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March 2020

This New Eatery Is One of the Most Instagrammable Restaurants in Dubai

You will be obsessed with the swoon-worthy vibe and Mediterranean cuisine at Toplum in Mirdif.

Instagram images of Toplum restaurant in City Centre Mirdif

Looking for a new restaurant in Mirdif? This foodie gem is top of our list!

A brand new foodie hot spot has opened in Mirdif, and it has already become a bona fide hit with hungry locals thanks to its mouthwatering Mediterranean food and cool interior. 

Nestled on level 1 of City Centre Mirdif, Toplum is the female-founded eatery on everyone’s lips and Instagram stories – it already has more than 2,500 followers despite only recently opening.  

When imagining her new restaurant, founder Sheikha Al Mheiri sought inspiration from the simplicity and effortlessness of Mediterranean life. With her team, she then set out to source the freshest flavours and ingredients for the restaurant’s dishes, many of which are served in sharing-sized portions so that friends and family can enjoy together. 

Mushroom toast and avocado egg salad dish at Toplum, City Centre Mirdif

Supercharge your morning with Toplum’s healthy breakfast choices

For breakfast, the Med-inspired menu includes spinach flatbread, which arrives with béchamel, egg yolk and kashkaval cheese, plus lots of healthy options such as mushroom toast, green harissa baked eggs or açaí bowl topped with seasonal fresh berries. 

Lunch and dinner deliver a series of tasty options like lamb meatballs, sourdough pizzas, grilled salmon, feta and watermelon salad and a delicious chicken risotto that comes meddled with green peas, mushrooms and truffle dressing. As for vegetarian dishes, there are plates of pasta, charred eggplant, chilli broccolini and several unique salads to try. 

Sourdough pizza at Toplum in City Centre Mirdif

You won’t be able to resist tucking into Toplum’s sourdough pizzas

Little ones will also leave with full, happy bellies of scrambled eggs, pizza or Pomodoro pasta.

Our tip? Make sure to save space for something sweet as Toplum’s desserts are real scene-stealers – think golden just-baked pastries, pistachio soufflé, lemon meringue crumb pie, chocolate tiramisu and an incredible salted caramel pavlova.

Chocolate tiramisu dessert at Toplum in City Centre Mirdif

Indulge your sweet tooth by sampling Toplum’s array of decadent desserts

To complement the kitchen’s delicious fare, the interiors have been carefully considered to reflect a relaxed Med-inspired mood, with soothing tones of classic cream and beige coupled with accents of bronze and terracotta. 

Striking a smart balance between cosy and sleek, the space comes complete with Romanesque arched ceilings and curved walls coupled with warm woods, marbles and bespoke light fixtures inspired by the sunset – ideal for snapping a flattering selfie with your meal. 

The interiors at Toplum in City Centre Mirdif

The scene-stealing interiors at Toplum, City Centre Mirdif 

Along with the main dining space, there’s also a lounge area where you can enjoy a leisurely coffee, plus a grab & go section for picking up a quick bite when you’re strapped for time. 

Whether you’re based close by to the mall or the other side of the city, this beautiful new eatery is well worth a trip to City Centre Mirdif. 

February 2020







Introducing your new favourite location in Dubai, Toplum. An oasis of relaxation, it’s like taking a vacation in the middle of the city. Founded by Sheikha AlMheiri who is also the brains behind Society Café & Lounge, Toplum is located in Mirdif City Centre.

Inspired by the effortlessness of the Mediterranean, the restaurant is elegant with its minimalistic interiors and the food diversified with its gastronomic rituals. Working with simple ingredients to create something delectable, the dishes translate a variety of cultures and tastes from the region. Focusing on social dining, food is prepared to be shared amongst friends and family with a memorable energy flowing from the kitchen to the staff and baristas to the diners.

Stepping into Toplum you are instantly greeted by the classic shapes of roman architecture. The overall atmosphere offers a calm and relaxing setting, with neutral earthy tones inspired by the colours of the Mediterranean. Think classic cream and beige, with accents of bronze and terracotta. The environment is undeniably cosy making it the perfect space to share time with friends and family.

The area has also been conveniently divided into different zones of function. There’s the grab & go, the restaurant and a lounge zone all providing guests with a wide range of options to enjoy. Of note, diners won’t help but be stunned by the bespoke light features which are inspired by the sunset. From its architectural shapes of the arches and lit up circles, they make for the perfect Instagram snap.

As for the menu, you are in for a treat. For breakfast choose the Spinach Flatbread which arrives with bechamel, egg yolk and kashkaval cheese or for a healthier option, opt for the Mushroom Toast which comes with cashew cream cheese, sourdough and chives. For mains, truffle lovers are well looked after with the Chicken Risotto featuring green peas, mushrooms and a delicious truffle dressing, or the Truffle Burger that incorporates a black angus graviera cheese, bacon chutney and truffle aioli.

An array of desserts from the Pistachio Souffle and the Salted Caramel Pavlova, will undoubtedly make you break all of your diet promises and will ensure you leave the restaurant on a sweet note. Children friendly, Toplum also has a vast menu for the little ones from Acaia Bowls to Scrambled Eggs and Pizzas to Pomodoro Pasta.  

Following a holistic approach, the founding principles of Toplum are based upon authenticity, minimalism and quality. A brand with a duty to deliver these from its design to its food and overall guest experience, it’s time to embark on your Toplum journey!

February 2020

You Need To Try These Treat-Day Meals in Dubai

We all deserve a day off the diet!


A woman’s hand holding a pink cupcake


From pizzas to pastries, these are the best restaurants in Dubai to find cheat day treats


While there’s no end of polls proclaiming the best restaurants in Dubai, sometimes we’re after something quite specific – not haute cuisine, but delicious, tasty, slightly naughty cheat day eats. If you’re having a weekend day of indulgence, look no further than City Centre Mirdif, where all manner of eateries will happily fit the cheat day criteria. These are the places, and dishes, to try…


Logma, visit City Centre Mirdif


Logma, visit City Centre Mirdif


From crispy halloumi and falafel to shawarma wraps, kebabs and dynamite shrimp, Logma serves up Khaleeji classics that are truly full of flavours. An ideal place for a family feast, we’d recommend ordering a whole host of mezze and sharing plates before digging into mains such as Zaatar Roasted Chicken. For a cheat day to remember though, be sure you don’t miss out on the crispy herb-topped Logma fries. Be warned – you might find it hard to share!


