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Today's Menu : Dining Out In Dubai

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A leading hotelier, Tony Chi described a good restaurant "as a living theatre that ensured the customer was the most important member of the cast." Eating out is a huge sub-culture in Dubai second only to mall walkabouts. The restaurant jaunt in Dubai can be classed as :
The family outing : This is usually a weekend ritual - a respite for the harried homemaker.
The Bachelor routine : A monthly coupon and a set menu is the lifeline for most bachelors and grass widowers (family back home) in Dubai.
The Yuppie bracket : Club-hopping takes precedence here and at other times you would find them stylishly lounging in one of the many cafes dotting Dubai's landscape.
GoDubai invites you to identify good eating-out places in the UAE. Write in to us about why you start drooling the minute you think of your favourite restaurant! Send your reviews.

Surfers Respond

Sara Stojkovic
My favourite place is French Connection Express (part of the main French Connection in Dubai). It has mouth watering lasagna and fresh yummy salads and soft, sandwiches. The cafe is small but cozy and the best part is that they can deliver right to your doorstep anywhere in Sharjah for free. So anyone who has a craving during working hours or at home, this cafe has everything at very decent prices and healthy too. (Their soups are excellent too, not to mention desserts). I strongly recommend it. Sharjah lacks decent places to eat and I love to eat! Enjoy!!!!!

Sunaina, Dubai
If you want good Indian vegetarian food, Rajvada on the Bur Juman-Trade Centre road is my first choice. The decor is very ethnic and the food is not too heavily spiced or oily.
Anas, Sharjah
There's so much to choose from in the UAE. I love eating out with friends and usually we hang-out next to amusement arcades - magic planet at the Deira City Centre is our favourite hangout. For good Arabic food, the Automatic restaurant chain is a great place. For authentic Arabic sandwiches, you could try the Saj Express at Riqqa Street. The Al Dar in Jumeirah is classy as well.

Gulf Today, 13 April 2001
THE first Hotel Intelligence Middle East Conference opened at the Al Bustan Hotel Dubai with speakers taking stock of the accelerated expansion taking place in the Middle East hotel industry.

Delivering the keynote address, Tony Chi, president, Tony Chi & Associates, New York delved into the changing trend of restaurants.

"There is no difference between a hotel restaurant and a restaurant. A restaurant is just a restaurant where people go to celebrate," he said. He added that when they went to a restaurant they went looking for an experience as good moments spent remain treasured for life.

Speaking from his own experience of restaurants, he narrated a few ways on how to build a restaurant and how they had to change to suit customer needs. "In this part of the world the trend is family dining and restaurants have to ensure that they cater to this need," he said.

An emerging trend witnessed not just in the Middle East but in America too was the popularity of buffet restaurants. According to him the continuing transformation of restaurants as Living Theatre ensured that the customer was the most important member of the cast.

He stressed the need for originality rather than chasing others rainbows. The restaurants of the future, he felt, will need to succeed in animating the customer for success. According to Chi, the future must banish the shimmer, dazzle and excess.

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