Before leaving Dubai there were a few places I wanted to eat at before leaving that I’d have my eye on way before lockdown began. We all know I’m a sucker for a cute cafe or pink restaurant so many of these will come as no surprise that I wanted to visit. Although I hadn’t stepped foot in some of these places until the last month I would say they are some of the best places to eat out in Dubai.
Brunch and Cake Dubai
This gorgeous cafe started popping up on Instagram a while ago and I haven’t been able to stop wanting to visit since. Not only does it have a gorgeous interior which makes you feel like you’re sitting inside Tribe (one of the best homeware stores in Dubai) but it also feels like you should step out the door onto the beach.
The highlight, however, has to be the incredible food they serve here. Their menu is extensive (and very hard to choose from), portions are huge and their food is the most colourful and creative I’ve possibly ever seen. We went for the sharing nachos which came complete with cactus and fruit. It was a huge portion and tasted divine. We then opted to share a slice of red velvet cake as we were just too full for anything else.
This cafe is probably about as pink and flowery as a cafe can get. I visited the branch in Nakheel Mall which is more open as it’s based in the middle of the mall but they also have a full cafe in City Walk. As you can see from the pictures the chairs and cushions are all pink and there’s a huge flower wall in all shades of pink.
The menu is made up of the most amazing sweet treats and extra drinks. I opted for the hot chocolate which came complete with huge, chunky marshmallows. There were plenty of ice teas and mocktails that I would have also liked to try. We also shared a brownie desert which came as a huge portion and was maybe a little too much chocolate with the hot chocolate…
Flamingo Rooms is located at the Turtle Lagoon in Jumeirah al Naseem and is the only restaurant on this list. The interior is unique with the ceiling lights and a reflection dazzling the ceiling and walls. The pink chairs and walls were obviously my favourite and the cute table lamps for evening meals reminded me of Sketch in London. The restaurant isn’t huge so this helped to make it feel cosy and welcoming inside.
I’ve actually visited here twice in the last month and had a great experience both times. Their drinks menu is extensive and even their mocktails felt fancy. The first time dining here I opted for the burger but the second time I embraced the speciality of this restaurant a little more and tried both the octopus from the starters and mussels from the main menu. That was definitely the right choice.
This final one was probably on my bucket list for the longest. It’s located in Jumeirah Mina A’Salam along the private stretch of beach and has breathtaking views of the Burj al Arab. Typically people come here to sit on the beach furniture and watch sunset with a few drinks, even if you haven’t been to Dubai chances are you’ve seen the shots from this restaurant.
It’s not the perfect spot for a sweaty June evening as from the beach you’ve got no AC or fan to cool you down but the views kinda make up for that. We choose to also have some food here and I loved their Greek options on the menu. That being said their food menu was slightly limited, however, I believe this place is best for enjoying some sundowners.