Almaz by Momo
Mourad Mazouz, the man that made Moroccan hip in London, has lent his skills to this stylish, sprawling eatery that houses a juice bar, shisha café and central dining salon. The low lighting and North African pop music make it feel a lot like its British cousin Momo, but as this is Dubai, the champagne is necessarily non-alcoholic. In fact, it’s only the fact that Almaz is unlicensed (erm, and in a mall) that prevents us from recommending it as an evening hang-out, as the food and service are top-notch. As it stands though, it’s a great place to avoid the Mall of Emirates’ (yes, the one with the ski slope) weekend hoards of screaming brats in salopettes, with the delicately spiced couscous, tagines and pastilla for the shopping-weary, and mint tea and tooth-hurting pastries offering a dizzying sugar rush.