La Brioche, visit City Centre Mirdif


La Brioche, visit City Centre Mirdif


If you’re anything like us, cheat day means carb day, and where better than La Brioche, which prides itself on its old-school, from-scratch bakery products. From proper French baguettes and croissants to macarons and gateaux, this is the place to seek out a full-on carb coma. If you have the self-control not to go full-gluten, the soups, sandwiches, salads, grills and stews are worth a visit too.


Pasta dishes from Carluccio’s, at City Centre Mirdif


Carluccio’s, visit City Centre Mirdif


While we’re on the subject of treating yourself, why not head to, Antonio Carluccio? His eponymous restaurants are popular across the United Arab Emirates with good reason, serving up fresh seafood, steaks and risottos that are real crowd-pleasers. But it’s the introduction of the Giro Pasta Pizza promotion that really makes this a cheat day must. Unlimited rounds of all of the restaurant’s favourite pizza and pasta dishes? Where do we sign?

January 2020

3 of the Best Plant-Based Dishes in Dubai for Vegans

It’s easy to go meat-free thanks to these tasty bites in the mall.

Friends eating healthy vegetarian food in a café

Our favourite meat-and dairy-free meals in Dubai 


Whether you follow a strict plant-based diet, fancy going meat-free for a January detox or simply want to try a vegan meal over the weekend, Dubai is now brimming with veggie-friendly restaurants. 

Forget any notions of rubbery tofu and soggy salads, as we’ve found three absolutely delicious dishes you’re guaranteed to love. Best bit? They’re all super light and packed with nutrients – the ultimate in feel-good healthy food. 

Stuffed vine leaves at Leila Restaurant in Dubai

Expect healthy Lebanese fare at Leila Restaurant in Dubai 


The dish: Stuffed Vine Leaves 
Where: Leila Restaurant, City Centre Mirdif 

It’s fairly easy to eat a vegan or vegetarian meal at most Lebanese restaurants, but Leila comes out on top due to its super fresh seasonal salads and various meat-free mezze options – you must try the spicy hummus. The kitchen’s hand-wrapped vine leaves are an all-round crowd-pleaser and come stuffed with herby rice, onions and chopped tomatoes. 

Spaghetti Gustosi dish at Carluccio’s in Dubai

This simple pasta dish stands out at Carluccio’s 


The dish: Spaghetti ‘Gustosi’
Where: Carluccio’s, City Centre Mirdif 

Heading out for a meal with non-vegan friends or family? No problem, go straight to Carluccio’s where you and your entire gang will be well-catered for thanks to the sprawling menu, which includes an entire section devoted to tasty vegan dishes such as Penne Arrabiata and Beetroot Salad. 

Carluccio’s take on a classic “Spaghetti Aglio Olio e Peperoncino” is the real deal and comes tossed with garlic, chilli, green peas and Italian black olives – trust us, even your most carnivorous meat-eating pals will want some.

Quinoa Salad at Logma restaurant in Dubai

The Quinoa Salad at Logma is packed with nutrients 

The dish:
Quinoa Salad Bowl
Where: Logma, City Centre Mirdif 

With a cool Khaleeji-inspired setting and mouth-watering Emirati cuisine, this home-grown concept has proved a huge hit with foodies in the city. We highly recommend sampling Logma’s veggie-loaded salads or the crispy falafel platter, and you cannot go wrong by ordering the chef’s delicious quinoa bowl, which comes filled with lots of healthy superfoods. 

June 2019

The Ultimate Healthy Restaurants for Guilt-Free Dining In Dubai

From power bowls to lean grills and low-calorie curries, these dishes hit all the right spots.

Friends eating at a healthy restaurant

Our favourite healthy restaurants in Dubai


Dubai’s ever-evolving food scene is certainly not short of great culinary offerings. With something to suit every taste, budget and diet imaginable, the Emirate boasts a variety of options, ranging from healthy homegrown concepts to authentic street-food vendors and gourmet restaurants led by Michelin-starred chefs. 

Whether you’re a local looking for a new weekend spot or a visitor on the hunt for the best places to chow down during your trip, you’ll find plenty of healthy options in Dubai. 

See below for our quick round-up on the top three places to try now.


Indian curry, salad and soup at Zafran in Dubai

Healthy Indian bites at Zafran in City Centre Mirdif


Enjoy a hearty curry without the calorie-guilt at Zafran, an award-winning contemporary Indian bistro located in City Centre Mirdif. Specialising in cuisine from the North West of India, expect classics like tandoori kebabs, fragrant biryanis and aloo tikki. 

You’ll also find lots of light dishes on the menu, including flavourful soups, freshly prepared chopped salads, cream-free fish curries and a variety of vegetarian-friendly kebabs and lentil main courses. 



A healthy breakfast dish at MBCo café in Dubai

Healthy breakfast favourites at MBCo in City Centre Mirdif


Thanks to a vast menu brimming with just about everything you could crave – think pita sandwiches, whole wheat pasta and burgers – this casual European café and bakery is one of the best spots to eat out with the entire family.

In addition to a lengthy list of delicious salads, there are also oven-baked omelettes, berry-topped muesli parfait, a salmon steak and fresh fruit smoothies to keep the health-conscious happy. 

La Gaufrette

Grilled salmon at La Gaufrette in Dubai

La Gaufrette in City Centre Deira 


Aside from serving one of the best brews in town, La Gaufrette is well loved for its wholesome plates and homemade baked goods. 

Open for all three meals of the day; the menu lists a healthy dish section to help take the guesswork out of picking the lightest choice. 

Nutritious breakfast hits include the protein-packed egg white omelettes and oat porridge, while the quinoa broccoli salad and grilled chicken breast or salmon are surefire bets for keeping your meal lean later in the day. 

