Hot right now: The hottest new restaurants in Dubai for 2024

Hot right now: The hottest new restaurants in Dubai for 2024

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The Dubai restaurants to see (and be seen at) this month.

Keeping track of new restaurant openings in Dubai is a full-time job. But if you love finding the latest hotspots for dinner and drinks before anyone else, this is the place for you. These are the hottest new restaurants in Dubai right now.

March 2024

Alba

Created by MetaFoodies Restaurants Management, Alba combines Pan-Asian cuisine with European flair. The dishes are inspired by Eastern and Asian influences, from the 19th century to modern-day street food. The décor is sleek and sophisticated, with Japanese murals, dim lighting and wooden textures. Plus, there is a statement staircase with dramatic chandeliers. Alba's food menu blends flavours from Korea, Japan and China with modern European techniques. Chef Vladimir Chistyakov and Chef Minho Ted Shin are behind the menu. The signature dishes include Beef Yuk-Hwe with uni, caviar and truffle; Caviar and Uni with crispy seaweed; and Caviar and Wagyu Maki with delicious foie gras. 

GO: Follow @albarestdubai on Instagram for more information.

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Bisou

Dubai Opera is famous for welcoming world-class acts, from dancers to DJs. Now, it has welcomed a new fine dining restaurant, Bisou. The restaurant boasts a fittingly theatrical interior with shimmering chandeliers and large-scale sculptures that look like they’ve come from the Vatican. Designed by the Interior Architect Tristan Du Plessis, the restaurant has an old-world glamour. The food and beverage menus from Chef Vladimir Chistyakov and Chef Alexander Loshinin are inspired by classic literature. The signature dishes include Bouillabaisse with Rouille and Garlic Croutons, Dates Tahina with Yuzu Black Caviar, Foie Gras Terrine with Apricots, and Lamb Shoulder served with Root Vegetables. 

GO: Follow @bisou.dubai on Instagram for more information. 

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Daikan Izakaya

The Japanese Daikan brand is expanding from Abu Dhabi to Dubai. They have opened Daikan Izakaya to C2 in City Walk. Daikan Izakaya’s menu aims to offer an authentic Japanese experience. The menu spans starters, small plates, ramen, charcoal skewers, charcoal plates, sushi, sashimi and desserts. The ramen includes a Chef’s Special with chicken or tofu. The charcoal plates include Angus Beef Bao Ribs, Butter Garlic Prawn and Yakiniku Sliders. Daikan Izakaya takes pride in its in-house noodle production and locally sourced ingredients, ensuring the highest quality and freshness in every bowl.

GO: Follow @daikanizakaya_ae on Instagram for more information. 

Daikan Izakaya

HOYA

HOYA can be found inside a multi-story villa in Jumeirah that feels more like a plant house or garden than a restaurant. Across each level, guests can discover different offerings, from a restaurant to a library and a garden. HOYA serves light bites and Mediterranean meals, from Burrata and Chicken Cordon Bleu to Catch of the Day and Truffle Pizza. There's also an all-day breakfast menu, a tempting kids' menu, and a plant shop, so you can purchase some foliage and recreate the HOYA experience at home.

GO: Follow @hoya.uae on Instagram for more information.

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Loona

Pizza and pasta fans, get ready to gorge. A new Italian restaurant from Moscow has opened in Dubai, and it gives comfort food an upgrade. Located in Vida Residences Downtown, Loona boasts beige to brown interiors with a soft golden hue. The concept prides itself on its high-quality ingredients, which include 24-month-aged parmigiano reggiano, Caputo flour, cold-pressed Lorenzo olive oil and organic eggs. Plus, it’s all about fresh flavours, as the pizza and pasta dough is prepared in-house. The creative pizzas include A La Tartufo, Eel Stracciatella and Gorgonzola and Pear. The pastas are made with durum wheat flour and organic eggs in front of the guests. The dishes include Calamarata with Crab, Ravioli with Duck, Tagliolini with Truffle and an Insta-worthy risotto encased in edible gold. 

GO: Visit https://loona.rest for more information. 

