World Car Free Day - Great lunch spots close to The Metro

To celebrate World Car Free day this Thursday, why not park your wheels at home for the day, and instead use Dubai’s public transport system to make your way around the city? Not only is it cost effective and immaculately clean, but it is also far more environmentally friendly to opt for communal travel.

To help you make the most of your car-free day, CitiSpi have pulled together a list of great lunch spots that are located nearby a metro station. How’s that for inspiration?

Bazxar in DIFC

Hop off at Emirates Towers metro station and take a short stroll over the Gate building 4 in DIFC to discover the newly opened Bazxar. Labelling itself as a food-market-restaurant-wine-bar, this truly is a unique addition to the Dubai dining scene as they fuse fine dining with street food in an effortless manner. For the evening, we recommend you reserve a table in the dining room but at lunch time you want to be hanging out inside the market-style part of the restaurant where you can order various types of cuisines from different kitchens of the restaurant. There’s everything from burgers and baos through to lasagnes and pizzas. Their business lunch is available on weekdays for AED 98 for two courses, AED 118 for three courses and AED 138 for four courses. To make a booking, call 04 355 1111.


Cocktail Kitchen, Armada Tower 2, JLT

Nestled between Dubai Marina and JLT metro station, Cocktail Kitchen was a warmly welcome addition to Dubai’s restaurant scene when they opened their doors earlier this year. With a promise to serve outstanding drinks and deliciously fresh food, but with a reasonable price tag, no wonder they have done so well to date! Not only do we adore their burrata, duck on a side car and fish in a bag, but we are also totally crazy about their quirky and stylish interior. Should you be looking for an after work hang-out, Cocktail Kitchen also do an Aperitivo Time from 5.30pm till 8pm with selected drinks for just AED 19. To make a reservation, call 056 828 0727.


Sicilia, Mövenpick Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel

For a perfectly authentic and truly rustic Italian culinary experience, take the metro to Ibn Battuta and head over the The Gate hotel for lunch at Sicilia. Known to serve some of the most authentic tasting Italian dishes in Dubai, Sicilia focuses on countryside Italian dining in a family-friendly setting. Their motto to ‘cook what is fresh today’ shines all the way through Chef Stefano’s cooking style. Come and try their special Business Lunch offer from Saturday to Thursday for just AED 75 per person, which includes a starter, a main and a coffee or tea to round off your meal. To make a booking, call 04 444 5613.


Wakame at Sofitel Downtown

Merely a skip and a jump away from the Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall metro station, the relatively new Sofitel Downtown hotel is a well-designed hotel with stylish eateries throughout. One of our fave spots for a bite of Asian inspired cuisine with a contemporary edge is Wakame, who promise a culinary experience like no other. Try their business lunch menu for AED 125 per person, which includes a choice of two starters and a main, with the option to add a dessert for an extra AED 35. Or if you prefer to go all-in with sushi and sashimi, their combo is priced AED 150 per person and is served with a miso soup. To reserve a table at Wakame, call 04 224 6663.


Carter’s at Wafi Mall

Venture to Dubai Healthcare City metro station and take a short stroll over to Wafi mall. Amongst the sea of great options available to choose from, Carter’s Bar & Restaurant offers a traditionally English gastro pub setting. Their menu includes English favourites and gourmet delights alike, and if you are a sports aficionado, this cosy venue also shows all the latest sports events. Try Carter’s business lunch menu at just AED 75 per person, which includes a soup, salad or BBQ chicken wings to start with, followed by Sri Lankan curry, a wagyu burger or mushroom risotto. All served with soft drinks and a coffee. To make a booking, call 04 324 4100

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