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Zuma

Zuma (Gate Village 6, Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai) – with its “power lunch” style interior, this restaurant is reminiscent of the Four Seasons Restaurant at New York’s Park Avenue. The Dubai outlet of chef Rainer Becker’s six-strong chain of izakaya-style Japanese restaurants serves inventive small-plates of Japanese cuisine in a bright downstairs restaurant and […]

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Zaatar W Zeit

Zaatar W Zeit (Madinat Zayed, Abu Dhabi) – this restaurant is part of a Lebanon-basin chain of wrap sandwich eateries, which is something of a hit among locals, since Lebanese food is the closest thing to local foods. Inside, friendly service and a child-like crayon drawing décor gives it a welcoming feel, while the menu […]

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Zari Zardozi

Zari Zardozi (Al Raha Mall, Al Raha Beach, Abu Dhabi) – This cavernous eatery is situated in the middle of Al Raha Mall. The items served here include French-inspired desi cheese fondue, and Japanese-style chicken tandushi, along with “Indian fusion” foods such as the Goan fish curry, kai kari korma and the malabar prawn curry.

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Yacht Club

Yacht Club (InterContinental Abu Dhabi Hotel, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi) – patrons are drawn into this restaurant for its “all you can eat” sushi on Tuesdays (for AED125). Aside from that, the wagyu gyoza, tuna taco, lobster yaki udon, teriyaki chicken (and mango cheesecake for dessert) are among the popular items at this Japanese restaurant.

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Tanjore

Tanjore (Danat Al Ain Resort, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi) – located in the Al Ain section (a.k.a. garden city) of Abu Dhabi, this Indian restaurant reflects the large expatriate Indian community that works there. Indian dishes served there include jahinga angare (barbecued prawns), mushroom pakora, murgh adraki (chicken with ginger) and the spinach paneer.

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Tagine

Tagine (One & Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh Road, Jumeirah, Dubai) – despite the Dubai location (near The Palm Jumeirah), the cuisine, décor and live music here are all Moroccan. Expect dishes such as harira soup, couscous, lamb shanks and, of course, tagines. The dining area, meanwhile, is divided into smaller rooms and alcoves to […]

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Table 9 By Nick and Scott

Table 9 By Nick and Scott Table 9 By Nick and Scott (Hilton Dubai Creek, Deira, Dubai) – rated “#1 Restaurant in the Middle East”, this high-end eatery is competing with other celebrity chef-driven restaurants in Dubai. Taking a step away from formal fine dining, the award winning chefs have created a seasonal fluid menu […]

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Sho Cho

Sho Cho (Souk Qaryat Al Beri, Bain Al Jessrain, Abu Dhabi) — For those looking for great Japanese food, a fabulous bar scene and an ultra-hip setting look no further than Sho Cho Abu Dhabi. This high-end restaurant and lounge serves an extensive menu of modern Japanese cuisine, including fabulous appetizers, main courses and the […]

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Shimmers

Shimmers (Mina A’Salam, Umm Suqeim, Dubai) – upon entering this restaurant through the Mina A’Salam Hotel (on the right side of Madinat Jumeirah), patrons are won over by its mere location – by the beach and a great view of the Burj Al Arab building. Those actually eating here are pleasantly surprised by its spicy […]

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Roberto’s

Roberto’s (Gate 1, Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai) – another celebrity chef within shouting distance of similar outposts, Roberto Rella (who once managed the world renown Italian restaurant Bice), is competing for the attention of well-heeled travelers.