May 2019

The Best Healthy Ramadan Recipes to Whip Up For Your Next Iftar

Impress the in-laws with these delicious dishes.

The best Ramadan Iftar recipes to try tonight

The best Ramadan Iftar recipes to try tonight 


Thinking up new Iftar recipes night after night is no easy feat, especially if you have a revolving door of guests coming through your home during Ramadan. 
In need of kitchen inspiration, we turned to one of our favourite chefs, Zahra Abdalla, whose famous book Cooking With Zahra has become our go-to guide for both traditional and modern Middle Eastern cuisine. 
Here are our top two healthy and meat-free recipes – so there’s no need to make something separate for veggie guests.

Roasted Cabbage with Lemon and Tahini Sauce

Roasted cabbage with lemon and tahini sauce

Roasted cabbage with lemon and tahini sauce


“Roasted cabbage with lemon and tahini sauce is a delicious, healthy and vegan dish that I love serving at my dinner parties. I usually like to serve it with some roast chicken, or it can be served as a simple and light meal on its own,” says Zahra. “Every time I prepare this at one of my dinner parties; my guests always leave asking for the recipe.”

Ingredients: Serves 4 – 6  

  • ½ head of cabbage
  • Salt 
  • Freshly ground black pepper 
  • Olive oil 

Lemon and tahini sauce: 

  • 1 cup tahini paste
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 2/3 cup water
  • ¼ tsp chilli powder (optional) 
  • 1 tsp sea salt 
  • Freshly ground black pepper 

1 cup mixed sprouts, for garnish 

1. Preheat oven at 200°C. Cut half a head of cabbage into 6 or 8 equal-sized wedges, cutting through the core and stem end. Arrange the wedges in a single layer on a baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Flip the cabbage wedges and do the same on the other side.

2. Bake the cabbage for 20 – 30 minutes, flipping halfway through. Roast until tender and golden-brown.

3. To make the sauce, combine the tahini paste and lemon juice in a small bowl. Slowly add the water to this, whisking until the sauce has a light, creamy consistency. Season with chilli powder, sea salt and pepper.

4. Serve the roasted cabbage on a platter and top with a drizzle of the lemon and tahini sauce, and garnish with mixed sprouts. Serve hot or cold.


Kookoo Sabzi Mixed Herb Frittata

 Kookoo sabzi mixed herb frittata

Kookoo sabzi mixed herb frittata


“Usually this dish is fried,” explains Zahra. “However, as a healthier alternative, I bake it like a cake and slice it before serving. This dish is delicious when served hot or cold.”

Ingredients: Serves 6 – 8 
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 cups fresh parsley, finely chopped 
  • 2 cups fresh coriander, finely chopped 
  • 1 cup fresh green onions, finely chopped 
  • 1 cup fresh chives, finely chopped 
  • 1 cup fresh dill, finely chopped 
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp barberries (optional)
  • ¼ cup walnuts, roughly chopped (optional) 
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper powder 

1. Preheat oven at 180°C.

2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs until well beaten. Then add parsley, coriander, green onions, chives, dill, flour, barberries, walnuts, olive oil, salt and black pepper powder, and mix well until fully combined.

3. Pour the batter into a greased ovenproof skillet or cake pan and bake for 45 minutes.

4. Remove from oven and set aside to cool. Cut into small pieces and serve with baked salmon and sabzi polo.  

Cooking with Zahra by Zahra Abdalla and Motivate Publishing

Cooking with Zahra by Zahra Abdalla, Motivate Publishing 


May 2019

3 of the Healthiest Meals You Need To Try In Dubai This Weekend

From our favourite place to feast with the family to the ultimate post-workout power brekkie, satisfy your hunger at these delicious eateries 

The best place to have healthy breakfasts in Dubai

Where to eat in Dubai this weekend 


Looking to mix up your usual weekend restaurant repertoire? As dedicated foodies, we’re always on the hunt for the most delicious and healthy dishes in town, so scroll below to see the top three menu must-tries that made the cut this week.


Delicious pasta dishes at Italian restaurant Carluccio’s in Dubai

Delicious pasta dishes at Carluccio’s in Dubai


This kid-friendly restaurant in City Centre Mirdif serves up just about everything you could hope for in an Italian kitchen. Ranging from bowls of fresh pasta to light soups, bruschettas, salads and their favourite chicken Milanese, you certainly won’t leave hungry!
And while we might be spoilt for choice when it comes to pizza joints in Dubai, in our expert opinion Carluccio’s still serves up one of the top thin and crispy crusts in the city. 
For those watching their waistbands, you’ll also find a variety of gluten-free and vegan dishes readily available, including superfood salads and antipasti sharing boards.

Must-Try Menu Hit: Beetroot and feta salad. 

Bombay Chowpatty

Bombay Chowpatty is one of the best affordable Indian restaurants in Dubai

Affordable Indian bites at Bombay Chowpatty 


This Indian street food-inspired chain is hands down one of our favourite spots to grab a quick and convenient meal from the mall. 
You can expect budget-friendly bites, such as crispy filled dosas, melt-in-your-mouth meats and a top-notch tandoori butter chicken at any one of their many eateries located across the emirates, including at City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif and City Centre Al Shindagha.
Keep your meal lean by ordering the grilled meat kababs and raw chopped veggies. 

Must-Try Menu Hit: Grilled mixed kabab.


Healthy breakfast dishes for a post-workout meal at Paul, in Dubai

Kick off your morning with a healthy breakfast at Paul, in Dubai


Guaranteed to hit all the right spots when you’re in the mood for a slap-up breakfast after a gruelling workout, Paul is well-loved thanks to its hearty plates of wholesome French fare. 
Start your morning on a good note (and try to avoid the buttery pastries) by ordering egg whites with avocado and fresh fruit muesli yoghurt bowls. 
Located within City Centre Deira and City Centre Mirdif, this long-standing favourite tends to get busy at the weekends, so get their bright and early.

Must-Try Menu Hit: Chia Egg White Omelet.


March 2019

Feeling Hungry? Here’s Where to tuck in during Dubai Food Festival

The essential places to dine with friends and family during the big foodie event.

