Grand Hyatt Dubai, Oud Metha Rd., tel. 04-317-1234
This restaurant serves Lebanese-inspired cuisine in a dining room reminiscent of an extravagantly decorated Bedouin tent. Its braised lamb is spectacular, especially when preceded by delicious meze.

Bastakiah Nights
Bur Dubai, tel. 04-353-7772
This unique restaurant boasts a beautiful decor and serves delicious traditional Arabian cuisine.

Verre by Gordon Ramsay
Hilton Deira Creek, Baniyas Rd., tel. 04-227-1111
Notorious London chef Gordon Ramsay's dishes are renowned for their delicacy, and his restaurant's decor shows a nice minimalist restraint.

Basta Art Café
Al-Fahidi St., Bastakia, tel. 04-353-5071
A local favourite, this café's large shady courtyard is the perfect place to stop for a refreshingly cold cocktail, a tasty sandwich or a "souk salad" topped with grilled chicken, cashews, couscous and tomatoes.

Deira, tel. 04-222-7171
Shabestan's diners are greeted by the welcoming aroma of slow-cooked unleavened bread and the melodic sounds of both its fountain and live band. The restaurant specializes in traditional Persian cuisine.

Shakespeare & Co
30th Floor, Al Attar Business Tower, tel. 04-329-1040
Comfort and hospitality are the order of the day at this charming coffee shop. Try the gnocchi, rice dishes or the cream of mushroom soup.

Al Mallah
Al Dhiyafah St., Satwa, tel. 04-398-4723
This delightful little restaurant takes its inspiration from Lebanese cuisine. Dishes such as kibbeh (spicy meat tartare), manakish (unleavened bread topped with thyme, sesame seeds and olive oil) and falafel are simple and delicious.

Johnny Rockets
Jumeirah Beach Rd., tel. 04-344-7859,
Famous for its gargantuan hamburgers, the American Johnny Rockets chain of restaurants has branched out into the Middle East.