Elken: Dining at southern end of Marina
The southern (Jebel Ali) end of Dubai Marina is seeing retail becoming established, including cafes and restaurants. Previously the action has all been at the northern (Dubai) end.
If you're staying in one of the hotels or hotel apartments south of Dubai Marina Mall you now have several choices within a short walk for coffee, breakfast, lunch and dinner.
A new café/restaurant we've been using for morning coffee is Elken, and we've also had good reviews for its lunch and dinner.
It has a large inside area plus tables outside overlooking the marina.
Service is friendly and very good, the coffee and tea is very good and the bread and cakes (although we haven't tried them) look very good too.
The Noodle House: Asian at Souk Madinat Jumeirah
A large restaurant at Souk Madinat Jumeirah serving Asia, mainly Chinese, food.
There are menu pads on each table listing all the dishes - with helpful icons giving the level of spicyness - on which you tick the items you want.
Quality of the food is excellent, service is efficient, as it's part of a hotel complex alcohol is available.
Favorite Dish: Char Kway Teow, Crispy Chicken, Laksa.
Shanghai Chic: Quality Chinese
A good quality Chinese restaurant in Movenpick Ibn Battuta Gate hotel, offering traditional Cantonese and Shanghai dishes. The quality of the food can't be faulted and the restaurant design is quality too.
Service is a bit hit and miss and the restaurant is what so many restaurants think is intimate lighting but in reality is so dark it's hard to read the menu!
Favorite Dish: They have a fixed price menu from which you can select as many dishes as you want. It's based on the dim sum idea but with about thirty main courses as well as eight traditional dim sum dishes. The portions are somewhere between dim sum and main course size so you can happily order quite a few different dishes.
There are steamed and fried dim sum, soups, seafood, meat & poultry, rice & noodles, vegetables & bean curd plus desserts to choose from.
Price is Dh188 per person.
Dome @ Dubai Marina: Coffee & meals overlooking the marina
I like the coffee at Dome (an Australian coffee shop/restaurant chain) so it's one of my regular morning haunts.
It's a growimg chain and they have outlets around the city but I use two most often, in Madinat Jumeirah and at Dubai Marina.
The setting at Dubai Marina is stunning. It's right on the marina, overlooking the multi-million dollar yachts, surrounded by amazing towers, a promenade full of people wandering by, date palms...and in the afternoon and evening the exotic scent of shisha pipes in the air from the surrounding cafes.
There's a large outdoor area and a smaller indoor section.
The service (at all Dome cafes) is about the best in Dubai, friendly & efficient.
Favorite Dish: I go for the coffee in the mornings - and sometimes have a croissant, which are excellent and as good as any I've had in Dubai.
The selection of cakes is excellent too.
There's a good menu of dishes including salads, pasta, risotto, Asian, western dishes. We've tried most of them and all are excellent.
My particular favourite is Chicken Schnitzel, two large pieces of chicken with a breadcrumb & parmesan crust served with fried potato wedges and salad. My next choice is usually Club Sandwich, served with potato wedges.
Geina usually has Nasi Goreng, the classic Indonesian rice dish, Char Kway Teow, the classic Chinese noodle dish, Thai Chicken Curry or Garlic Prawns
TGI Fridays Dubai Marina Mall: A nice place
This branch is always cool and nice, not so crowded during lunch time when I visit, food usually comes on time and if you like wall decorations there ceeling is high wihc make more room for things to hang.
Good classical TGI Firdays food as usual, but of course you have to watch out for the big portions and calories.
Favorite Dish: I pick and choose and I order a diffrent thing each time.
ZAATAR w ZEIT: Don't Miss the FOOD COURT in DUBAI MALL
I was looking for authenic and reasonable price food in the food court of the largest mall in Dubai. I found one of the freshest wholesome goodness in every bite. They have everything from fresh salads, sandwiches and wraps, pizza. Everything is baked right there and the taste is superb
Favorite Dish: HALLOUMI and beef bacon in a specially wrap. 30 AEDRelated to:
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SUPER BURGER: Simple fresh food
A simple place that makes and display their fresh food made. You can get a Burger, or shawarma. Even grill chicken with traditional pita bread made fresh down the road. They make sandwich wraps, hummus and even hot dogs. On top of that you can get a variety of fruit shakes or smoothies.
Favorite Dish: BBQ chicken on the spit with pita bread and fries 25 diers for a complete mealRelated to:
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Luciano's: Our favourite Italian
In a beautiful location next to the garden pool at Habtoor Grand hotel in Dubai Marina.
I've eaten Italian food around the world - including Italy - and the food at Luciano's is as good as it gets, in my opinion. The osso bucco is the best I've ever eaten. I heard an Italian diner at the next table tell the waiter the pizza was the best he'd ever had.
A great atmosphere, live music every evening (except Monday) and a choice of eating outdoor or in the covered outdoor area, or inside.
Favorite Dish: Packed with mixed seafood, the seafood risotto is excellent, as are the osso bucco with saffron risotto and spaghetti carbonara.
I like a glass of Australian cabernet sauvignon with my meal, it's AED40 (US$11) a glass.
AOC Brasserie: Themed buffet dinner
A typical hotel all-day dining restaurant, although the hotel calls it a 'French Brasserie'.
