10 restaurants to visit during Dubai Restaurant Week

The city's top restaurants for under Dhs200
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Gordon Ramsay's once told us that he earnt his reputation for serving "Good f**king food." That is something we can atest to, but if you don't want to take our word for it, for Dubai Restaurant Week his Atlantis-based restaurant are offering a special menu includes his classic Shepard's pie as well as a braised beef so tender you can cut it with the flat side of your spoon, and that is overlooking the magnificent pea soup with lobster starter, tamarind spiced chicken wings, and a wonderfully creative pineapple carpaccio with kiwi and coconut sorbet for dessert.
Bread Street Kitchen, Atlantis, The Palm. Book here
Gordon Ramsay's once told us that he earnt his reputation for serving "Good f**king food." That is something we can atest to, but if you don't want to take our word for it, for Dubai Restaurant Week his Atlantis-based restaurant are offering a special menu includes his classic Shepard's pie as well as a braised beef so tender you can cut it with the flat side of your spoon, and that is overlooking the magnificent pea soup with lobster starter, tamarind spiced chicken wings, and a wonderfully creative pineapple carpaccio with kiwi and coconut sorbet for dessert. Bread Street Kitchen, Atlantis, The Palm. Book here
These type of set menu offers are normally the bane of vegetarians. However, the clever lot at Gary Rhodes' Grosvenor House flagship restaurant are offering an entirely seperate set menu for vegetarians including an asparagus and wild mushroom pasta ragu, and beetroot and cream goats cheese towers. Meat-eaters shouldn't fret as the non-vegetarian menu offers two kitchen specialties: pan-fried salmon with mussels, and roast corn-fed chicken with truffle butter and foie gras. Delicious. / Rhodes W1, Grosvenor House, Dubai.
These type of set menu offers are normally the bane of vegetarians. However, the clever lot at Gary Rhodes' Grosvenor House flagship restaurant are offering an entirely seperate set menu for vegetarians including an asparagus and wild mushroom pasta ragu, and beetroot and cream goats cheese towers. Meat-eaters shouldn't fret as the non-vegetarian menu offers two kitchen specialties: pan-fried salmon with mussels, and roast corn-fed chicken with truffle butter and foie gras. Delicious. / Rhodes W1, Grosvenor House, Dubai.
Arguably the most romantic restaurant in the country, the stroll down the wooden pier overlooking the Burj Al Arab is normally reserved for a special meal with your partner. So just think of the brownie points you'll get when you can have all that without having to take out a new credit card! The set menu may have little room for flexiblity, so if the white bean cappuccino (with wild turbot and truffle), Altlantic sea trout and Manjari chocolate assiette don't tickle your fancy (er, why?) then look elsewhere. / Pierchic, Al Qasr, Dubai.
Arguably the most romantic restaurant in the country, the stroll down the wooden pier overlooking the Burj Al Arab is normally reserved for a special meal with your partner. So just think of the brownie points you'll get when you can have all that without having to take out a new credit card! The set menu may have little room for flexiblity, so if the white bean cappuccino (with wild turbot and truffle), Altlantic sea trout and Manjari chocolate assiette don't tickle your fancy (er, why?) then look elsewhere. / Pierchic, Al Qasr, Dubai.
The Peruvian food revolution is going nowhere. Frankly, we can't get enough ceviche, or quinoa, or grilled octopus or beef saltdo or tres leches - all of which happen to be available on the Dubai Restaurant Week menu at Mayta. / Mayta, DIFC, Dubai.
The Peruvian food revolution is going nowhere. Frankly, we can't get enough ceviche, or quinoa, or grilled octopus or beef saltdo or tres leches - all of which happen to be available on the Dubai Restaurant Week menu at Mayta. / Mayta, DIFC, Dubai.