Dubai Food Festival dining deals and offers

The best Dubai Food Festival dining deals, experiences and offers  


Round up your friends and family for the ultimate culinary adventure with our guide on where to eat and what to see during Dubai Food Festival, running until 9 March. 

Join The Club 

Delicious places to dine at Mall of The Emirates 

Expand your taste repertoire with a trip to MOE Clubhouse, a brand new culinary concept inside Mall of the Emirates on Level 1, near H&M and the West Food Court. 

From experimental 3D printed dishes to light bites with a unique twist, the New-England style space gives diners the chance to indulge in a wide variety of tasty bites from the likes of Acai Shack, The Salad Jar, Pastel Cakes, Poke and Co., Blacksmith Coffee and Daily Prep Co. Following our own recent trip here, we can vouch that your meal will be a serious treat for the senses!

After your feast, go to the games room where you can play a few rounds of football, billiards, air-hockey and mini-golf. 

There’s also a Mini MOE Clubhouse for the little ones, where they can meet new friends in a creative setting, with a programme of daily activities and kids’ games – from cupcake decorating to pasta art – to keep them entertained. Older kids and teens can relax in the reading corner or Playstation area. 

Culinary Surprises 

Healthy food at Zaatar W Zeit in Mall of the Emirates food court

Tasty international bites at the food court in Mall of the Emirates  

We all know the struggle of trying to settle on a restaurant when eating out with a group. But whether you’re in the mood for noodles, your friend fancies Arabic food or perhaps the kids are craving pizza, the food courts in Mall of the Emirates have it all and will satisfy everyone’s tastebuds in one convenient space.  

At the West Food Court (located just above Ski Dubai where you can go to the slopes for an indoor skiing session), you’ll find interactive installations so you can dine family-style while being entertained throughout DFF. 

There’s also a daily ‘Happy Hour’ with plenty of surprises including complimentary tastings and roaming entertainment with musicians, magicians and dancing waiters. 

Head Outside 

Outdoors by City Centre Mirdif

Outdoors by City Centre Mirdif 

If street food, games and free entertainment in an Instagram-worthy setting sounds like your kind of vibe then stop by Outdoors, a cool foodie concept at City Centre Mirdif. Located by the main entrance of the mall (where you can sneak in a bit of retail therapy pre- or post-meal), the venue ticks all the boxes for a chilled day out with family and friends. 

You’ll find lots to see and do aside from working your way around the many mouth-watering kiosks, including daily movie nights under the stars, arcade games, obstacle courses, a jungle-themed kids’ area and even an ice-skating rink. 

Foodie Hour   

DFF dining deals at City Centre Mirdif

Dubai Food Festival dining deals at City Centre Mirdif 

To further celebrate DFF, a number of restaurants at City Centre Mirdif, including Super Chix, Chili’s and Romano’s Macaroni Grill, are offering a ‘Foodie Hour’ where you can buy one, get one free on select dishes on the menu, during weekdays, from 3pm to 5pm. 

Over at City Centre Me’aisem’s Outdoors, visitors can meet adorable animals at a petting zoo, every Friday and Saturday, from 4pm to 7pm. 

The DFF Social Hub  

City Centre Deira, meanwhile, has transformed its West Food Court into a gastronomic DFF Social Hub, with must-try foodie concepts and dish decorating activities. 

There are also lots of games for all ages, such as table footie, ball pools and maze-like installations, plus creative arts and crafts workshops for the little ones. 

Win Up To AED25,000! 

You could be in with a chance at winning amazing prizes, gift cards, cash and even a car during DFF.

Mall of the Emirates

Spent AED350 to enter a draw to win AED5,000 worth of Mall GiftCards, which can be redeemed at hundreds of shops and restaurants inside Mall of the Emirates.

City Centre Deira

City Centre Deira is giving back to those in need throughout Dubai Food Festival by inviting customers to donate canned food (bought from Carrefour) that will then be distributed to disadvantaged residents across the UAE. Every time you donate, you’ll be entered into a competition to bag a AED2,000 City Centre Gift Card. 
It’s just one of many opportunities to win cash prizes during DFF at City Centre Deira. 

City Centre Mirdif

Each day during DFF, snap your meal in the mall and share on Instagram and Facebook with the hashtag #CCMiFoodie for your chance to win an AED500 Mall GiftCard. There’s a AED10,000 GiftCard up for grabs for the best pic of the competition. 

What’s more, spend AED200 or more at any stores in the mall during DFF to enter a prize draw to snag a cool AED25,000. Spend the same amount on food and beverages at the mall and have your chance of winning multiplied fivefold.

City Centre Me’aisem and City Centre Al Shindagha

Both malls have teamed up with Dubai Food Festival and Dubai Shopping Malls Group (DSMG) to give away a brand-new Nissan Patrol car! Simply spend over AED50 dining at any food outlets in the malls to enter this amazing prize draw.


March 2019

3 Super Tasty Meals under AED 50 in Dubai

The top spots to grab a meal deal in the UAE – families with little ones will love these money-saving feasts!

The best restaurants in Dubai to visit on a budget

Dining on a budget? Check out these tasty, cheap eats

Eating out in Dubai can get costly, especially if you have an entire family to feed. But aside from the usual fast-food chain favourites, there are a plethora of pocket-friendly meal deals in the emirate offering tasty bites without the hefty bill.

Scroll below to check out our hit list of must-try meals, all of which ring in at AED 50 or less.

Din Tai Fung

Din Tai Fung in Dubai

Din Tai Fung in Dubai

Originating in Taiwan, this under-the-radar foodie spot has amassed a loyal following thanks to their unique Xiao Long Bao and Huaiyang cuisine. If you have yet to visit, we highly recommend sampling one of their famous hot buns filled with meat, veggies or beans.

Also try the shrimp and chicken wontons (AED 30), beef dumplings (AED 30) or their signature chicken fillet (AED 30) – all of which will leave you with change for refreshments or some of their delicious homemade ice-cream (AED 16).


