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Dubai’s DIFC, also known as Dubai Internation Financial Center, is where the city’s most beautifully designed restaurants are placed. Dubai has been slowly rising to become one of the most important cities in the world and it has developed to become the United Arab Emirates epicentre for national and international business, financial and leisure hub.
Let’s explore some luxurious and exquisite restaurants from Dubai’s business centre!
Creamy curved ceilings lend the impression of an ancient mausoleum – albeit one that really comes to life during dinner seatings. Creative mixed drinks are whirled overhead at the bar, while dishes of saganaki and seabass are served to tables throughout the room.
Madrid-born Latin American restaurant Amazonico brings an explosion of rainforest to DIFC, crammed with wide-leafed foliage and vibrant murals. Set across multiple floors, grab a mixed drink and nibbles in the cosy lounge downstairs, or head up a floor to watch the chefs at work in the open kitchen.
Unlike anywhere else in the city, BB is reminiscent of a townhouse. Split over multiple floors and featuring a winding spiral staircase and infinitely cosy bar, it is only when you step out onto the small terrace that you will be reminded where you are. Distinctive monochrome mosaic tile flooring and black and white striped banquette seating are boosted by pops of yellow cushions.
With an almost businesslike glamour, Waldorf DIFC’s Bull & Bear welcomes diners with an enormous sculpture of its two namesakes, and views of Downtown Dubai through floor-to-ceiling windows.
When it opened, GAIA kicked off what became a wave of new Greek-Mediterranean restaurants in the city – a previously underserved cuisine. And at least a couple of years later, the restaurant is still riding it, with a menu of contemporised dishes and surprisingly intimate interiors.
Indochine brings modern French-Vietnamese fusion to Dubai’s financial hub. Adorned with artfully potted plants, wicker lamps, plush booths and signature wallpaper that serve as a reminder of the venues Vietnamese-inspired roots, a Wall of Fame featuring famous patrons from the New York branch stands as an ode to the original marque.
A restaurant that really needs no introduction. A stalwart of DIFC, and one of two to put the area on the map as a destination for some of the best food in the city. Wherever you choose to eat at this DIFC–favourite, expect classic southern French dishes and consistently excellent cooking, in one of Dubai’s most perennially busy restaurants.
It may not have the celebrity sparkle of some of its neighbours, but Royal China is a titan of Chinese cuisine in Dubai – and not just in DIFC. Expect some of the best dim sums in the city, alongside authentic Cantonese dishes. Despite the somewhat regal setting in an upscale red interior, prices are reasonable.
Juxtaposition abounds at this Art Deco-inspired restaurant, where 1930s Shanghai takes over the aesthetic, while the food is very much modern riffs on Asian classics. And do not be taken in by the name – the menu covers more than just Chinese cuisines. There is a gorgeous terrace well worth checking out before dinner, and the bar’s slick mixology is a perfect excuse.
Titan of DIFC’s restaurant scene and modern Japanese-fusion, Zuma is as much a go-to today as it was when it first opened in Dubai more than a decade ago. Superb dishes, flawless service and a low-key stylish setting. While you are enjoying the aforementioned, admire the work of stellar interior designer Noriyoshi Muramatsu of Tokyo’s Studio Glitt. based on balancing the six elements of fire, earth, water, air, wood and iron to achieve harmony.
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