Make a list and check it twice…

There’s no denying that we live in a city that loves to eat. From pocket-change falafel to seven-course degustations, Dubai has dining options in surplus.

We’re not complaining at all. In fact, we’re thrilled about it, which means the imminent return of the Dubai Food Festival is great news around here.

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Here are our top picks for the February 22 – March 10 event.

Fine dining, fine prices


Within the festival, Dubai Restaurant Week runs from February 22 until March 3, and gives us all the chance to try some of the city’s best spots without spending up large. Fine dining restaurants like folly by Nick & Scott, Scape at the Burj Al Arab, Rockfish and Bread Street Kitchen are offering set menus for Dhs199 per person. Ideal, if you ask us. Check out all the restaurants here.

Take it back a step

If you’re keen on knowing where your food comes from, you’ll love this. Chef John Buenaventura, of Business Bay favourite Cuisinero Uno, will take you on a tour of the restaurant’s greenhouse, letting you behind the scenes. The event is called The Urban Farm and runs Friday afternoons from February 23 to March 9. Full details here. Hey, if it’s good enough for HH Sheikh Hamdan…

Find some hidden gems

There’s nothing quite so satisfying as finding an off-the-radar spot, and now you can try 10 of them. Voted for by the public, the festival’s Hidden Gems list includes spots like Fish Hut in Oud Metha, Wooden Cellar in Sports City, and That Place Cafe in Jumeirah. Better yet, for one night each, they’re offering meals for Dhs25. It’s hard to say no to that. You can find the full list (and when each is on special) over here.

Sit at the chef’s table

Fans of Details over hereBleu Blanc in the Renaissance Downtown will want to be making some calls about now. Celebrity chef David Myers will be spending a few days behind his restaurant’s grill counter, sharing stories of his travels and his varied career. Pair that up with a three-course meal, and you’ve got a love evening on your hands. It’s Dhs350 per person and runs from February 22-24. .

Taste it all

Now in its 11th year, Taste of Dubai will take over the Media City Amphitheatre from March 8-10. Expect music, live demonstrations from top chefs, and the chance to try some of the city’s best dishes in one place. Outstanding. Full details here, tickets start at Dhs55.

Hit the beach

beach canteen

Throughout the whole festival, the beach behind Sunset Mall in Jumeirah will be taken over by food trucks, music and sports activities. Go when you’re hungry and try a few things, we say, or maybe you can work up a bit of an attitude with a spot of stand-up paddle boarding. The Etisalat Beach Canteen has been popular since its first appearance in 2014, and we don’t think this year will be any different. Check out some more information here.

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