Dubai has changed lot from a sleeping village 100 years back to the modern town of the 21st century. The ruling Maktoum family has thus allowed Dubai to have some of the best restaurants that rival any other in the world. There are many fine dining restaurants and some are discussed below.
Let’s start with the Rhodes Mezzanine. The menu here is inspired by Gary Rhodes’ and is a pure English menu. The Grosvenor House Hotel is host to this eatery. It serves a seasonal menu that includes items like poached sea bass, wild mushroom ravioli and old-fashioned blackberry trifle. As a guest you can also avail several complimentary courses including canapés on arrival and you can have an accompaniment of Devonshire clotted cream. You can also savor a wide variety of chocolates.
Next let’s look at an Indian restaurant – Indigo. This restaurant and draws its inspirations from Viet Bhatia who was awarded a Michelin star for catering and is known to have had big hand is Westerners appreciation of Indian food. Bhatia’s menu consists of home smoked bandore salmon and pan-grilled spice crusted sea bass with tomato kadhi and coconut khichdi. One can also savor the chocolate and almond samosa served with masala tea ice cream. It is located at the Grosvenor House Hotel.
Coming to Modern European cuisine on can think of Verre. This is located at the Hilton Dubai Creek. The menu offers pithivier of quail and forest mushrooms with quail jus and castaing duck breast, confit duck leg with pearl barley risotto. The cellar stocks over 500 labels – including 250 French wines – that are hand-picked to enhance the entire experience. Verre made it to the World’s Best Restaurants’ list in 2007.
If you are looking for Japanese food there is the Nobu– which is a Japanese theme restaurant. Nobu Matsuhisa the Japanese chef has this restaurant located at the Atlantis at The Palm Jumeira. Delicacies include yellowtail with jalapeño, Nobu-style lobster with wasabi pepper sauce and his signature dish, black cod with miso.
Lastly I can think of Ronda Locatelli. This restaurant is located in Palm Jumeira. It has a rustic atmosphere and serves southern Italian menu of antipasto misto, Vitello tonnato and carpaccio served family style with the accompaniment of Italian cocktails like Bellinis and Campari and soda. But these are the famous ones.
There are many others, but these are the ones that come to my mind. In addition there are hundreds of fast food joints and cafes. You can have any type of food at all hours and times. However there is a strict watch on all the restaurants as Dubai’s Supreme Committee for Consumer Protection has warned restaurants to stop adding service charges to bills. This warning given in December 2009 was on the basis of reports that some restaurants were adding as much as 20% of the bill for the service charge. This is not allowed. So be educated on this.