Six Places To Eat Outdoors You Must Try Before It Gets Too Hot!
Dining out is a favourite pastime in Dubai, and doing it al fresco is something we should all make the most of before we hibernate for summer. Yeah, we still can't believe that's a 'thing' either. With spectacular views wherever you go, it's a crime not to take advantage of some of these restaurants with unbeatable outdoor ambience.
The Farm, Al Barari
The Farm at Al Barari is one of the most picturesque, and decidedly 'un-Dubai' places in town. Located out in what feels like the middle of nowhere, it's full of snaking green walkways and lush plantations. In amongst all this, is a beautiful restaurant, which serves up delicious sea bass fillet (AED160) as their signature dish, however the honey-glazed trio of duck (AED165) is also incredible.
Boardwalk restaurant by Dubai Creek
This place still remains a bit of an undiscovered gem, given its location away from the usual hustle and bustle down by Dubai Creek. It's far from rustic though, the slick nautical interior gives way to a stunning decked terrace, which looks out of Dubai from a different part of town than you're used to. The lobster spaghetti is life changing here (AED155) and comes served simply, with just garlic, cherry tomatoes and a secret mixed seafood sauce. Genuinely, it is one of the tastiest things in the city.
Pierchic, part of Jumeirah's Madinat development, needs little introduction. It is perhaps one of the swankiest restaurants in town, and yes, the prices do reflect that. However, it has to be on your UAE bucket list. Where else would you sit on a stylish jetty and enjoy haute cuisine? We highly recommend the roasted yellow tail (AED275) which comes with celery root, green apple and black truffle sauce. And yes, when you're spending that much on dinner – you're allowed to Instagram it. Just make sure you get some of the scenery, too.
If you're in the mood for some posh pizza, then Bussola at the Westin is your vibe. Enjoy authentic Italian cuisine such as the speck and gorgonzola pizza (AED80), which is wood fired, crispy, and beyond delicious. With a gentle sea breeze, stunning views of the palm and the ocean, as well as the feeling like you're in your own little tree house, an evening here really could not get any better.
Bu Qtair Fish Shack
If you've not been to Bu Qtair just off Jumeirah Beach road (most commonly known as the Fish Shack) then you really need to reassess your life. What used to be a little room – hence the shack – serving mouthwatering fresh catch has now moved over the road into a bigger premise with indoor seating too, as customers used to just sit by the side of the road chowing down. However, outside really is the best way to be here, even if it is on fancier seats than the plastic stools we were used to. The menu is dependent on what has been reeled in that day, but a portion of marinated and fried hammour ranges from AED40-90 depending how many mouths you have to feed. This really is the cheapest, and most delicious, way to spend a night under the stars in Dubai.
For a fancy take on al fresco, head to the recently refurbished Karma Kafe, which is situated on the first floor of Souk Al Bahar, Downtown. Yes, the interiors are stylish and lovely, but their outdoor terrace – which overlooks the always impressive Dubai fountains – is where you'll really have your breath taken away. We highly recommend ordering the black cod (AED189) cooked in Yazu Saikyo misu and served with pickled bamboo shoot. Don't worry, you'll work off the calories by jumping up to Snapchat the waterworks every 30 minutes.