| Dubai is a city that seamlessly amalgamates a huge array of world cultures and presents a wide variety of cuisines, the best restaurants Dubai are known for their unique and sumptuous gastronomical delights providing a wide range of international cuisines and tempting local specialities. Many of the restaurants are highly detailed and themed to further highlight the cuisines they present. Some of the best restaurants however can be found in the beautiful luxury hotels dotted throughout Dubai.
Dubai recently has exploded onto the world market as a top tourist and business destination, hence attracting to its shores thousands of visitors every day from every corner of the world, these visitors will not be disappointed in the huge choices provide them through the best restaurants in Dubai.
The restaurants are in the city various enclaves that provide hubs of varying restaurants and one of these is 'Century Village' which is an absolute must-see on any visitor's list and is located right next door to the 'Irish village'. It is a small oasis of fine dining restaurants in a relaxing atmosphere of fountains and greenery.
The village provides a 'Da Gama' Portuguese restaurant, 'La Vigne' Italian, a Japanese sushi bar, coffee shop and an Arabic restaurant. It encompasses a small courtyard offering guest's outdoor seating and it is one of the very few places in the city where you're allowed to sit outside whilst having an alcoholic drink.
The 'Da Gama', restaurant has been built to resemble a Portuguese farmhouse and its detailed design infused with rich colours has achieved a very authentic European feel, all produce is imported from Europe and the service is exemplary, the red house wine is excellent and an upstairs bar area provides a private place to relax.
'Le Vigne' owned by Umberto who is also part owner of 'Da Gama' is a famous Italian chef and this venue offers authentic Italian cuisine providing indoor and outdoor dining. The food is excellent, plentiful and well priced; the pasta is homemade and all of the wines are of excellent quality. Reservations are definitely recommended.
The Irish Village which is located right next door to the famous 'Aviation Club Dubai' is a very popular addition to the social scene. It is in essence one huge Pub providing indoor and outdoor seating one of the few places you can drink outdoors without being in a hotel and serves traditional pub food at good prices a pint of Kilkenny costs 17 Dhs.
For Indian cuisine perhaps no better choice could be made than by visiting 'Ashiana'. It is one of the most famous and most highly respected Indian restaurant and provides Northern Indian specialities. Situated in the Sheraton Dubai Hotel and Towers, it offers a very convivial ambience, whether for business or pleasure, service is excellent and waiters are more than willing to recommend speciality dishes. The evening sees the appearance of the equally famous Ashiana resident band which enhances the ambience with the enchanting sound of classic Indian music.
For a languorous meal of Lebanese and middle Eastern cuisine the visitor must indulge his taste buds with a visit to 'AL Qasr' found in Dubai Marine Beach Resort and Spa, its privileged position overlooks beautifully landscaped garden, swimming pools, and the beach. The culinary delights are accompanied by belly dancers and Arabic music, providing the perfect Arabian dream.
Widely regarded as one of Dubai's finest Thai restaurant, 'The Blue Elephant' like its counterpart in London will not disappoint, it features tranquil waterfalls, exotic flowers and greenery and intricate stained wood accents, creating the illusion that you are in some quaint southeast Asian village. Royal Thai dishes include herbs, spices and produce imported from Thailand, the aromas of basil, cheese and lemon grass flow through the air, spicier items on the menu are marked by red elephants.
Perhaps one of the most famous restaurant is multi-starred Michelin chef Gordon Ramsey latest Dubai venture called 'Verre' and has the reputation of being a high quality restaurant in Dubai. Its minimalist decor and simple surrounds, strategic lighting provides focus and deserved attention on the food. A unique touch is the chef's specialities; tasty morsels of food are delivered between the impressive courses. Main courses include salmon with fricassee of peas and horseradish or poached chicken on a bed of tagliatelle. Is definitely a venue of the rich and chic.
Indeed the most outstanding location for any of the restaurants in Dubai is found 200 m above the Arabian Gulf at the top of 'Burj Al Arab Hotel'. 'Al Muntaha' specializes in Mediterranean cuisine and has a sophisticated yet laid-back atmosphere, its slanted glass windows give the restaurant a feel of a great ocean liner heading out to sea. Specialities include starters such as lobster Caesar salad or seared scallops and the mains the likes of grilled Hammour (a local fish) or roasted prime rib with mustard crust. Live music is presented at least six times a week and a fabulous 'mixology' drinks trolley will provide the perfect tailor-made cocktail to suit your specific mood.
For slightly more Western fair try JW Marriott's' steakhouse which has a reputation for providing the finest 'steaks that cut like butter' and the freshest lobster seafood. It provides traditional American steak House décor lots of wood, leather chairs and white linens. Excellent fresh cuisine and top-notch service make this a truly remarkable restaurant.
Regardless of what your choice of particular culinary delight, there is no doubt that your appetite will be handsomely rewarded by the fabulous choice of restaurants and eateries that abound in Dubai. Showcasing world cuisines in perfectly detailed environs enhancing the delicate flavours, produced by celebrity chefs and served by the highly skilled restaurant staff, these restaurants will excite the most seasoned palate.