Top Five Appetizers in Dubai.

Top Five Appetizers in Dubai.

It seems fair that if I had a Top 5 desserts in Dubai, so it goes, I should put together a list for the rest of the meal as well (even if I’m going in a somewhat random order).  Anyway, whoever committed to the idea of enjoying smaller plates before the main course was a particular style of genius.  I mean, what’s not to love?  More food!  Everyone wins!  While longtime readers will know that I can more or less live on Burrata and tartare of any form (my top ordered starters), I realize others might not share my passion.  Thus, I thought I would share some of the best of the little bites to share or enjoy on your own.

  1. Smoked Chicken Croquettes from Toro + Ko.  As I mention in the full review of the restaurant, you need to find a place in your life for these smoky, cheesy, chicken-y bites.  I promise you won’t be let down.  Whether on their own or as part of a more substantial meal, it’s my top choice in a menu that full of great options.

2. Wagyu Nigiri from The Experience by Reif Othman.  While I can’t promise this will be on the menu every time (Reif changes things up on a nightly basis), I can say that this is what I think of when I picture ‘Dubai on a plate.’  High-end protein?  Yes!  Gold leaf?  Yup.  I also love the idea of transforming a traditional into something unexpected.

Luxury on a plate? Wagyu nigiri with gold leaf @theexperience.byreifothman 💯

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3. Grilled Avocado from Asado.  Gotta have something for my vegetarian friends!  This deceptively simple dish makes the list not only because of its grilled creaminess but also the addition of a delicious salsa.  What could be a boring dish is elevated by a sweet and spicy chutney relish.  Plus, Also, I mean, I love avocados in all forms.

Delightful grilled avocado, Asado @palacedowntown • I’ve been loving some veggie dishes in the past week!

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4. Beef Tartare from Bistro Bagatelle.  As mentioned above, my general starters tend to include either/or tartare of some form or another.  The serving at Bagatelle is among my favorite — not only because of the stunning presentation and generous portion size, but also because the taste is exactly what I think of when I think of tartare.

Raise your hand if you’re always interested in beef tartare. 🙋 Not a bad looking option from @bagatelledubai

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5.  Edamame Hummus from Katsuya by Stark.  Another excellent vegetarian option.  While hummus is fairly ubiquitous in this city, I love this version.  The edamame flavor is subtle, but unique.  Add in some freshly made pita, and it’s a winner.  The location is also fantastic.

Have you ever tried edamame hummus? Love this version @katsuyauae ♥️

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What are your favorite appetizers in Dubai?  Anything I should go and check out?



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