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Pitfire Pizza Dubai Hills

This new Pitfire Pizza Dubai Hills branch — like the four others — promises a casual and inviting ambience. What makes this Pitfire different is that it’s the first one in the UAE to be licensed. Pitfire Pizza Dubai Hills will not only serve their legendary artisanal sourdough pizzas but also cocktails and craft beers. The menu includes favourites found in its other outlets, such as The Hipster, Spudnick and FACT favourite, The Palm. However, the Dubai Hills location also features menu items that are not found elsewhere.

GO: Visit https://pitfirepizzabakers.com for more information.

Pitfire Pizza Dubai Hills

Qartuli

Nestled in Dunya Tower, just behind Address Dubai Mall, Qartuli invites guests to experience Georgian culture through its authentic cuisine and warm hospitality. As you step inside, you'll be transported to a traditional Georgian home with vintage decor reminiscent of the 19th and 20th centuries. Antique cutlery, glasses, and mismatched plates adorn the space, creating a nostalgic yet inviting atmosphere. The menu at Qartuli boasts a plethora of authentic Georgian dishes. From Khinkali — juicy dumplings filled with a choice of beef, lamb, mushrooms, potato, or cheese — to Khachapuri — an oven-baked dough stuffed with Sulguni and Imeretian cheese — every dish tells a story of homely traditions and cherished recipes passed down through generations.

GO: Visit www.qartuli.ae for more information.

Qartuli

Ralph's Coffee

If fashion is your cup of tea, it's time to put on your designer shoes and strut to the Mall of the Emirates. Ralph Lauren has opened Ralph's Coffee in Dubai, marking the debut of the brand's café in the UAE. The café is a stylish spot with Insta credentials, while the décor reflects the brand's all-American, college-kid look and includes a green and white aesthetic. Dishes are served in custom-made China and include the brand's name italicised across the cups. The savoury dishes range from a Caesar Salad with Chicken to a Tuna Melt. The sweet dishes include a Carrot Cake, New York Cheesecake, Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake, Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookie, and Ralph's Brownie.

GO: Visit @ralphscoffee for more information. 


RARE

Prepare for a meat feast as City Walk's new steakhouse, RARE, is now open. This licensed venue blends European influences with a dash of New York flair and the timeless allure of Parisian brasseries. With 130 seats, Rare offers an inviting outdoor terrace adorned with tropical greenery and intimate booth seating. The menu is divided into nibbles, oysters and caviar, appetisers, steaks, mains and desserts, offering elevated takes on steakhouse classics. Highlights include bone marrow on toast, burrata with tomato and fig relish, and ox tongue salad with smoked tomato. At the heart of Rare lies its devotion to steak with a selection of the finest classic cuts (available in small and large portions)

GO: Follow @theraredxb on Instagram for more information.

RARE

SHIMA

One Palm Jumeirah Dorchester Collection is home to SHIMA. The new Japanese restaurant offers beachfront dining and beautiful views. Chef Koyi Tanabe is behind the culinary concept, which showcases Japanese flavours while taking an avant-garde approach to its menu. SHIMA’s signature plates range from the Chutoro Sogigiri, which combines scallops, mizuna leaves, and spicy soybean paste, to the Hamachi Nigiri with mentaiko sauce, garlic confit and yuzu skin. Dishes also include Ise Ebi Tempura with lobster tempura, truffle and coral mayo, and the King Crab Leg with kanimiso, mirin hollandaise and Amalfi lemon gel. 

GO: Follow @shimarestaurantdubai on Instagram for more information.

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Zula

In Turkish, the word "Zula" refers to a hidden or unique place, and this new restaurant inside Shangri-La Dubai offers precisely that. Step into the rustic surrounds adorned with vibrant hues and simple patterns reflective of Mediterranean landscapes. Under the guidance of Chef Olcay Hanci, diners can enjoy traditional recipes included with an innovative twist in dishes such as Gambero Rosso Prawn, Grilled Octopus, Lamb Shoulder, Manti and Zirh Kebap. 

GO: Visit https://zularestaurant.com for reservations and more information.

