Since opening its doors in 2005 (that’s 18 light-years, in Dubai restaurant time), Buddha Bar has become a hallmark of fine dining in the UAE. Located in the five-star Grosvenor House, overlooking the twinkling Marina lights, the swanky eatery offers pan-Asian dishes with flavours from the Far East.
Take your seat in the main dining area downstairs where floor-to-ceiling windows, opulent décor and dim lighting lend an elegant party vibe to your evening. Upstairs has more of a lounge feel, with intimate booths in lashings of rich reds and golds and a longline bar serving thirst-quenching cocktails.
The menu is described as Pacific Rim cuisine, which takes influence from Asia, Hawaii, India and California – the result is delectable dim sum, a massive selection of sushi and Bazaar-faves the wagyu striploin, pecking duck pancakes and miso black cod. Make room for dessert though – you’ll be dreaming about the chocolate fondant, selection of sorbets and pudding platter for meals to come.
Grilled Wagyu Striploin
Miso Black Cod
Post-11pm, the venue boarders on nightclub, with a live DJ playing deep house tunes into the early hours of the morning.
With dozens of Buddha Bar venues worldwide, spanning the globe from Mykonos to Manila to Marrakesh, this Marina mainstay has become an institution deserving of its status. Whether you’re heading out for bar bites and a glass of grape, or you’re looking to indulge in a delicious menu of Asian classics, this swanky venue does not disappoint.