Seven dishes you must try in Dubai: Chef Sean Connolly

CREME BRULEE, LA SERRE BOULANGERIE

This creme brulee is made with French cream. The perfectly set custard and caramelised sugar is so good. I love that it comes in a generous bowl too. See laserre.ae

MARTINI, LA PETIT MAISON

The version at La Petit Maison is clean and crisp, and a drink enjoyed in a great ambience. As all martinis should be. See lpmlondon.co.uk/dubai

AUBERGINE WITH MINCED LAMB, THE LIGHTHOUSE

A subtle Middle East dish with a Moroccan-vibe bolognaise in a tender, melt-in-your-mouth aubergine, cooked within an inch of its life – perfect. See thelighthouse.ae

OXTAIL COCO-BREAD SANDWICH WITH SLOW BRAISED PULLED OXTAIL, TING IRIE

It's rare to go anywhere and be surprised, but I love the whole vibe and enthusiasm of this Jamaican restaurant and have to say this sandwich is super interesting and delicious. See tingire.com

DUCK FAT FISH & CHIPS, SEAN CONNOLLY AT DUBAI OPERA

This dish always reminds me of being back in England where the best fish and chips are cooked in animal fat, using great agria potatoes.

See seanconnollydubai.com

CAMEL BURGER, SWITCH IN DUBAI MALL

This is a very interesting take on a classic burger. When asked why try a camel burger, sometimes you just have to take a leap of faith. See thedubaimall.com/en/shop/switch

PEA SOUP WITH WAGYU BRISKET, KOHANTEI JAPANESE WAGYU RESTAURANT

At this authentic Japanese restaurant in Downtown, the pea soup cooked with wagyu brisket is the closest dish to my mum's ham and pea soup. It's a beautiful dish which brings back many fond memories. It just goes to show, you can travel all over the world but ultimately, all dishes share the same message – each country just has its own interpretation.

Sean Connolly, a Good Food Guide Chef of the Year winner, has made his name from opening successful restaurants in Sydney (The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room), Adelaide (Sean's Kitchen), Byron Bay (Balcony Bar) and Auckland (Gusto at the Grand and The Grill by Sean Connolly). His newest restaurant is in Dubai: Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera. See seanconnollydubai.com

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