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Dubai International Financial Centre Restaurants

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Intersect by Lexus
Gate Village, DIFC
Located in DIFC (Dubai International Financial Centre, the "free zone" where companies can be set up without the requirement of a local partner), Intersect is an ideal meeting spot if you're in Dubai on business, but also just a nice cafe for coffee and a snack if you're in the area to check out one of DIFC's galleries or do a little shopping. Outside of Friday brunch (Dubai's Saturday), the focus is on weekday lunch—salads, soups, meat mains—with breakfast being more of a light pastry affair. Developed by Wonderwall's Masamichi Katayama, Intersect is set up like a library cafe—the walls are lined with bookshelves—and there are Lexus touches throughout, mostly subtle, and possible to miss—i.e. the leather couches are the same leather as you'll find in the cars. (Downstairs, in "the garage," is the less subtle homage to Lexus, where a flashy concept car is stationed. The tiny model cars placed into the glass walls lining the adjacent bathroom corridor are a fun touch.)
Dubai International Financial Centre
La Petite Maison
Gate Village, DIFC
A spinoff of the London La Petite Maison—a restaurant by Arjun Waney (the investor behind Zuma) based on the restaurant of the same name in Nice—the food here has a distinctly southern French soul. Plates come small and to share, so you can theoretically sample it all. The salads and carpaccios from the starter menu shouldn't be missed, and for the main course, the fish is always excellent. The real star of the show is the black-leg-roasted chicken, though. Order it right when you sit down; It takes about an hour and twenty minutes, but it justifies the wait.
Dubai International Financial Centre
Zuma
Gate Village, DIFC
A few years ago, it felt like nobody could stop talking about Zuma. Sometimes too much hype can turn you off a restaurant, but that’s not the case here. More than ten years after the original London opening, with locations in what seems like every major city, it's still one of the best meals anywhere. Tokyo-based interior designer Noriyoshi Muramatsu (who's done several Zumas) differentiates Zuma Dubai, which sits within the Dubai International Financial Centre, with a massive bamboo sculpture suspended from 450 delicate wires.
Dubai International Financial Centre
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