What a fantastic month it’s been for foodies everywhere in the city!

From the world’s first restaurant based on a hugely popular TV series to a Michelin-starred Italian favorite from New York, feast your eyes on these newly-opened venues that have finally made their way to Dubai!

MasterChef, the TV Experience

Okay, so it’s safe to say that we’ve all been guilty of binging on the famous cooking show, MasterChef on a lazy Friday afternoon. So, after hearing about a restaurant themed on the hit TV series opening up in Dubai Marina, we couldn’t help but get excited about all the delicious creations that’d finally land up on our plates from the television screen.

As the only one of its kind in the world, expect a décor reminiscent of the show, complete with indoor and outdoor seating. You can also take part in the nail-biting Mystery Box challenge with two or more of your friends – simply choose it on your menu, pick up to five ingredients of your choice and watch the culinary experts bring your selection to life within 35 minutes.


Having been voted as one of the best Italian restaurants in Manhattan, Marea’s accolades don’t just stop there, and for good reason. Serving only the finest in Italian cuisine, you’ll find plenty of delicious crudo, caviar and pasta on the menu – enough to have you blowing chef kisses at the end of your meal.

Occupying a proud place in Dubai’s financial district, this should be the perfect addition to your weekday grind – we can quickly see it becoming a favorite with the DIFC crowd for lunch and dinner. You could also hit up the cocktail bar after work with your mates – let’s drink to that!

Jones The Grocer

Think breakfast spots and chances are Jones The Grocer will be one of the names that pops up in your mind. Now that they’ve opened up a massive branch at Dubai Mall, we’ve found a delicious reason to hit the mall. Whether you’re trying to get a good view of the fountain show or looking to get in a quick meal before shopping, this place has it all!

With a gorgeous terrace outdoors and a dedicated kids play area, you can settle in for a nice, quiet dinner while getting a front row seat to one of the greatest water shows on earth. If you love dry-aged meat, you’re going to want to dig right into their meat options that include Jack’s Creek Australian Black Angus beef. Yum!


If you find yourself in a pickle trying to find decent burger joints in JLT, Pickl’s your answer – it is also the newest spot to hit the towers. With burgers the size of your head, these monstrous delights come in different flavors ranging from a purely vegan burger to an ice cream burger – we’re not even kidding about this.

Since there’s nothing ‘happy’ about a meal without fries, you can choose to pair up your burger with their gigantic sando fries that is a mix of skinny fries, parsley, pickles (of course!), fried chicken and a special sauce. Whew! Perfect place to challenge a mate with a huge appetite!


Having opened its doors on Thursday (May 2), District is a name that will soon be on everybody’s lips as the venue triples up as a bar, lounge and bistro – all under the same roof. District is the only one of its kind at the beautiful Rixos that also boasts a range of trendy restaurants including STK and Turquoise along with the fantastic seafront eatery Azure Beach.

Managed by the same team that’s looking after award-winning venues such as STK and Lock, Stock & Barrel, there’ll be plenty to look forward to here in the coming months. From ladies’ nights to live music, seems like we couldn’t have asked for anything better to replace an old favorite of ours, Inner City Zoo. You can also walk in for a lunch or a brunch with Mediterranean-inspired meals on the menu. Sweet!



Joining the slew of new restaurants that are slated to open soon is OPSO at Fashion Avenue in The Dubai Mall. With a massive space that will be sectioned into three – OPSO Dining, OPSO Social and OPSO Prive – this Greek eatery will be one that’ll offer so much more than tasty food only. Whether you’re looking to chill after a hard day at work or simply enjoy hot mezze while soaking in amazing views of the Dubai Fountain, this is bound to become your new go-to place for all things awesome.

The Maine

Okay, so if you haven’t read about The Opus or ME by Melia Hotel, you’re going to want to do that immediately. Why, you ask?! Well, The Maine will be opening up a branch there sometime later this year, and you simply can’t miss it. While it will be called The Maine Land Brasserie, the menu will still feature all your top favorites from the JBR branch. Also, meat-lovers are going to be spoiled for choice, from what we’ve heard. As only one of the 15 restaurants that are set to open their doors at ME by Melia Dubai, we can’t wait to hear about the other venues that will follow this hotspot!

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Article published: 5th of May, 2019
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