10 brilliant business lunches in Dubai

Need a decent lunchtime meal that won’t keep you out of the office for too long? Try one of these delicious business lunches.

Peter Iantorno February 18, 2015

If you're trying to impress an important client, looking to treat your team or even if you're simply sick of the fast food joint next to your office, here are 10 Dubai business lunches that are a million times better than your local sandwich shop:

Zuma

Venue: Sleek, sophisticated dining spot in the heart of DIFC. Aimed at the high-flying business crowd.

Food: Contemporary Japanese fare cooked to the highest standard. Expect miso soup; seared beef with soy, garlic, ginger and lime; assorted sashimi, lime wasabi ponzu and kumquat; and miso-marinated black cod wrapped in hoba leaf.

Time: Served from 12.30-2.30pm, (Sunday to Thursday). They can have you in and out in under an hour if you're in a rush.

Cost: Ebisu lunch is AED 130, Express is AED 72, both plus 10 percent DIFC fee. Details: Visit zumarestaurant.com 


The Ivy

Venue: A Dubai institution, Emirates Towers stalwart The Ivy is an elegant venue with an understatedly luxurious feel that's sure to impress clients. 

Food: Classic British cookery given a refined twist. Think duck, orange and cress salad; fish and chips with minted pea purée; corn-fed chicken breast with foi gras and roast garlic potatoes; and banana sticky toffee pudding.

Time: Served from 12-4pm.

Cost: Two courses, AED 130; three courses, AED 150. Details: Visit theivy.ae the ivy business lunch


Bussola

Venue: Set by the beach of the Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi, Bussola is a quaint seaside restaurant perfect for an escape from the office.

Food: Classic Italian fare, including traditional antipasti, freshly made thin-crust pizzas, pasta and risotto.

Time: Served from 12-2.45pm.

Cost: AED 130 per person for two courses. Details: Visit bussoladubai.com bussola business lunch


Reform Social & Grill

Venue: Set in the idyllic The Lakes, Emirates Living District and based on the vibrant London restaurant of the same name, Reform is the perfect place for a peaceful break from the office.

Food: The business lunch consists of a decadent lobster and steak menu, featuring lobster, pea and mint salad; lobster sandwiches; steak and blue cheese salad; steak sandwiches; and even a surf 'n' turf option.

Time: Served from 12-3pm.

Cost: AED 65 for lobster or steak dishes, AED140 for surf 'n' turf. Details: Visit reformsocialgrill.ae Reform business lunch Dubai


Frankie's Italian Bar & Grill

Venue: The result of a collaboration between Marco Pierre White and horse-racing legend Frankie Dettori, Frankie's is an unpretentious casual dining option on the busy JBR The Walk.

Food: Starting from March the 1st, the venue will be offering three menu options: an express lunch that aims to get you in an out in under an hour, a healthy menu aimed at diet-conscious diners, and a menu designed especially for sharing. One thing that's sure to be present of every option is a heavy hit of classic Italian flavours.

Time: Served from 12.30-3.30pm. Cost: Starting from AED 70. Details: Visit frankiesdubai.com Frankies business lunch.


The Rib Room

Venue: Located on the ground floor of Emirates Towers, The Rib Room's dark panelled walls and luxurious leather seats give it a distinctly high-end feel.

Food: Delicate starters such as Scottish salmon carpaccio and Cesar salad served with confit cherry tomato give way to hearty mains including Australian lamb chops, USDA rib-eye steak and oven-baked mac 'n' cheese.

Time: Served from 12-3pm every day except Thursday.

Cost: From AED 65 for one course to AED 150 for three courses. Details: Visit jumeirah.com The Rib Room business lunch.


Ballarò

Venue: Conveniently located for the Downtown crowd in the Conrad Dubai, Ballarò's open kitchen and various cooking stations give it a buzzing and friendly atmosphere.

Food: The serve-yourself buffet business lunch concept features a large selection of international cuisine prepared at live cooking stations, complemented by a large antipasti station.

Time: Served from 12.30-3pm.

Cost: AED65 for antipasti only, or AED 120 for the full lunch. Details: Visit conraddubai.com Ballaro business lunch


UBK

Venue: With more and more businesses operating out of JLT nowadays but still comparatively few dining options, UBK has filled the void with its casual pub-style dining concept.

Food: Expect super-quick, super-easy and full-of-flavour pub-style food

Time: Served from 12-3.30pm.

Cost: A bargain at AED 49 for two courses. Details: Visit facebook.com/ubkdubai ubk business lunch.


Gaucho

Venue: Located in the heart of DIFC, Gaucho Dubai is a stylish restaurant that caters to a stylish and affluent clientele.

Food: The fine-dining steakhouse offers a carnivore-friendly business lunch menu including a starters of fillet steak tartare and braised beef short ribs, and mains of rib-eye steak and the special Guacho burger.

Time: Served from 12-4pm.

Cost: Two courses, AED 110; three courses, AED 130, four courses, AED 150, plus 10 percent DIFC charge. Details: Visit gauchorestaurants.co.uk Gaucho business lunch


The Observatory

Venue: Set high up on the 52nd floor of the Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel, the stunning views of the Marina and Palm are a safe bet to impress clients over lunch.

Food: Classic dishes served with a refined, modern twist. Think modern prawn cocktail, herb-crusted lamb chops and espresso crème brûlée.

Time: Served between 12-3pm. The restaurant can have you in and out within 45 minutes in you're in a rush.

Cost: Two courses, AED 90; three courses, AED 120. Details: Visit observatory.dubaimarriottharbourhotel.com The Observatory business lunch.