The top 5 parent-pleasing restaurants in Dubai

The ‘rents are in town and it’s time to pull out all the stops, impress them with some culinary delights and convince them that yes, you might have emigrated, but at least it's to an epicure's dreamworld. Here are Grazia's top five picks, each guaranteed to score some points with ma and pa...
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The top 5 parent-pleasing restaurants in Dubai

Have supper at... NOÉPE at The Park Hyatt

The Park Hyatt’s pier-front restaurant has had a colonial Cape Cod-style makeover with white shutters, cane furniture and a rich oak flooring leading out to a fabulous terrace overlooking the yachts bobbing about on the creek. After a day of sightseeing in Old Dubai, head to this waterfront space for 5pm sundowners where you can quench your thirst with Noepe’s signature refreshing pitcher of fresh berries and hibiscus tea. And why stop there? Order a selection of New England-inspired lobster sliders, Maryland crab cakes and - if you’re in for a feast - throw in ‘Martha’s’ seafood platter, named after the famed Martha’s Vineyard in Cape Cod. You may just trick your folks into thinking you're on America’s East Coast, not the Middle East.

Have brunch at... Scape Restaurant and Lounge, Burj Al Arab

Parents only here for a long weekend? Don’t panic – you can tick all the tourist boxes in one chic swoop with Friday brunch at the Burj Al Arab's swanky sun-trap terrace, Scape. In the shadow of one of Dubai’s most iconic hotels, the delightful deck stretches out over the Arabian Gulf and is the ultimate place to soak up the sunshine in style while sipping drinks from fresh coconut shells. And if that hasn’t impressed ma and pa enough, then the sumptuous spread of braised short ribs, lobster and sushi doughnuts served to your table will definitely have them bragging to Doreen next door on their return home. Before you leave to sleep off the day, earn extra brownie points and order one more round of drinks and watch the sun set over the city. Sunset, skyline and a seriously chic day out... ding, ding! You’ve just won the best-child award!

Have lunch at... Carine at Emirates Golf Club

If dad’s a golfer then this could be the perfect time to nab some one-on-one time with mum. While he heads off on to the fairways, you two can catch up over lunch on the sensational new terrace at Emirates Golf Club’s French bistro, Carine. It’s the latest addition to Chef Izu Anie’s culinary empire – he’s the mastermind behind Lighthouse in d3, Izu Brasserie in City Walk and was also once in charge at La Serre. While your mum is cooing over the fabulous tiled flooring outdoors, you can order some French-inspired small plates; crispy calamari, burrata, tuna carpaccio, harissa prawns and a tarte flambée topped with caramelised onions. Look out, too, for freshly baked loaves displayed in beautiful racks. Carbs and a glass of something chilled – the perfect accompaniments for a tête-à-tête.


Have breakfast at... The Hamptons in Jumeirah Islands

Us Dubai-dwelling lot often dream of dining al fresco in the countryside, but seeing as that’s an unlikely reality in these dry desert climes, you can find us faking it by having breakfast at The Hampton’s second residence in Jumeirah Islands. Give your parents a break from the fancy hotels and treat them to a simple yet delicious fry-up and coffee with a side of palm trees and waterfalls at this quaint cafe situated in the ‘burbs. Relax in the shabby-chic interior or bask in the dappled sunlight on the wooden decking outdoors, but go early as it’s become a popular hotspot for families and folks alike. Remember: sometimes mum will just want a good old cuppa.

Have dinner at... Ruya at Grosvenor House

No visit to Dubai would be complete without some Middle Eastern cuisine, but rather than the obligatory Lebanese hummus and kebabs (save that for Deliveroo), why not spoil your parents’ tastebuds with Turkish cuisine at Colin Clague’s award-winning restaurant, Ruya. Overlooking the bustling Dubai Marina, Ruya’s good-looking interior is equally as good looking as the food. The renowned chef prides himself on authenticity, most evident by the impressive clay oven by the entrance that churns out Turkish pide – boat-shaped bread smeared with hot, bubbling cheese and runny baked egg in the middle. The large, buzzy dining room leads out onto the terrace, which on an evening is alight with lanterns making it the perfect spot for pre-dinner drinks. An excellent option for a final farewell to the folks – let's hope dad picks up the cheque!

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