The best way to prepare for a shopping spree is to eat, of course…
Stylish dining in the mall. Before the enormous expansion of Fashion Avenue, the concept was largely unknown. Who would want to eat fancy food in a mall? As it turned out, visitors, citizens and residents of Dubai did. From classic Greek food and perfect pizzas to chic sushi, here’s a guide to the restaurants on Fashion Avenue in The Dubai Mall…
A major player in the world of gourmet Italian cuisine, Cipriani has created a café in Dubai that lives up to its reputation. Cipriani Dolci is a luxurious take on Italian pasticceria, smack dab in the middle of Fashion Avenue’s thoroughfare in The Dubai Mall. The interior designers did everything they could with the oval space to create an ode to Harry’s Bar, the famous Venetian restaurant opened in 1931 by Giuseppe Cipriani Sr. The food is simply wonderful: simple yet elegant. There are a handful of breakfast options: scrambled or fried eggs, Eggs Benedict, omelets, and croissants. Main courses include cheese and ham toasts (one of the best in town), as well as pizzas, pastas, and salads. Don’t leave without trying something sweet from the counter. The pistachio bombolini in particular is a deliciously oversized donut filled with a decadent pistachio cream.
Cipriani Dolci, fashion alley, That Dubai Mall, 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily. Tel: (050) 9497371. @ciprianidolci
Gia on Fashion Avenue combines the atmosphere of a Milanese power lunch spot with the elegant menu of a Tuscan fine dining restaurant. It’s a beautiful combination, with an emphasis on traditional Italian recipes and fresh ingredients, while offering a range of additional flavors to satisfy local tastes. The dining area is light and airy while the terrace overlooks the fountain. Gia is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Gia, ground floor, Fashion Avenue, That Dubai Mall, daily 10am to 11pm. Tel: (0)4 234 9986. @gia.dubai
Home Bakery has a legion of loyal fans – including HH Sheikh Mohammed and Sheikh Hamdan. And with good reason, as their desserts are quite irresistible. The selection of baked treats includes biscuits, sponge cakes, pancakes and waffle croissants, and at busy times you’ll have a hard time finding a seat. Founded in 2011 by local restaurateur Hind Habib Al Mulla, Home Bakery now has multiple outposts across the city, including this one on the first floor of Fashion Avenue.
Home Bakery, Ground Floor, Fashion Avenue, That Dubai Mall, daily 10am to 11pm. Tel: (0)4 388 8558. @home_bäckerei
If you like a bit of drama with your meal, you might want to pay a visit to Huqqa. It was one of the first restaurants to open in the Fashion Avenue extension in 2018 and managed to snag a prime seat on the top floor overlooking the fountains. Huqqa serves mostly Turkish cuisine, but with a modern — and theatrical — twist. You can choose between the indoor non-smoking area or the shisha terrace.
Huqqa, Third Floor, Fashion Avenue, The Dubai Mall. Phone: (0)4 5668557. huqqa.com
La Maison Ani (opens soon)
Dubai’s superstar chef Izu Ani will open local restaurant La Maison Ani on Dubai Mall’s Fashion Avenue in May 2022. LaMaison Ani serves relaxed French-Mediterranean cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in an effortlessly elegant bakery and patisserie setting. Expect freshly baked artisan breads, pastries, and pastries alongside organic roasted coffee, followed by Mediterranean-inspired dishes throughout the day. The view of the Dubai Fountain from La Maison Ani Garden is also not to be scoffed at.
La Maison Ani, Ground Floor, Fashion Avenue, The Dubai Mall. @lamaisonanibychefizu
Novikov cafe (opens soon)
Posters on the second floor of Fashion Avenue have been teasing the arrival of the first Novikov Cafe for almost six months, but there is still no news about its official opening. Given its location (just above La Maison Ani) we know it’s going to be a massive venue with a wraparound terrace overlooking the fountains. And judging by the pictures from its original outpost, Novikov Café serves everything from elegant breakfast dishes to hearty lunchtime pastas, salads and risottos.
OFK (open flame kitchen)
OFK is Dubai Mall’s answer to Zuma: interior design that looks sophisticated and expensive, beautifully presented – and delicious – food, and impeccable service. The menu jumps around Indian curry and tandoori, sushi, pizza and pasta, and meat and fish cooked on a robata grill and parrilla grill that have been custom-made to fit the open-plan kitchen. The grapefruit and duck salad, flavorful tuna wonton tacos, and flavorful crispy salmon rice hit the spot, but the standout main dish is the Wagyu ribs. Cooked sous vide for 48 hours (what other restaurant in a mall does that?), they’re absurdly tender and coated in a sweet chilli glaze. Finish with the homemade tiramisu served at the table and you will leave OFK happy. (Open for dinner only).
Fashion Avenue, The Dubai Mall, daily 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.mPhone: (0)4 386 3599, @ofk.me
Londoners may have heard of Opso before. Its chic flagship restaurant is in a very fashionable part of town off Marylebone High Street. Opso Dubai, on the other hand, is anything but chic. For one, it’s huge with three distinct concepts: a coffee shop, an intimate dining area, and the grand dining room. There is also a huge wraparound terrace where guests can smoke shisha and enjoy a front row view of the Dubai Fountains. The food varies between Mediterranean and oriental. There’s hummus, fried feta with sesame and thyme honey, moussaka and kunafa.
fashion alley, That Dubai Mall, noon to midnight daily. Tel: (054) 4244999. opso.ae
A new entry on Fashion Avenue – with its original outpost at Umm Sequim – Origami offers an intimate yet elegant and minimalist Japanese and Arabic dining experience, seating just 40 guests. Following time-honoured traditions, groups can sit down on a carpeted floor to dine on sushi and other chic Japanese delights, 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 trove
Art meets gastronomy at Trove, the newest restaurant on Fashion Avenue, opening in April 2022. Inside, there’s a literal treasure trove of artwork to explore, from a floral throne crest crafted by New York florist Mr Flower Fantastic to one-of-a-kind sculptural paintings by urban mythology artist duo Pichiavo and signature glow-in-the-dark Graffiti that changes shape depending on the time of day. Meanwhile, the menu is as eclectic as the art: diners have a near-endless choice of North and South American, Pan-Asian, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern dishes.
The Treasure Trove, Fashion Avenue, That Dubai Mall, daily 10am to 11pm. Tel: (050) 881 3415. troverestaurant.com
Rotisserie platters, a raw seafood bar and iconic views of the Dubai Fountain – Tulum at The Dubai Mall promises Mexican flavors and preparation techniques from the Southwestern regions of Mexico. Signature dishes appear primarily in the rotisserie selection, which features family platters of roast goat, lamb, and chicken. There is a centrally located Raw Seafood Bar with a fresh selection of seafood, as well as a specialty fruit and pastry bar with a selection of fresh fruit and vegetable juices, blends and smoothies.
Tulum, Third Floor, Fashion Avenue, The Dubai Mall, daily 10am to 11pm. tulum.ae