Love Japanese cuisine? I’ve got the perfect Friday brunch suggestion for you, complete with a fantabulous view of the majestic Dubai Fountain and the Burj Khalifa. With a red carpet welcome right at the doorstep and artistic interiors that will awaken the Instagrammer in you, Katana Dubai is a hidden dining gem in Address Downton, Dubai.

Every Friday, Katana Dubai hosts its Red Sun Brunch from 12 noon to 4 pm where diners get served a 25-course tour of three popular styles of Japanese cooking.

Na3Na3¬†(pronounced ‘Nana’), is a well-established all-day dining restaurant located on the lobby level of The Address – Dubai Mall. Essentially a Lebanese restaurant, the theme here keeps changing on a daily basis.

We were at Na3Na3 the Thursday before last, just when Dubai was experiencing its freakish rains. I was indulging in a bout of retail therapy in The Dubai Mall, and discovered a shortcut to Na3Na3 through Bloomingdales! You can park in the mall, or use the hotel’s valet service.

Are you a hard-core meat eating fiend? Then you are in for a treat. Imagine the finest cuts of meat, served right at your table… and at a set price of AED 135 (for lunch) and AED 165 (for dinner) its an ‘all you can eat’ concept!

Come in with an empty stomach and wear your comfiest, stretchy-waist pants because Tribes Carnivore has opened up a brand new branch at the centrally located Dubai Mall itself! This new branch features an outdoor terrace boasting of stunning views of the Dubai Fountains and the mighty Burj Khalifa, and the interiors are stylishly exotic.

Playing tourist in my own city, the family and I headed out for a staycation at Manzil Downtown last weekend. Located at the heart of Downtown Dubai, just a stone’s throw away from The Dubai Mall and closeup views of the iconic Burj Khalifa, Manzil Downtown is the perfect choice for tourists and residents alike.

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‘Manzil’ translates to ‘home’ in Arabic, and with its minimalist design accentuated with Arabesque decor, this hotel is an ideal place to unwind. Despite being a long-term resident of Dubai, Manzil Downtown made us forget we are in the center of the city. The ambiance is one of serenity and calm, and the staff are well versed, efficient, and very hospitable.

Aubaine, a popular London-born French restaurant and boulangerie, has made its debut in the¬†Dubai foodie scene this December. Taking up a prime location at the main entrance of The Dubai Mall itself, this is the restaurant’s very first international stint (having opened 10 successful chains in its home turf, London so far).

Aubaine‘ is French for ‘treat’, and I was really looking forward to my lunch there last weekend, especially after getting glimpses of their fabulous lineup of sweet treats on social media!

The word ‘cafe‘ is getting a major face-lift in the Dubai foodie scene. From what one would presume to be a simplistic setting for catching up over cups of coffee and a pretty pastry, you have the likes of Indian import Farzi Cafe offering a lineup of much talked about molecular gastronomy treats, and then I had the pleasure of dining at Grand Cafe Boulevard, a Lebanese fine-dining cafe that treats its guests like royalty.

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Where else in the world do they roll out a red carpet for guests entering a cafe? This was the VIP welcome we received at Grand Cafe Boulevard! The cafe is located diagonally opposite The Address Downtown Dubai, and you need to drive up the Dubai Mall Fashion Parking ramp to get to the valet service offered right outside the red carpet.

A walkathon around Dubai Mall one busy weekend had us craving for some seriously good, authentic Mexican grub, and this is how we found ourselves at Rosa Mexicano.

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Founded in New York way back in 1984 by Mexican immigrant Josefina Howard, the restaurant has two franchises in Dubai. One is located in Mirdiff Mall, and the other, where we dined at, is located on the lower ground floor of Dubai Mall.