5 of my favourite Dubai restaurants

This month marks four years since we left our lives in Dubai. It’s gone by in a blink of an eye!

As Dubai begins to open up again after the COVID-19 lockdown, and friends on Facebook start posting photos of ladies nights, pool days and various other activities it led me on a nostalgic trip down memory lane.

Arriving in Dubai with only one child, (and leaving with two), meant we were much more flexible around being able to get a babysitter and head out for dinner, drinks, or even brunches with friends. Allowing for some wonderful adult only company, delicious food, and that all important grapes or hops.

But how do you choose where to go?

With multiple award winning Dubai restaurants, serving all manner of cuisine, how do you know which is best? Which will tickle the itch that needs to be scratched.

SquareMeal has the answer. A comprehensive listing of restaurants in and around Dubai, complete with ways you can book (listing phone numbers and online booking websites!) it truly is the Yellow Pages of modern day eateries.

But now if you were looking for recommendations of our favourite places to dine when we lived there. Well you’ve come to the right place.

Reform Social and Grill

When we first moved to Dubai we lived in an area called the Greens, and within walking distance was this little gem in the Lakes.

A true carbon copy of the quintessential British gastropub, this child friendly, outdoor beer garden, breakfast, lunch and dinner, pub had something for everyone. A particular favourite was walking up and having a belly busting sausage sandwich washed down with a fresh squeezed green apple juice.

Nobu, Atlantis

When you crave sushi where else would you head other than the infamous Nobu, situated in the Atlantis Hotel.

Pierchic, Al Qasr

When we got a little fancy and treated ourselves to this beautiful restaurant situated at the end of the pier at the Jumeirah Al Qasr Hotel, quite literally Pierchic.

A stunning setting matched by stunning food with a strong focus on fresh, delicious seafood.

You won’t be disappointed.

Amal, Burj Khalifa

Our very first date night in Dubai, and the most money (at the time) we’d ever spent on a meal out, was at Amal. The luxury Indian restaurant situated in Burj Khalifa with stunning views over the iconic Dubai Fountains.

The fabulous terrace means you can pop outside and watch the fountains dance to the music before taking your seats for a sumptuous feast of mouthwateringly, perfectly spiced, bites.


Named after legendary Scottish golfer Colin Montgomerie, this gem can be found at the 18th hole of one of Dubai’s premier golf clubs.

Serving international cuisine all throughout the day, there is something for every palate from your youngest diner to your oldest.

This was a particular favourite to take my mum to whenever she came out to visit. And indeed, was my middle child’s first trip to a restaurant at weeks old!

Wherever tickles your fancy – be sure to check it out first on SquareMeal, with reviews, hygiene ratings and making it especially easy to book you’d be a fool not too!

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