Dubai’s most legit Chinese restaurants

  • Located at The Radisson Blu, China Club calls one of Dubai's oldest hotels its home. Add this joint to your dim sum bucket list - and if you don't have one, we suggest getting one started by the time you finish reading this list. The restaurant effortlessly serves up striking Peking, Cantonese, and Szechwan cuisine with a side portion of refined luxury. You've got two options when it comes to plunging into China Club's menu - a traditional Yum Cha affair at lunchtime or an a la carte dinner. recommends: Dim sum, Peking duck, and the famous caramelized banana fritters.

    Good to know: Stomach rumbling at midday? Check out the Yum Cha buffet for 139 dirhams.

  • A veteran in Dubai's Chinese restaurant scene, Long Yin is renowned for its Cantonese and Schezwan spread. Renowned for its fresh fish, the restaurant takes it to another level by letting guests choose their dinner straight out of an aquarium. The fish is then reeled out and prepared to the guest's taste with traditional ingredients. Not the perfect dinner venue for vegetarians, Long Yin's extensive menu is perfect for diners that are all about the meat and seafood. recommends: Chicken bun and steamed hammour with black bean sauce.

    Good to know: Long Yin's menu also features dishes prepared in Vietnamese and Mongolian style.

  • Dishing out Asian comfort food just like your mama used to make, you've got to up your chopstick game for this joint. Guests become part of the Fu family the minute they walk through the front door. Mama Fu's takes its ingredients very seriously, ensuring the meat is premium and the sauces are whipped up in-house. Food that's cooked to go right off your plate and straight to your heart, the menu is hopping with classic Chinese comfort grub for when you're feeling blue. recommends: Dynamite shrimp or chicken and Mama's roll cheesecake.

    Good to know: Mama Fu's serves up a wallet-friendly express lunch from 25 to 30 dirhams.

  • What started off in Taiwan as a cooking oil shop has evolved into one of the world's most sought-after eateries. One of Mall of the Emirates' hottest dining spots, Din Tai Fung gathers massive crowds for its phenomenal Chinese and Taiwanese fare. Highly ranked by the New York Times, the brand has now made its way across the ocean to Dubai. Guests are welcomed with a checklist that they place their order on and are handed a buzzer that lights up when their meal's ready. recommends: Crab and chicken xiao long bao and the Kung Pao chicken.

    Good to know: Wear your comfiest shoes because getting a table can frequently take an hour.

  • Voted one of the best Chinese restaurants in Dubai by What's On, Shang Palace is renowned for its signature Yum Cha and Beijing Duck (the pride of every Chinese dinner table). Located at the Shangri-La Hotel, Shang Palace extends across level one and offers a commanding view over the hotel's reception. Reviving the delicate art of Cantonese dining, the restaurant's menu is packed with classic favorites and a variety of meats prepared with exotic spices and sauces. recommends: Tofu in black truffle sauce and deconstructed tonka creme brulee.

    Good to know: Shang Palace boasts an extensive wine list which can be paired with your meal.

  • Looking for a Chinese dinner that will blow your mind but not your wallet? Type Shanghai Chic at Ibn Battuta Gate into your GPS, and hit the road! Voted the best Dubai-based Asian restaurant under 400 dirhams - this eatery is bursting over with scrumptious fare at sensible prices. If the elaborate a la carte menu is too overwhelming, opt for the unlimited tasting menu instead. Once that wins your heart, return for the gourmet Chef's Table Night for just 195 to 295 dirhams. recommends: Chicken BBQ buns, Kam Hiang squids, and lemongrass creme brulee.

    Good to know: Table reservations are highly recommended at Shanghai Chic.

  • Spanning across three floors, Maiden Shanghai has the perfect setting for any kind of occasion. Whether it's date night with your spouse or a glitzy night out with your friends, you can choose from outdoor seating with stunning views to a bustling vibe at the indoor bar. Its choice location at the Palm Jumeirah offers exquisite views of the marina and the city around it. Open throughout the week, indulge in Maiden Shanghai's modern menu and innovative cocktail selection. recommends: Sichuan Kung Pao, pan-fried wagyu beef buns, and its cocktails.

    Good to know: If fusion cuisine makes your heart skip a beat, put Maiden Shanghai on your list.


  • Tucked in an enchanting corner of Jumeirah Mina A'Salam, Zheng He's is committed to putting a contemporary spin on traditional Chinese fare. Neo-oriental flair is carefully folded into everything on its menu, right from the roast duck with Chinese pancakes to the rabbit wonton soup. The restaurant takes immense pride in the way it serves its duck - it's even got a resident duck master! Grab a drink and admire the sparkling lagoon waters while you wait for a table to clear. recommends: Zheng He's signature Fortune Beggar Chicken.

    Good to know: Dodge the queue and book a table online at Zheng He's website.

  • If the very mention of dumplings makes you weak in the knees, get ready to crawl home because Royal China's dim sum game is on fire. Opening its doors in 1996, the brand has skyrocketed from a humble eatery to an award-winning restaurant of its kind. If the conversation is about Chinese food, Royal China's name is sure to pop up. Treat yourself to a swanky night out with friends at the restaurant's main dining area or an intimate night in its secret garden with your date. recommends: Cantonese-style roast duck and the famous dim sum.

    Good to know: Save time and reserve on the go with Royal China's online booking system.

  • Draped in sexy bursts of black, white, and gold - Hakkassan embodies the buzzing spirit of urban living. Flaunting a specialty menu that's tailored for the local market, Hakkassan's carte is loaded with a range of novelle Chinese delicacies. The restaurant features stylish touches of elegant greenery and bold oak latticing. Located across the globe, from New York to Mumbai, Hakkassan is one of four iconic branches in the GCC. Enjoy a glamorous night out at Hakkassan's glittering Ling Ling Lounge, recognized for its sleek design and decor. recommends: Grilled silver cod, lobster with lotus root, and the specialty teas.


  • You haven't lived until you've tried out a hot pot experience. At Xiao Wei Yang, you're your own chef. Equipped with raw ingredients and a bubbling cauldron of broth, you have to transform what's on the table into a piping hot meal. Ideal for a first date or a night of fun and frolic with the entire family, the buzzing atmosphere at this joint is priceless. If you're a novice at cooking, build your kitchen confidence from the ground up at Xiao Wei Yang Hot Pot! recommends: Mongolian hot pot, scallion pancake, and the spicy incense pot.

    Good to know: You pay a basic price for the hot pot and the ingredients are individually priced.