For the Love of Lunch! Our Favourite Lunch Spots in Dubai

06 Oct, 2014 / Posted By Mayuri

Lunch is an important, and yet oft-ignored, culture that Dubai needs to bring back. We all make the mistake of rushing this wonderful afternoon meal, and we cannot stress how drastically your life will change when you start taking an active interest in savouring this ritual with as much gusto as you would a dinner! 

Whether you wish to make an impression amongst your fellow business partners, or you want to take your family out for a relaxed midday affair, scroll below to find out where you can experience some of the best lunches in town.


Sapori di BiCESapori di BiCE

Cuisine: Italian
Location: Citywalk, Al Wasl.
Price per person: AED 100   

Where to start? The place is decorated tastefully in white, with floor to ceiling windows that allow sunlight to stream in. The staff is friendly and the food – which is off the hook – arrives with alacrity.

It’s definitely one of our more favored Italian restaurants in the city. With a large variety of pizzas and pastas as well as their great selection of ice creams, Sapori di BiCE is not to be missed! It’s an ideal, child-friendly place for lunch with family.



FraicheFraiche Café & Bistro

Cuisine: French, International
Location: JLT
Price per person: AED 90 

JLT is teeming with new restaurants and it might get quite confusing to find the perfect lunch eatery. Worry not... we’ve found an awesome place: Fraiche Café & Bistro. Their menu is full of exciting, healthy choices like strawberry and goat’ s cheese salad, and some naughty items like their double fudge brownie.

Go on an empty stomach and enjoy their menu to the fullest!



ComptoirComptoir 102

Cuisine: Café Restaurant
Location: Jumeirah
Price per person: AED 80

If you love healthy, homemade, vegan food, this is the place to be! A very charming café serving delicious vegan dishes, from wraps and salads, to yummy desserts and cleansing juices.

Take a book along with you and lounge around in their courtyard or patio and enjoy your post-lunch chai. They also boast of a shop with the most adorable fashion and accessories, so be sure to spare some time for browsing.



La SerreLa Serre

Cuisine: French
Location: Vida Hotel, Downtown
Price per person: AED 500 

La Serre is a resplendent restaurant to have lunch at with your business partners. Classy atmosphere and a delectable choice of food, this will be an instant winner.

Enjoy the picturesque views while devouring their zesty, fresh salads. If you aren't too rigid about your timing, we recommend you go for their award-winning eggs Benedict... for lunch! We became instant loyalists after our wonderful experience.   




Jones the GrocerJones The Grocer 

Cuisine: European
Location: Sheikh Zayed Road
Price per person: AED 90

Jones the Grocer is a classic: freshly baked breads and pastires, an array of international cheeses, a medley of European flavours, efficient service and a relaxed yet vibrant ambience makes this an all-time topper in our list of the best lunch places in Dubai.

This deli/restaurant is filled with expats during the day on weekends and we know why! Their signature Jones Wagyu burger is to die for, and for vegetarians, do not miss out on their creamy truffle and mushroom risotto. 




Cuisine: Japanese
Location: DIFC
Price per person: AED 200 (3-course set lunch menu is AED 110) 

Head over to Zuma during lunch on a weekday and you will rub shoulders with professionals in dark suits. We suggest you follow suit and take a break from your office cubicle to have lunch with your colleagues in this Japanese favourite.

The food is consistently excellent, the ingredients at top quality, and the staff is professional without being overbearing. The perfect respite from work on a mid-week afternoon!


The Market CafeThe Market Café

Cuisine: International
Location: Grand Hyatt Hotel, Oud Metha
Price per person: AED 220 

Ideal for a family lunch over the weekend, The Market Café will spoil you for choice. Their spread is extensive without compromising on quality. The food, no matter what cuisine you go for, will be a delightful surprise.

What is more, the lush, green setting and the buzzing vibe during the day will provide a pleasurable atmosphere. Go for the grilled salmon and the slow roast lamb leg for an indulgent, lazy afternoon; and for the little ones we recommend their fresh chicken pizza and tomato penne.




Cuisine: Turkish
Location: DIFC
Price per person: AED 60 

Another DIFC hideout, Mado is a fuss-free place to get away from the boardroom with your workmates. This Turkish deli is small but serves generous portions of meat and rice. If it is something lighter that you are craving, their all-day breakfast menu will also cater to your needs. 

Express service, reasonable prices and homely food: this place will take you back to Istanbul. 




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