San Valentino a Dubai: cosa da fare, dove mangiare – Valentine’s Day in Dubai

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Italiano

Fiori: ordinati. Limousine: prenotata. Serenata: pronta. Pare che i festeggiamenti per San Valentino possano cominciare. Resta solo da prenotare il ristorante…

Ecco a voi una selezione di ristoranti dove portare la propria dama (o farsi portare dal proprio cavaliere) per la serata di San Valentino. La selezione è stata fatta da TimeOut Dubai, ecco perchè le recensioni sono in inglese. Sono tuttavia ben visibili (oltre ai nomi dei ristoranti, che aprono ciascun paragrafo) i costi (espressi in Dirham, Dhs) e i numeri di telefono per prenotare. Se usate un cellulare italiano, non dimenticate di eliminare lo zero e anteporre il prefisso internazionale 00971:

050 1179474 diventa 00971 50 1179474

Ricordiamo che San valentino quest’anno cade alla vigilia del compleanno del Profeta Maometto (Milad an Nabi), ricorrenza religiosa durante la quale il consumo di alcool è vietato, anche all’interno degli hotel internazionali. Il Dipartimento del Turismo e del Commercio di Dubai ha proibito la vendita di alcoli dalle 18 del 14 febbraio e per le 24 ore successive. Molti hotel, in genere non interessati dal divieto del consumo di alcool, in quanto considerati una zona franca da questo punto di vista, si sono adeguati proponendo come serata di celebrazione per le coppie che non intendono rinunciare allo champagne, il 13 sera.

English

You’ve bought a card, you’ve ordered some flowers and the the string quartet are already hiding around the corner awaiting your signal. The only thing left to do is book a dinner. But where to go? Here you a selection of restaurant, proposed by Time Out Dubai.

This year the birthday of Prophet Muhammad is set to fall on February 14, therefore Valentine’s night is expected to be alcohol-free (including in the international hotels) and most of the hotels and restaurants are proposing also the 13rd night to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

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Here you a list of restaurants and prices. You can also find phone number to book  – Ecco a voi una lista di ristoranti e di relativi prezzi, inclusi i numeri di telefono per prenotare.

Dubai Marina Yacht Club If you’re planning to pop the question on Valentine’s Day, impress your loved one with a cruise on the luxurious Athena yacht. The cost includes a three-hour cruise with a four-course set menu, a bottle of bubbly, a chef and a butler on board.
Dhs7,000. Time can be arranged accordingly. Near Al Maya supermarket, Dubai Marina (04 362 7900).

Dusit Thani Dubai All three of the hotel’s restaurants will be serving set meals on February 14 – great for couples who enjoy each other’s company without the benefit of a stiff drink. The Californian is Dhs398 per couple with soft drinks, fresh juices and a special mocktail, while Benjarong and Pax are Dhs499 per couple including a mocktail each.
Sheikh Zayed Road, reservations.dtdu@dusit.com (04 317 4212).

Ember Grill and Lounge On February 13 and 14, enjoy a four-course menu of grilled specialities. The dinner deal also includes flowers and chocolates, just in case you forgot to buy them earlier.
Dhs450 (soft drinks); Dhs650 (bubbly, February 13 only). The Address Dubai Mall, dine.dubaimall@theaddress.com (04 438 8999).

Esca On Valentine’s Day, Esca will be dishing up five tempting courses while you whisper sweet nothings by the pool in the shadow of the glittering Burj Khalifa. There’ll also be roses and chocolates for ladies.
Dhs350 (including two glasses of date bubbly and soft drinks). 6.30pm. Qamardeen Hotel, Downtown Burj Khalifa (04 428 5923).

Maya by Richard Sandoval Those looking to spice up their Valentine’s Day celebrations on February 14 and 15 should head to this high-end Mexican restaurant helmed by top chef Richard Sandoval.
Dhs700 per couple (includes selected house beverages). 7pm. Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (04 316 5550).