Nando’s in Dubai

 Nando’s in Dubai

This long-time favourite serves something for everyone, even vegetarians or fussy-eaters, thanks to a broad menu brimming with just about everything from burgers to pitas, wings and towering salads.

Famed for their Portuguese-style chicken, you can’t go wrong with the pulled chicken tigela combo served on a bed of spicy rice (AED 28) or the avocado, feta and chicken wrap with a side of peri-peri wedges (AED 43).

Nando’s is located in City Centre Deira and City Centre Mirdif


Kcal in Dubai

Kcal in Dubai

Affordable and healthy meals out do not always go hand in hand. That was until Kcal opened up shop in Dubai. Starting as a meal-plan delivery service, the nutritious concept café is now open inside City Centre Mirdif.

The real winning point? Every single dish on the menu is no more than 300 calories so you can feast out without the guilt. We can vouch for the lean and mean ciabatta (AED 30), spicy avocado burrito (AED 32) and the veggie chilli bowl (AED 42).

February 2019

We Have Just Revealed the Definitive List of Healthy Asian Restaurants in Dubai

Are you craving Asian cuisine? Here’s where to go for the best bites in the city.

The best restaurants in Dubai for Asian food

The best restaurants in Dubai for Asian food

From a Chinese gastropub to low-calorie Japanese grills and sushi with an artisan French twist, the new wave of Asian restaurants in Dubai are anything but ordinary.

We’ve narrowed it down to our top three picks and selected the most nutritious dishes on each menu – meaning you can still dine out while sticking to that New Year health kick.

Han Shi Fu

Han Shi Fu in Dubai

Han Shi Fu in Dubai

Brought to you by the team behind the wildly popular Din Tai Fung located in Mall of the Emirates, this new brand culinary opening certainly lives up to the hype.

Tagging itself as “a modern Chinese and Asian fusion gastropub and restaurant”, Han Shi Fu can be found inside Aloft City Centre Deira, a hip movie-themed hotel on Dubai Creek. 
Insta-snappers will be spoilt for choice when it comes to the interiors – think vibrant neon-toned lighting, oversized Chinese scrolls hanging from the ceiling and an entire wall splashed with cool ceramics. 

A fusion of bold flavours, the menu is just as playful as the décor, taking inspiration from trendy street food favourites found across the world, from Taipei to Hong Kong, Shanghai and even New York.
Our highlights included the spicy beef sirloin hot pot and matcha green tea velvet cake, washed down with an array of quirky colourful cocktails. 

The healthy-minded can opt for the chicken lettuce wraps, wok-charred fresh cauliflower and roasted wild mushroom with yuba – all of which are on the lower end of the calorie-spectrum but still brimming with taste. 

Teriyaki Experience

 Teriyaki Experience in Dubai

Teriyaki Experience in Dubai

Recently opened inside Mall of the Emirates close by to Carrefour Dubai, this restaurant chain has something of a cult following thanks to its mouth-watering Japanese grills, which you can have served with proteins, tofu or veggies. 

One of the healthiest options among the food court’s wide offering, there are plenty of light options on the menu for the whole family to enjoy. 

Prepared fast and fresh, standout dishes include the super grains vedge bowl, build-your-own noodle bowls, miso soup and lots more. 


SushiArt in City Centre Mirdif, Dubai

SushiArt in Dubai

Tuck into tasty platters of sustainably sourced sushi, sashimi and maki at SushiArt, a contemporary concept eatery serving up imaginative Japanese fare. 

Created by award-winning chef Thierry Marx, the dishes at SushiArt almost look too pretty to eat (get that Instagram snap in quickly), but you’ll soon end up devouring the lot.

The avocado spring rolls, salmon tartare and citrus seabream poke bowl are just a few of our menu favourites. 

October 2018

Discover the UAE’s Best Burgers

Try these sizzling sliders at the best restaurants in Dubai  

The best burgers to try in Dubai

A definitive guide to the UAE’s best burgers


We try to follow a ‘clean’ diet most of the time, but after a week of low-calorie lunches, post-workout green juices and energy ball snacks, we’re craving a good ol’ juicy burger once the weekend hits. Well, life is all about balance, right? 
The real question is, where can one find the ultimate cheat day meal? While we’re all for feasting at classic fast food joints, we’ve recently stumbled across a few alternatives that offer a fresh take on our favourite indulgences. 
From loaded double patties to extra cheesy creations, our round-up of tasty stacked buns will satisfy all your carnivore cravings. We’ve also tracked down the best veggie burger the region has to offer for our plant-based diet pals.
Word of warning – this list will leave you feeling very hungry…

Brunswick Eastery.Bar.Terrace

Brunswick Eatery.Bar.Terrace in Dubai

Brunswick Eatery.Bar.Terrace in Dubai


Tucked away inside the Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates, this crowd-pleasing spot ticks all the right boxes for a casual feast with family or friends. 
The industrial-chic setting, seasonal fuss-free menu and live streaming of the biggest sports games have helped make this one of the most popular spots in town. After a recent revamp, there are now three different dynamics within the space – a cocktail bar, a main dining area and a pretty plant-filled terrace. 
We highly recommend ordering one of their delicious burgers, made using organic Australian minced beef. The Shopshire blue burger is guaranteed to impress, but our personal bun of choice is the excellent triple cream brie burger. 
Veggies are also catered for with a crispy grain burger that comes with a mix of Puy lentils, quinoa, mushrooms and buckwheat, topped with purple cabbage and vegan mayo – yum. 


Gourmet Burger Kitchen

Gourmet Burger Kitchen in Dubai

Gourmet Burger Kitchen in Dubai


Located inside City Centre Mirdif, GBK is a long-standing favourite among die-hard burger fans. 
The perfect pitstop for a speedy pre- or post-cinema bite, the grub is cooked and served quickly but is by no means fast food as you may know it. All dishes are crafted using top-notch ingredients, including 100% prime Australian Angus beef and farm fresh veggies. 
A few must-try buns include the hot smoked BBQ, the wagyu cheese with beef bacon (those with an appetite can make it a double-patty) or the trio of mini burgers if you fancy sampling three different varieties. Other menu highlights include the tasty Cajun chicken and lamb burgers.

