When you see the vast range of restaurants available in Dubai, you may find yourself tempted never to eat at home again. The range of prices is almost as diverse as the range of cuisines on offer. You can find delicious authentic food in small restaurants and cafes tucked away in the backstreets of different neighborhoods in the city. At the other end of the scale, you can also sample the gastronomic delights on offer in restaurants owned by world-famous chefs. As you travel from restaurant to restaurant, you can journey from India, to South East Asia, to Europe, the Americas and back to the Middle East. The choice is endless.
The most popular top restaurants can be classified as:
- International Dining
- Lebanese/Middle Eastern
Most of these restaurants are attached to five-star hotels as this is how they are able to obtain a license to serve alcohol.
People in Dubai dine later than in some other parts of the world. Most restaurants serve evening food from 7.30 – 10.00 pm with restaurants in hotels often staying open even later than that. Lunch is typically served between 11.30 am and 3.00 pm. An exception to this are the very popular Friday brunches. These are extravagant buffet lunches which can last from late morning until early evening. There are many Friday brunches in the city. Some are family friendly and some are not. Prices vary depending on the restaurant and whether or not alcohol is included.
It is a good idea to book in advance for the more exclusive restaurants. You can contact the hotel it is attached to directly. Time Out Dubai (http://www.timeoutdubai.com) carries extensive listings of popular restaurants.
The dress code for most restaurants is smart casual. People in Dubai like to dress down almost as much as they like to dress up. You will see a wide mix of different styles of dress and different levels of formality. This normally comes down to personal preference.