M-Dek On February 13 and 14, Chef Nicolas will be offering a vast selection of recipes to heighten the senses. Though couples are welcome, the night is geared towards singles looking to mingle. February 14 is dry, but the hotel is offering special room packages.
Dhs199 per person; Dhs388 per couple. 7pm. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, bite@mediaonehotel.com (04 427 1000).

Oscar’s Love is all about sharing, which is why Oscar’s is offering a sharing menu for two on February 14 and 15 – delicate seafood, succulent meat skewers and a heart-shaped dessert.
Dhs199 per couple (includes two glasses of pink bubbly). 7pm. Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 331 1111).

Rhodes Mezzanine overnight stay On the evenings of February 10 and 14, enjoy top-class fare and an overnight stay at Grosvenor House for Dhs925. Not bad at all for five-star luxury (although he/she doesn’t have to know that).
Dhs925 per couple. Dinner served 7.30-11.30pm. Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina (04 399 8888).

Rive Gauche To avoid the potential dry day on February 14, Rive Gauche is offering a five-course set menu from February 10-13, and ladies will also receive a spa discount voucher. Best for couples who need to celebrate their Valentine’s Day with bubbles.
Dhs1,000 per couple. 6.30pm. The Address Dubai Marina (04 436 7777).

Saha Courtyard Just because you’ve a family doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Valentine’s Day with kids in tow. Saha will offer live buffet stations in a serene setting that makes you feel as though you’ve escaped the city.
Dhs250 per person (including selected beverages); Dhs100 for kids aged six to 12. 7pm. Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, near Arabian Ranches, www.poloclubdubai.com (04 361 8111).

Spice Island For a more oriental take on Valentine’s Day, head to Spice Island on February 13 or 14, when the staff will be cooking up all manner of dishes with an Asian twist.
Dhs189 (soft drinks), Dhs239 (selected house beverages); Dhs309 (premium beverages). 7pm. Renaissance Hotel, Deira, www.dubairenaissance.com (04 262 5555).

Teatro For couples who like all their senses tickled on Valentine’s Day, Teatro is offering roses, chocolate and posh John Richmond fragrances, as well as a four-course menu.
Dhs700 per couple. 7pm. Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 312 2202).

The Talk Smooth grooves and fun on the outdoor terrace – we predict a relaxed, yet romantic experience.
Dhs399 per couple; Dhs499 per couple in a private cabana. 7pm. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, JBR (04 449 8888).

Traiteur If anyone knows about romance, it’s the French. Chef Franck Detrait has created a sumptuous five-course Gallic menu for guests on February 13 and 14. Don’t miss the views.
Dhs650 per person (food only). 7.30pm. Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira (04 317 2222).

101 On February 14, enjoy a relaxed, laid-back Valentine’s experience at this ultra-chic venue.
Dhs350 per person including soft drinks. 7pm. One&Only The Palm (04 440 1010).

Al Hambra A Spanish-inspired three-course set menu has been specially crafted for this special night.
Dhs250. 7.30pm. Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6730).

Al Qasr Set on the private beach of Al Qasr or Mina A’ Salam, experience a romantic dinner on February 14. Indulge in a four-course set menu, which includes non-alcoholic drinks.
Dhs2,650 with soft drinks. 7.30pm. Madinat Jumeirah, MJrestaurants@jumeirah.com (04 366 6730).

Andiamo! On February 14, impress your beloved with a four-course menu that includes a bottle of Italian bubbly, red roses and a box of chocolate pralines.
Dhs200 per person with soft drinks; Dhs250 with bubbly. 6pm-11.30pm. Grand Hyatt Dubai, Oud Metha, restaurants.dubai.hyatt.com (04 317 2222).

Anise On February 13, the spread at Anise includes oysters, bubbly, strawberries, and chocolate, plus a rose for every female guest.
Dhs988 per couple. 7.30pm. InterContinental Dubai Festival City, restaurant.reservation@ichdfc.ae (04 701 1127).