T.G.I. Fridays

A family friendly meal choice at T.G.I. Fridays in the Middle East

T.G.I. Fridays is a delicious choice for the whole family   


One of the best places to eat out with kids, T.G.I. Fridays is a top pick for a family-friendly feast. The relaxed eatery has several outposts located across the region, including Mall of the Emirates, Mall of Egypt, City Centre Deira and City Centre Bahrain.
The cowboy triple meat is the real deal when it comes to big burgers, and will arrive to your table topped with tender pieces of BBQ beef rib meat, fresh lettuce, tomatoes, melted cheddar cheese, roasted beef bacon, horseradish sauce and crispy frizzled onions. It’s well worth the meat sweats you’ll experience after munching your way through this colossal bun!

If you can’t decide between a plate of eggs or a bun, go for a dish that combines the two – the hangover burger. As the name suggests, it’s the ideal meal after a big one the night before.

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May 2018

Arabic Restaurants: 3 of the Tastiest Iftars to Try Tonight

Where to celebrate Ramadan and break your fast in Dubai.

Top Arabic Restaurants in Dubai for 2018 Iftar

The top restaurants for Iftar 2018 in Dubai and Beirut


Platters are overflowing with tender grilled meats, bowls of creamy hummus, heaps of mezze filled with fresh tabbouleh and stuffed pastries, and do not get us started on our love of halloumi – we could wax lyrical about our appreciation for all things Middle Eastern-menu related. 

But for this purpose, we will keep it brief and merely list three of the best Arabic Restaurants in Dubai and Beirut you must try throughout Ramadan this year. 

Celebrate Ramadan with the best Arabic Restaurants in Dubai

Get ready for an Iftar to remember with our guide to the best restaurants in Dubai and Beirut

AL Halabi

This favourite restaurant located in Mall of the Emirates attracts the masses for good reason – the menu is extensive, diverse and brimming with classic dishes, such as hot and cold mezzes, meat, fish fillets, kebbeh, fragrant soups and much more. 

The mixed grill is an AL Halabi house specialty and a real standout on the foodie front, as are the lamb chops, which are so tender the meat will fall-off-the-bone and melt in your mouth – need we say more! 

If you have any space left over for dessert, we highly recommend the homemade Baklava pastries. 


Ahwak restaurant in Dubai for Iftar

Ahwak at City Centre Beirut


From grilled shish taouk topped with garlic sauce and crispy French fries to fresh fattoush salads, a burger seasoned with shawarma spices and more mezze than you could eat in a lifetime, the food at Ahwak is some of the best we have tried in town. 

Even the breadbasket here is a meal in itself, packed high with puffed-out pita, which is continuously replenished throughout your meal.

If you fancy a little something sweet with your coffee, opt for a bowl of freshly cut fruit or forgo the more indulgent route and order the chocolate-dipped dates. 

Abd el Wahab

Abd el Wahab Arabic Restaurant in Dubai for Iftar

Abd el Wahab at City Centre Mirdif


You might be expected to wait for a table throughout popular Iftar timings, but trust us when we tell you it will be so worth it when you try the food at Abd el Wahab. 

While nearly every dish we have tasted here has been far above average, the chicken fatteh, falafel platter and shawarmas are the real draws. 

Go with an appetite as the portions are not only generous but too tasty to resist and you may end up over-ordering! 

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April 2018

Foodie Edit: 3 Of The Best Pizza Places In The Middle East

These foodie spots challenge Italy in the pizza stakes.

The best pizza places in the UAE

Where to get the best pizza in the Middle East


Whether you’re partial to a deep pan, Roman-style squares or you’re a loyal thin and crispy fan, most of us can I agree on one thing – a mutual love for pizza.

One of Italy’s most famous foodie exports, the humble pie’s roots date back to 1889 when the first pizza is said to have been made to honour the Queen consort of Italy, Margherita of Savoy. Consisting of baked dough garnished with tomatoes and basil to represent the colours of the Italian flag, this foodie favourite has undoubtedly come a long way since with limitless options.

From stuffed crusts filled with melted cheese to gluten-free bases and a seemingly never-ending variety of toppings, we have tried them all to report back on the top three places for pizza fans to try across the Middle East. 

California Pizza Kitchen 

Serving up some of the tastiest slices in town, California Pizza Kitchen in Mall of the Emirates is a relaxed spot for all to enjoy and one of the best restaurants in Dubai to take your children.

The casual eatery is well loved for its classic Margherita (take your pick from either hand-tossed original crust or thin and crispy), but delve further into the vast menu and try the spicy chipotle chicken and fire-roasted vegetable options.

California Pizza Kitchen in UAE

California Pizza Kitchen in Dubai


800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza Dubai

Whipped up fresh using high-quality ingredients shipped straight from Naples, 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza is one of the best places to grab an authentic slice of pie. 

Build your pizza from an extensive selection of toppings (think rosemary turkey and smoked provolone) or opt for baked pasta, burratas, salads or grilled meat mains. We’ve chomped our way through the entire menu, and we’re delighted customers!

Find 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza located in Mall of the Emirates and City Centre Me'aisem.

800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza UAE

800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza Dubai in Mall of the Emirates


Pizza Hut

You just cannot go wrong with a round of pizzas at this ultimate cheat-day foodie spot. We are long-time lovers of the too-tasty-to-resist super supreme pizza – an indulgent doughy bite loaded with toppings and stuffed with a melted cheese crust. 

Pizza Hut is located in Mall of the Emirates, Mall of Egypt, City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Sharjah, City Centre Ajman, City Centre Qurum, City Centre Deira, City Centre Muscat, City Centre Alexandria and City Centre Maadi

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February 2018

You Need To Try These Trending Foodie Favourites In Dubai

There’s a reason these favourite dishes are Insta-famous.

The best restaurants in Dubai

The best restaurants in Dubai


Thirty years ago there was just a handful of restaurants in Dubai. Fast-forward to 2018 and the culinary options are now endless and challenge any other major city on the foodie front.

We have taken on the task of working our way through all the best restaurants in Dubai to report back on the current top three meals you must try immediately. 

