#DealDiva: Dubai and Abu Dhabi dining deals for September

Zahira Dubai - halloumi pie - Dubai restaurants - FooDiva - #DealDivaEating out in the UAE across licensed restaurants is becoming prohibitively expensive, so from feedback you’ve given me across FooDiva’s social media channels (thank you), there’s clearly an appetite for compelling dining deals. And by that, I don’t mean brunches, buffet feasts or business lunches, but evening and weekend offers that combine a signature dish with an alcoholic beverage – or a table d’hote set menu. My aim is to share a monthly #DealDiva column.

So voila, the following dining deals in Dubai (15) and Abu Dhabi (7) are all valid throughout September, if not longer – and have been listed in order of price, starting with the most cheap and cheerful 🙂

If you know of any more, please feel free to comment here, or on social media with the hashtag #DealDiva.


  • Qwerty at Media One: every Saturday from 1-7pm, a roast dinner with one alcoholic drink for AED95.
  • 261 at The Els Club: every Saturday from 6-10pm is Burger Night. Ernie’s 8oz beef burger topped with veal bacon, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, onions and gherkins – served with a pint of beer or a glass of wine for AED95.
  • Geales at Le Royal Meridien: every Tuesday from 7-11.30pm, fish and chips plus a beer or glass of wine for AED99.
  • Reform Social Grill: every Monday night from 5pm onwards, three individual pies with hand cut chips are paired with a pint of ale for AED99.
  • Zoco at Al Habtoor City: every Saturday 12.30pm until closing, a Mexican-cum-Tex-Mex sharing menu and a bottle of wine for two people for AED250 (AED125 each).
  • Le Cirque at Ritz Carlton DIFC: a daily lunch deal, weekends included, where the chef curates a three-course menu based on dietary requirements for AED125 + 10% DIFC taxes.
  • Zahira at H Hotel: daily for dinner 6pm onwards, chef Greg Malouf’s nine-dish ‘art of feasting’ menu for AED132.50 per person (50% off). In fact, the deal gives diners 50% off the whole bill across any dishes, alcohol included.
  • Couqley in JLT: Steak Frites Sundays! For either a Sunday lunch or dinner, two portions of steak and fries, one pain perdu and a bottle of very drinkable red or white wine for AED279 (AED139.50 per person).
  • Graze at La Ville City Walk: every Friday and Saturday from 12pm-6pm, indulge in a set menu featuring two starters to share, a choice of main course and dessert for AED150 per person.
  • St Tropez at Mall of the Emirates: daily for lunch and dinner, enjoy a new two-course menu paired with two Estrella beers for AED175.
  • Folly at Souk Madinat Jumeirah: every Sunday to Wednesday from 7-9pm, a huge portion of steak and chips to share and a bottle of red wine for AED350 (AED175 each).
  • Hakkasan at Jumeirah Emirates Towers: daily from 6.30-8pm, feast on a four-course table d’hote menu plus a signature cocktail or glass of wine for AED188.
  • China Grill at Westin Mina Seyahi: every Monday evening, share a seven-course tasting menu with free-flowing house wine for AED388 a deux (AED194 per person).
  • El Sur at Westin Mina Seyahi: on Mondays from 7-9.30pm unlimited Spanish tapas, padron peppers and paella included, for AED199 with alcohol.
  • Chez Charles at Dubai Design District: every Monday evening (as well as lunch) is Mussels Monday. All-you-can-eat moules et frites with a choice of five different flavours – tomato, Thai green curry, Roquefort cheese, cream and Mariniere with free-flow rosé wine for AED275.

ABU DHABI (compiled by guest reviewer Matt @finediningmatt on Instagram & Twitter):

  • Sportsman’s Arms at Zayed Sports City: every Friday to Sunday from 12-11pm, USDA beef striploin, tender leg of lamb or half corn-fed chicken, served with Yorkshire pudding, mixed roasted vegetables and gravy. Chicken AED75; lamb and beef AED85; mixed AED95.
  • La Cava at Rosewood, Maryah Island: every Tuesday from 5-7pm for a cooking class, followed by a Burgers and Chateaux dinner from 6-10pm which includes one burger and two glasses of wine for AED150.
  • Hakkasan at Emirates Palace: daily from 6-7.30pm, a four-course menu with a choice of selected cocktail for AED165.
  • Inakaya at Venetian Village: every Saturday to Wednesday from 6-10pm, a four-course menu with free-flowing beer, house wine or spirits for AED195.
  • The Forge at Ritz-Carlton: every Tuesday from 7-11pm, Ladies Night with a three-course set menu and two house beverages for AED195.
  • JW Steakhouse at Marriott Downtown: every Wednesday to Saturday from 12-11pm, 500g Australian Wagyu tenderloin for two with two sides, two sauces and a bottle of grape for AED500 (AED250 per person).
  • JW Steakhouse at Marriott Downtown: daily from 6-10pm, eight-course tasting menu for AED350 with wine pairing.

If you’re after cheese and wine deals in Dubai, see here.

A bientôt.

FooDiva. x

I was about to book a table for seven of us @zahiradxb last night when a mail shot arrived announcing 50% off the whole bill (yes that’s all booze included!) as a new September season offer. That’s karma for you ?. The nine-dish art of feasting menu that we ordered was discounted to AED132.50 ?. Timely as the first #DealDiva column goes live today covering Dubai and Abu Dhabi (see link in profile). These are compelling evening and weekend offers for September at licensed restaurants combining a signature dish with an alcoholic beverage, or a table d’hote set menu (no brunches, buffets or business lunches). Hopefully more deals will surface to make this a regular monthly feature ?. Thanks to @finediningmatt for compiling Abu Dhabi’s. ?: delightful halloumi pie at Zahira. If you know of any more deals that fit the bill, let us know please! ???#foodivaloves #foodiva

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