As we approach the new year, Roger and I reflected on the past year’s dining adventures. For those of you who live in Dubai, or will be visiting, we hope that our list helps you to pare down the overwhelming dining choices in Dubai. It is not an all inclusive list for we know there are many more excellent restaurants in Dubai that we haven’t yet discovered, but here are our favorite dinners from 2012. You may want to try them in 2013.
|photo courtesy of Pierchic|
|A relaxing lunch beach side at the Westin|
Our cozy umbrella covered table was, thank goodness, well shielded from any noisy pool happenings. We were quite surprised at the simple but interesting menu. A big bonus to the outdoor dining was NO flies!
The refreshing Asian Salmon & Mango Salad made with sashimi quality salmon, mangos, mint, shallots, tomatoes cilantro and cashew nuts all tossed with an Asian dressing was just delightful. Roger relished one of his all-time favorites – a Hawaiian Pizza - and declared it one of the best ever.
For beverages I sipped on an Orange Drop – a fresh concoction of orange juice, vodka, Cointreau and shot of grenadine, while Roger nursed a simple Cape Cod of vodka and cranberry. All of this was savored on a brisk Dubai winter afternoon - pure relaxation! The price here does not break the wallet so we plan to return here often. No reservations taken. Cafe is open from 9 am – 6 pm.
Livia Lisinicchai, Medzo's Nonna (Grandmother) Host/Chef is a charming woman who most solicitously saw to our every need. There was even a piano player “tinkling the ivories” in the background.
|Arva serving up Egyptian falafel|
I am not revealing anymore here. Stay tuned. This one warrants its own blog post!
|Roger and Russell relax at the Beach House|
Once again we were enchanted by a romantic beach side restaurant. It is decorated in dark woods with low lighting that warms the room as you are cooled by the gentle Gulf breezes. The skillful arrangement of tables and dividing panels creates the illusion that this is your own private dining room.
Our weekend at The Chedi was glorious and I am now a devoted Omani lobster fan! Simply prepared on the grill, you know that it just came out of the water - fresh! fresh! fresh! The restaurant is only serves dinner and is only open from Mid-September till May. Make your reservation well in advance at 009 682 452 4400.
La Parrilla, the Latin American restaurant at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel compliments it juicy steaks with amazing tango dancing.
Situated on the 25th floor of the hotel the combination of the view, the well prepared food and the entertainment makes for a very delightful evening.
Open from 6:30pm - 12 Midnight. For reservations call 04 406 8999.
|Katie with Chef Gulshan (2nd from left) and |
his Award winning culinary team.
Where else can you sample interesting dishes prepared by Dubai's top Chefs? Each chef is challenged to create an interesting three-course meal from a selection of provided ingredients and you get to be the judge.
We participate in two delightful evenings - one a semi final round in the Montgomerie's Nineteen Restaurant and then the Grand Finale poolside where we watched and tasted creations from Chef Gulshan of The Address Dubai Marina who clinched the title as the Champion of the Battle of the Chefs 2012.
Stay tuned . . . there is a special posting coming for this great event.
Roger and I are working on our 2013 restaurant wish list and look forward to exploring and discovering more of Dubai's culinary stars! If you have any suggestions for us please leave me a comment.
Bel-hanā' wa ash-shifā' (Bon Apetite)!