The quality and the range of food is excellent and the staff are generally friendlier, more relaxed and interact more with the customers than in most hotels
They offer (slightly) themed dinner buffets in which the majority of the dishes are international with a handful of the theme region's dishes. For example, Arabic evenings have an additional display of Arabic starters, two Arabic main dishes in addition to the international dishes and the dessert display is international with Umm Ali, dates and Arabic sweets added.
Favorite Dish: There is such a wide range of dishes, all of top quality, that it's impossible to pick favourites.
Sicilia: Sicilian cuisine
This has become one of our favourite Italian resaturants. Although it's in a five-star hotel it's a relaxed, casual restaurant claiming to serve simple home-style cooking.
It's obviously a bit more than that but it's certainly not over-the-top, pretentious food that too many hotels serve up.
The chef is Italian and the large number of Italian customers indicates the food is authentic.
The food is a little different from the usual Italian restaurant offerings and with a wood-fired pizza oven, a range of pastas (home made), fish and meat dishes there's something for everyone.
Favorite Dish: Geina likes the unusual vegetable risotto, which is perfectly cooked al dente and surprisingly tasty. I like the tagliatelle with duck ragout & salted ricotta. Also very tasty are braised wagyu beef cheek and rack of NZ lamb.
A glass of cabernet sauvignon goes down very well with the food and is AED40 ($14).
Talk Restaurant & Lounge: Themed buffets.
On the second floor of Movenpick Jumeirah Beach hotel, Talk has themed dinner buffets each evening.
It's a bit of an awkward layout, with the food sections dotted seemingly at random around the very large restaurant. It's easy to miss some of the sections, so take time to walk around before you start, to check where everything is located.
There's a big choice of starters, main courses, which vary of course with the theme but always include a live seafood cooking station, and a wide variety of desserts.
The food is excellent quality and price is less than similar buffets in five-star hotels, at AED165/$45 per person including mineral water and soft drinks. If you want to add alcohol to the package the price is AED225/$61 per person.
Favorite Dish: I particularly like Sunday evenings, which have British roast as the theme, with roast beef, roast leg of lamb, roast chicken and the usual trimmings of Yorkshire Pudding, roast potatoes and various vegetables.
Mazina: Top quality, great value buffet
Like so many restaurants in modern hotels the interior design is a strange mish-mash of designs that clash with each other. But it's big, airy, with plenty of space between tables and a number of cooking stations. We've only been at the weekends for buffet lunch and it's excellent.
The price (AED220/$60) includes mineral water, soft drinks, coffee.
Favorite Dish: The main feature for me is the range of roast meats, including pork, beef, lamb, chicken, all absolute top quality and perfectly cooked. There's also a good choice of freshly-cooked Asian dishes, Arabic foods, and a big range of starters and desserts.
Rococo: Italian fine dining
A fine dining restaurant in the five-star Sofitel at The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai Marina.
It claims to be Italian, although most of the dishes are not Italian at all. There's a small but varied menu, excellent ingredients but spoilt by the pretentious style...the so-called deconstructed food style, painting pictures with small amounts of food on an oversize plate - and decorating food with slivers of gold leaf as they did with the osso bucco is very eighties!
Service is excellent.
Favorite Dish: The menu changes regularly and many of the dishes disappear, so I can only report some that we've had in the past. Although I cringe at the pretentiousness of gold leaf slivers on it, the osso bucco was excellent. I also enjoyed chicken stuffed with mozarella & sundried tomatoes and crispy pork belly but while the meat was top quality it was spoilt by the way the chef treated the vegetables.
Aquara: Top views, top food
I guess the view is the main attraction, as even the restaurant's own website description begins: "With a backdrop of the shimmering lights of Dubai Marina and the enduring fascination of yachts laying peacefully at their mornings...".
It is a stunning view, especially after sunset and to get the best from it you should book a table on the outdoor terrace.
The menu is mainly seafood, with an Asian influence to many dishes, but there are also some meat dishes. What we've had has been absolutely top quality ingredients.
Having said that, in my opinion it's too expensive, especially as after paying AED150 or so for the fish/meat you may want to add potatoes or vegetables and they'll cost you another AED20 or 30. A bottle of mineral water is an outrageous AED34.
Variety at Dubai Marina
If you're staying in New Dubai, maybe on the hotel strip along Jumeirah Beach, one of Dubai's amazing huge new developments you should visit for food is Dubai Marina. It has the largest concentration of restaurants in Dubai and especially in the evenings and at weekends it's buzzing with activity.
On the beach side of the marina is The Walk, a string of cafes & restaurants extending more than one kilometre. Then across one of the bridges to the other side of the marina is the first part of Dubai Marina to be completed, confusingly named Marina Walk, which also has a huge range of eating places, from cafes & restaurants to ice cream.
Sheesha is available at many of the restaurants and cafes in Marina Walk.
There's a choice of outdoor or indoor tables, and the choice includes a growing number of Arabic restaurants, Thai, Indian, Chinese, Iranian, Pakistani, Japanese, Italian, South African, seafood, international, Starbucks, Costa Coffee, Baskin Robbins ice cream...and the list is growing all the time as new places open.
We haven't been to them all of course but I've written Tips about individual restaurants that we have tried.
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