15 November 2018Last updated

Dine out

7 of the best new outdoor venues

Balmy breezes, stunning views... there’s a host of new places to dine al fresco this month

1 Feb 2016 | 12:00 am
  • Lakeview, Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club.


Down by the water

Where Lakeview, Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club

The low-down You couldn’t find a lovelier spot for an afternoon lunch with the family. Overlooking the Creek and a golf course, Lakeview offers a relaxed, leisurely dining experience. Sharing platters of nachos, various curry options, fish and chips, steaks and other standard (but tasty) pub grub hit the right spot with adults and kids alike. And there is a
big grassy bank next to the terrace where kids can let off steam while the adults kick back and enjoy the view. Around Dh160 for an adult-sized starter and a main. 04 295 6000

Girls’ night out

Where Treehouse, Taj Dubai

The low-down Don’t be fooled by the name; there’s nothing remotely childish about this seriously upmarket al fresco lounge bar (with prices to match). There’s an extensive beverage menu, a limited small plates food menu – but one with incredibly tasty options – and quite possibly one of the best views in Business Bay. The terrace looks out over Downtown, with Burj Khalifa rising majestically in the middle. Definitely one for a special night out with the girls. Around Dh80 for a small dish. 04 438 3100

One for date night

Where China Grill terrace, The Westin

The low-down Twinkly lights, minimalist decor, a backdrop of stunning skyscrapers against the night sky; this one’s a winner for a romantic dinner à deux. The menu is sharing-style Asian fusion, with beautifully presented delicacies such as maki rolls, vegetable pot-stickers and calamari on the small plates list, and phenomenal big-hitters including black cod on the mains. We loved the grilled garlic prawns – huge, meaty crustaceans surrounded by black linguine and a rich red curry sauce – and the flourless chocolate cake as a perfect ending.
Around Dh250 for a starter and a main. 04 511 7333

Upmarket chic

Where Culinary Boutique, Jumeirah Road

The low-down Every aspect of this stylish eatery whispers class: the tasteful decor, discreet staff, gourmet menu and intimate atmosphere. Owned by a woman who’s passionate about food, it’s a must-visit. It’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and serves an eclectic menu covering a range of tastes. We loved the egg white soufflé and couldn’t get enough of the mini doughnuts. Bag a table on the upper terrace and you’ll even get a view of Burj Khalifa through the trees. Around Dh180 for a starter and a main. 04 345 0023

A special occasion 

Where Hakkasan, Emirates Towers

The low-down With its wooden terrace and lush greenery, this one feels like a mini-escape to (lively) tranquillity, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. We loved everything on the menu, but if you’re after small bites, the dim sum platter is to die for. A wonderfully elegant, peaceful and upmarket option. Around Dh300 for a starter and a main. 04 384 8484

On the dark side

Where Noir, Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates

The low-down Did we just step into a New York bar in the 1920s? Sleek woodwork, clever lighting and a roaring fire on the terrace are perfect for a Dubai winter evening. A simple but super-tasty tapas menu, featuring delicacies such as prawn-filled squid with tomato salsa, and a wide range of drinks crafted by mixologists made this a top night out for us. Around Dh160 for a starter and a main. 04 409 5222

The Italian job

Where Trattoria Toscana, Madinat Jumeirah

The low-down Turquoise water, abras, a happy holiday vibe... who doesn’t love the Madinat? And Trattoria Toscana’s food is equally impressive – carpaccio, squid-ink risotto, seafood, truffle oil pizza, osso buco, pastas... But leave room for the chocolate lava cake, which is so sinfully good that sharing is simply not an option. Around Dh180 for a starter and a main. 04 366 5866