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Dubai: Although a global pandemic is slowing the entire world down, the UAE somehow still manages to launch new restaurants on the regular.

Here’s a list of new spots to check out if you love dining out and trying new things.

The Theatre

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A new nightlife and dining experience is coming to the city. Directed by the Middle East’s own showman, Lebanese-Armenian musician, composer and pianist, Guy Manoukian, comes The Theater Dubai. A new venue that is home to an entertaining experience with a lineup of dynamic shows as well as fine dining. Each production at The Theater is performed by a lineup of international artists flown in specially for the performance. These include vocalists and aerial dancers flown in from Vegas. The Theatre features an international menu with a mix of bold flavours. Begin the evening with a selection of Beluga and Oscietra Caviar, along with a warm selection of Chef’s special Beef Gyoza served with smoked onion purée. Seafood lovers can try the Lobster Linguini –poached lobster cooked in lobster stock, while the meat lovers can indulge in the signature slow-cooked Wagyu Tomahawk with shaved truffle. Guests can also explore the multiple bars across the venue, including a special retro-style speakeasy and more.

Cuisine: International
Location: Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road
Timings: Wednesday to Saturday, 7.30pm to 2am (First seating: 7.30pm, second seating: 10pm)

Isola Ristorante

Isola Ristorante
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Isola Ristorante celebrates stripped-down, coastal Italian cooking. Combined with Mediterranean-style hospitality and located in the newly renovated Jumeirah Islands Clubhouse, Isola has hints of timeless Italian charm. Complete with jade lounges, calming deck views of a streaming ravine, a marble-white bar and floral aesthetics. The dining menu, available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, features modern classics like ‘La Parmigiana di Melanzane’, eggplant parmigiana, ‘Orata alla griglia’, grilled sea bream with Sicilian dressing, ‘Scaloppine di vitello al limone’, veal sirloin with a zesty lemon sauce and ‘Spaghetti alle vongole e bottarga’, cooked to al dente perfection, accompanied with clams and Sardinian bottarga. And for dessert, the timeless, coffee-flavoured heritage favourite tiramisu.

Cuisine: Italian
Location: Jumeirah Islands Clubhouse
Timings: Daily from 8am to 11pm


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Created by the brainchild behind the famous supper club ‘A Story of Food’, the Dubai based ramen genius Neha Mishra, finally launched her own restaurant Kinoya. With waiting lists to get seated, diners are raving about the quality of food. By serving typical Japanese foods like Donabe, Onsen Tamago, Dashi, Omurice, and many other traditional delights, Kinoya provides an all-encompassing experience of atmosphere and taste. Kinoya has been meticulously designed to revolutionize the Japanese culinary narrative in Dubai. Make sure you try her famous ramen and burnt butter scallops. 

Cuisine: Japanese
Location: Onyx Tower, The Greens
Timings: Monday to Saturday from 12pm to 1am

Rumba Cuban Bar & Kitchen

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The latest venue to launch at Club Vista Mare, a lively and dynamic atmosphere awaits those who step in the traditional Entradas of Rumba Cuban Bar & Kitchen, which is designed to look like a classic Havana of the 1950s. The casual bar and restaurant is authentically Cuban throughout the property, from its cuisine and extensive range of beverages to fine cigars, intricate Cuban-inspired interiors, and pure energetic Hispanic vibes, making Rumba the new hotspot in the city. The menu, displayed in the form of an old newspaper, includes favourites such as fresh Empanadas, Guajillo Prawns, Enchiladas and Skirt Steak to name a few. For lighter snacks, diners can enjoy flavourful dishes like Guacamole Rumba, Salmon Ceviche or Tacos de Pescado. Some of Rumba’s palette-cleansing sweet treats include Maiz Pavlova, 3-Leches Baked Alaska, and of course, everyone’s all-time favourite Churros.

Cuisine: Cuban/Latin American
Location: Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah
Timings: Open daily from 12pm to 2am


Carna Dubai
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Carna by Dario Cecchini, on the 74th level, has a dedicated bar, private dining rooms, grape cellars, an open kitchen, and dramatic chandeliers. Carna was the brainchild of award-winning Dario Cecchini, the famed celebrity butcher from Panzano in Tuscany’s Chianti area. Cecchini discovered his mission after taking over the family business from his father in 1976: to preserve the art of butchery with the notion that all portions of meat may be used when cooked properly, reducing waste and encouraging sustainability.

