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Marina Social

Dubai, UAE

Atherton's Social experience finds a natural home in Dubai

Why visit: British chef Jason Atherton's Social restaurants specialise in 'deformalised dining' – a relaxed, convivial experience that fits perfectly with the sun-drenched vibe of Dubai's buzzy marina. 

What to order: There's something for everyone on the wide-ranging modern British-Mediterranean menu. Highlights include Italian beef tomato and burrata with 25 year-aged balsamic and tomato salt or the Social Dog – a duck and foie gras sausage served with brioche and caramelised onions. Finish with rhubarb and custard soufflé.

Top tip: Say the magic words 'feed me' to your waiter and the kitchen will decide a surprise four-to-eight-course tasting menu for you.

The space: Part of the InterContinental hotel with stunning views of Dubai Marina, the restaurant sports a sleek, contemporary design and features an open kitchen with dining counter and separate dessert bar, where guests can get up close and personal with the chefs.

In the kitchen: Scottish chef-patron Tristin Farmer brings a wealth of fine dining pedigree. He cut his teeth at Restaurant Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles, before working for Gordon Ramsay at Claridges, Petrus and Maze. He joined Atherton's Social Company in 2014, initially at Pollen Street Social.

What else? The restaurant has five service trollies serving champagne, digestives, cigars, teas and desserts.

On the pass

  • Tristin Farmer

Style of food

  • Modern British-Italian

Standout dish

  • Social Dog – a duck and foie gras sausage served with brioche