, like literally with an amazing dining experience in Dubai. Dinner in the Sky is located at Skydive, where your chair and table will be suspended 50 meters high in the air. A group of 22 guests are served an array of gourmet delights by top chefs from The Le Meridien and The Westin Mina Seyahi Marina. There is also a live performance so that you can enjoy you meal without any fear of falling. The total session is of 90 minutes, where 30 minutes include the seating and unseating of diners and the rest 60 minutes of flight and food time. The prices vary from lunch to dinner and on weekends.
3. Dinning in the Dark
As the name suggests you will be exactly dinning in the dark at Noire restaurant located at Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road. Noire means ‘black’ in French brings you an ultimate experience of having your meal in pitch black darkness. This restaurant has been awarded as Best Experimental Restaurant in the Middle East by BBC Good Food Awards. The waiters are night vision equipped with night-vision goggles to find your table and seat. It offers an ultimate experience where you get a surprise three course gourmet menu with paired beverages and late you can meet the chef to discuss the dishes. Reserving a table is highly recommended as they change their menu every week.
Ossaino which is located at Atlantis gives you a dining experience of having your meal at the bottom of the ocean. It is an underwater bar and restaurant comprising of floor to ceiling glass panels and having a view of over 65,000 marine creatures swimming past your dinner table. Ossaino is an award winning restaurant which offers you an array of seafood like lobster, crab, prawns, oysters and freshly grilled fish. The restaurant offers indoor seating arrangement, a full bar and live music with an incredible aquatic view.
5. Wanna Banana
Wanna Banana is a place which creates banana based desserts which taste just like ice cream but are healthier. As they have a healthier version, ice cream word has been given a spin off as banana ‘nice-cream’! They offer a special limited edition frozen yoghurt flavour – Lovin Dubai, which has become a favourite snack among the health freaks. They have a beautiful beach shack where they serve any hour creamy snack, frozen snack and drink. You can choose your own topping for nice-cream from honey, chocolate sauce, peanut butter and also healthier toppings like chia seeds, flax seeds, oats crunch and much more. You can find Wanna Banana at Kite Beach Kiosk and Sports City Kiosk.
6. Last Exit
One of the most popular hotspots in the city is Last Exit food truck. A small area has been converted into a food truck park situated on Exit E11. It is correctly named Last Exit as it is located on the last exit road when travelling to other emirates. It has become a pit stop for anyone roaming from or to Dubai. Your food truck cravings are satisfied here as they serve delicious gourmet street food. Their décor is so exceptional that they will definitely end up as your Instagram feed post. You can find Last Exit at Jebal Ali South, Jebal Ali North, Al Khawaneej and Al Qudra.
7. P.F. Chang’s
If you are a Chinese lover than P.F. Chang’s is the perfect destination for you. It is a high-energy Chinese bistro and is very hot favourite in the city as it has its branches in all the malls in Dubai. They use fresh and high quality products to deliver unique combination of Chinese cuisine and tempting desserts. The Dynamite Shrimp dish is very popular dish amongst visitors. P.F. Chang has also introduced a bento box especially for the kids. They are open daily from 11 am till midnight.
There are also other authentic Chinese restaurants like Din Tai Fung, The Monk and Golden Dragon.