Cuisine: Italian Steakhouse
Location: SLS Hotel, Business Bay
Timings: Daily from 7pm to 12am

La Casa del Tango

La Casa Del Tango
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La Casa del Tango is a unique venue that combines Tango dance shows with a restaurant and bar setting, along with a supporting dance studio and fashion boutique. The man bringing the true spirit of La Boca to the heart of DIFC is famous Tango dancer Enrique Macana. The venue is dressed in warm leathers. The chic venue serves up authentic Argentinian cuisine and drinks which is accompanied by Tango shows and music curated by the creator. The menu has been created by renowned Head Chef Jorge Rivero. The Master Asador has created a bespoke, hand-built “Domo” in the kitchen – the first of its kind in the Middle East – which is visible for guests in the dining room. The “Domo” method is a modern way of slow-cooking meat with a wood fire for added smoke flavour and tenderness. Signature dishes include the chorizo parrillero con provolone, huevos gramajo trufados, entraña con provoleta.

Cuisine: Argentinan
Location: DIFC
Timings: Saturday to Friday from 8am to 1am


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Sauce is a trendy American Diner concept, reminiscent of the 50’s classic diners located by the Dubai Canals. Already trending on TikTok, thanks to the burgers, interiors and swing rock, the venue is a playful throwback nod to the ’50s. The diner-style restaurant offers a variety of simple, trendy food, beverages and desserts. The menu features classic burgers and hotdogs, salads, pizzas and sandwiches, milkshakes, brownies. Though the Sauce concept remains true to the typical American diner, it also includes a fusion from different countries, as it should be located in one of the most diverse cities in the world. Sauces include Indian, Local and Levantine delicacies within their tastes, for example, Garlic Labneh, Tahini Mustard and Harissa ketchup.

Cuisine: American
Location: Al Habtoor City
Timings: Open daily from 12pm to 12am


Myrra by Opa
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Myrra is the new sister restaurant of OPA and is located at a gorgeous beachfront location. It exudes a Greek and Spanish holiday mood and is a great spot to enjoy a nice lunch or dinner with a view. The restaurant is located on the busy Club Vista Mare strip and serves tasty Greek and Spanish cuisine. The menu is full of fresh fish and shellfish dishes, as well as tasty grills, summery salads, and a variety of sweets. Oysters, grilled calamari, paella, kleftiko, spanakopita, and other dishes, as well as a variety of mixed cocktails and a grape menu, are among the menu’s highlights.

Cuisine: Greek and Spanish
Location: Cub Vista Mare
Timings:Open daily from 11am to 1am

Joe’s Backyard Gastropub at Jumeirah Island Clubhouse

Joe's Backyard
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The place where great food meets a fun time, Joe’s Backyard Gastropub offers an exciting new take on the casual eatery with a menu that specializes in a delicious range of international comfort food classics. A fun and welcoming venue, it’s a firm favourite with foodies, families and groups of friends thanks to a great selection of weekly events and F&B treats, as well as a foosball table, pool table, darts and large screen TVs showing live sports. With a laid-back atmosphere, variety of food options and a wide range of craft drinks available, Joe’s Backyard Gastropub is the perfect place to dine and have fun. During cooler months, guests can enjoy the outdoor terrace overlooking Jumeirah Islands.

Cuisine: American BBQ
Location: Jumeirah Island Clubhouse
Timings: Weekdays from 4pm to 1am, Weekends from 12pm until 1am


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Fi’lia is the first fully female-led Italian Mediterranean restaurant in Dubai that has just opened its doors at the SLS Dubai Hotel & Residences. 25-year old Chef de Cuisine Sara Aqel, who is of Palestinian Jordanian decent is at the helm of the restaurant and making her mark on the Dubai restaurant scene. Sara was trained under Massimo Bottura (acclaimed Italian Chef, crowned with three Michelin stars) and is heading the kitchen supported by a team of women, whether it’s in the kitchen or on the restaurant floor. Think 18-hour veal ragu, pizzas, baked sea bass and so much more. The location is stunning on the 70th floor, with 360-degree views over Dubai and an impressive terrace.