Awtar On February 14, this Lebanese restaurant presents a four-course set menu served in an amorous setting with live entertainment. Ladies will be presented with roses and a box of Arabic sweets.
Dhs250 per person with soft drinks; Dhs350 with a bottle of bubbly. 7.30pm. Grand Hyatt Dubai, Oud Metha, restaurants.dubai.hyatt.com (04 317 2222).

Beach Bar & Grill On February 14, a beachfront dining experience awaits with a stylish yet relaxed vibe overlooking The Palm.
Dhs250 per person (food only). 7pm. One&Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh Road (04 399 9999).

Belgian Beer Café On February 13 there’s an alternative venue for singles: the Belgian Beer Café presents ‘Black Valentine’s Day’. The restaurant will be themed as such, and will be serving a special ‘black mussels’ menu. The first 40 singles will also receive a free pint and a serving of Belgian fries.
Prices vary. 5pm. Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City, restaurant.reservation@ichdfc.ae (04 701 1127).

Bistro Madeleine On February 13, evoke the spirit of Paris by heading to this French venue for a four-course set menu.
Dhs600 per couple; includes a glass of bubbly. 6pm. InterContinental Dubai Festival City, restaurant.reservation@ichdfc.ae (04 701 1127).

BiCE Soft lighting, an intimate atmosphere, live pianist and outstanding food – BiCE’s four-course Valentine’s menu on February 13 includes home-made heart-shaped ravioli and petit fours.
February 13: Dhs650 per person including glass of bubbly, a rose and chocolates. February 14, Dhs450 per person with soft drinks. 7pm. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah (04 318 2520).

Café Chic On February 13, romance your loved one in true French style with a delectable chocolate and truffle menu.
Dhs550 per person. 7.30pm. Le Méridien Dubai, Airport Road, Garhoud (04 702 2455).

Celebrities This elegant restaurant, with its views of the Arabian Gulf, is a great setting for a romantic evening.
Dhs250 per person, food only. 7pm. One&Only Royal Mirage (04 399 9999).

Elia This Greek restaurant is offering a Valentine’s menu, plus the chance to win a one-night stay at the Majestic Hotel.
Dhs400 per couple; includes one drink. 6pm. Majestic Hotel, Mankhool Road, Bur Dubai (050 168 8389).

Eauzone On February 14, couples can unwind on the shaded wooden decks and floating majlis overlooking the pools.
Dhs250 per person; food only. 7pm.One&Only Royal Mirage (04 399 9999).

Fareast Seafood Market On February 13 and 14, eat all you can with your loved one, plus a complimentary bottle of house grape or bubbly.
Dhs329 per couple. 7pm. Regent Palace Hotel, Bur Dubai (04 396 3888).

Indego by Vineet On February 14 and 15, there will be an evening of ‘love and spice’ at Indego, which is offering a specially created three-course meal. At the end of the evening, each couple will be given a surprise gift.
Dhs700 per couple, includes glass of bubbly on arrival. 7pm. Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina (04 317 6000).

M’s Beef Bistro This venue’s cosy atmosphere is a pefect setting for a romantic dinner on February 13.
Dhs260 (per person). 7.30pm. Le Méridien Dubai, Airport Road, Garhoud (04 702 2455).

Magnolia A healthy Valentine’s awaits you and your sweetheart – start the night with a rose mocktail followed by a special three-course set menu.
Dhs250. 7.30pm. Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6730).

Manhattan Grill On February 14, celebrate Valentine’s Day with a romantic candlelit dinner and a five-course set menu.
Dhs400 per person with soft drinks; Dhs550 including a bottle of bubbly per couple. 7pm. Grand Hyatt Dubai, Oud Metha, restaurants.dubai.hyatt.com (04 317 2222).

Ossigeno On February 15, tuck into classic Italian food, Italian bubbly, or Italian red or white grape, with dishes by chef Marco Lucentini.The same menu will be offered on February 14 with soft drinks.
Dhs700 per couple; includes glass of Italian bubbly on arrival. 7pm. Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort, Dubai Marina (04 316 5550).