Rarely out of the conversation when it comes to top Dubai restaurants, the modern Japanese Okku is a firm favourite for people celebrating (or trying to impress). Therefore the chance to tuck into a six-dish meal including Miso Nasu Shigiyaki (baked aubergine in sweet miso), Spicy tuna on crispy rice, and robata-grilled chili-miso chicken, as well as a dessert all for Dhs199 is too good to give up. / Okku, H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
Rarely out of the conversation when it comes to top Dubai restaurants, the modern Japanese Okku is a firm favourite for people celebrating (or trying to impress). Therefore the chance to tuck into a six-dish meal including Miso Nasu Shigiyaki (baked aubergine in sweet miso), Spicy tuna on crispy rice, and robata-grilled chili-miso chicken, as well as a dessert all for Dhs199 is too good to give up. / Okku, H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
If you don't agree with our view that few places in Dubai do Thai food as well as Pad Thai, then DRW is the perfect time to test that out. The Madinat Jumeirah restaurant has an impressive list of dishes on its set menu, which feature the more popular Thai curries, wok-fried dishes, and noodles. We recommend trying the basics before going back for more specialised dishes the following week. / Pad Thai, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai.
If you don't agree with our view that few places in Dubai do Thai food as well as Pad Thai, then DRW is the perfect time to test that out. The Madinat Jumeirah restaurant has an impressive list of dishes on its set menu, which feature the more popular Thai curries, wok-fried dishes, and noodles. We recommend trying the basics before going back for more specialised dishes the following week. / Pad Thai, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai.
While some restaurants use DRW to offer a thinned out version of their menus as a sample of what they can do, Al Nafoorah's Arabic offering is plentiful. Cold mezzeh, hot mezzah, grilled fish, shish taouk, mouhalabieh, and Ashta bil Asal (nuts with drizzled honey), the difficulty is not ordering too much. / Al Nafoorah, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, The Palm.
While some restaurants use DRW to offer a thinned out version of their menus as a sample of what they can do, Al Nafoorah's Arabic offering is plentiful. Cold mezzeh, hot mezzah, grilled fish, shish taouk, mouhalabieh, and Ashta bil Asal (nuts with drizzled honey), the difficulty is not ordering too much. / Al Nafoorah, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, The Palm.
In the UAE the cost of top-end cuts of meat from the butchers can be rather pricey, so rather than spending the money and risk overdoing it at home, Restaurant Week is a good opportunity to take advantage of DIFC's famous Gaucho 'Ancho' rib-eye steaks, after wolfing down some specialty beef empanadas, while finishing up with some glorious dulce de leche profiteroles. / Gaucho, DIFC, Dubai.
In the UAE the cost of top-end cuts of meat from the butchers can be rather pricey, so rather than spending the money and risk overdoing it at home, Restaurant Week is a good opportunity to take advantage of DIFC's famous Gaucho 'Ancho' rib-eye steaks, after wolfing down some specialty beef empanadas, while finishing up with some glorious dulce de leche profiteroles. / Gaucho, DIFC, Dubai.
Atol Kochhar's Dubai restaurant is one that is very close to his heart. With the huge Indian influence in the city you know that this celebrated chef takes his modern twist on Indian classics seriously. For Dubai Restaurant Week, the set menu will include a selection of kebabs, and the choice of three curries from different regions: a coastal shrimp curry, a Kerala style chicken masala, and slow stewed lamb. / Rang Mahal, JW Marriott Marquis, Business Bay.
Atol Kochhar's Dubai restaurant is one that is very close to his heart. With the huge Indian influence in the city you know that this celebrated chef takes his modern twist on Indian classics seriously. For Dubai Restaurant Week, the set menu will include a selection of kebabs, and the choice of three curries from different regions: a coastal shrimp curry, a Kerala style chicken masala, and slow stewed lamb. / Rang Mahal, JW Marriott Marquis, Business Bay.
Friend-of-Esquire Jason Atherton is a smart man. Him and his team know how to put together a menu filled with favourites that will have you adding the restaurant's reservation number to your speed dial. BBQ veal short rib, handchopped beef tartare, wood fired garlic flatbread and even Greek yoghurt mousse, roasted pear sorbet. / Marina Social, Intercontinental Dubai Marina.
Friend-of-Esquire Jason Atherton is a smart man. Him and his team know how to put together a menu filled with favourites that will have you adding the restaurant's reservation number to your speed dial. BBQ veal short rib, handchopped beef tartare, wood fired garlic flatbread and even Greek yoghurt mousse, roasted pear sorbet. / Marina Social, Intercontinental Dubai Marina.
20February2017
Matthew Priest