Cuisine: Italian
Location: Business Bay
Timings: Daily from 10am to 1am


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Award-winning chef Reif Othman launched his first licensed venue Ikigai, a venue that celebrates the food of izakayas (Japanese pub taverns). This laid-back restaurant and bar serves excellent dishes of Japanese street food as well as a diverse beverage selection. Inside, there are colourful artworks and wooden interiors, as well as a cosy terrace where guests may enjoy signature sharing dishes al fresco. Expect a menu full of foods like grilled tiger prawns with Kombu butt and other dishes inspired by Japan’s bustling izakayas.

Cuisine: Japanese
Location: Millennium Place Marina
Timings: Daily from 12pm to 1am

No. FiftySeven Boutique Café

No. FiftySeven Boutique Cafe
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In 2012, Buthaina Al Mazrui and Alamira Noor Bani Hashim co-founded The Dinner Club by No. 57 while beginning preparations to open their café. In just two years, their bold concept has grown into the most sought-after dinner invitation in the UAE. Now everyone can enjoy the same creativity that the lucky Dinner Club guests got to try. The Dubai location of their No. FiftySeven Boutique Café is at That Concept Store in Mall of the Emirates. Their menu features modern local ingredients in a sophisticated setting. From one of the best burgers in town to poke bowls and Milk Bread Chicken Sando. 

Cuisine: International
Location: That Concept Store, Mall of the Emirates
Timings: Sunday to Thursday from 10 am to 10pm, Friday and Saturday until 12am

Cipriani Dolci

Cipriani Dolci
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Celebrating 90-years in the world of hospitality, Cipriani launched the highly anticipated Cipriani Dolci, located at the gates of Fashion Avenue at The Dubai Mall in April 2021. Diners will discover a menu featuring an Cipriani classics, including Baked Tagliolini, Scampi alla Carlina “Seppioline in Tecia”, Carpaccio and more. Signature Dolci classics will be available, from the Torta Di Cioccolato, Vanilla Meringue Cake, Ice Cream freshly whipped to order, Lemon Tart, Tiramisu and more. In addition to the signature Italian dishes, the venue will also offer take-away services, gift baskets and will retail the full range of fine Cipriani food products including Cacao by Cipriani artisanal chocolate.

Cuisine: Italian
Location: Dubai Mall, Fashion Avenue
Timings: Daily from 10am to 1am

Hunter & Barrel

Hunter and Barrel
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The high-end casual dining restaurant and lounge concept born in Australia have opened its Dubai doors at Vida Emirates Hills. Known for its hunt, gather and fire-inspired culinary fundamentals, and an array of charcoal roasted meats, vegetables and barrel-aged craft beverages, Hunter & Barrel Dubai will open with a daily happy hour available Saturday to Thursday from 4pm to 8pm, with a diverse beverage menu of hops, grape and more. Hunter & Barrel’s highlights include open fire prawns and smoky chicken wings; lighter meals include salad options like char-grilled chicken and kale and cured salmon fillet and burger lovers also catered to with choices of Angus beef and cornfed chicken.

Cuisine: Australian
Location: Vida Emirates Hills
Timings: Daily from 11am to 1am

Medi Terra

Medi Terra Abu Dhabi
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With an alfresco terrace reminiscent of coastal European hot spots during summertime, Medi Terra has just launched in Abu Dhabi serves up laid-back vibes in a casual and inviting environment. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the eatery prides itself on using only premium ingredients to create simple, high-quality and satisfying dishes that showcase fresh flavours from the Med, with a particular focus on Italian classics. From the kitchen, diners can expect highlights dishes of calamari with lemon aioli, basil arancini filled with cheddar and mozzarella to start, as well as fresh salads of kale, fig and avocado with cranberry and lemon oregano dressing, and creamy burrata on a bed of red and yellow cherry tomatoes with arugula and balsamic reduction, plus more.

