Cool weather dining: The best beachside restaurants in Dubai and Abu Dhabi
The top 5 tastemakers
When winter comes to the UAE, the outdoors beckons and Buro 24/7 Middle East has the perfect beachside spots...
Bussola, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
The award-winning restaurant offers both fine and casual dining; the lower restaurant serves up sophisticated Italian cuisine while the upper deck dishes out wood-fired pizzas with a more relaxed atmosphere. All pastas are freshly made and the dessert menu is extensive with a total of 13 different options, from a hazelnut and stracciatella parfait to mixed pudding.
For reservations, call +97145117136.
Turquoiz, The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort
Native materials, wooden ceilings and sea-inspired chandeliers provide the relaxing platform for a dining experience at Turquoiz. The rattan sofas and chairs set in intimate enclaves, illuminated by lanterns in the evenings, are mere steps away from the sand. Turquoiz serves a selection of succulent seafood, light meals and sumptuous snacks, that range from the humble fish and chips to more radical desserts like pistachio and morello cherry vacherin and churros. Entertainment comes in the form of a resident DJ who progressively ups the beat and tempo as the night goes on.
For reservations, call +971 2 498 8888 or email email@example.com
Villa Beach, Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Villa Beach places you just metres away from the gentle waves coupled with a close-up view of the iconic Burj Al Arab. With its wooden accents further enhancing the feel of a beach resort, Villa Beach is exactly how you'd imagine a beachside restaurant to be. Enjoy fine Mediterranean cuisine, from seafood to steaks, as you take in the beautiful sunset. Villa Beach currently runs their Villa Beach Special: The Seafood Hot & Cold Platter. The Hot Platter can be availed for Dhs950 for two people while the Cold Platter is Dhs720 for two.
For reservations, call +971 4 432 3232 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
BBQ Al Qasr, Emirates Palace
A unique outdoor restaurant, BBQ Al Qasr is nestled between the hotel's dining terrace and the tranquil Arabian Sea, filling the beach with aromas of luxuriously barbecued food. The casual setting allows for a more relaxed dining experience as you enjoy the sea breeze, while dining on your choice of seafood, char-grilled meats, freshly baked breads, salads and sweets. A new menu accompanied its reopening late last year and you can now enjoy scallops and hand-smoked salmon or an impressive list of beef options that include Australian organic Angus, master Kobe, Irish John Stone and American black Angus.
For reservations, call +971 269 07999 or email email@example.com
Beach House, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas
Also located on Saadiyat island, in the middle of a large expanse of pristine beach, complete with fantastic views, is Beach House, where they serve Mediterranean dishes prepared family-style. Tapas is available on the rooftop terrace while the main dining hall serves up a smorgasbord of international flavours along with the local catch of the day. Despite the beachside theme, do take note that beachwear and sleeveless shirts are not permitted.
For reservations, call 02 407 1138 or email firstname.lastname@example.org