9 of the best places to eat in Dubai’s hotspot


As part of a series of food guides to various regions of the United Arab Emirates, The National explores Dubai’s Bluewaters Island, which visitors will flock to over the next few months with new attractions such as Ain Dubai and Madame Tussauds.

Here, you can expect upbeat, upscale venues that offer fine dining experiences as well as a lively good time.

While that’s not all the destination has to offer foodies, it’s a selection of the best, newest and most popular.

London project

This London-inspired spot, located directly at the foot of Ain Dubai, serves up some really cool vibes thanks to its Instagrammable interiors and creative menu. Spread over two levels, the bar and lounge are filled with greenery and its outdoor terraces offer impressive views of the JBR during the colder months. On the menu you’ll find everything from contemporary take on British classics to gourmet dishes and extravagant desserts. With a weekly brunch and drink offerings, the place stays busy all week.

Saturday to Wednesday, 12 p.m. to midnight, Thursday and Friday, noon to 1 a.m. The London Project, Bluewaters Island; 054 306 1822, thelondonproject.com

Puerto 99

This lively spot, from the team behind Meshico, serves Mexican seafood and steak, with a side of light entertainment. From street food bites to freshly grilled seafood, Chef Ivan Puc’s menu is fun and authentic. Puerto 99 hosts a series of weekly events, from Taco Tuesday to the popular Friday brunch, where Mexican-themed entertainment guarantees a good time.

Every day, 1 p.m. to 2 a.m. Puerto 99, Bluewaters Island; puerto99.ae


Alici, which means “anchovy” in Italian, is a Mediterranean restaurant inspired by southern Italy and the Amalfi Coast. This upscale restaurant offers a fresh and changing seasonal menu that can be enjoyed with a side sea view thanks to its position overlooking the Persian Gulf. Its light and airy interiors, paired with tables clad in white, are almost enough to make you feel like you’ve truly escaped to Italy.

Every day, 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., 7 p.m. to midnight; Alici, Bluewaters Island; 04 275 2577; alici.com


A newcomer to Bluewaters Island is Shi, a chic Chinese restaurant run by chef Li Yuan Hui, who previously worked in Hakkasan Mumbai and Qatar. The split-level venue offers an upscale restaurant downstairs and a lively lounge upstairs where you will find live entertainment and an outdoor terrace with stunning views of Ain Dubai. On the menu, you will find dishes such as roast duck with fresh black truffle and signature roast duck with caviar.

Tuesday to Sunday, 1 p.m. to 1 a.m., Monday, 1 p.m. to midnight; Shi, Bluewaters Island; 04 718 1189; @ shi.dxb

Havana Social Club

Located in the luxurious Caesar’s Palace Bluewaters Dubai, Havana Social Club and Lounge offers a cool and relaxed space that pays homage to 1920s Cuba. Enjoy a menu of authentic tapas and drinks as fresh Latin rhythms set the tone and that the colorful interior makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in time.

Every day, 5 pm-1am; Havana Social Club, Caesar’s Palace Bluewaters Dubai; 04 556 6466; cesars.com

Hell’s Kitchen

For fans of Gordon Ramsay, Hell’s Kitchen will need no introduction. Inspired by the famous chef’s famous TV show of the same name, this theatrical restaurant serves some of Ramsay’s classic dishes, with an experimental twist. Sample Beef Wellington, Eggs from Purgatory and Sticky Caramel Pudding, or stop by for Friday brunch in which the Red and Blue kitchen teams compete against each other.

Daily, 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., 6 p.m. to midnight; Hell’s Kitchen Dubai, Caesar’s Palace Bluewaters Dubai; 04 556 6466; cesars.com

Basanti & Cie

Savor a taste of India at Basanti & Co, a fine dining restaurant and lounge that aims to offer diners an experience through its extensive menu. With a terrace overlooking JBR, the menu offers a mix of snacks, tandoori grills, dals and biryanis.

Every day, from 12 noon to midnight; Basanti & Co, Island of Bluewaters; 04 557 6947; basantiandco.com

Brass monkey

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, September 27, 2020: - Signature Brass Monkey Chicken Dish at Brass Monkey, a new dining and entertainment destination on Bluewaters Island in Dubai.  (Pawan Singh / The National) For Lifestyle / Online / Instagram.  Janice Rodrigues story

This mega entertainment venue is more than just bowling and arcade games. The Brass Monkey has a bar and restaurant, each serving something different. Americana, located on the ground floor, is a casual restaurant that serves tacos, nachos, sliders, and pizza. Upstairs you’ll find the Bushido Japanese Restaurant, with dishes such as sea bass, chicken ramen, charred miso salmon, and spicy lamb noodles.

Sunday to Tuesday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., Wednesday, 4 p.m. to 3 a.m., Thursday to Saturday, 12 p.m. to 3 a.m. Brass Monkey, Bluewaters Island; 04 582 7277; brassmonkeysocial.com


If you are looking for a hearty burger, Ketch Up is here for you. This laid-back American restaurant has a creative menu that features colorful (literally) variations of basic American fare. From giant steaks to gourmet desserts, Ketch Up is inexpensive, offers great variety, and has incredible views from its outdoor patio.

Saturday to Wednesday, 12 p.m. to midnight, Thursday and Friday, noon to 1 a.m. Ketch Up, Bluewaters Island, Dubai; 050 750 7424; ketchupdxb.com

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