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February 2024

Birds

Dubai diners are flocking to Birds on the 63rd floor of Address Downtown. The inaugural performance at this new dinner show is Sky Lake, and, as the name suggests, it blends movements from ballet with avant-garde choreography. Chef Alexander Raylyan, who has worked on BIRDS’ previous projects, brings a menu of King Crab with Soba Matcha Noodles and Japanese Wagyu Tataki with White Asparagus to Dubai.

GO: Visit https://birds.city for more information. 

Birds in Dubai

Duangdy by Bo.Lan

Born from the brilliant minds of Bo Songvisava and Dylan Jones, Duangdy by Bo.Lan in The Link promises to enthral you with innovative Thai creations that have earned them a coveted Michelin star. From reimagined street food classics with a contemporary twist to meticulously crafted dishes, every bite at Duangdy is a revelation of flavours and textures. What makes this culinary experience even more remarkable is their commitment to the ethical sourcing of ingredients and eco-conscious practices, ensuring that your meal at DuangDy becomes a meaningful step towards a brighter future.

GO: Visit www.oneandonlyresorts.com for reservations and more information.

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Jara by Martín Berasategui

Perched on the 18th floor of The Lana, Dorchester Collection, Dubai, Jara by Martín Berasategui is spearheaded by the globally celebrated chef Martín Berasategui, whose restaurants have been adorned with 12 Michelin stars. The restaurant pioneers the introduction of Basque gastronomy in Dubai, where traditional clay-pit ovens and the elemental play of fire bring to life an array of charcoal-grilled meats and seafood. Signature dishes include Grilled Octopus, Oysters and Gazpacho, Tomato Tartare with Straciatella, and the iconic Basque Cheesecake.

GO: Visit www.dorchestercollection.com for reservations and more information.

Jara by Martín Berasategui

Maison de la Plage

The Cote d’Azur might be 6,400 kilometres away from the UAE, but it will feel a little closer, thanks to Maison de la Plage. Located on Palm West Beach, the luxurious beach club has been created by Chef Izu Ani and brings the spirit of the French Riviera to Dubai. The space boasts day beds, cabanas, a pool with a bridge and a restaurant. Signature dishes on the menu include the Izu Burger, Grilled Octopus, Lobster Linguine, Marinated Lamb Cutlets and Snails with butter and anchovies. Maison de la Plage is open from 10am to 2am. Daybed-loungers start from AED 250 (with AED 100 redeemable on food and beverages).

GO: Follow @maisondelaplage_ on Instagram for more information.

Maison de la Plage

MOB

If you love pizzas, then put MOB on the ground floor of Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates on your restaurant radar. The new restaurant evokes the laid-back atmosphere of an LA backyard, offering a welcoming space for movie nights under the stars, community meet-ups and BBQ evenings. The menu features straightforward dishes such as Chicken Wings, Corn Dogs, Fried Mac & Cheese and Nachos, while the grill section offers Angus Beef Burgers, Beef Brisket Hotdogs, Beef Ribs, and an assortment of steaks.

GO: Visit https://mobdxb.com for reservations and more information.

new restaurants in Dubai

Qabu

Chef Paco Morales breathes new life into the ancient culinary gems of Andalusia, transforming his kitchen into a gastronomic museum that serves as a gateway to bygone eras. Every element, from the innovative mixology to the carefully curated wine list, is meticulously chosen to seamlessly blend historical richness with contemporary flair. His acclaimed Noor restaurant, in his hometown of Cordoba, holds three Michelin stars, and we hope to see similar success for this new restaurant at The Link.

GO: Visit www.oneandonlyresorts.com for reservations and more information.

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Riviera by Jean Imbert

Located on the fourth floor of The Lana, Dorchester Collection, Riviera by Jean Imbert is decked in shades of blue, blush, sage and yellow. The design reflects the French Riviera and has botanical-inspired features. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and features a menu of Burrata and Pistacchio, Jacky’s Gazpacho with Mozzarella di Bufala, Toasted Focaccia with Green Beans, and Signature Tuna Tartare. The main dishes include the Chef Jean Seabass in crust and choron sauce, Carabineros Spaghetti, and Ratatouille Tart with parmesan sable. Plus, the Riviera bar serves creative cocktails, wines and Vermouths, and Mediterranean bites, offering views of the skyline.

