Dubai loves food. From fine dining dinner dates to catching a fast burger or sundae, there is always time to eat, especially when you're in the mall.
With hundreds of eateries from cute cafés to elaborate Italian restaurants, through some internationally popular fast food chains, the Downtown shopping center has heaps to satisfy any taste.
The Local Favorites
Little burger joint on Jumeirah Road, Nomad, brings big ideas and flavors to the dining table. The restaurant offers mac n cheese, loaded fries, and deep-fried fritters, along with its extensive burger menu. The creations are colorful and oh-so-instagrammable.
This gorgeous Australian cafe needs no introduction for a few but stays a tucked-away treasure to those yet to detect it. Located in the equally exquisite Courtyard of Al Quoz, Boston Lane serves as a delightful menu of breakfast, cat bowls, toasties and whistles.
Boston Lane, The Courtyard, Al Quoz, everyday 8pm to 7am.
The Grove, Park Hyatt, Dubai Creek
It's hard to believe that this gorgeous place is in Dubai. A 100-metre infinity pool overlooks the Dubai Creek, while palm trees line the outskirts of Park Hyatt's pristine artificial beach. It's a haven of private to spend the afternoon soaking up sunlight.
The Grove, Park Hyatt, Dubai Creek, daily 9am to 8pm, Dhs360.
This small fish restaurant, situated in Jumeirah's fishing harbour, ticks so many boxes. Primarily the view is magnificent; make certain to make it to get sunset to watch the sun descend behind the adorable fishing boats. The food can also be a winner, with (likely ) the freshest seafood in Dubai and an extensive menu of fishy delights. Additionally, it is wallet-friendly, choosing to not increase up its costs to Dubai criteria but instead offering healthful, home-cooked, cheap meals.
Seaview Restaurant, Umm Suqeim 1, Fishing Harbour, Off Jumeirah Road, daily noon to midnight.
This homegrown family-run restaurant has witnessed great interest since opening late last season, due to the authentic Thai cuisine and personable approach to hospitality. The brainchild of'Mama' Amena who's lifelong enthusiasm of cooking to others is the beating heart of this restaurant. The venue itself is casual and fun, all themed around a yellow snowball termed'Kew'. Everybody in the kitchen is from Thailand, led by Mama and her wealth of knowledge of cooking bona fide Thai food.
Sticky Rice, Sobha Daffodil, Jumeirah Village Circle, daily 2pm to 10.30pm.
Formerly 'Cabin', Maisan 15 is a cafe, restaurant, gallery, library and backyard all rolled into one. It is an artistic area where Dubai's creatives can come to go over ideas over food. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, guests can expect to find lamb chops, crispy salmon tacos, beetroot eggs benedict along with risotto as well as some very enticing desserts.
Maisan 15, Science Park, Barsha South, Sun to Thurs 8am to 11pm, Fri & Sat 9am to 11pm. Tel: -LRB-04-RRB- 244 7291. @maisan15
Not only are the insides of Secret Garden reason for a visit , the desserts are equally as beautiful. Pop for a coffee and a cake, get a picture for the'g and observe the'likes' roster in. There is also some magnificent mocktails worth a try also...
Secret Cafe, City Walk, Al Safa, daily 10am to midnight. Tel: -LRB-04-RRB- 345 2209. lovesecretgarden.com
Who says you can't locate greenery in Dubai? The Farm is an oasis of tranquillity, surrounded by a botanical background of Al Barari. Guests are treated to lunch, breakfast and dinner with tastes from around the globe. Pick a quiet table overlooking the water for an actual sense of escapism in the hustle and bustle of the city.
The Farm, Al Bararioff Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, daily 7:30am to 10:30pm.
Meat Me There
Meat Me There has a reputation for serving the best burgers in the emirate. While the menu is not vast, the three burgers that they do function, they do very well thanks to their secret recipe particular sauce. There is also three options for chips, which offer an imaginative spin on everybody's favorite side dish.
Meat Me There, Al Souq Theater, Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim 2, daily noon to midnight.
This one is for the severe caffeine fanatics. In Nightjar instead of pulling pints of beer, it's java. What started out as a bean supplier for a number of Dubai's best loved coffee shops, proceeded to start up their own hangout. You are able to perch at the bar, sit in a communal table, or make yourself comfortable on a cacamel-skinug, which can be draped along the long booth.
Located in the Sheraton, but with access from Mall of the Emirates (only beside Common Grounds) is part sports bar, part brasserie, Brunswick. Here you will discover happy hours, quiz nights, an outdoor terrace, live music and a lot of tasty bites. On the menu you'll find a choice of pizzas, burgers, tacos and small plates.
