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The 12 best new restaurants in Dubai to try

If you’ve tried all of your favourite dining places, you’ve come to the perfect place because new restaurants in Dubai are always opening. We’ve got the inside scoop on the must-visit locations around the city, whether it’s a luxury fine-dining restaurant for a romantic date night or somewhere more cool and informal to meet with those you love.

Signor Sassi

Signor Sassi, London’s famed Knightsbridge restaurant, is now welcome customers to the St Regis Gardens. Signor Sassi is known in London for both its hefty portions of classic Italian cuisine and its VIP clientele. The attraction goes from the garish and maximalist design to the lovely employees, all of whom exemplify the classic Italian hospitality for which the London restaurant has been known and adored since the 1980s. Beautiful platters of antipasti, classic pasta, luscious meat dishes, and carefully presented seafood can be found on the menu.

Eugene Eugene

Eugène Eugène is an amazing oasis and greenhouse-inspired French brasserie hidden away on a rooftop at the Mall of the Emirates.Eugène Eugène is excellent for a beautiful lunch and coffee catch-up during the day, and by night, the glass retreat changes into a mesmerising, candle-lit dining room suited for late-night beverages. The restaurant, which was influenced by greenhouses and market halls, has hundreds of plants, a green marble bar, an appealing conservatory, an outdoor patio, soft rattan sofas and lots of seating options. Chef Yanis Sgad’s culinary highlights include the Taleggio cheese pizzetta (Dhs55), the roasted entire baby chicken (Dhs125) with a non-negotiable side of pomme puree (Dhs34), and the red fruit pavlova (Dhs50) for dessert.

Row on 45

Row on 45, a new fine dining concept by celebrated chef Jason Atherton, is now open on Grosvenor House’s 45th level. Every night, 22 guests embark on a 17-course haute cuisine adventure in a beautiful restaurant setting inspired by chef Atherton’s London home. The evening starts in the champagne salon before guests are led through to the main dining theatre, which has a cutting-edge open kitchen. Guests are welcomed to the private Chef’s Library for the conclusion, where they are served sweets and lovely drinks.

The Citronelle Club

The Citronelle Club, now open at SO/Uptown, the sophisticated new address in Uptown Dubai on the outskirts of JLT, welcomes customers to taste an amalgam of modern Asian delicacies with a sophisticated French touch. A particular cooking excitement is matched with stylish furnishings that include an up-to-date bar and open kitchens so customers can watch the culinary crew at work. Art and design take important stage, as is usual of SO/ Hotels, and there are bright artworks anywhere you turn. Signature themes includes koi carp and dragons, which are woven into more abstract works and hand painted pieces to create a design-centric setting.Cosy nooks are perfect for a dating night, while as big tables and a mirrored special dining room suit bigger groups of guests.

Soul Kitchen

Looking for a hip new restaurant in Business Bay? Then go to Soul Kitchen, a quirky new restaurant which combines cuisines from the Levant and Latin America.Guests are welcome to eat on remaining areas of expertise such as the local sheri fish crudo, grilled calamari, and tamarind glazed lamb chops in tones of vivid orange and olive green. It’s topped off with handmade drinks and a well curated wine list, as well as stylish music to transport you from early evening to late night.


Futuristic Zenon, an alive new restaurant at The Dubai Mall, is a colourful new restaurant. The licenced restaurant is an avant-garde sight of a futuristic diner, complete with a globally influenced food and eye-catching digital artworks. The restaurant turns into a digital wonderland thanks to Google intelligence and Microsoft Kinect cameras; even the resident DJ wears special headgear to mirror the sounds on the digital artwork.


Hop on an abra and set sail towards what could be our favourite new Indian restaurant, nestled among the crashing waves of the Jumeirah Al Qasr lagoon. The most recent arrival to the Jumeirah Al Qasr resort is Atrangi by Ritu Dalmia. Every part of the restaurant has been carefully designed, from the drinks that offer well-loved Indian flavours to the crockery found on every table, which was hand-crafted and shipped in from India, where the design is a love letter to the ladies and the rich culture of the nation. Chef Ritu has carefully prepared foods that would be found in Indian households and on the streets, reviving age-old behaviours with a modern twist.

DUO Gastrobar

The award-winning DUO is here in the desert all the way from St Petersburg. DUO is well-known for its low costs, premium components, delectable unique drinks, and active environment. The menu combines electricity European food with a hint of Asian flavour. Chef Dmitry Blinov is bringing 40 of his favourite recipes from DUO Band restaurants to the Dubai Hills setting, including tuna ceviche (Dhs65), broccoli pate (Dhs35), and oxtail pie with taleggio (Dhs75).

The Guild

Guests are able to dine in The Rockpool or The Salon in The Guild’s second phase of functioning, in addition to The Nurseries and Potting Shed, which opened earlier this summer. The Rockpool, like the name indicates, takes pride in its buffet of spectacular seafood, which guests may handpick from live marine tanks. Tables reside around an oyster shucking station and a rockpool which houses sea urchin and Atlantic lobster. An adjacent bar is perfect for pre- or post-dinner cocktails, while the tiny private dining room is suitable for groups of up to 16.

Hoe Lee Kow

Do you enjoy Korean BBQ? Check out chef Reif Othman’s latest concept, Hoe Lee Kow, an unconventional Korean (licenced) restaurant in Dubai Hills Business Park. The restaurant is cosy and simple, with fun references to Korean culture such as traditional masks, attire, and beautiful fans. A modern bar serves thirst-quenching beverages that will have you saying holy cow. What’s on the menu? The Jeju scallops (Dhs96), corn croquettes (Dhs46), and the grilled ori gogi (Dhs168) – a show-stopping meal with Irish duck breast cooked in a non-traditional Korean BBQ way – are our top choices.

Konjiki Hototogisu

Michelin-starred Konjiki Hototogisu is currently in Dubai for the first time. The ramen restaurant, which is located on the second floor of the Mall of the Emirates, opposite More Café, has already become a social media phenomenon. There are five ramen bowls on the menu, which include the soul-satisfying original Shoyu (Dhs69) and Shio (Dhs65), which offers the brand’s famed chicken broth blended with clam tare. Prepare to slurp…

Chez Wam

Chez Wam is a new addition to the gastronomic options of St Regis Gardens. Because defining the cuisine is difficult, it can be best described as a robust Dubai menu. If Dubai is a cultural melting pot, Chez Wam is a gastronomic melting pot. We presume that if we went to Executive Chef Hadrien Villedieu’s house for dinner, he’d serve us this. Chez Wam is a small and intimate environment with dark woods, geometric terracotta tiles, and comfortable seats in differed colours of red, marmalade, and amber. There are just a few dozen dining tables, which happen to be opposite an inviting space that is backed by the bar.

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