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Dubai’s top 20 most stylish restaurants

Words by Rob Chilton

Book a table at one of the best-looking food spots in the city.

Don’t tell a chef this – they’re temperamental folk who might take it the wrong way and come at you with a rolling pin – but a huge part of the pleasure that comes from going out to eat these days has nothing to do with the food, but how the restaurant looks.

The first 10 seconds someone spends in a restaurant is crucial to their enjoyment. The door opens and the clock starts ticking as we make a series of split-second judgements about numerous things such as flooring, lights, colours, furniture, fabrics, cutlery, staff uniforms, music (genre and volume), temperature and smell.

If a restaurant fails in those early moments, it doesn’t matter if the food is sensational because when your mates ask you the next day how dinner was, you’ll find yourself replying, “The cushions were too soft, I was blinded by the lights, and they played David Guetta all night.”

Some restaurants, as well as keeping things tight in the kitchen, pay huge attention to the front-of-house experience and these are the places you’ll find on our list. These stylish Dubai spots have thought carefully about every detail to create a cohesive and comfortable environment that makes your shoulders drop the second you walk in. Take a look and book a table.

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