With its fake grass, weather-worn benches, big screen and daily happy hour, Garden on 8 has become a firm, straight-from-the-office favourite for Dubai Media City’s masses. Neighbouring the Media One Hotel’s poolside Dek on 8 venue, this more low-key outlet has the look and feel of a slightly industrial European pub garden, a laid-back vibe and a menu to match. Expect the usual burgers, chips and bar bites, as well as the more unusual and self-loathingly moreish onion ring loaf (which has to be seen to be believed). But it’s not all fried gold. Punters can also tuck into a mammoth, varied platter of chopped crudités, baby lettuces and dips, as well as plates of grilled squid. Service can be amiss at times, and the drinks prices are far higher than many of Garden on 8’s equals, but in all this is a solid spot for a night out in Media City – just maybe not quite a meal out.
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