3 Fils: The dining spot locals can’t get enough of 

3 Fils: The dining spot locals can’t get enough of 
The cozy eatery has been generating quite the buzz since it first opened its doors in 2016. (Supplied)
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Updated 24 December 2020

3 Fils: The dining spot locals can’t get enough of 

3 Fils: The dining spot locals can’t get enough of 
  • This unassuming eatery provides a fine-dining experience without the pomp

DUBAI: With the array of dining options available in Dubai, it can be hard to stand out — especially when you’re a quaint restaurant tucked away in a small storefront on the Jumeirah Fishing Harbor. However, 3 Fils is managing to do just that.

The cozy eatery has been generating quite the buzz since it first opened its doors in 2016, attracting both locals and tourists who flock to the casual fine-dining restaurant for its delicious, fresh and reasonably priced food. Even Lebanese superstar Nancy Ajram is a fan.




The restaurant is located at Dubai’s Jumeirah Fishing Harbor. (Supplied)

3 Fils is spearheaded by two Emirati co-founders and a chef, Akmal Anuar, and bills itself as “modern Asian cuisine with a Japanese influence.” The restaurant is a reflection of the chef’s own Singaporean upbringing — he helmed Singapore’s much-lauded Iggy’s before opening Zengo at Dubai’s Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa.

Despite the pandemic, the local eatery is bustling. Much of that is due to its diverse and delicious cuisine, which offers everything from fresh seafood to gourmet indomie (yes, indomie — the instant noodles). It’s also because the homegrown restaurant offers a fine-dining experience without the multicourse, pre-set menus or the overly stuffy atmosphere with a procession of waiters tip-toeing to and from the table.




The restaurant’s sushi is top notch. (Supplied)

We visited on a breezy November evening. The restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating (on a walk-in basis), and we opted for the latter. The weather was nice, the people-watching excellent, and the ambience charming, helped by the swaying fishing boats and sprawling Dubai skyline adjacent to the restaurant. The venue’s cozy design, which is fashioned with upcycled fishing materials, only adds to that charm. The decor is minimalistic: Lush potted plants, modern artwork lining the concrete walls and hanging lights that emit a soft glow throughout the interior. 

We started with the seaweed salad, a simple yet delicious dish concocted out of wakame, slices of Granny Smith apples and caramelized walnuts. The starters are small and lightweight, but full of flavor. The thinly sliced beef carpaccio and scallops served with mandarin slices and sumac simply melt in the mouth.

The Asian-inspired tapas are best ordered in bulk and spread across the table. As the waiters bring food out whenever it’s ready, the table never gets overloaded. 




The Wagyu Overload is another standout — a gourmet beef burger that hits all the right notes. (Supplied)

The sushi is top notch too. We ordered a variety of rolls, including volcano, dragon and crispy eel as well as salmon and otoro nigiri (kilos of the bluefin tuna are imported weekly from Japan’s famous Tsukiji Fish Market). The restaurant doesn’t serve soy sauce  — a conscious decision not to overwhelm the inherent flavors of the dishes. 

The Wagyu Overload is another standout — a gourmet beef burger that hits all the right notes. Due to the dish’s popularity, the restaurant now offers a DIY at-home wagyu burger box, equipped with all the ingredients — juicy patties, fluffy potato buns, lettuce, provolone cheese, chipotle mayonnaise, fried onions — so you can recreate the dish at home.

Those who love comfort food will relish the indomie. Served with crispy strips of meat and spring onions, it’s hard to believe that the dish is based around supermarket-bought instant noodles. 




Served with crispy strips of meat and spring onions, it’s hard to believe that the dish is based around supermarket-bought instant noodles. (Supplied)

3 Fils does not serve alcohol, but its mocktail selection still packs a punch, with fun and fruity drinks like the citrusy Yellowbird with lime and passionfruit, and the Forbidden Fruit with mixed berries and ginger ale. 

Be sure to leave some room for dessert — 3 Fils offers two options. The African Powerhouse — a slice of velvety dark chocolate cake from Ghana served with vanilla ice cream from Madagascar — will stick in your mind long after your visit.

We also tried the karak ice cream — assembled at the table in a waffle cone with butterscotch chunks and syrup, then thrown dramatically onto the plate, where it breaks open and cardamom foam is added. The strong chai flavor mixed with the ice-cream chill makes this a really refreshing dessert.




The African Powerhouse is a slice of velvety dark chocolate cake from Ghana served with vanilla ice cream from Madagascar. (Supplied)

Those with a sweet tooth also have the option to order dessert from Brix, the little sister of 3 Fils, which is situated just next door. We suggest the Ispahan — a pink-tinted sponge cake boasting rose lychee milk, raspberry meringue and cream. 

The only downside to 3 Fils is that the restaurant does not take reservations and seats guests on a first-come-first-served basis. However, we can assure you that any wait is well worth it.

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Tik Tok star Addison Rae can’t get enough of this Lebanese label 

Tik Tok star Addison Rae can’t get enough of this Lebanese label 
Updated 18 January 2021

Tik Tok star Addison Rae can’t get enough of this Lebanese label 

Tik Tok star Addison Rae can’t get enough of this Lebanese label 

DUBAI: US TikTok star Addison Rae stepped out in a pair of heels by Lebanese footwear designer Andrea Wazen this week.

The Beirut-based designer, who is the younger sister of Lebanese fashion influencer Karen Wazen,  launched her eponymous, celebrity-approved label in 2013 following stints with some of the most renowned footwear designers in the world, including Christian Louboutin and Rupert Sanderson. 

The designer’s impressive list of celebrity clientele covers a broad spectrum of stars, from Hailey Bieber to Tracee Ellis Ross and Jennifer Lopez to Kylie Jenner, who have all donned Andrea Wazen’s strappy sandals and stilettos.

Rae, who rose to fame doing fun-to-replicate dances, opted for the Immy mules in multi-color. The fanciful footwear features mesh lined with leather  and a cone-shaped heel. She paired it with a bright yellow sweater and mom jeans. 

It’s not the first time the 20-year-old has been seen rocking an Andrea Wazen design. 

Last month, the Tik Tok star shared an Instagram Story with her 33.2 million followers in which she was spotted wearing clear pointy-toed shoes with white-strap detailing, called the Dassy PVC pumps. 

She styled the shoes with a white shirt dress from French luxury label Louis Vuitton that featured large pockets on the sides and was tied at the waist with a matching belt.

Indeed, Rae seems to be a fan of the Wazen family’s businesses. 

In recent months, she’s also been seen wearing  sunglasses by Karen Wazen Eyewear, including a pair of “Vicky” in navy blue shades from Karen’s line, which launched in December 2018.

Meanwhile, Rae isn’t the only star who has fallen head over heels for Andrea Wazen. 

US actress Emma Roberts recently donned a blush, floral Ganni dress paired with shoes by Lebanese footwear designer.

She opted for the Denver Lavender pumps, a pair of mesh sandals with an adjustable buckle strap.

“The Kissing Booth” star Joey King is also a fan. 

The 21-year-old was spotted wearing the 90s-inspired Gloria mules for a recent press event in Los Angeles. She paired the mules with a top and matching leggings from New York-based label Lirika Matoshi and a By Far bag.