A tasting menu at Shanghai Chic every night features beautifully presented dishes from dim sum to Peking duck.
OUR VERDICT We loved the bottomless food and generous drinks service.
DON’T MISS The crispy prawn starter.
● Dh188-Dh288, Movenpick Ibn Battuta Gate, 04 444 5613
Thursday and Friday nights at The D at McGettigan’s feature a down-to-earth buffet with a lively atmosphere.
OUR VERDICT Relaxed and friendly with the best roast in town. Expect all the regulars – such as roast beef, roast potatoes, gravy and yummy desserts.
DON’T MISS The Yorkshire puddings.
● Dh299, DWTC, 04 378 0808
Thursday nights at Imperium feature dishes inspired by French regional gourmet cooking.
OUR VERDICT Elegant and sophisticated decor, with a warm bustling vibe – especially on the outdoor terrace area. Great service, lovely atmosphere and some of the best food in town.
DON’T MISS The foie gras, the moules, the escargots and the rabbit stew.
● Dh250-Dh375, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, 04 453 0444
Laid-back and social
Sharing starter platters, à la carte mains and generous dessert platters at Reform Social & Grill every Friday night.
OUR VERDICT Good modern-European gastropub grub and friendly service.
DON’T MISS The crispy fish and chips.
● Dh230-Dh350, The Lakes, 04 454 2638
Hip and trendy
Every Thursday there’s a barbecue on the Story Rooftop Lounge terrace alongside a Peruvian buffet and drinks package.
OUR VERDICT Chilled-out post-work atmosphere – hip music in a cool bar environment. Food-wise, think guacamole and spicy marinaded meat.
DON’T MISS The succulent grilled prawns – and the Caipiroska cocktails!
● Dh149-Dh299, Media City, 04 365 9911
Thursday night is seafood night at Ballaro’s sixth-floor garden terrace.
OUR VERDICT With all the ocean favourites in a buffet layout, it’s great for a relaxed evening outside. Delicious yet simple food and friendly service.
DON’T MISS Catch of the day; it’s practically straight from the net.
● Dh250-Dh325, Conrad Dubai, 04 444 7111
Girls’ night out
Kanpai’s Friday night brunch has a set menu starring miso soup, bento boxes, sushi, mains and desserts, with reordering possible on all courses.
OUR VERDICT Just like the quirky-but-cool servers, it’s trendy yet friendly with good-quality Japanese-fusion food.
DON’T MISS The mouthwatering Nile perch main course.
● Dh395, Souk Al Bahar, 04 441 9262
For lobster lovers
Friday night is lobster night at Seagrill On 25º; pick your fresh crustacean and let the chefs know how you like it done.
OUR VERDICT Gorgeous venue with a stunning outdoor terrace and fab views. A great spot for a cosy intimate supper.
DON’T MISS Funnily enough, the lobster.
● From Dh350, Fairmont The Palm, 04 457 3388 one to take your parents to
The Friday night package at Legends features buffet starters and desserts alongside a selection of à la carte mains from the international-steakhouse menu.
OUR VERDICT We loved the view of the water and the table-service mains; no interruption to the conversation.
DON’T MISS A spot on the terrace to get the best of the Creek breeze.
● From Dh250, Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, 04 295 6000
Impress your visitors
Fridays are the table-service Sunset Brunch at Pure Sky Lounge. There’s an eclectic menu of tasty bites and a fantastic view of the ocean – but be on time to catch the sun going down.
OUR VERDICT Chic menu and delicate dishes with an outstanding view from the 35th floor.
DON’T MISS The creamy burrata starter.
● Dh375, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, 04 374 7888