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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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