If you’re not hungry right now, you definitely will be after reading this.

Din Tai Fung

Din Tai Fung in Dubai

Din Tai Fung at Mall of the Emirates, Dubai


One of Taiwan’s most famous restaurant chains, Din Tai Fung can now be found in Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates. There is a reason it was ranked as one of the world’s Top Ten Best Restaurants by The New York Times – it does the most delicious dumplings we have ever tried. Also known for their out-of-this-world wontons and chow mein, a meal here will be one to remember. 

Menu must-try: Their famous XiaoLongBao, a chicken and crab dumpling. 

Gourmet Burger Kitchen

Gourmet Burger Kitchen in Dubai

Gourmet Burger Kitchen at City Centre Mirdif, Dubai


Sometimes we all need to sit down and devour a well-earned cheat meal. If you’re on the hunt for the perfect feast-day meal, look no further than Gourmet Burger Kitchen in City Centre Mirdif. This foodie chain serves uploaded buns filled with top-quality meat and fresh toppings. GBK also offers plenty of tasty side dishes and appetisers, including halloumi bites, hot wings and chargrilled chicken skewers. 

Menu must-try: You cannot go wrong with the Jalapeno Overload Burger – it will be well worth every single minute spent working it off on the treadmill. 


Tribes restaurant in Dubai

Tribes restaurant at Mall of the Emirates, Dubai


Tribes in Mall of the Emirates has become a firm favourite on the UAE foodie map. Expect exotic flavours and super fresh ingredients in the form of lavish meaty platters, fish skewers and curries. The African-themed restaurant also serves up yummy salads and sandwiches if you fancy a lighter bite.

Menu must-try: Do not leave without sampling the beef ribs. 


Texas Roadhouse

Texas Roadhouse restaurant in Dubai

Texas Roadhouse restaurant at City Centre Deira, Dubai


Expect all your meaty favourites at Texas Roadhouse in City Centre Deira. This child-friendly eatery offers up plates piled high with hand-cut steaks, juicy rib racks, oven roasted chicken and grilled shrimp. The casual Western-themed atmosphere combined with the mouth-watering BBQ dishes make this a real crowd-pleaser for the whole family. 

Menu must-try: The grilled to perfection New York Strip steak.


October 2017

Recipe to Try: Fresh Pasta Dish by Carluccio’s Dubai

This classic Italian dish is sure to impress.

Carluccio’s is one of the best places to visit in Dubai as an Italian cuisine

Carluccio’s is one of the best places to visit in Dubai as an Italian cuisine

“If I could take only the basics of Italian food with me to a desert island, I wouldn't hesitate to choose hard grained flour, tomatoes, olive oil and parmesan cheese. If I could take some flavourings I would take some basil and garlic”.
-    Antonio Carluccio - Founder

Uniting the true flavours of Italy, this popular restaurant chain offers something to suit all taste buds and occasions. From fresh pasta bowls to wood-fired oven pizzas, grilled meats and risottos – Carluccio’s is one of our favourite spots to savour authentic Italian bites in Dubai.



Serves: four people.

The delicious Penne Giardiniera at Carluccio’s Dubai

The delicious Penne Giardiniera at Carluccio’s Dubai


•    24 pcs spinach balls
•    80 grams butter
•    20 grams red chillies
•    600 grams courgettes
•    20 grams peeled garlic
•    240 grams Grano Padano cheese
•    500 grams penne regine


•    Boil a pot of water with a pinch of salt

•    Cook the penne pasta in the boiling water until its al dente to taste (takes around 10 minutes)

•    Grate the courgettes and finely dice the chillies and the garlic

•    Heat the butter in a large pan before adding the chillies and garlic - sauté the mixture

•    Add in the grated courgettes and fry for around one minute

•    Add the cooked penne pasta to the pan and toss together

•    Add some grated Parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper to taste

•    Serve in a large pasta bowl with 6 spinach balls on top

Carluccio’s is located in City Centre Mirdif

Carluccio’s is located in City Centre Mirdif


For reservations at Carluccio's in City Centre Mirdif, please call 04 284 3728

October 2016

6 Arabic Restaurants You Must Try

Some of the best Arabic restaurants in Dubai are found at City Centre Mirdif. From fine dining to fast food, you’ll find great eateries that provide quality Arabic and Middle Eastern fare - all in one place. Whether you need a quick bite, or are in the mood for a slow and indulgent meal, the following restaurants are great places to hang out.

Abd El Wahab Restaurant
Named after its original location in Beirut, Abd El Wahab treats diners to the luxury of Lebanese hospitality. It’s a nice spot to relax and enjoy a shisha with good food and drinks. The menu features traditional mezze and unique Arabic delicacies like shanklish (aged pungent goat cheese with parsley, pepper and tomato), chicory salad (dandelion leaves cooked in olive oil and topped with caramelized onions), and hommus with fried pine nuts.

Pronounced koshe-bashi, this award-winning grill serves the traditional recipes of Southern Anatolia. KÖŞEBAŞI has been recommended by the Conde Nast Traveler and TIME for their juicy and fragrant mezzes, kebabs, and pizzas done in true Turkish style. The meat is slowly cooked over an open grill fired with charcoal, lending it a characteristic smoky flavor.

Leila Dubai
If you're craving some Lebanese comfort food, Leila gives you what you need. From starters and soups to pizzas and platters, Leila serves unpretentious fare in a simple and elegant setting. It's a great place to take your friends and family for lunch.

Al Farooj
Quick and satisfying, Al Farooj is a convenient stop for those mid-shopping hunger pangs. Their Western and Arabian fast food feature grilled chicken prepared with their secret recipe. Al Farooj also has a range of shawarmas inspired by the flavors of different cuisines, including Indian, Mexican, Lebanese and Italian.

Leil Nhar
Leil Nhar means ‘night and day' - a meaning reflected in their quirky, cartoony logo. Despite the name, the fare isn’t wholly Arabian but a mix of Lebanese, Turkish, and Continental.  They also have a breakfast menu of hearty fried eggs with a choice of toppings to get you through those hectic mornings. Leil Nhar’s highlight is their affordable pricing, so come here if you want a good meal that goes easy on your pocket.

