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Dubai, UAE

Creative Arabesque cuisine in a spectacular space

Why go? Set over two floors with stunning interior designs, Qbara is one of the most glamorous dining destinations in a city not exactly short on spectacular restaurants. Chef Mohannad Al Shamali's creative and modern approach to Middle Eastern and North African food lives up to the splendid surrounds.

Typical dishes: From epic tasting menus to small sharing plates, all appetites are catered for at Qbara. Stand-out dishes include aromatic spiced beef tartare with tomato and onion salsa or roast cabbage dolma with za'atar and truffle butter. Finish with baked 'kunafa' pastry filled with orange cream and cubes of iced nougat.

A little more about the space: Award-winning Tokyo based designer Noriyoshi Muramatsu was responsible for the restaurant's fabulous interior. The focal point is a patchwork wall of Islamic timber carvings, illuminated with 3D projections. A curved wall of ‘flying’ carpets and a chandelier consisting of 658 hand-blown glass bubbles are other hard-to-miss features.

About the chef: Al Shamali is a veteran of the Middle Eastern fine-dining scene with stints at Ember Grill and At.mosphere at Burj Khalifa on his CV.

Top fact: There are 280 antique Afghani carpets suspended on carved panels in the curved 'flying carpet’ wall feature.

On the pass

  • Mohannad Al Shamali

Style of food

  • Modern Middle Eastern and North African

Standout dish

  • Aromatic spiced beef tartare, tomato and red onion salsa