Where to eat in Fashion Avenue, The Dubai Mall

The best way to prepare for a shopping spree is to eat, of course…

Elegant dining room in a shopping mall. Before the huge extension of Fashion Avenue, the concept was virtually unknown. Who would want to eat fancy food in a mall? It turns out that visitors, citizens and residents of Dubai did. From fancy Greek food and perfect pizzas to fancy sushi, here’s a guide to the restaurants on Fashion Avenue, inside The Dubai Mall…

Cipriani Dolci

Food Cipriani Dolci

A power player in the world of Italian haute cuisine, Cipriani has created a cafe in Dubai worthy of its sterling reputation. Cipriani Dolci is a luxurious take on the Italian Pasticceria, located smack in the middle of fashion avenue in Dubai Mall. The interior designers have gone to great lengths with the oval space to create an ode to Harry’s Bar, the famous Venetian restaurant. opened by Giuseppe Cipriani Senior in 1931. The food is simply wonderful: simple yet elegant. There are a handful of breakfast options: scrambled or sunny side up eggs, eggs Benedict, omelette, and croissants. Main courses include ham and cheese toasties (one of the best in town), along with pizzas, pasta and salads. Don’t leave without trying something sweet from the counter. The pistachio bombolini in particular is a gloriously large donut filled with a decadent pistachio cream.

Cipriani Dolci, fashion Avenue, The Dubai Mall, every day from 10:00 to 01:00. Tel: (050) 9497371. @ciprianidolci

Family

gia food

Gia’s on Fashion Avenue combines the atmosphere of a Milan fast food joint and the elegant menu of a Tuscan fine dining restaurant. It’s a delightful combination, with the focus on traditional Italian recipes and fresh ingredients, and featuring a variety of additional flavors to suit local tastes. The dining room is light and airy, while the terrace overlooks the fountain. Gia’s is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Gia, Ground Floor, Fashion Avenue, The Dubai Mall, every day from 10:00 to 23:00. Tel:(0)4 234 9986. @gia.dubai

home bakery

home made bakery food

Home Bakery has a legion of devoted fans, including HH Sheikh Mohammed and Sheikh Hamdan. And it’s for good reason, as their desserts are quite irresistible. The variety of baked goods available includes cookies, brownies, pancakes, and waffle croissants, and at busy times it will be hard to find a seat. Founded by local Hind restaurateur Habib Al Mulla in 2011, Home Bakery now has several outposts across the city, including this one on the first floor of Fashion Avenue.

Home Bakery, First Floor, Fashion Avenue, The Dubai Mall, every day from 10:00 to 23:00. Telephone: (0)4 388 8558. @home_bakery

Huqqa

If you like a bit of drama with your food, you might want to visit Huqqa. It was one of the first restaurants to open within the Fashion Avenue expansion in 2018 and managed to carve out a prime spot on the top floor overlooking the fountains. Huqqa serves predominantly Turkish cuisine but with a modern and theatrical interpretation. Guests can choose between the non-smoking indoor section or the terrace for smoking shisha.

Huqqa, Third Floor, Fashion Avenue, The Dubai Mall. Telephone: (0)4 5668557. huqqa.com

The House Ani (Next opening)

The House Ani

Dubai superstar chef Izu Ani will launch homegrown restaurant La Maison Ani on Dubai Mall’s Fashion Avenue in May 2022. La Maison Ani will serve relaxed Franco-Mediterranean cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. dinner in an elegant and effortless setting. bakery and pastry. Expect freshly baked artisan breads, viennoiseries, and pastries alongside organic roasted coffee, followed by Mediterranean-inspired fare throughout the day. Views of the Dubai Fountain from La Maison Ani Garden are not bad either.

La Maison Ani, ground floor, Fashion Avenue, The Dubai Mall. @lamaisonanibychefizu

Novikov Cafe (Next opening)

Cafe Novikov

Billboards on the second floor of Fashion Avenue have been teasing the arrival of the first Novikov Café for almost six months, but there is still no news of its official opening. From its location (just above La Maison Ani), we know it will be a massive venue with a wraparound terrace overlooking the fountains. And judging by the pictures of its original outpost, Novikov Café will serve up everything from elegant breakfast dishes to heartier pastas, salads and risottos for lunch.

@novikovcafe.dubai

OFK (Open Flame Cooking)

good food

OFK is The Dubai Mall’s answer to Zuma: interior design that looks sophisticated and expensive, beautifully presented and delicious food, and impeccable service. The menu skips Indian curries and tandoori, sushi, pizza and pasta, as well as meat and fish cooked on a robata grill and barbecue grill that have been custom made to fit within the open kitchen. The duck and grapefruit salad, spicy tuna wonton tacos, and spicy salmon crispy rice are all right on the money, but the standout entree is the wagyu ribs. Sous vide for 48 hours (what other mall restaurant is doing that?), they’re absurdly tender and topped with a sweet chili glaze. Finish it off with homemade tiramisu served tableside and you’ll leave OFK happy. (Open for dinner only).

Fashion Avenue, The Dubai Mall, daily 6pm to 1amTelephone: (0)4 386 3599, @ofk.me

Opposite

Opso Dubai

Londoners may have heard of Opso before. His little flagship restaurant is in a very posh part of town, off Marylebone High Street. Opso Dubai, by contrast, is anything but ramshackle. On the one hand, it is huge with three distinct concepts: a cafeteria, an intimate dining room, and the large dining room. There is also a large wrap around terrace where diners can smoke shisha and enjoy a front row view of the Dubai Fountains. The food ranges from Mediterranean to Middle Eastern. There is hummus, fried feta cheese with sesame seeds and thyme honey, musaka and kunafa.

fashion Avenue, The Dubai Mall, daily from noon to midnight. Tel: (054) 4244999. opso.ae

Origami

origami food

A new entry on Fashion Avenue, with its original outpost located on Umm Sequim, Origami offers an intimate, yet elegant and minimalist Japanese and Arabic dining experience with space for just 40 guests. Revisiting age-old traditions, groups can choose to sit on a carpeted floor to eat sushi and other elegant Japanese delicacies, including a selection of grilled dishes and Japanese fusion cuisine.

Origami, level two, Fashion Avenue, The Dubai Mall. Tel: (0)4 330 0865. @eatorigamisushi

the treasure

Art and food collide at Trove, Fashion Avenue’s newest restaurant, opening in April 2022. Inside, there’s literally a treasure trove of artwork to explore, from a centerpiece to a throne floral art created by New York florist Mr Flower Fantastic, unique sculptures and paintings by urban mythology artist duo Pichiavo, and glow-in-the-dark graffiti that changes shape depending on the time of day. Meanwhile, the menu is as eclectic as the art: diners will have an almost endless selection of cuisines from North and South America, Pan-Asian, Mediterranean, and the Middle East.

The Treasury, Fashion Avenue, The Dubai Mall, every day from 10:00 to 23:00. Tel: (050) 881 3415. troverestaurant.com

Tulum

Grill dishes, raw seafood bar and iconic views of the Dubai Fountain: Tulum at Dubai Mall promises Mexican flavors and preparation techniques from the southwestern regions of Mexico. Signature dishes feature primarily in the steakhouse selection, which includes family-friendly roast goat, lamb and chicken dishes. There is a centrally located Raw Seafood Bar offering a selection of fresh seafood, as well as a Fruit and Pastry Bar offering a variety of fresh fruit and vegetable juices, mixes and smoothies.

Tulum, third floor, Fashion Avenue, The Dubai Mall, every day from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. tulum.ae

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