If there is one thing that unites people across the globe, it's food. And when it comes to food, Dubai is no short of heaven.
An amalgamation of different cultures and cuisines – there is something for everyone in Dubai.
While the city does not have its own Michelin Guide, it does house some of the most well-recognized restaurants in the world, run by restauranteurs who came up with a unique idea that the people loved.
Here are our top picks from the uber-chic restaurants in Dubai:
Billionaire Mansion & Sumosan (by Sanjeev Nanda)
Billionaire Mansion & Sumosan is just as luxe as its name. The brainchild of hospitality maven Sanjeev Nanda, the restaurant is housed on the first floor of the Taj Dubai.
It is not just somewhere to eat but also a destination for amazing views, electric ambiance, stunning décor, and an unforgettable gastronomical experience.
What makes the restaurant class apart is not just the sensual experience it offers to the guests but also the culinary marvel that comes in the form of a dual menu that provides the best Italian and Japanese cuisines.
Having hosted Hollywood celebs like Robert DeNiro, Will Smith, and Naomi Campbell, Billionaire Mansion & Sumosan certainly puts the 'fine' in fine dining.
Nathan Outlaw at Al Mahara (by Nathan Outlaw)
Celebrity Chef Nathan Outlaw has created heaven for seafood lovers with his restaurant. Situated at Al Mahara, the place offers one of Dubai's best culinary experiences.
The ambiance is also something to look forward to – it's not every day that one can dine within a vast aquarium. The food accentuates the simplicity of flavors by letting the finest ingredients speak for themselves.
La Petite Maison (by Arjun Waney)
'A riot of flavours' best defines the food at La Petite Maison. Located in Dubai International Financial Centre, the restaurant was started by entrepreneur Arjun Waney to acquaint the city with the old Genoese cuisine.
What makes the food at La Petite Maison is that the Mediterranean restaurant generously uses local produce such as artichokes, courgettes, girolles, olives, peppers, and tomatoes with fresh pasta.
Seafood and meat create light and healthy dishes without compromising the taste.
Nobu Dubai (by Nobuyuki Matsuhisa)
Started by Japanese celebrity chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, Nobu Dubai is housed at the Atlantis Hotel.
The restaurant specializes in fusion cuisine – creating unique dishes by combining the best Japanese and Arabic cooking styles.
The menu also retains some of the classics by the globally renowned chef, such as the yellowtail topped with thin slices of jalapeño and the legendary seared black cod served with sweet miso sauce.
The serene ambience, with private areas best suited for more intimate gatherings.
The restaurant not just redefines Japanese cuisine but lets the guest be a part of the revolutionary idea by allowing them to learn the secrets behind this globally acclaimed restaurant chain.