The Middle-Eastern outpost of London’s Rivington Grill is an oasis of laid-back chic – white butcher’s tiles line the walls, broken up with cool neon signage, with an open kitchen serving piping-hot dishes over a marble countertop at which you are welcome to sit when it’s rammed (which it almost always is). The food is essentially great gastropub grub – fish and chips, steak, dressed crab and a wicked Eton Mess and sticky toffee pudding are signatures – and the wine list is excellent and incredibly good value. But it’s the service that will knock you sideways – smiling, efficient and knowledgable. Brunch here is unfailingly brilliant – it’s the only place in Dubai that does a decent Welsh rarebit. During cooler months, request a table on the terrace to enjoy it. You’d be advised not to do the same in the evenings though, as once the Dubai Fountain it overlooks cranks up, you’ll need a cagoule and a golf brolly.