Ottomans On February 14 and 15, Ottomans is serving dinner in the theme of ‘Moonlight Turkish Delight’, featuring Turkish fare and the classical sounds of oud and tabla.
Dhs700 per couple; includes a glass of bubbly. 7.30pm. Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina (04 317 6000).

Pachanga From February 9-14, sample some Latin American passion with five courses. Dhs450 per person; includes glass of bubbly and a rose.
Dhs800 per couple; includes two glasses of bubbly and a rose. February 14 will be a dry day; packages will cost Dhs350 per person and Dhs600 per couple. per couple 6.30pm. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah (04 318 2530).

Pai Thai Arrive by abra and enjoy a three-course set menu.
Dhs380. 7.30 pm. Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6730).

Pierchic Stroll out to sea along the pier to a special three-course set menu with two choices for each course.
Dhs530. 7.30pm. Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6730).

Pisces Featuring a four-course set menu with two choices for each course, along with a complimentary sparkling non-alcoholic beverage.
Dhs380. 7.30pm. Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6730).

Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire On February 13, sample a three-course menu with grape-based beverage pairing. Enjoy the same menu on February 14 with soft drinks.
Dhs2,380 per couple; includes glass of pink bubbly on arrival. 7pm. InterContinental Dubai Festival City, restaurant.reservation@ichdfc.ae (04 701 1127).

Rhodes Twenty10 Gary will pop in to say hi on February 14 and 15.
Dhs900 per couple. 7pm. Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort, Dubai Marina (04 316 5550).

Rodeo Grill A gala five-course set menu.
Dhs350 (per person; includes a glass of bubbly); Dhs325 on February 14 (dry night). 7pm. Al Bustan Rotana Dubai (04 282 0000).

Segreto A three-course set menu with a sparkling soft drink.
Dhs350. 7.30pm. Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6730).

Sloane’s On February 14 and 15, guests can enjoy a buffet of delicately prepared dishes.
Dhs220 food only; Dhs500 with a glass of bubbly; Dhs620 with a bottle of pink bubbly; Dhs980 with a bottle of premium bubbly. 7pm. Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina (04 317 6000).

STAY by Yannick Alléno On February 14, enjoy signature dishes reinterpreted in a contemporary fashion.
Dhs650 per person; including soft drinks. 7pm. One&Only The Palm (04 440 1010).

Sukothai Express your love in the exotic ambience of the Orient with a special set menu on February 13.
Dhs299 (per person). 7.30pm. Le Méridien Dubai, Airport Road, Garhoud (04 702 2455).

Terra Firma On Sunday 13, enjoy the best cuts of steak as part of a four-course set menu.
Dhs1,111 per couple. 7pm. Al Badia Golf Club by InterContinental Dubai Festival City, restaurant.reservation@ichdfc.ae (04 701 1127).

The Cellar What could be more romantic than watching tennis at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships? You’ll be seated in the VIP section of the Dubai Tennis Stadium and can enjoy a drink at the the affiliated lounge bar. In the evening you can dine under the stars at The Cellar.
Dhs799 per couple. Noon-late. The Cellar and Dubai Tennis Stadium, The Aviation Club, Garhoud (04 282 9333).

Verre by Gordon Ramsay On February 13 and 14 (dry night), enjoy an intimate atmosphere and an exquisite six-course menu.
Dhs495. 7pm. Hilton Dubai Creek, Deira (04 212 7551).

Long Yin Chef George has created a special menu for this special occasion on Valentine’s Eve.
Dhs260 per person. 7.30pm. Le Méridien Dubai, Airport Road, Garhoud (04 702 2455).

Okku From February 13-15, Okku is offering an exclusive 14-course Valentine’s sharing menu.
Dhs395 (per person). Monarch Hotel, Number One Sheikh Zayed Road (04 501 8777).

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