Where: 7Elephants, DIFC
What for: Friday Brunch
The lowdown: Having launched last year with one of Dubai’s most anticipated and successful openings, 7Elephants has been the talk of the town for months. The unique space and concept boasts high ceilings and a 35-metre long bar, which has spectacular views of the Burj Khalifa. The restaurant’s brunch is perfect for big groups of friends thanks to Chef Mahmoud Turkmani, who brings different foods together from various regions of the world, from Italy and Mexico to Spain and India.
Where: Cova, The Dubai Mall
What for: A spot of breakfast
The lowdown: Set to open in February 2018, Cova will welcome Dubai-based guests as they visit Fashion Avenue in The Dubai Mall. The most iconic Italian Pasticceria around, the terrace overlooks the Dubai Fountains, making this venue the perfect place to stop off before a long day of shopping, whether that be for a quick cappuccino and flaky pastry or a cooked full breakfast. Gilded mirrors, crystal chandeliers and Italian marble await.
Where: Nineteen, Address Montgomerie
What for: Mid-week lunches
The lowdown: The newly renovated Nineteen restaurant in Address Montgomerie has long been a Dubai favourite, and has recently opened its doors following big changes. Mediterranean interiors and unrivalled views of the Championship Gold Course remain the same, but the new head chef, Giuliano Berta, is bringing innovative concepts that feature dishes brimming with wholesome flavours and colours.
Where: Ninive, Emirates Towers
What for: Mid-week dining
The lowdown: Offering a superb outdoor culinary experience with jaw-droppingly beautiful views of the Dubai skyline, Ninive’s celebrates the diversity of Arabic cuisine, paying homage to the rich heritage of the Middle East and North Africa. Hand-made brass wood meets marble and leather, in an explosion of comfort and glamour that makes this restaurant the eatery for your winter evenings.
Where: The Artisan, DIFC
What for: A romantic evening
The lowdown: Discreetly tucked away in DIFC’s Burj Daman building, The Artisan is a hidden gem amongst the bustling area’s multiple high-end restaurants. A low-lit Italian eatery, its staff are welcoming and sophisticated, and well-educated about the menu, as well as the drinks list. Plate after delicious plate soon begins arriving, starting with a creamy Buratta that’s accompanied by sweet-tasting roasted tomatoes, bursting with flavour. The meaty octopus tentacle is also scrumptious, but one dish truly stood out as an exceptional treat: the slow-cooked beef cheek. Impossibly soft, it was served with creamy and crispy topinambur. Perfect alongside the chef’s steamed green asparagus and roasted rosemary sweet potatoes.
Where: Riviera Seafood Grill, Rixos Premium JBR
What for: Weekend dining
The lowdown: Washed whites and sea-blue hues dominate Riviera Seafood Grill’s chic-casual interior. Ideally located alongside the Rixos Premium JBR’s glittering pool, the Gulf’s fresh sea breeze can be enjoyed while being waited on by friendly and knowledgeable staff. The light menu bursts with the sheer array of fresh seafood that’s on offer. Oversized prawns marinated in a rich tomato sauce were served, as were lightly-seared and salty scallops. But save room for dessert! The grill’s strawberry-smothered panna cotta is beautifully light and well-textured, while the generously-sized portion of almond tart is a must-have.