Beach eats: 5 places for fantastic food at The Beach, Dubai

Because everything tastes better with a sea view.

Peter Iantorno May 21, 2015

Say the words “dinner at JBR” to some people and they will recoil in horror, replying with an indiscernible volley of excuses where usually the words “traffic” and “nightmare” are just about audible through the tirade of protestation.

For a while, this view was probably fair enough, but anyone who has taken the time to go down there recently will know that things are actually getting much better now. Ok, there’s always going to be a bit of traffic – especially on the weekends – but now the Dubai Tram is finished, dinner at JBR is no longer the mission it once was.

And with The Beach development now fully operational too, it’s high time we started taking advantage. Here are five restaurants you need to try at The Beach:

Butcha Steakhouse
After becoming popular in Turkey with branches in both Istanbul and the capital Ankara, Butcha Steakhouse opened recently at The Beach to make its Dubai debut. Much like many of the other excellent Dubai steakhouses, the restaurant places an emphasis on the quality of its meat and puts all the care and attention into preparing it that a prime cut of steak deserves.

However, there are two things that make this place stand out from the crowd. First, it uses a wood-fired grill to cook its meat, and second, it is the only restaurant in Dubai to dry-age it’s steak for 28 days on the premises, which produces a much stronger, richer flavour in the meat.

Best for: Satisfying carnivorous cravings. Details: butcha.com/en 

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Sushi Art
The JBR branch of Sushi Art is every bit as sleek and sophisticated as the original DIFC restaurant, with the elegance of the restaurant decor upstaged only by the stunning presentation of the food.

Super-fresh food presented beautifully is the order of the day here, with soups, sushi, sashimi and ceviche that all taste just as good as they look. 

Best for: Sushi with style. Details: sushiart.ae

Le Paradis du Fruit
Featuring Philippe Starck’s architectural design, shining silver furniture and extravagant colourful lighting, Le Paradis du Fruit is a truly beautiful restaurant.

The venue acts as both a perfect place for breakfast in the mornings – serving fresh juices, scrambled eggs and salmon – and an elegant evening restaurant, with French classics such as lamb cocotte and delicate steamed cod.

Best for: Fine food and fantastic surroundings. Details: leparadisdufruit.ae

Leopold’s of London
A cafe during the day and a brasserie by night, Leopold’s of London has something for everyone. 

The daytime deli counter makes it perfect for a quick bite and a coffee straight off the beach, or make a special trip down there in the evening for some sumac-rubbed salmon or the restaurant’s signature succulent rib eye steak. 

Best for: A strong all-rounder, from dawn till dusk. Details: leopoldsoflondon.com

Sapori di BiCE
The light, airy interiors of Sapori di BiCE mean that the restaurant lends itself perfectly to a casual lunch or relaxed dinner by the sea.

The cuisine is hearty Italian fare, with fresh bread, pizza and pasta all made from organic flour, and other classics such as slow-braised veal ossobuco with risotto also on offer. 

Best for: A casual beachside Italian. Details: saporidibice.com