Seafood Kitchen – Jebel Ali Recreation Club, Dubai

Jebel Ali Recreation Club is one of the oldest institutions in “expat-Dubai” and recently underwent a huge facelift – the old clubhouse (think typical, dirty, smoky working men’s club-but charming) demolished, to make way for a behemoth of a venue, that kinda looks like half of a football stadium from above. The businessman in me questions whether the venue is fully fit-for-purpose, as it’s not located … Continue reading Seafood Kitchen – Jebel Ali Recreation Club, Dubai

Ravioli&Co. – Burj Daman, DIFC, Dubai

Ravioli&Co is one of the newest restaurants in town, situated directly opposite ‘The Artisan’ (arguably the best Italian in town……..so I hear). An interesting choice of location! The wife and I dropped by for a Thursday night after-work dinner to see if it hit the mark. The first thing you’ll notice about the restaurant is its size. It’s tiny! It makes for a warm, romantic … Continue reading Ravioli&Co. – Burj Daman, DIFC, Dubai

Bleu Blanc – The Renaissance Hotel, Business Bay, Dubai

It was Thursday, it had been a tough week at work for the missus, so I decided to take her out for date night. The brief was “somebody where all the influenzas in Dubai aren’t invited to, that is new and hot” so my good friend Zoe (The Luxeologist) advised I give David Myers’ new French Farmhouse-style restaurant in the Renaissance a go. Apologies for the … Continue reading Bleu Blanc – The Renaissance Hotel, Business Bay, Dubai

Axe House – Armada Hotel, JLT, Dubai

Axe House is the new restaurant in place of popular-but-short-lived Cocktail Kitchen in the Armada Hotel, so the wife and I thought we’d drop in for a spot of lunch after it was highly recommend by our good buddy Courtney (atozaatar). It was pretty quiet when we arrived and we were seated in a weird “is it inside or is it out?” area, facing the … Continue reading Axe House – Armada Hotel, JLT, Dubai

Moombai & Co. – The H Hotel, SZR, Dubai

Moombai & Co. has been doing the rounds lately, with the majority of the food influenzas (and a few legit friends!) flocking on down for some free food. I thought I’d give it a few weeks for the insta-hype to die down and took a new acquaintance along on a Monday night to see what the whole “Parsi” thing is all about. According to Wikipedia, … Continue reading Moombai & Co. – The H Hotel, SZR, Dubai

360° (Evening Brunch) – Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai

I’ll admit – I didn’t head to one of Dubai’s biggest nightlife hotspots and expect a fantastic culinary experience, but places have surprised me before, so after receiving a kind invite from atozaatar to join her and The Luxeologist, the wife and I went with an open mind to the famous 360° bar in JBH. We arrived and went through the whole rigmarole of all being … Continue reading 360° (Evening Brunch) – Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai

Ibn AlBahr – Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeriah

Club Vista Mare is one of my favourites of the newer developments in Dubai. A waterfront, promenade-like row of licensed restaurants spanning from Ethiopian cuisine to a traditional “Tap House”? What’s not to love? I’d been invited to go to Ibn AlBahr a few weeks ago, but it was one I wanted to save until the weather was better, so now that winter is upon … Continue reading Ibn AlBahr – Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeriah

The Black Lion – H Hotel, Dubai

A colleague and I had just finished a meeting in the area, so we thought we’d swing by The Black Lion in the H Hotel (SZR) to test out their new menu. The first thing you’ll notice about the Black Lion when you walk in, is how gosh-darn smoky it is. As a non-smoker, I found it really off-putting and almost walked out, but we … Continue reading The Black Lion – H Hotel, Dubai

Al Grissino – DIFC, Dubai

I get many invites to come review restaurants and to each place that invites me, they get the standard warning of, “Look, if I come to your restaurant: a) I want to experience a regular dining service – no “special” dishes that I can’t order off the menu. b) I will be honest in my critique – just because I’m invited, don’t expect my review … Continue reading Al Grissino – DIFC, Dubai