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Dubai restaurants

Swank global chain outposts and celebrity-chef-branded restaurants are patronized by wealthy Emiratis and foreign technocrats. Don't be surprised if you eat the tastiest and most authentic dishes at one of the legions of inexpensive restaurants geared toward Asian construction workers and service industry employees. Alcohol is criminally expensive and is only served in restaurants attached to licensed hotels or clubs; the fact that almost every food item must be imported to this desert state adds to the bill. People eat late in Dubai, with few diners at the fancier establishments sitting down before 9 pm. Days off are Friday and Saturday, so booking in advance is essential on Thursday and Friday nights, and for Champagne-soused Friday brunches.

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Zuma, Dubai

Despite competition from Okku and the Dubai branch of Nobu, Zuma, the London-founded sushi house, still pulls in a clientele of Emirati sheiks (including...more

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Zheng He's, Dubai

If you feel like dim sum (no matter what time of day), get a table at Zheng He's, a sophisticated spot decorated with dark woods, red lanterns, and...more

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Tagine, Dubai

You'll have to duck to enter the tiny doorway cut out of enormous wooden gates that lead to Tagine, a slice of Marrakech transported to Dubai's One&Only Royal...more

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Table 9 By Nick and Scott, Dubai

The former Verre, Dubai's first celeb-chef outpost, was launched by Gordon Ramsay. When he decamped (not that he was often in Dubai) in October 2010, sous chefs...more

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Shabestan, Dubai

Dubai's genesis as a regional trading hub started with 18th-century Persian emigrants lured by duty-free tax privileges. Their nostalgic descendents (and...more

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Sarai, Dubai

Sarai serves fresh-baked pita, Levantine mezes, and specialties from Syria, Armenia, and Turkey. Grab a seat on the terrace at one of the umbrella-shaded...more

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Sammach, Dubai

Locals flock to this low-key Lebanese seafood haunt, despite its shopping-mall location and hackneyed maritime decor; both the food and service are better, if...more

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Ravi's Restaurant, Dubai

This Pakistani fast-food institution on the Satwa roundabout existed well before the era of artificial islands to serve laborers from the subcontinent who built...more

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Okku, Dubai

Youthful media types head to Okku for modern Japanese seafood, including seared sea scallops with figs and truffles and exquisitely presented sushi. The...more

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New Café Bateel, Dubai

Launched by Saudi Arabia's gourmet date company, Café Bateel is a casual breakfast, lunch, and dinner spot with branches across the city (including the...more

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