GO: Visit www.dorchestercollection.com for reservations and more information.

Riviera by Jean Imbert

Sagetsu

Celebrated Chef Tetsuya Wakuda introduces Sagetsu at The Link in Dubai, showcasing his modern Japanese culinary artistry. This refined dining destination features a dynamic menu that emphasises seasonal ingredients, complemented by a selection of signature sakes. Since 2017, his Singapore establishment, Waku Ghin, has been adorned with two Michelin stars. In Dubai, Sagetsu is the stage for Chef Tetsuya's exquisite Japanese culinary art.

GO: Visit www.oneandonlyresorts.com for reservations and more information.

Sagetsu

Samakjé Harbor

Samakjé Harbor offers dinner with a view from the rooftop of Nakheel Mall. The restaurant fuses together influences from Lebanon and the Mediterranean, is open for lunch and dinner, and comes alive with shows in the evening. Head to the kitchen counter and see the fresh fish on display, from turbot to sole. The menu includes hot and cold mezze, salads, soups, raw bar and sushi bar. Main courses include Fish Sayadieh, Grilled Lamb Chops, Grilled Wild Salmon, and Machboos. The catch of the day can be cooked to your preference. Plus, desserts include Baklava Cheesecake, Cheese Knafeh and Sticky Date Pudding. 

GO: Visit www.samakje.com for more information. 

Samakjé

StreetXO

Renowned Spanish Chef Dabiz Muñoz brings StreetXO to One&Only One Za'abeel. Presenting a daring reinterpretation of worldwide street food, the menu traverses Asia, Europe, and South America, blending global culinary traditions with Muñoz's signature innovative flair. Crowned the World's Best Chef in 2023 by The Best Chef Awards, his three-Michelin-starred establishment in Madrid, DiverXO, earned third place on the 2023 World's Best Restaurants list. At StreetXO, you can enjoy the daring decor and signature dishes such as Duck Nem Rán, Sea Urchin Choquetas and Lasagne Not Lasagne.

GO: Visit www.streetxo.com for reservations and more information.

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January 2024

71 Steak & Grill

Head Chef Brando Moros is at the helm of 71 Steak & Grill. The Colombian chef has created a menu that showcases open-fire cooking. There is no gas or electricity in the kitchen, and every dish is created by the flame. The highlights include the Coffee Spiced Steak, Spiced T-bone Steak, Smoked Octopus and Sticky Lamb Ribs. Located in the garden at Emirates Towers, 71 Steak & Grill includes Insta-worthy views of the Museum of the Future and a 12-seat grill counter offering an omakase grill experience. 

GO: Follow @71steakandgrill on Instagram for more information.

71 steak

Agatha

The Pan Asian restaurant Agatha is now open in Al Habtoor City, combining a vintage British and French aesthetic with a fusion-inspired menu. The drinks menu includes cocktails made by innovative mixologists with an artisanal flair. The venue also hosts live entertainment, including international and regional DJs. Agatha boasts a dramatic décor, which oozes old-world charm. It is a stunning space with high ceilings, white tablecloths and windows with a view. The interiors span shades of deep blue and red, from blue walls and ceilings to red seats, banquettes and carpets. Expect a dining experience where Asian classics are transformed with French artistry.

GO: Follow @agatha__dubai on Instagram for more information.

Agatha

Andaliman

Embark on an Indonesian culinary adventure at Andaliman, situated beside the Bali-inspired garden pool and the newly opened One&Only One Za'abeel. This immersive dining experience celebrates the vibrant and adventurous flavours of the Indonesian archipelago, whisking diners away to an exotic paradise with carved timber furniture. Promising to transport diners to the beaches of Indonesia, watch as the chefs grill the day's fresh catch over coconut husks before ticking into flavour-packed sambals prepared tableside.

