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14 non-cliché dining options to visit this Valentine’s Weekend

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends!

If you’re stuck on where to go this weekend, I’ve thrown in this list of 14 special places that fall under the budget of AED 400 for 2

21 Grams – Urban Balkan Bistro
A beautiful, Balkan-inspired bolthole tucked away on Jumeirah Beach Road
Location: Park Regis Boutique Jumeirah Hotel, Umm Suqeim
Cuisine:Mediterranean
Average Cost for 2: AED 250
Licensed: No
Parking: RTA parking around the hotel
Ideal for: A cosy, laidback Friday brunch

3 Fils
Modern Asian restaurant with a Japanese influence. They serve great food and drinks, expertly prepared yet affordably priced
Location: Jumeirah 2
Cuisine: Sushi
Average Cost for 2: AED 170
Licensed: No
Parking: Free parking in Jumeirah Fishing Harbour
Ideal for: Private dinner spot with a view

Kaftan
Modern Turkish restaurant with a spectacular view of Burj Al Arab
Location: Umm Suqeim
Cuisine: Turkish
Average Cost for 2: AED 330
Licensed: No
Parking: Complementary valet
Ideal for: Turkish delicacies served in a cosy courtyard ambiance

Kizmet
Brought to you by the team behind Baker & Spice, the menu promises a little bit of everything
Location: Dubai Opera
Cuisine: International
Average Cost for 2: AED 255
Licensed: Yes
Parking: Free parking in Dubai Opera basement – P3
Ideal for: Private bar experience upstairs

London Dairy Bistro
A new bistro in town that promises to satisfy food cravings 24/7 (yes it’s open 24 hours)
Location: Sheikh Zayed Road
Cuisine: Cafe, Desserts
Average Cost for 2: AED 140
Licensed: No
Parking: RTA parking in front of the bistro
Ideal for: Brunch, Ice cream date

Slab
Gourmet ingredients that nod to cuisines from the corners of the globe
Location: La Mer
Cuisine: Contemporary
Average Cost for 2: AED 190
Licensed: No
Parking: Basement parking
Ideal for: Laidback lunch followed by a walk at the beach

Streetery Food Hall
Authentic Asian food hall with street stalls from Singapore and Hong Kong
Location: Cluster D, JLT
Cuisine: Asian
Average Cost for 2: AED 80 onwards
Licensed: No
Parking: JLT cluster parking
Ideal for: Asian street food in a fuss-free environment

Club Vista Mare
A strip of restaurants on the trunk of The Palm that take al fresco dining experience to a whole new level
Location: Palm Jumeirah
Cuisine: Multiple
Average Cost for 2: AED 260 onwards
Licensed: Yes
Parking: Free parking in Club Vista Mare
Ideal for: Al fresco seating, shisha terraces, cityscape views, and seven different restaurants to choose from

Akiba Dori
A foodhall-style indoor alleyway inspired by Akihabara
Location: Dubai Design District (d3)
Cuisine: Japanese, Pizza
Average Cost for 2: AED 250
Licensed: Yes
Parking: Free parking in d3
Ideal for: Those times you can’t decide whether you want pizza or sushi

The London Project
Secret garden-style restaurant that revolves around art, fashion, food and music
Location: Bluewaters Island
Cuisine: British
Average Cost for 2: AED 400
Licensed: Yes
Parking: Free basement parking at The Wharf
Ideal for: An immersive dining experience on Bluewaters Island

Brunswick Eatery, Bar, and Terrace
Social dining haven for those who love food
Location: Sheraton, Mall of the Emirates
Cuisine: International
Average Cost for 2: AED 280
Licensed: Yes
Parking: Free parking at Mall of the Emirates/ hotel valet
Ideal for: Great vibe, good time, and excellent food

Mohalla
Authentic home-cooked Indian cuisine with contemporary interiors
Location: Dubai Design District (d3)
Cuisine: Indian
Average Cost for 2: AED 180
Licensed: No
Parking: Free parking in d3
Ideal for: Authentic Indian street food with an insane breakfast menu

Skafos
Go-to place to relax and unwind as you watch boats and abras drift by
Location: Zabeel House by Jumeirah
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Average Cost for 2: AED 240
Licensed: Yes
Parking: Free basement parking
Ideal for: Sunset with shisha at the open-air terrace stretching out to the creek

carine
Mouth-watering selection of French-Mediterranean inspired dishes and unique cocktails
Location: Emirates Golf Club
Cuisine: French, Mediterranean
Average Cost for 2: AED 275
Licensed: Yes
Parking: Free parking in Emirates Golf Club
Ideal for: Brunch with fabulous views of the golf course framed by Dubai’s famous skyline

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