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Top 11 new restaurants to watch out for // April 2018

This month’s openings span between local, homegrown cafes to 3-Michelin-star concepts

Looking for fresh restaurant recommendations? Here are the 11 best openings that passed the test this month:

1. Asia de Cuba

Asia de Cuba already has successful branches in New York, London, and Abu Dhabi

What: Trendy Chino Latino bar and restaurant that promises a “carnival-like atmosphere” set across two levels
Where: The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
Cuisine: Latin & Asian fusion
What to order: Beetpica Tartare, Empanadas, Miso Glazed Seabass
Price for 2: AED 320

2. Luigia

The opening of Luigia in the city brings the chain’s global total to five – with restaurants across Switzerland

What: Boasting “authentic Italian home cooking”, Luigia offers a lengthy menu with plenty of tasty sounding pizzas, all cooked in the specially built Neapolitan wood-fired oven
Where: Rixos Premium JBR
Cuisine: Italian
What to order: Pomodorino Piennolo pizzas
Price for 2: AED 250

3. Morimoto

Morimoto is celebrity Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s first venture in UAE

What: Contemporary Japanese menu that infuses traditional dishes with Western ingredients and preparation techniques
Where: Renaissance Downtown Hotel
Cuisine: Japanese
What to order: Hamachi Tacos, Maki Rolls
Price for 2: AED 650

4. Pastryology

Mina Rashid is becoming a go-to place for residents looking to grab a quick bite or cup of coffee by the sea

What: This hidden gem’s main focus is on carefully handcrafted desserts and specialty coffee
Where: Marina Cubes, Mina Rashid Port
Cuisine: Cafe, Bakery
What to order: White Rose Bitezilla, S’mores Hot Chocolate
Price for 2: AED 100

5. Ninive

The restaurant’s name is derived from Nineveh, the ancient city which housed the Hanging Gardens of Babylon

What: A garden and a contemporary urban majlis, Ninive is a Middle Eastern restaurant and lounge in the heart of Dubai
Where: Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
What to order: Afternoon tea, Shisha, Tagine
Price for 2: AED 300

6. GIA

The menu at GIA Dubai is created by Tuscan-born chef Tommaso Gonfiantini

What: GIA’s dishes are a combination of traditional Italian cuisine with a modern twist, focusing on fresh ingredients, some directly imported from Italy
Where: Dubai Mall Fashion Avenue Extension
Cuisine: Italian
What to order: Salt-baked Seabass, Chicken Cacciatora
Price for 2: AED 300

7. Soho Garden

Soho Garden is a mix of dining, poolside and nightlife experiences

What: Soho Garden delivers quintessential style along with vibrant cuisine and unique cocktails in the heart of Meydan’s vibrant district
Where: Meydan Hotel, Nad Al Sheba
Cuisine: American
What to order: Potato Souffle, Bean Burger
Price for 2: AED 300

8. Carine

Having already created a name for himself at The Lighthouse, La Serre, and La Petite Maison, the chef has now opened carine as a tribute to his wife Carine

What: Chef Izu’s newest restaurant is filled with all of his wife Carine’s personal favorites – from freshly-baked breads inspired by the bakery she used to work in Northern France, to Mediterranean specialties
Where: Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills
Cuisine: French, Mediterranean
What to order: Harissa Prawns, Passionfruit Cheesecake
Price for 2: AED 200

9. The Fish House

The Fish House prides itself of delivering an authentic dining experience, accompanied by a social and warm atmosphere

What: The Fish House carefully caters to individual palettes through a personalized cooking process of daily catch, delivering a genuine and honest dining venture
Where: Intercontinental Festival City
Cuisine: Seafood
What to order: Personalized Fish, Tahini Cheesecake
Price for 2: AED 250

10. Homestead

Homestead at The Yard Dubai promises to serve up delicious artisanal breads and pastries in a laidback setting

What: This newly-opened eatery mixes Emirati, Indian and Persian flavors, along with some popular international dishes from the West
Where: Last Exit, Al Khawaneej
Cuisine: Emirati, Indian
What to order: Emirati Biryani, Desserts
Price for 2: AED 200

11. Pierre’s

World famous chef Pierre Gagnaire’s Dubai restaurant overlooks Dubai Creek

What: Threee Michelin-starred chef Pierre Gagnaire’s new venture offers a chic bistro experience that draws inspiration from ‘simple, fresh ingredients’
Where: InterContinental Dubai Festival City
Cuisine: French
What to order: Parmesan and Rosemary Madeleines, Lobster Tortellini
Price for 2: AED 400

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