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Some Iconic Restaurants in Dubai

MG is an air warrior and a global traveler who loves to visit and explore new places.

Rhodes mezzanine

Rhodes mezzanine



Before the China wireless threw the spanner in the tourist trade, Dubai was known as the El Dorado of the east the proverbial city of Gold. Thankfully the city is recovering now and I sincerely hope it once more becomes the playground of the Middle East. I have spent quality time in this region and have been greatly impressed with the progress made. In this article, I will give you my view of some of the best and chic eating joints in this wonderful place. Credit for this must go to the ruling Maktoum family that opened the doors of Dubai to some of the best restaurant chains in the world.

Naturally, most of the excellent restaurants are part of the luxury hotels and the food they serve is a culinary delight. Some of the important restaurants are discussed In the succeeding paragraphs.
Ronda Locatelli. This restaurant is located in Palm Jumeira, This restaurant has a rustic atmosphere and serves a southern Italian menu of antipasto misto, Vitello tonnato and carpaccio served family-style with the accompaniment of Italian cocktails like Bellinis and Campari and soda. It is the best Italian restaurant in Dubai where M Italian chef Giorgio Locatelli ( he resides in London now)creates delicious antipasti, stone-hearth pizzas, and the best fresh pasta in Dubai.

There is plenty of vegan and gluten-free options, outdoor dining, and a playground for the kids, Ronda Locatelli is the perfect destination for families, friends, and couples. The place is pricey but follows all the protocols to contain the China virus so, on that score, one can rest free.


Rhodes Mezzanine

This restaurant was headed by Michelin starred celebrity Gary Rhodes. Unfortunately, he passed away in 2019 in Dubai. Rhodes Mezzanine Dubai offers guests the opportunity to savor the very best of contemporary British cuisine. One of Grosvenor House’s flagship restaurants, its décor dares to be different and dazzles guests upon entry. This restaurant with a menu that is inspired by Gary Rhodes is a pure English menu.

The classy joint is located at the Grosvenor House Hotel has carved for itself a niche in the culinary hall of fame. The seasonal menu includes items like poached sea bass, wild mushroom ravioli, and old-fashioned blackberry trifle. Guests are treated to several complementary courses including canapés on arrival and you can have an accompaniment of Devonshire clotted cream and a wide option of chocolates to choose from.



This is an Indian restaurant and it is inspired by the chef Vineet Bhatia. Vineet was
awarded a Michelin star for catering and is known to have opened the doors to the west’s perception of Indian food. Bhatia’s menu consists of home-smoked bandore salmon and pan-grilled spice-crusted sea bass with tomato kadhi and coconut khichdi. One can also savor the chocolate and almond samosa served with masala tea ice cream. There is also a vegan and vegetarian menu to cater to broader palates.

One can get almost all the signature dishes from the Indian subcontinent like butter chicken, curry chicken, fried prawns, tandoori chicken and cauliflower, and much more.



This is a Japanese Restaurant that serves an innovative Japanese-Peruvian menu in a chic setting. It's a winning formula that's made Nobu a global culinary icon. At Nobu Dubai, begin your night with cocktails and Japanese tapas in the sake lounge, before sitting down to an exceptional omakase or a la carte menu in the dream-like Japanese garden. Nobu Matsuhisa the Japanese chef has this restaurant located at the Atlantis at The Palm Jumeira.

It is a Japanese theme restaurant you can have a multi-course meal. Delicacies include yellowtail with jalapeño, Nobu-style lobster with wasabi pepper sauce, and his signature dish, black cod with miso.



Last word

The ones I have mentioned above are the famous ones and also dictated by my taste. These are not the only ones as Dubai is also dotted with hundreds of fast food joints and cafes. You can have any type of food at all hours and times. In fact, it is a 24-hour food factory. There is a strict watch on all the restaurants through Dubai's Supreme Committee for Consumer Protection. So none of the restaurants can take a customer for a ride with exorbitant charges, including service charge and quality of the food served.

Dubai is also the most accessible place on earth. Before Covid( China virus) set in Almost 61,000,000 visitors passed through Dubai making it the second most visited airport after New York. The UAE also has the strongest connection with India with almost 30% of the expatriate population from Indian states, notably Kerala.


MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on February 13, 2021:

Thanks, Devika, for sparing time and commenting

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 13, 2021:

emge your well-written and researched hub on Iconic Restuarants is unique and I learned lots from it. Sounds a great visit.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on February 04, 2021:

Dear Sangre, so nice of you to have commented. Thank you.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on February 04, 2021:

This is a good review of some restaurants. I've never been to Dubai as I hate long flights but it's great to read that there is a good variety of places for people to eat at depending on their budget.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on February 03, 2021:

Ankita, it's a pleasure to read your comment. Thank you.

Ankita B on February 03, 2021:

It was interesting to read about the iconic restaurants in Dubai. The photo are lovely too. Thank you for sharing.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on February 03, 2021:

Liz, Thanks for sparing time in commenting. So many Britishers come to the UAE for holiday and fun and business. I'm sure you can spend your next holiday there and you would love it.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on February 03, 2021:

Thanks, Vanita, once you visit you will go there many times, it is such a wonderful place.

Vanita Thakkar on February 03, 2021:

Good information. Reviews about Dubai are good and inviting. Might visit some day.

Liz Westwood from UK on February 03, 2021:

I have never been to Dubai. You have showcased some of its restaurants well in this interesting article.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on February 02, 2021:

Thank you, Chitra, for sparing time and commenting I have spent many years in Dubai and its description is in one word "wonderful."

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 02, 2021:

Interesting information about Dubai’s iconic restaurants. Dubai is certainly on my travel list. I have heard a lot about it’s markets as well, from my relatives who are working there.

Thank you for sharing another wonderful article.

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