The Top 10 Restaurants On Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai

Sheikh Zayed Road [ © Y Nakanishi
Sheikh Zayed Road [ © Y Nakanishi | Flickr ]
Lavanya Nair

Sheikh Zayed Road holds a reputation for being the longest highway in the United Arab Emirates, not only spanning across the thriving metropolis that is Dubai, but a large portion of the country. The stretch which is present in Dubai is home to an array of acclaimed and lavish restaurants that truly embody the hospitable qualities the country is known for. Visit these 10 for a truly decadent dining experience.

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1. Nay Restaurant & Lounge

Restaurant, Middle Eastern, Lebanese, Mediterranean, Halal, Vegetarian, Vegan, Fast Food

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Nay, an Arabic wind instrument similar to a flute in structure, signifies the harmonious blend of Levantine cuisine with sleek and modern influences. Located at the renowned Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) in the Emirates Financial Towers, Nay caters to a plethora of preferences while boasting a divine menu, comprised of mouthwatering dishes that evoke the true essence of Lebanese culture and highlight the ingenious fusion of exotic spices and flavors. With the capacity to seat over 150 people, Nay offers the chance to dine on a chic terrace, overlooking the spectacular city. In addition, the exuberant hues of purples, blues and maroons, gracing the high ceilings and grand windows, add an element of sophistication and luxury to your meal along with the live entertainment and the distinctive fragrance of Shisha.

2. Pergolas Restaurant

Restaurant, Middle Eastern, Italian, Asian, Sushi, Halal

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Complete with a prolific buffet, Pergolas provides a comfortable and light dining experience within the confines of a sleek and elegant interior, expanding out into a spacious terrace that offers unrivaled views of the Al Marooj complex. Serving international cuisines, they offer exquisite delights. Savor a succulent cut of beef tenderloin swimming in a spicy pepper sauce accompanied by sauteed vegetables after having the privilege of watching it being prepared at the live cooking stations. Pergolas excels in redefining the meaning of extravagance and splendor.

3. Bento-Ya

Restaurant, Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian, Vegan

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Bento-Ya emulates the grace and integrity that Japan embodies through its delectable dishes and courteous hospitality. Ideal for those craving a wholesome bowl of ramen or itching to try some marinated eel, the restaurant endeavors to transport guests to Tokyo using their culinary prowess. One can truly experience an authentic interpretation of adored classics that include sushi and rice staples, along with an enviable collection of manga comics to peruse while waiting for your meal. With excellent service and a warm, rustic ambiance, Bento-Ya is the solution to any dining dilemma, without the exorbitant prices.

4. La Farine Café

Restaurant, French, European, Vegetarian, Fast Food

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Open for business 24/7, La Farine dazzles clientele with their traditional bread items, artfully poured barista coffee and a fine selection of authentic French cuisine. The award-winning establishment is based at the JW Marriott and prides itself on serving food of exemplary standards, be it an irresistible selection of homemade pastries, a range of boutique products imported from France, or beautiful hand-crafted cakes. It is said that the layout of a meal can influence the outcome of a night out. Therefore, let yourself be pampered and allow La Farine to make your culinary fantasies come to life.

5. Center Cut

Restaurant, Middle Eastern

Chicken Tikka
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What sets Center Cut apart from other restaurants is the ingenious monopolization of a certain beloved American dish, steaks. Open daily for dinner, Center Cut serves up juicy, prime cuts of beef (imported from the US and Australia) that are complemented by innovative condiments exclusive to the restaurant and paired with the finest selection of crisp wines. Guests have the pleasure of opting for a table on the outdoor terrace or inside where they can soak in the stylish and lavish decor.

6. Teatro

Restaurant, Middle Eastern, Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free

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The epitome of opulence, the Teatro restaurant entices visitors with its extensive arrangement of selections rooted from Japan, Italy, India and China. Housing a room dedicated to showcasing the best of spirits and wines, Teatro oozes charm and refinement, inviting you on a gastronomic adventure of the senses while featuring a teasing menu of delectable maki (pickled radish), zesty chicken tikka and gamberoni alla Griglia (jumbo prawns with chimichurri salsa and grilled artichokes).

Zenses

Situated at the Warwick hotel, this hidden gem of Dubai strives to deliver a slice of Asia through their impressive menu and decor. With the iconic Burj Khalifa in view, devour appetizing feasts fit for royalty that evoke feelings of familiarity and warmth; those two qualities will make you want to return to Zenses time and time again. Enjoy dishes rich with aromatic flavors, be it a miso soup or a chicken karaage. Bask in the wooden interiors of the restaurant that make for a casual yet elegant atmosphere, appropriate for intimate gatherings.

Address & telephone number: Sheikh Zayed Road, 117, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, +971 4 506 9636

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7. Wraps

Cafe, Restaurant, Hotel Restaurant, Middle Eastern, Coffee, Tea , Fast Food, Street Food

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The ideal place for a satisfying pick-me-up, this European-style cafe boasts wholesome California-style flour tortillas wrapped around a variety of fillings which are then grilled. Those feeling peckish can choose from an assortment of fresh salads and light snacks that are available throughout the day, along with a fine selection of beverages and pastries. Wraps is a great alternative to the more pricey establishments in the area.

8. Forty Four Bistro & Lounge

Bar, Bistro, Middle Eastern

Green Bean Stew
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Merging Belgian flavors with authentic French cuisine, Forty Four is located on the 44th floor of the Warwick Hotel, offering spectacular 360 degree views of the majestic city that is Dubai. Integrating the concept of savour faire into Middle Eastern culture, Forty Four provides a wide selection of tempting dishes, incredible wines and beers, imported from Belgium. Much like a tapas bar, the bistro aims to encourage guests to sample an array of dishes at once, hence broadening your horizons amidst the chic interiors hosting a pastel color palette, effectively neutralizing the atmosphere so as to not overpower the food. With amusing theme nights such as Ladies Nights on Tuesdays and Late Brunches on Fridays with live entertainment, the Forty Four Bistro acts as an excellent venue dripping with simplicity.

9. Flavours on Two

Restaurant, Middle Eastern, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free

Flavours on Two is a fresh, vibrant and modern dining venue, featuring richly selected buffets for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Reccurring dinner themes include Sizzling Salsa Sunday and Flavours from India, while the premium value beverage package is sure make the restaurant a favorite with you and your family. Highly regarded due to its impeccable and reputed standards, Flavours on Two is considered a leading culinary institution in Dubai. Dine with large groups and note the incandescent drop lights dotting the ceiling, coupled with abstract paintings, with depictions open to interpretation.
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