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Where To Eat the Best Dumplings in Dubai

14 Restaurants
Looking for a place to enjoy some of Dubai's most mouthwatering dumplings? Here are MICHELIN Inspectors’ top picks across the city.
Updated on 04 March 2024
Gate Building 6, Ground Floor DIFC, Al Sukook Street, Dubai
$$$$ · Chinese

This Chinese restaurant located in Dubai’s bustling financial hub offers a menu that tells the story of the Silk Road that ran from Europe to China, with specialties ranging from Northern China to Sichuan. Diners can enjoy a delicately prepared selection of steamed and fried dim sums. One dish to explore is their signature Steamed Dumpling Platter.

Shang Palace
Shangri-La Dubai Hotel, 1st Floor, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
$$$ · Chinese

Here, guests can expect delectable Cantonese dishes in traditional Chinese setting. One notable dumpling is Shang Palace’s Steamed Hand-crafted Chinese Beef Dumplings. These beautiful oval dumplings are stuffed with hand-rolled Chinese beef balls, packed with herbs, condiments and spices. They are steamed with a little tomato sauce in chili oil, but not to worry – it isn’t too spicy.

REIF Japanese Kushiyaki
Unit 70, Dar Wasl Mall, Al Wasl Road, Dubai
$ · Japanese Contemporary

This kushiyaki-inspired Bib Gourmand helmed by Singaporean chef, Reif Othman, has got more than typical grilled meats and vegetables, its beef gyoza is well worth a taste. The four-piece gyozas are expertly made with a thin dough and cooked to perfection, giving it a translucent appearance. It is stuffed with a finely minced meat filling, topped with a piece of peppery beef and a drizzle of a thick, umami-rich glossy sauce.

Atlantis The Palm, 22nd Floor, Crescent Road, The Palm Jumeriah, Dubai
$$$$ · Japanese Contemporary

Located on 22nd floor of the Dubai’s iconic Atlantis the Palm, this well-known brand serves up some classic Japanese dishes with a South American twist. For diners looking for a little spice, Nobu’s succulent Wagyu Dumplings in Spicy Butter Ponzu will help satisfy those cravings.

Demon Duck by Alvin Leung
Banyan Tree Dubai, Bluewaters Island, Dubai
$$$$ · Chinese Contemporary

Celebrity Hong Kong-based chef Alvin Leung’s bold cooking style makes its way to his latest Dubai venture, located in the Caesars Palace Hotel. Offering classic Chinese dishes with a fun twist, his extensive list of dim sum is packed with variety, ranging from duck gyoza and spicy Hokkaido siu mai, to chicken and black truffle fun gao and vegetable daikon puff.

Gate Village 11, DIFC, Dubai
$$$$ · Japanese Contemporary

Bite down on juicy Wagyu Beef & Mushroom Gyozas, served with Truffle Teriyaki, while enjoying Dubai‘s stunning city views from the rooftop terrace. This chic restaurant boasting a contemporary Japanese menu is a cool hangout spot, especially for after work drinks and bites.

Tàn Chá
JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
$$ · Chinese Contemporary

A cool and contemporary Chinese eatery in the heart of Business Bay, overlooking the Dubai Canal, Tàn Chá delivers some seriously good Har Gao prawn dumplings. Diners can enjoy a dense prawn filling in a fine wrapper, prepared in what the restaurant dubs as “the TÀN CHÁ Way”, served piping hot and topped with a gentle cucumber foam. Powerful classic chili and soy dips are an added bonus.

Burj Khalifa, 1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Dubai
$$$$ · Japanese Contemporary

Located in the iconic Burj Khalifa, this contemporary Japanese restaurant serves up classic dishes such as sushi and teppanyaki in a minimalist and modern setting, with views overlooking dancing fountains. Of course, the Shinjuku-style chicken gyoza served with red chili sauce is a must-try to complete the traditional Japanese culinary experience.

99 Sushi Bar
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Dubai
$$$$ · Japanese Contemporary

Wagyu Gyozas are a must-have at this Spanish-owned Japanese restaurant. Dive into three generously filled and neatly executed pieces. Wrapped uniformly with precision, the gyoza filling is firm but moist and full of flavour, with a light browning on the top of each for an added crunchy texture. Don’t miss dipping it in a light sauce, flavoured with some vinegar and crunchy rounds of sharp, pickled apples to cut through the meat’s richness.

The Onyx Tower 2, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
$ · Japanese

What started off as a supper club is now a home-grown izakaya and brainchild of Dubai-raised chef, Neha Mishra. While her menu gives diners the choice of five signature ramen dishes, the Bib Gourmand also impresses with classic sashimis, robatas and of course, three types of must-try gyozas: beef, chicken and vegetable.

Maya Bay
Jumeirah Al Naseem Hotel, 906 Jumeirah Street, Umm Suqeim 3, Dubai
$$$$ · Asian

With a menu covering Japan, Thailand and China, this Asian restaurant delivers a delicious variety of dumplings. The first noteworthy dish is the flavourful and moist Wagyu Beef Gyoza. It is wrapped with precision and scorched for extra crunch, served with ponzu on the side for a little acidity. The second is the Xiao Long Bao - neatly wrapped dumplings filled with minced chicken and rich broth and steamed in hot basket.

Mott 32
Address Beach Resort, The Walk, Jumeriah Beach Residence, Dubai
$$$$ · Cantonese

Savour in Cantonese cuisine with Mott 32’s Steamed King Prawn Har Gao. Served in a lovely set of four, these thinly cased pockets of goodness are filled with a clean mix fine crystal shrimp. Enjoy it with a soy dip, pepped up with ginger and lemon grass, and a view overlooking Dubai Marina’s towering collection of skyscrapers.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Dubai
$$$ · Asian

Chef Kelvin Cheung’s vibrant personality speaks volumes across his dishes, with inspirations taken from his Chinese heritage and Canadian/American upbringing. The must-try dumplings here are his Wagyu Beef Potstickers, made with a delicate mix of wagyu beef and shrimp filling and served in Jun’s chili crunch broth, with a side of hot and sour vinaigrette and dusted with Szechuan powder.

Atlantis The Palm, Crescent Road, The Palm Jumeriah, Dubai
$$$$ · Chinese

The one-MICHELIN-star’s Premium Dim Sum selection is definitely worth a try. Presented on a platter rather than the traditional basket, the dish includes: lobster har gao in a green wrapper and flavoured with kaffir leaves, a delicious abalone-chicken mix siu mai topped with caviar and a king crab and mushroom mix in striking a blue-coloured wrapper. The platter also presents three fried versions too: a light puff pastry piece of venison, a pink handbag-shaped dumpling with a filling of minced wagyu and truffle, and finally a mooli puff resembling a carrot. Fun twists packed with flavour!