Baker & Spice
Marina Promenade, JBR
Baker & Spice's casual menu is a balance of Western and Middle Eastern dishes, and changes based on what's in season (they source most of their produce from UAE farmers). The breakfast menu is full of healthy-ish classics like Turkish eggs, avocado toast with dukkah, and a famously good shakshouka, and lunch is a mix of fresh salads and hearty comfort food, like burrata salad with beetroot carpaccio, pumpkin and goat cheese tortellini, and roast chicken and potatoes. If you don't have time to order off the menu, you can also pick up fresh-baked bread, tarts, pastries, and pies to go. Now in its seventh season, their Friday farmer’s market at Business Bay is an amazing resource for locally grown, organic fruits and vegetables. There are locations in Al Barsha, Jumeirah, Souk Al Bahar, and Souk Al Manzil (oh, and they cater).
DoubleTree by Hilton, JBR
Along with Blue Jade and not surprisingly Zuma, Ramusake is a favorite Japanese restaurant in Dubai. Part of the surge of restaurants that have come to JBR in the last year or so, Ramsuake is on the Hilton property at the end of the strip (where the seafood spot, The Main, is located, too). Loosely izakaya-style dining, the Ramusake menu is a mix of shareable plates, including robata meat dishes (i.e miso-brined baby chicken with jalapeno, steamed sea bass, Wagyu beef), sushi, dumplings, and salads. The interior is handsome, all dark wood, with an enticing bar, and additional seating on the patio outside.
Jumeirah Beach, JBR
This bar and grill, which operates out of a hotel garage, is run by Montreal native Joey Ghazal, who's attempting to create a casual, laid-back vibe that's unlike anything else you can find in Dubai. Unsurprisingly, Dubai’s younger crowd are on-board with the concept—you'll routinely find them bellied up to the extra long bar sipping on hipster cocktails. The family-style menu features all the brasserie standards, including a three-tier seafood tower, and there's a pages-long cigar menu, too.
JBR Walk, JBR
The Ritz Carlton is one of the only hotels in this neighborhood that's not a skyscraper, so the inviting gardens and terraces on ground level are reason enough to check it out. Chef Ta Van's menu features dishes inspired by his Vietnamese grandmother’s recipes, weaving in flavors from Thailand, Singapore, Japan, and China (and complemented by a ridiculously good sake). Ask for a table with an ocean view, on the terrace.
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