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Top Restaurants in Dubai

Updated on June 18, 2013
Dubai Burj Al Arab
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If you live in Dubai or plan on visiting in the near future you may or may not know that Dubai is full of restaurants with more than enough choice for places to eat. Dubai Xpats have come up with a list of the top restaurants in Dubai to help you choose a place to take the family, friends or a loved one out for dinner.

So what makes a restaurant good?
* No bugs or insects
* No raw meat and everything is labelled
* Space and cleanliness around the whole kitchen
* Inspecting fridges and freezers for cleanliness and right temperatures
* Making sure people clean their hands
* Checking how the food is prepared
* Restrooms
* Garbage
* Recycling
* Service
* Food Quality
* Food options and variety

But what makes this list different from most top restaurant lists is that they usually relate to how many stars the restaurant has and what the inspectors said. If this is what you are looking for don't read this list. If you are looking for a mix of what the general public think and the inspectors then read this list. These kind of lists can never be exact as it all depends on your taste buds.

So in no particular order here we go.

Table 9 by Nick and Scott
Table 9 by Nick and Scott Is located next to the Creek and has been rated as the number 1 restaurant in Dubai by the public for quality food and service and offers a braised belly juicy pork dish and a chargrilled lobster dish. The restaurant is also set up high in the Hilton on a high tech glass floor! If you are looking for a place to take a loved one or a few friends for dinner (not suitable for children) this would be a great experience and memorable place to go.

Rhodes Twenty10
Rhodes Twenty10 is a beautiful restaurant where you will be escorted by a member of staff in the restaurant to your table and asked what you would like to drink. You will be served a selection of different dishes for all your courses which are for sharing among the group you are with. This restaurant is also a good place for the whole family.

Indego is a must go if you like Indian food. From most of the people we asked 9 out of 10 said it was the best Indian food they have ever tasted. Indego is probably not a great place to take children unless they like hot and spicy food as most of the menu is just that. The Indian restaurant is said to not be cheap but the food is defiantly worth the money.

The Bateaux Dubai
The Bateaux Dubai is on a luxury glass cruise vessel that will take you along the Creek river while you enjoy a delicious seafood meal served to you by the chefs which comes free with the ticket. Lunch cruises and events can be especially arranged. While on your trip as long as you are 21 or over you will also be given free champagne complimentary with purchasing the ticket.

JWs Steak House
JW's Steak House as you can probably guess mostly a steak restaurant. JW's Steak House has won a number of awards for their service and the quality of their steaks that cut like butter. JW's Steak House also serves flavourful appetisers and rich desserts. If you don't like steak then don't worry because they also have a wide selection of Seafood including Maine lobsters, oysters and Dungeness crabs from the tank. JW's Steak House also offers private events and celebrity dining events for you on request.

Al Qasr
Al Qasr offer a fabulous Friday brunch including barbecued burgers to delicious burgers. The brunch is a set fee which means you can eat as much as you like and not have to worry about racking up the bill. Al Qasr give you an option of 2 set amounts for dining and eating all you want, the first option is for non alcoholic drinks and the second option is with alcoholic drinks, also children below 4 years old dine for free.

Reaflets by Pierre Gagnaire
Reaflets by Pierre Gagnaire is a world class restaurant offering Michelin French cuisine and food prepared and cooked by one of the best chefs in the world. Reaflets are one of the most famous restaurants worldwide with 5 star ratings across the board and most commonly known for having the best chefs in their kitchens cooking food for dinners. Reaflets also do a Friday brunch at very good price and charge a little extra for wine.

Embassy Dubai
Embassy Dubai is located at the top of 2nd Emirates Tower and reflexs the Embassy restaurant in London. The Embassy restaurant is centred around an incredible bar, its intimate enclaves and private lounges are served by a notable choice of fine dining and themed bars as well as Champagne and Vodka lounges. The Embassy Dubai also offers the city's first international and exclusive late night supper club that is hosted by some of the best DJ's from around the world.

Ashiana is an Indian restaurant at Dubai Creek and has been serving dinner to dinners in Dubai for over 30 years. Ashiana have a menu with plenty to choose from including their delicious baby and grilled lamb chops. In the evening Ashiana also play live music appropriate for the whole family. If you are looking for a whole family eat out experience then as long as the children enjoy Indian this is a fantastic place.

Toro Toro
Toro Toro is a two floor restaurant and offers a wide range of dishes to eat that contain natural herbs from South America. If you are looking for a restaurant that serves all kinds of dishes from every corner of South America along with great service and a bar with cocktails, wines and beers then the Toro Toro is the place to go.

Frankies is an Italian restaurant and Grill. A man named Frankie Dettori who was a British chef first opened the restaurant many years ago and since then has rapidly grown in popularity and set up restaurants around the world. Some of the food that can be found on the menu includes Fish, Duck, smoked salmon, crab, pizzas and much more including different types of meat.

Blue Elephant
Blue Elephant is the place to go in Dubai if you like Thai, with a selection of 3 different menus including set menus, classic menus and vegetarian menus with something to please everyone's taste buds. All the chefs are from Thailand and food is flown in daily from Thailand to put the freshest Thai food on the hob ready for when you arrive. Blue Elephant also have a selection of wines and cocktails to drink, of course as long as you are 21 years or older.

VUs Restaurant
VU's Restaurant is full of surprises with Ingredients you'll of never heard of, flavours you have never dreamt of and food you have most probably never seen. VU's Restaurant is an award-winning restaurant that serves the best in contemporary cuisine along with its panoramic location on Level. Vu's offers a stylish setting that is paired with views of Dubai that will blown your mind away.

Pierchic is a restaurant on the beach of Dubai with a great view of the Gulf Sea and the Burj Al Arab. Pierchic is a seafood restaurant with chefs trained and committed to cooking fish to its finest. Pierch Dubai must be one of the most relaxed, looking for a good time spots in Dubai, hence the reason they have a minimum age limit of 10 years old.


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