Akiba Dobi is epitome of Downtown Tokyo located in Dubai Design District. Serving up authentic Japanese road pizza and food, because why not? The neon interiors transport its visitors to Japan along with the real food and cool audience.
Akiba Dori, Dubai Design District, daily, noon to midnight.
Boasting over 250 menu items and 50 signature cheesecakes and desserts made from scratch daily, the menu also offers starters and entrees like chicken, pasta and burgers.
Ground floor, in front of Dubai Aquarium (04 419 0223).
Simply dried pasta out of family-run producers in Italy can do at this modern cafe-deli. Anticipate soups, antipasti, salads, risotto, pastas, handmade focaccia and also a kids' menu in this top rated family-friendly chain. Vegans can also be catered for.
From boneless buffalo wings and spicy shrimp tacos to classic nachos, bacon hamburgers and molten chocolate cake, this Tex-Mex inspired American star ticks all the boxes.
Founded in Arizona in 1993, P.F. Chang's serves a combination of American and Chinese cuisine. Believe California rolls, dynamite shrimp, crab bites, dim sum and salt and pepper calamari. Ensure that you leave room for dessert and candy treats including banana spring rolls and New York cheesecake.
Lower Ground Floor, Waterfront Promenade (04 419 0210).
Select your own pizza size, base and toppings at Debonairs, the leading pizza restaurant in Africa, known for its revolutionary triple-decker and crammed-crust pizzas.
Lower Ground Floor, Food Hall (04 362 7500).
This hot American family-run burger grill combined has enlarged to just under 1,400 locations worldwide thanks to its hand-formed, juicy burgers, freshly baked buns and fresh-cut fries. Hot dogs are another popular choice, and for good reason.
Lower Ground Floor, Waterfront Promenade (04 325 3131). Five Men
Quick and affordable spicy dishes are the order of drama at Jollibee including pancakes, spaghetti, chicken tenders, pasta, hot dogs, hamburgers and chips all washed dodownith refreshing iced tea.
Food Court, Second Floor (052 960 6910).
A New York City cult favourite since 2004, Shake Shack is a modern 'roadside' hamburger stand serving made-to-order quality burgers, flat-top hot dogs, frozen custard, shakes and much more.
First Floor, near The Waterfall (04 362 7500). McDonald's
The menu at the world's biggest fast food chain isn't a surprise and provides value for money with its hamburgers, sandwiches, fries, salads and combo meals.
This elaborate fresh place in The Dubai Restaurant contains tons of cakes, superb breakfasts, and best of all, excellent views of the Burj Khalifa.
Live Maine lobster. Shrimp linguini alfredo. Snow crab legs. Tuna poke tasting dish. The sailor's platter... Red Lobster is renowned for a deliciously fresh fish. What's better than digging into fresh seafood with water opinions? This may not be the seaside, however, the perspective from Red Lobster's dining area of The Dubai Fountain is just as delightful.
Ground Floor, Close to the Waterfall (04 362 7500). Red Lobster
Whether you're after super-tasty beef patties or deliciously gooey grilled cheese sandwiches, there are tons of fast food options in this US chain. But the special thing about The Dubai Mall branch? Additionally, it boasts views of this Dubai Fountain, for a side of dancing jets along with your deep-fried stack.
Lower Ground Floor, Waterfront Promenade (04 380 4117). Carluccio's
Shakespeare and Co
The menu at this Victorian era-themed restaurant is as diverse as the décor, featuring all-day breakfasts, lunches and dinners in addition to a vast range of cakes, sweets and chocolates.
Desire to try some modern Emirati cuisine, then Logma needs to be on your to-do list. Notably this branch, as the views from the third floor are particularly wow-worthy.Logma (Arabic for mouthful) offers modern Khaleeji food using traditional Emirati ingredients in a metropolitan setting, featuring khameer sandwiches and tasty parathas
Third Floor, Fashion Avenue (04 241 5557).
Serving plates up of nostalgia like street chips, crispy chicken strips and sliders, the 'back to school' retro texture is enhanced with wooden tables and tins of Rainbow Milk doubling as cutlery and napkin holders. Do not overlook the decadent chocolate brownie. It's delicious.
Vintage Chocolate Lounge
This delightful chocolate café offers a range of signature desserts such as truffles, cold and hot chocolate-based desserts, drinks and chocolates plus pastas, sandwiches and more.
Second Floor, close Reel Cinemas (04 339 9595).
Galeries Lafayette Le Gourmet
This restaurant was put up in 2009 and serves a range of flavours from throughout the world. Set in the popular department store, there is plenty to refuel you through a shopping spree. Dishes include curries, noodles, dim sum, more.
Galeries Lafayette (04 339 9933).