From Japanese Cakes to Crispy Chicken Burgers – Tuck into Dubai Design District’s Growing Culinary Offering

From Japanese Cakes to Crispy Chicken Burgers – Tuck into Dubai Design District’s Growing Culinary Offering

  • Four new cafés and restaurants open in Dubai Design District (d3)

Dubai-UAE: 01 August 2021 – Dubai Design District (d3) has expanded its culinary offerings in the quest to bring authentic dining experiences to Dubai, with four new café and restaurants opening up in the region’s largest creative hub.

The latest to join d3’s growing food scene include Otaku, a minimalist Japanese-inspired bakery and speciality coffeeshop; The Name, a contemporary restaurant, café and social spot; Smat, amodern Emirati restaurant and café; and G.O.A.Tserving some of the city’s juiciest burgers with a view of the Dubai Creek.

The new restaurants add to the buzz of Rethink Summer, d3’slong-running programme of cultural events designed to promote the city as a global creative capital, where visitors can enjoy a number of exclusive dine-in deals, free ice-creams, creative workshops, retail promotions, and much more.

Khadija Al Bastaki, Executive Director of d3, said: “As well as a global hub for creative businesses, d3 is a destination where people come for inspiration, entertainment, freshly-brewed artisan coffee and exquisite cuisine. Whether it’s the art, architecture or unique dining concepts, each experience offers a connection to city’s vibrant cultural scene. We are proud to be home to a wide range of original restaurants and cafés that you won’t find anywhere else in Dubai. We are certain that our quartet of new restaurants and cafés will be a delight for everyone who visits our community, as well as this season of the Rethink Summer.”

Otaku, which means ‘home’ in Japanese, is a minimalist bakery inspired by Japanese culture. Otaku strives to carve a niche in the local market by offering homemade baked goods along with specialty. It also carefully selects and exhibits exclusive retail items such as mugs, kettles, and tumblers from Japanese brand Kinto. The minimalist interior design and soft materials offers an expressive, calm and subtle ambiance.

The Nameisa contemporary restaurant, café and creative co-working-cum-social space. It offers anartistic, modern and bright environment for individuals to relax and refuel. It combines a concept store and a resto café, offering an integrated experience where guests can shop, eat, mingle or work. The restaurant serves up a tempting menu of homemade Mediterranean-inspired dishes with a Levantine touch, including smoked pastrami and cheddar sandwich, freshly-baked flat bread with spicy black angus and labneh, as well as a selection of vegan dishes, such as batatas with vegan melted cheddar.  

Smatblends the classic with the contemporary to bring a fresh and unexpected discovery of the Emirati cuisine to diners, from the traditional fragrant machboosto the locally caughthammourbathed in coriander pesto to succulent chicken breasts marinated in yoghurt and Indian-inspired cauliflower pakora burger. Smat is a homegrown contemporary Emirati restaurant &caféthat aims to surprise you with an exciting twist to traditional Emirati food. The restaurant has collaborated with farmers to bring the freshest organic specialty beans – a favourite among diners. Some of the chef’s favourites include regagparmegiana, the Emirati breakfast, and juicy lamb shank machboos.

G.O.A.T, an acronym for greatest of all time, is a homegrown burger store set alongside the banks of the Dubai Creek by d3’s The Block – a recreational facility for the community and visitors. The backdrop of a gorgeous landscape and the unique vibe of d3 will urge diners to indulge in the perfect burger. Whether it is the classicdouble wagyu cheeseburger or the Arigato with teriyaki sauce, shemeji mushrooms, enoki tempura and Japanese mayo in a soft brioche bun, you just can’t go wrong with a G.O.A.T burger.

Strategically located in the heart of Dubai, d3 is one of the city’s lifestyle and business destinations. With state-of-the-art infrastructure, co-working spaces, retail showrooms, commercial offices, smart city technologies, and a business-friendly framework designed to meet the needs of the industry, the community offers creative talent the tools to drive innovation. With dozens of international and homegrown public artworks and installations, the business district continues to empower the emirate’s economy and elevate Dubai’s status as a UNESCO Creative City of Design.


About Dubai Design District

Dubai Design District (d3) is a global creative ecosystem dedicated to design, fashion, architecture, art and retail. In line with Dubai’s position as the leading business destination for the region and beyond, d3 is created as the first-of-its-kind creative ecosystem that enables people and businesses to grow and co-create, whilst simultaneously providing a strong platform for creativity. Strategically located in the heart of Dubai, d3 is one of the city’s lifestyle and business destinations that challenges thousands of people to rethink the regular.

With state-of-the-art infrastructure designed to meet the needs of the industry and a business-friendly framework, the community offers creative talent the tools to drive innovation that permeates through various areas of Dubai’s economy, further reinforcing Dubai’s status as a UNESCO Creative City of Design.

d3 is a cutting-edge retail destination with over 40 retailers offering a variety of multi-brand boutiques, fashion brands, art galleries and showrooms. In addition, d3 is home to leading companies and talent including architects, interior designers, photography studios, product and fashion designers. The Design Quarter, the central component in the development of d3, features world-class offices, studios, showrooms and retail spaces spread across the district.

Some of the region’s most popular and sought-after events take place in d3 and attract international artists and audiences to cultural exhibitions and gatherings such as Dubai Design Week and Sole DXB. The destination also regularly hosts a roster of industry talks, workshops and educational programming, accessible to people of all ages.

d3 is also home to the cutting-edge business incubator – in5 – that aims to support the fashion and design industries by offering students and entrepreneurs the opportunity to transform their ideas into successful commercial ventures. This ecosystem is further supported by the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation, the region’s only university exclusively dedicated to design and innovation. For more information, please visit

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