Rebecca McLaughlin-Duane rounds up of the best business lunch deals in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Ajman.
Italian: Roberto's on Al Maryah Island offers a daily business-lunch deal for Dh85 for two courses, and Dh119 for three. The dishes change weekly but seasonal offerings include chickpea soup and burratta cheese ravioli. Fish dishes might include Dover sole, sea bass or black cod, while meat dishes can feature baby chicken and veal chops.
• Visit www.robertos.ae/abudhabi or call 02 627 9009
Arabic: For a chic dining experience and some contemporary Arabic fare head to Li Beirut, located in Jumeirah's Etihad Towers. Expect variations on main-menu offerings, which include foie gras kibbeh and zaatar-crusted rack of lamb accompanied by sweet potato and truffle. Set menu prices start from Dh230.
• Visit www.jumeirah.com or call 02 811 5666
International: The business-lunch menu at The Dining Room in the Jannah Burj Al Sarab hotel includes a three-course set menu for Dh55. The deal comprises a salad, main course and dessert. Created by chef Wafi Halimi, the organic ingredients, fruit and vegetables in the dishes are all sourced daily from the nearby Mina market. Mention the promo code 'JannahTimes' to receive a free beverage.
• Visit www.jannah.ae or call 02 555 2231
Indian: Tamba restaurant in the capital offers diners a spicy culinary experience for Dh99. Available from midday to 2pm, Sunday to Thursday, dishes may include seared salmon anardana, slow-cooked lamb shank and char-grilled baby chicken. The loft-style venue is in The Hub at the mall inside World Trade Center Abu Dhabi.
• Visit www.tambarestaurant.com or call 02 672 8888
French: For an informal business lunch, Pascal Tepper has just the thing. The dine-in cafe, which has a terrace, offers à la carte options ranging in price from Dh30 to about Dh110. The menu features soups, quiches and sandwiches, plus more-substantial offerings such as corn-fed chicken with artichoke risotto. It is on the ground floor of IPIC Tower.
• Visit www.pascaltepperfrenchbakery.com or call 02 444 4762
Italian: A business lunch boasting the best views of the fountains in Downtown Dubai can be found at Armani/Deli in the Burj Khalifa. A two-course 'Pronto' menu costs Dh130, three-course options start from Dh160. Standout dishes include beef bresaola with a rocket-Parmesan salad, and buckwheat penne with duck ragout.
• Visit www.armanirestaurants.com or call 04 888 3888
Spanish: A modern yet authentically Spanish menu is offered by LaLuz in the Dubai International Financial Centre. An express, three-course lunch costs Dh95, while a four-course 'Spanish Lunch' is Dh130. Must-try dishes include Andalusian gazpacho, Spanish paella and churros with chocolate dipping sauce.
• Visit www.laluzrestaurant.com or call 04 359 7777
Thai: Located in Business Bay, Fuchsia offers a fragrant menu of light Thai lunch options for just Dh59. Popular dishes include spicy coconut soup, papaya salad, wok-fried quinoa and grilled sea bass. Recommended beverages include fresh juices and lemongrass iced tea. There's also a second outlet in Barsha Heights, with valet parking facilities.
• Visit www.fuchsiame.com or call 04 425 3080
Chinese: The food options at Royal China in DIFC are vast and diners can plump for a two-course menu for Dh68 or three-course deal for Dh128. Dishes to try include the hot and sour soup, crispy wasabi prawns and Kung Pao chicken. If you have room left for dessert, there's pan-fried red-bean pastries, and mango in pomelo soup with sago.
• Visit www.royalchinadubai.com or call 04 354 5543
Japanese: A business-lunch bento box at Ajman Palace Hotel costs Dh79 and includes a starter, main dish, an item from the grill and a dessert. It is a cool, no-fuss meal combo with a choice of Asian, Arabic and international dishes. Japanese options include Teriyaki salmon and shrimp noodle salad. The Ajman venue is 22km from Dubai and 11km from Sharjah.
• Visit www.hmhhotelgroup.com or call 06 701 8888