Since opening its doors earlier this year, Dukes Dubai, the sister hotel to Dukes London in Mayfair, has brought a refreshing slice of elegant British luxury to the glitzy Palm Jumeirah. In addition to the Liberty prints and London black cabs, yet more UK flavour can be found in the hotel’s Great British Restaurant, where Bolton-born head chef Martin Cahill is perfectly-placed to dish up crowd-pleasing British classics. Those who’ve anchored up in town and enjoyed his work at GBR might do well to book into one of Cahill’s other favourite city hotspots.

RUYA Dubai

This restaurant, which opened last year in the Grosvenor House Hotel, has quickly made a name for itself, thanks to its excellent Turkish food and impressive views. Deliberate between the generous mezze selection, including traditional borek, lamb manti and kofte – before tucking into mains like lamb shank clay pot and wagyu kebabs. The fairy-lit outdoor terrace overlooking Dubai Marina is another treat. Further outlets in London and New York are rumoured to be on the cards.

The Experience by Reif Othman

This venue seats just 12 people, making it far more of a private chef’s table than a regular restaurant. Reif Othman, formerly of Zuma, manages to rustle up a unique menu for whoever is dining and then appears on the night to cook it. The space sits above PLAY, another restaurant that he opened to great fanfare last year.

La Petite Maison

Those who’ve just sailed to Dubai from the Med and are still pining for the Cote D’Azur should book into this restaurant, widely credited with being one of the best in the city. The menu is suitably Nicoise in flavour, given that this is a franchise of the original La Petite Maison in Nice. Don't leave without trying the petits farcis nicois.
Dominique Afacan
Dominique Afacan
Dominique writes about all things luxury for, Condé Nast Traveller, Boat International and many more. Since joining the superyachting world, she's raced at the St Barths Bucket, kissed the America's Cup in Bermuda and taken a polar plunge in Antarctica.