Cuisine: European
Location: Marsa Al Bateen Marina in Abu Dhabi

Timings: 12pm to 11pm on weekdays, and 10am to 12am on weekends

Lucky Fish

Lucky Fish, West Beach
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Lucky Fish is an effortlessly chic Mediterranean-inspired restaurant and bar located at West Beach, Palm Jumeirah. With a rich culinary journey and a lively day to night ambience, Dubai’s latest beachside hot spot promises to bring a laid-back yet elevated experience, overlooking views of the Dubai Marina skyline. The menu is inspired by the flavours of the ocean and the Mediterranean region, highlighting Italian, French and Spanish cuisine, showcasing the highest quality seafood and meats. An enviable location on the coastal beach-front, Lucky Fish’s interiors reflect a tranquil style with a well-thought-out rustic design concept, perfect for dining no matter the time of day.

Cuisine: Mediterranean
Location: West Beach, Palm Beach
Timings: Daily from 6pm to 1am

Mimi Kakushi

Mimi Kakushi
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Step into Mimi Kakushi, an immersion to Osaka in the 1920s, merging modern art and western fashion into the nightlife and street life of Japan. The two-floor space, brought to life by the team behind La Cantine du Faubourg, Ninive and Twiggy by La Cantine pays homage to the modernist Mavo movement celebrating the radical and avante-garde. The food offers a playful twist to well-known Japanese favourites with sharing plates of sashimi, sushi, tempura and gyoza, as well as the Kagoshima wagyu beef, paired with an extensive beverage menu, and an eclectic dessert selection rounding off the grand finale.

Cuisine: Japanese
Location: Restaurant Village Four Seasons Resort.
Timings: Daily from 6pm to 1am

Montauk Boutique Café & Restaurant

Montauk Boutique Café and Restaurant has officially opened its doors to the public this month in Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi. Serving up Long Island beach house vibes in the UAE’s capital, Montauk presents a wholesome, home-to-table style menu, impeccably curated by the restaurant’s Emirati owner and founder, Chef Mariam Almansoori, whose passion and artistry is ingrained into every aspect of the homegrown brand. Designed from top to bottom to reflect the comfort found in a warming home, Montauk houses a living room-style dining room on the first floor, and a bakery and terrace on the second floor. They offer fresh daily salads of spiced fig & goat’s cheese, watermelon & feta, and burrata with citrus will be available, as well as tempting starter dishes of spicy grilled garlic prawns, harissa & sundried tomato chicken with king oyster mushrooms & lemongrass hummus. For mains, the Montauk grilled Canadian lobster with roasted nori butter is set to be a signature, in addition to spiced lamb chops with pomegranate & Greek Yoghurt, salmon with mango & corn salsa, and creamy truffle rigatoni. Classic desserts bring meals to an indulgent end at Montauk with options like sticky toffee pudding, passionfruit cheesecake, and chocolate caramel fondant.

Cuisine: International
Location: Al Khaleej Al Arabi
Timings: Daily from 9am to 12am

Twiggy by La Cantine

Twiggy by La Cantine
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Twiggy by La Cantine is a new beach club and restaurant concept located at the Park Hyatt Dubai Lagoon. The new spot comes from the team behind culinary hotspots La Cantine du Faubourg, Ninive and Lana Lusa. A place for those who want to chill, the sunny “beachside” restaurant offers a Mediterranean-inspired menu – with the addition of a sushi selection. The best thing about Twiggy is that it gives you access to the famed 100m Park Hyatt Lagoon with prices starting from Dh200 on weekdays and Dh250 on weekends, which are redeemable against F&B at Twiggy.

Cuisine: French Mediterranean
Location: Park Hyatt Dubai
Timings: Lagoon is open daily from 9am till sunset, Restaurant is open daily from 12pm to 2a


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AKA is a new Cyberpunk-inspired Japanese lounge that offers fine of Japanese-inspired cuisine including Sushi and Maki platters. traditional dinner show experience. AKA is a small, glamorous space, with velvet interiors and an Asian-inspired lounge menu of sharing plates, paired with innovative beverages. They host shows,  curated by , Scarlet Entertainment that will push boundaries, once live entertainment is back on track in Dubai.

Cuisine: Asian
Location: The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah
Timings: Open daily from 6pm to 1am

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