The 10 Best Restaurants In Bur Dubai

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Photo of Lavanya Nair
9 February 2017

Here is our list of the ten best restaurants in the Dubai’s Bur Dubai district, covering a range of different cuisines from Japanese to Mediterranean and Indian to Brazilian.

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A delightful blend of epicurean treats and traditional Portuguese flavors, Picante offers up myriad elaborate dishes that are guaranteed to make you return for more. The art of Portuguese cuisine has been self-propagated in the Middle East, resulting in popular trends like the piri-piri style of cooking meats. This restaurant, situated near the Emirates Kart Zone and Flamingo Billiards, provides an outlet for those craving a unique blend of spices along with a touch of culture. The rustic décor uses wood as its main theme, setting the scene for a modern and casual ambiance. Experiment with a pan-fried octopus cake or bask in the serene atmosphere while sipping a glass of crisp sangria or white wine. With most ingredients such as seafood being sourced from Portugal, you along with friends and family can expect a truly authentic meal.

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Antique Bazaar Restaurant

This restaurant strives to produce a marvelous compilation of Indian recipes. Ideal for the health-conscious as well as strict vegetarians, the restaurant is located near the Thai Elite Spa. Sample from a range of thalis, dosas and vadas (the latter is made from rice batter and lentils) as well as a hearty biriyani. A perfect venue to stop and devour an appetizing meal which can indoctrinate your tastebuds into Indian cuisine. The interiors are graced with extraordinary draperies, intricately hung in order to give the restaurant a palatial feel so one truly feels like royalty. This award winning restaurant is renowned for its exquisite treats including its tandoori marinades as well as its desserts such as gulab jamuns, fried batter balls served in a sugar syrup.

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This is a restaurant that resides at the Hilton Dubai Resort and endeavors to produce a traditional yet modern interpretation of Italian cuisine and culture. An award-winning restaurant, BiCE is one of the most authentic Italian restaurants in Dubai with an elegant yet sophisticated decor to set the mood. It is also one of the few restaurants that offers live entertainment in the form of a pianist. The menu includes a range of signature dishes such as the ricotta & spinach tortellini with a rich white truffle sauce. Treat yourself to a variety of shellfish and be sure to sample the earthy tiramisu to round off your meal.

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The Farm

A series of fresh and heavenly dishes belonging to a plethora of cuisines is created here and served in an airy, al-fresco setting. This is the place to go for the nourishment of both mind and soul where customers can opt for refreshing salads while appreciating the lush vegetation surrounding the restaurant. You can visit after spoiling yourself at the Global Village, should you require a relaxing brunch or beverage. Many would express that a disadvantage of dining at a restaurant is the fact that the meals are fixed. However, at The Farm, one has the ability to handpick certain ingredients while perusing the menu. The option to add or delete ingredients makes this ideal for those with allergies or children who may have picky tastes.

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Overlooking the Dubai Skyline and creek, QD’s is a fast paced establishment designed to satisfy your hunger with top quality snacks and drinks. With trance-like music echoing in the background, sit back and witness the wonders of Dubai, as the Dhow cruise is sure to make an appearance. For those who are adamant on instant gratification, QD’s serves your food quickly and efficiently, so while you’re enjoying a freshly prepared lemon and mint juice, look forward to signature delights typical of the Middle East. For instance, the shisha may be sampled as well as variations of beloved dishes such as pizza. With it being surrounded by luxurious tourist attractions like the Amara Spa, QD’s is the perfect pit stop for any insatiable traveler.

Address & telephone number: Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 97142956000

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La Serre

The pristine La Serre is comprised of a traditional Parisian boulangerie on the ground floor and a bistro on the first floor. The restaurant is a social hub serving its customers from dawn to late evening. Home to fresh bread and sumptuous pastries, you can unwind in a shaded terrace as if you were in France. A majestic staircase leads upstairs to the Bistro which comes complete with a cocktail bar and a spacious seating area, enabling customers to overlook the boulevard. La Serre accommodates all preferences and the Chef’s Table, an ornate room suitable for 12, allows guests an intimate insight into the makeup and atmosphere of the kitchen. With a Mediterranean cuisine on offer, indulge in a yellow rail carpaccio or a velvety chocolate eclair to tantalize your taste buds.

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The captivating marine life of the Ambassador Lagoon provides the backdrop for Ossiano, an award winning restaurant which is noted for its unique dining experience. One can enjoy scenery of a grandiose aquarium while appreciating the delectable and modern avant garde cuisine. It’s the perfect venue for any occasion, be it a birthday, party or a simple family gathering. Expect impeccable service as well as bonus services, including the waitstaff clicking your photo and subsequently presenting it to you in a beautiful frame. The Amuse Bouche consists of eight courses meaning you will always have a snack to munch on while being in awe of the incredible sea life that is on show.

Address & telephone number: Crescent Road | Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, +971 4 426 2626

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‘Tomo’ translates from Japanese to ‘long time friend.’ Owner and chef Takahashi chose the phrase to be his restaurant’s namesake, intending it to be a place where good friends and family go to eat. The magic of Japanese cuisine is promoted widely in the Middle East, so Tomo is home to multiple dishes with roots in Japan. From yakitori to shabu shabu, the intricately tailored menu will leave you spoiled for choice. Tomo is the ideal dinner solution after an adventurous day at the KM Trading Centre or playing mini golf. Elements from both Western and Japanese cultures are incorporated as people can either be seated in regular chairs or kneel in specially designed furniture.

Address & telephone number: Wafi City | Raffles Hotel, Dubai 31348, United Arab Emirates, +971 4 3577888

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If authentic, spicy Korean delicacies are what you’re after, then Mannaland will not disappoint with its innovative take on dishes from Seoul. The reasonably priced meals range from bibimbap to kimchi to various stews. Only a stone’s throw away from the Thai Elite Spa, tuck in to a wholesome and flavorful dish such as naengmyeon (cold buckwheat noodles) to cool your body down from the sweltering heat. Mannaland offers traditional floor seating along with conventional Korean mats, both cultural elements from Korea that have been adopted here to improve the restaurant’s visual aesthetic and the ambiance. The decor appears to have been inspired by Van Gogh’s creations, adding a touch of Western culture, culminating in a modern and peaceful atmosphere.

Address & telephone number: Mina Road | Satwa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 97143451300

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The exuberant motifs and styles that the Brazilians are known for have been combined with a touch of class and elegance to present Frevo, a Latin American restaurant situated in the Fairmont Hotel that is bound to mark the perfect end to a night out with friends or family. As one of the city’s only authentic Brazilian churrascarias, Frevo is for those in the mood for good quality meals. Marvel at the interactive cooking experience as chefs masterfully carve succulent cuts of beef, pork and chicken at the table. Frevo also features a large collection of unusual yet refreshing beverages such as cachaça (a distilled beverage made of sugar cane) based cocktails. One may enjoy a world famous caipirinha whilst swinging and swaying to the live music playing each night that encompasses the upbeat vibrant tempo of Brazilian carnivals and culture.

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