GO: Follow @andalimandubai on Instagram for more information.

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Arrazuna by Mehmet Gürs

From the renowned Finnish-Turkish Chef Mehmet Gürs, Arrazuna runs the length of The Link, a futuristic boulevard that defies gravity as the world's longest cantilever. This transformed food hall and marketplace showcases the rich gastronomic traditions of Turkey, the Middle East, and the Arabian Peninsula, featuring eight dynamic kitchens, a specialised digital ordering app, and a wine and cheese room. 

GO: Follow @arrazunadubai for more information.

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Bordo Mavi

Fresh from the oceans and steeped in tradition, Bordo Mavi arrives in Dubai from the team behind 3Fils and is already making waves in Jumeirah Fishing Harbour. The stunning seafood restaurant provides diners with waterfront views and a tranquil ambience. With over 25 years of experience as a fisherman and fishmonger along the coasts of Turkey, Chef Ersan brings a wealth of wisdom to the dishes at Bordo Mavi. From Grilled Octopus with Crushed Hazelnut to Kingfish Casserole and Marinated Gambero Rosso with Caviar, Bordo Mavi has made a big splash in Dubai's dining scene.

GO: Follow @bordomavi.ae on Instagram for more information.

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Cala Vista

Laidback yet lively, the newly-opened Cala Vista at Jumeirah Mina A'Salam offers a serene setting anchored around ancient olive trees and views of Burj Al Arab. Whether it's a lazy lunch, an aperitivo, or an intimate dinner, guests can expect to be whisked away to the charming southern coast of Italy at this rustic-chic restaurant. At Cala Vista, Italian comfort food is the order of the day, so expect to dine on speciality pasta, delicious grills, wood-fired pizza, and decadent desserts — the showstopping tiramisu included. At the helm of the restaurant is Head Chef Luca Crostelli, the son of Chef Beatrice Segoni (of Pierchic fame). 

GO: Follow @calavistadubai on Instagram for more information.

Cala Vista

CARO Steakhouse

When only meat will do, put CARO Steakhouse on your restaurant radar. Located in Fairmont Dubai, this superb spot takes over the space formally occupied by The Exchange Grill. The restaurant boasts a contemporary décor with high ceilings and indoor trees surrounding a glass ageing walk-in chamber. The menu showcases premium steaks sourced from across the world, and options range from American USDA Prime to Japanese Wagyu. Each steak is dry-aged in-house before being cooked in the Josper oven to seal in natural juices and impart an irresistible smoky flavour to the meat.

GO: Follow @caro.dxb on Instagram for more information.

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Celeste

Bringing Montmartre vibes to Dubai, this Parisian-inspired concept has recently opened at SO/Uptown Dubai Hotel. Celeste boasts a theatrical design which wouldn't be out of place in the Moulin Rouge. The venue features floor-to-ceiling glass walls, heavy red curtains, and Insta-worthy views of Dubai. Great for groups, it's a superb spot to socialise for after-work drinks and bites. The menus include innovative cocktails, global cuisine and French canapes, so you can sip the night away.

GO: Follow @celeste_uptown on Instagram for more information.

Celeste Dubai

FRANK

Situated on Bluewaters Island, FRANK provides affordable, open-flame-cooked food in an industrial setting. The restaurant blends hip-hop vibes with a carefully crafted menu. The focus is on the 'BONES', which are lamb chops prepared according to the eatery's signature recipes. There are also steaks and Insta-worthy burgers, including the signature Cheesy Killer and classic FRANK cheeseburger. The drinks range from craft beers and signature cocktails to seasonal lemonades. With several locations already proving popular in Moscow, FRANK is known in its native Russia as a collaborative space with the musician Vasily Vakulenko, widely known as Basta. 

GO: Follow @frankmeat_me on Instagram for more information.

FRANK

Ilios

If you're after a (plate) smashing time, head to Ilios on the rooftop at Radisson Beach Resort Palm Jumeirah. Ilios is a high-end restaurant that combines Greek and Mediterranean cuisine and is open for lunch and dinner. Inspired by the streets of Athens and the serenity of Mykonos, the menu boasts traditional dishes and sharing-style plates anchored around premium ingredients. With 360-degree views of Dubai, live music, and plate smashing, it's time to get yourself to the Greek.

