The Maine Oyster Bar and Grill

Every once in a while an eatery emerges that ignores gimmicks and relies on good old fashioned talent in the kitchen to capture the imagination and that’s exactly what you get when you visit The Miane Oyster Bar & Grill. Even its location, “tucked away in a hotel loading dock” screams normality but there’s nothing normal about this experience. It successfully avoids any hint of pretentiousness but it can’t help that it has become one of the hottest dining destinations in the region.

Montreal gastropreneur Joey Ghazal and head chef Liam Breen have created a menu that embodies all the brasserie favourites but does so in a way that offers an honest dining experience and the foodies in and around the region have fallen in love with it, and with good reason. The raw bar features seafood towers, as well as crudo and oysters, not to mention a vast array of dishes from steaks and chops to pot roasts and steamers and fresh fish and seafood. The wine list maintains the unpretentious approach but offers more than enough choice to complement your meal.

If you can drag yourself away from the menu, not an easy task, the Long Bar is the perfect place for some good old fashioned cocktails, enjoyed by Dubai’s young set. The design has a strong retro vintage flavour, setting a relaxed atmosphere in which to meet friends and enjoy some ravishing concoctions or a place to retire to after dinner to keep the party going. The restaurant opens Saturday to Friday from 12pm until midnight, Thursday and Friday until 1am and the weekend brunch menu is available from 12pm until 4pm, Friday and Saturday.