The Lifestyle

Top fine dining spots in DIFC

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As the gastronomy scene keeps evolving in DIFC, we pick 5 joints that truly define the spirit of this glamorous district

Words by Sana Quadri in The Lifestyle · Nov 19th, 2017

The heart of Dubai's financial district has a good mix of classy and corporate when it comes to exciting your taste buds. Spread over 110 acres, the neigbourhood is home to quiet a few award winning restaurants and bars.  We have curated the best places in DIFC for the ultimate experience in fine dining and lounge bars.


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Opened in 2008, this Japanese haunt in DIFC has been named one of the 10 best restaurant bars in the world at the New Orleans 11th annual spirited award. Not only is the restaurant a favourite amongst many, the bar menu is innovative and daring. Try their miso baby chicken, you won't regret it.

Gate Village 06, Podium Level, Al Sa'ada St. T: +971 4 425 5660 

Opening hours: 12:00 PM - 1:00 AM 


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Dusty's menu promises a culinary adventure like no other from morning till midnight. It also has options for Business breakfasts and lunches for professionals at DIFC and offers a mix of cuisines. Their airline-themed Departures brunch attracts a large number of partygoers. 

P Level, Al Fattan Currency House، towards DIFC Parking, T: +971 4 3545435 

Opening hours: 7:30 AM to 12 Midnight


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Only at Gaucho's can you boast of  devouring beef steaks while seated on chairs made of cowhide fabrics. This Argentinian steak house also has an exquisite cocktail lounge bar providing a perfect ambiance for post-work drinks.

Podium Level, Gate Village 05, DIFC, T: +971 4 422 7898 

Opening hours: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Carnival By Tresind

Giving an Indian twist to the concept of molecular gastronomy is Carnival By Tresind , whose most popular offering the 15 course menu which at AED 375 (Vegetarian is AED350) is the best way to sample the best of the restaurant's signature dishes 

Unit P5-03/01 Level POD, Burj Daman, T: +971 4 5597893 

Opening hours: 12 Noon to 3:30 PM, 7 PM to 11:30 PM

La Petite Maison

A consistent recipient of  Time Out's best French restaurant award ever since it opened- the more said about this  charming French bistro the lesser it is.  Their menu boasts of 10 desserts as well, with crème brulee being the most popular among diners.

Gate Village No, 8,  T: +971 4 4390505 

Opening hours: 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Mint Leaf Of London

Blissfully good Indian food for the soul, Mint Leaf of London blends a bit of molecular gastronomy as well as Celebrity chef Pradeep Khullar's expertise. It offers an excellent fine dining option in the DIFC area, with impressive views to match.

Level 15, South Tower, Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC

Opening hours: 12pm to 1am