GO: Follow @iliosdubai on Instagram for more information.

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La Dame de Pic

Boasting an impressive 10 Michelin stars across her culinary collection, Chef Anne-Sophie Pic is one of the world's most influential female chefs. At La Dame De Pic in Dubai, her experience menu showcases modern French sensibilities and introduces innovative flavour pairings in an elegant setting backed by superb skyline views. Read our FACT review of La Dame de Pic London here

GO: Follow @ladamedepicdubai on Instagram for more information.

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Salvaje

Anchored in the 'wild side' of Japanese gastronomy, the globally acclaimed concept already operates outposts in Al Khobar, Barcelona and Miami. Closer to home, Salvaje has made its debut at Address Residences Dubai Opera in Downtown Dubai, boasting Burj Khalifa views and a chic setting. Under the guidance of Chef Fermín Azkue, diners can explore a menu of inventive fusion dishes paired with Spanish flair and a unique twist tailored to local tastes, from indulgent Oscietra Supreme Caviar and duck fried rice to premium selections of sushi and sizzling robata grilled steaks. The restaurant comes alive at night with a line-up of DJs, fire dancers and saxophonists, explaining why Salvaje remains a popular choice among A-listers.

GO: Follow @salvaje.dubai on Instagram for more information.

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Smoked Room

Created by Chef Dani García, Smoked Room pays homage to the fire style of cooking. Smoked Room is the sister restaurant to Leña and draws inspiration from its original restaurant in Madrid, which holds two MICHELIN Stars. The venue has only 14 seats and offers an exclusive and personalised fire omakase dining experience. The dishes, which include charcoal grilled pigeon, crowned with maitake mushrooms and celeriac, have been created using smoke and embers to add depth to the flavours. Smoked Room's Fire Omakase experience starts from AED 950 per person.

GO: Follow @smokedroom.dubai on Instagram for more information.

Leña Dubai

Smoki Moto

Located on Palm West Beach at Marriott Resort Palm Jumeirah, Smoki Moto is Dubai's first licensed Korean steakhouse. Renowned for its dry-ageing techniques, including butter dry ageing, kelp (seaweed), and sugar-cured methods, steaks are cooked on custom charcoal grills at high temperatures, allowing guests to personalise their preferred temperature. The comprehensive Butcher Shop menu offers an array of options, from Korean-style marinated short ribs to quality grain- and grass-fed beef. Authentic Korean dishes like tuna gimbap, kimchi pancakes, and bibimbap stone bowls with foie gras and rice are also available. With branches in Manila, Sayna Island, Shanghai, and Suzhou, Smoki Moto offers a traditional and trendy dining experience.

GO: Follow @smokimotodubai on Instagram for more information. 

Smoki Moto

Tamada

If you're looking for a dining experience with a difference, put Tamada on your radar. The new restaurant on the 74th floor of SLS Dubai Hotel & Residences showcases Eastern European cuisine with a modern twist. In Georgian, tamada refers to a toastmaster at a feast or a wedding, and the menu includes dishes ranging from Fois Gras and Duck Terrine, Wagyu Tartar Toast, and Poached Lobster and Truffle Roll to 12-hour Braised Beef Cheek, Oven-baked whole Maine Lobster and Pavlova. Tamada has been created by 7 Management, the same team behind February 30, Lucia's, Seven Sisters and The Theater. 

GO: Follow @tamadadxb on Instagram for more information.

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Tapasake 

Tapasake sits atop The Link and is home to the country's longest infinity pool. The venue spans indoors and outdoors, but it's the outdoor spot with its never-ending pool, shades of blue and white, and 360-degree view, which has got us swooning. The Japanese meets Peruvian concept serves creative cuisine and cocktails, including ceviches, sushi and sashimi, and marinated fish and meats cooked over hot coals.

GO: Follow @tapasakedubai on Instagram for more information. 

new restaurants in Dubai