Throw your diet out the window and head over to Hatam, an eatery that specializes in the robust flavors of Iranian cuisine. The menu tempts diners with a selection of slow-cooked meats – like zereshk polo ba-morgh (baked chicken in tomato paste), chellow khorosht badengan (lamb, fresh tomato and eggplant cooked in a lemon paste), and joojeh kabab ba-ostokhan (chicken on the bone, marinated in saffron, lemon, and pure olive oil). Hatam is the perfect place for a hearty dinner with friends and family.
Arabic or European, simplicity or indulgence, a quiet solo lunch or a noisy night out – there is an eating place for everyone here at City Centre Mirdif.

April 2016

A family dinner at Mirdiff

Whether it’s a meal with a bunch of friends, a quiet dinner with your siblings or a family dinner, good food makes everyone relax and happy. A simple gesture like taking someone out for a meal makes them feel special and appreciated.

So when it comes to dining in Dubai, here are some of the options you can choose from.

Who doesn’t love a good steak? The Butcher Shop and Grill at the City Centre Mirdif is a unique steakhouse that prepares their meat in their very own in-house butchery. They serve fresh meat cooked to perfection with a variety of sauces and side dishes; you need to add this to your ‘must visit soon’ list.

Are meat and steaks too heavy for you? Do you prefer some hot and spicy grilled chicken? Then there is Nando’s. Celebrate the Afro-Portuguese culture and flavours with flame-grilled Peri-Peri chicken. Customize your order to your spice liking. Be it mild or extra hot, the chicken is well marinated and then flame grilled – a great combination of health and taste.

The Dynamite Shrimps here keep everyone coming back for more. Yes, the American-Chinese P.F Chang’s definitely has a place on this list. You rarely go wrong with an order here and the staff is so friendly that they help you pick out dishes that you would enjoy. It’s a great place to dine in with your family with so many delicious main courses to choose from. The Dynamite Shrimp and Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps are a must try. You can find a P.F Chang’s on the Ground Floor of City Centre Mirdif.

If the spicy aromatic flavors of Indian food are what you enjoy, then Zafran at the City Centre Mirdif is a good choice. Hariyali salmon tikka, Bengali prawn coconut curry or delicious vegetable biriyani, if fantastic Indian food is what you are craving for, then this is the right spot. The ambience is really pleasing too, making it an ideal place to pamper your family. Don’t forget to end the meal with some of their delicious desserts. Their kulfi is a hot favourite.

Meeting up with a bunch of friends for a meal? California Pizza Kitchen located on Level 1 of City Centre Mirdif makes a great place to catch up. With great service, friendly staff and mouth-watering pizzas, you would love this restaurant. They even have a range of crispy thin crust pizzas for those who prefer skipping the dough. Apart from pizzas they have pastas and entrees that you can dig into.

City Centre Mirdif has so many dining options that satisfy all types of taste buds. A great option for Italian food lovers is Al Forno with its creamy pastas. Sushi and Japanese fans can dine at Japengo. There is Abd El Wahab which offers a choice of authentic Middle Eastern cuisine combined with the celebrated Lebanese hospitality.

With more options like Anatolia Turkish Grill, Carluccio's, Chili's, Gazebo Restaurant, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Johnny Rockets, Le Pain Quotidien (PQ), Leila Restaurant, Ocean Basket, PAUL Restaurant & Bakery, Romano's Macaroni Grill, Texas Roadhouse, UNO Chicago Grill and Yo! Sushi; whatever it is that you are craving for, head to City Centre Mirdif for a meal of your liking.


January 2014

Alice in Wonderland’s Tea Party!

The magic of Lewis Carroll’s classic: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is delighting children and adults as the ‘Alice in Wonderland Tea Party’ music and dance show are making their first-ever UAE appearance at Deira and Mirdif City Centre this DSF.

A special Tea Party Event was hosted for the community at Mirdif City Centre last night, with special guests from children from Senses Centre and the Dubai Women and Children’s Foundation. Filled with fun surprises, including gifts from Hamley’s toy store and Mirdif City Centre, kids and families were filled with laughter as they were whirled away into Alice’s magical Wonderland.

Set against a beautiful fantasy wonderland filled with bright, colourful flowers and magical mushrooms, lovely little Alice begins with a melodic song, welcoming all to ‘her Wonderland’. Alice is soon joined by the permanent grins of the Chesire Cat, the nervous White Rabbit and The Hatter who spread the joys of laughter, happy days and smiling as they perform a fun song and dance in preparation for the Tea Party. The excitement is almost spoiled as the mean-hearted Queen of Hearts threatens to steal away the Teapot, but instead poisons Alice’s cup of tea, putting a wicked spell on her voice! To break the spell, the Chesire Cat, White Rabbit and The Hatter invite kids from the audience on-stage to spell the magical word, helping Alice find her voice again and joining in with her musical friends to turn the Queen of Hearts’ frown, upside down.

This exciting show continues at Mirdif City Centre until January 18th with three, 30 minute shows daily at 4:30pm, 6:30pm and 9:30pm.

Next week, ‘Alice in Wonderland Tea Party’ brings its whimsical experience to City Centre Deira from January 21st – 30th with three daily shows at 4:30pm, 6:30pm and 9:30pm, plus other Wonderland activities including Meet & Greet sessions and themed arts & crafts. This all-new musical story will take the audience on a fantasy adventure in Wonderland.

During DSF, Deira & Mirdif City Centre are giving away a Grand Prize of a trip to anywhere in the world, with any AED 300 spend. Shoppers can also play the ‘Wonderland’ interactive game, which allows users to step into City Centre’s own ‘Wonderland’ and collect objects using sensory image motion technology for the chance to win up to AED 1,000 daily from January 2nd-15th at City Centre Deira, Jewelry Court and from January 20th-Feb 2nd at Mirdif City Centre, Central Galleria.

City Centre Deira and Mirdif City Centre are open 1:00am daily, with participating restaurants and cafés open until 3:00am during the festival.

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