Dubai’s Top 10 restaurants for date night | Upcoming and new restaurants

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What a 2020 it has been.  Whilst regulations are strict we are still not deprived of date nights.  Sometimes we need time away, we need conversations with our other halves because life gets busy.  We also desperately need lovely little things to look forward to.

Kohantei – Japanese

Finally a restaurant of the perfect size – I am not a huge fan of over sized restaurants and this one is just right.  It only has around 10 tables, and two mini private rooms, on tatami mats.  The staff serving you are 100% Japanese creating the most authentic atmosphere.  Famous for its kiseiki menu of wagyu beef.  You have to really love authentic Japanese food to appreciate the menu.


Tresind – Indian

Think Heston Blummethal meets Jason Atherton.  The imagination of the head chef is incredible and get ready for a magical evening.  Their formula has been so successful that they have also opened a Tresind in Bombay that has proved to be a huge hit. You are able to order a la carte, however, there is another menu that you can order in advance where every dish is a spectacular show.  There is also Tresind Studio where you can indulge in a 16-course meal cooked in a separate room of the restaurant for the hard core foodies.



From the makers of Zuma, Roka is the more casual sister with as equally fine food located at the heart of Business Bay.  Whilst not a typical location for a restaurant like this, the restaurant stands in the famous Zaha Hadid’s Opus building.  The restaurant being on the ground floor provides valet and easy entry.  The restaurant is more cosy and smaller than it’s larger sister Zuma.  It is packed


Buddha Bar – Asian Fusion

Located at the infamous Grosvenor Hotel. Buddha Bar, 10 years ago was the most difficult restaurant to get into, and it had a recent revamp a few months back.  It is back cleaner and fresher again, and the crowd is new and different, and we give it 10/10 for service and food.  We really like the new atmosphere with delicious choices of food from all over Asia. Do book as it is pretty full every night.


Crazy Fish – Italian seafood

It’s the new place to be.  Everyone is raving about it.  Located in the DIFC in the Al Fattan Currency House, and people are making the effort to go because it is F1’s Flavio Briatore who bought over the restaurants including the original restaurant located in Monaco.  Select your catch of the day, which will be brought to your smartly dressed linen tables.  From 7 – 9pm everyday, they also offer a bubbly and oyster night at AED220 per person.


La Carnita – Mexican

The trendiest Mexican restaurant in town at the moment.  Great vibes, and it not easy to get a booking here.  It started out as a pop-up food stand in Toronto, and there are now 8 restaurants around the world.  It is located at the bottom of the Intercontinental Dubai, and it is fully atmosphere – it has a club like feel to the venue.


Carine – French

Located at the Emirates Golf Club, an institution in Dubai.  The beautiful and airy restaurant has a refreshing feel.  The restaurant was named after the Chef’s wife Carine, and it serves up all her favourite dishes too from freshly baked breads (the butter too…), and all your Mediterranean favorites.  A favourite.



It’s a deli and cocktail club.  A hidden gem in the middle of Barsha Heights.  It is certainly one of Dubai’s trendiest spots.  Located at the TRYP by Wyndham, it caters to much of the media crowd that work and live close by.  The food is absolutely divine (think of a super trendy gastro pub menu), but you do need to book in advance to get a table as it is almost packed every single night.



It is a 9-seater Japanese restaurant, and I have been waiting for Dubai’s first Omakase restaurant to open.  It can be found at the Bulgari Hotel Dubai.  You sit at the counter whilst the chefs freshly prepare each piece of sushi for you to taste whilst you chat and enjoy the evening.   This restaurant is for real foodies, and not for picky eaters. The majority of the staff including the waitresses are Japanese.  Believe or not you will be plenty full after.  I think the message is catching on that there is a huge demand for small, cosy and intimate restaurants.



The new in place to be with Dubai’s trendiest crowds.  The owners of Cipriani and Scalini bring you Gaia, and bookings currently aren’t easy and it is rumoured to be a firm favourite with members of Dubai’s ruling family.  You may even need to ‘phone a friend’ to gain entry into this place.  Great party vibes located in the heart of DIFC.  With the Mediterranean diet leading the pack for healthy, this Greek Mediterranean restaurant is perfect to cater to most palettes.  Chef Izu Ani has created a modern twist of traditional Greek dishes and it has proved to be a hit.




Wednesday, May 12, 2021