Explore some of Dubai’s oldest, quirkiest and most undeservedly overlooked bars
Baked Camembert at The Observatory This decadent, gooey, cheesy snack will make you forget the venue’s stunning view. Baked with rosemary, garlic and honey and served with a French baguette. Open daily noon-1am. Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites, Dubai Marina, www.observatory.dubaimarriottharbourhotel.com (04 319 4795).
BBQ meat platter at Bidi Bondi Ideal to share, this meat-lovers dream comes piled with chicken wings, lamb cutlets, pacific rump, beef ribs and chunky chips. Open Sat-Wed 10am-midnight, Thu-Fri 10am-1am. Shoreline Apartments, Palm Jumeirah, www.emiratesleisureretail.com/Brands/Bidibondi.aspx (04 427 0515).
Beef Scotch Egg at The Eloquent Elephant The size of a fist, perfectly poached runny egg in the middle, beef stuffing and served on a bed of spinach. Awesome, fantastic, sublime, incredible; we run out of superlatives for this one, just try it. Open Sun-Thu noon-2am, Fri-Sat 11am-3am. Taj Dubai, Business Bay, www.tajhotels.com (04 438 3100).
Helado Frito at Loca Loca deep fries its ice cream and serves it with cinnamon sugar and chocolate sauce. Other mouth-watering sweet specialities include banana empanadas. Open Mon-Sat noon-2am. Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah Beach Road, www.locauae.com (04 346 1111).
Iced virgin piña colada lollipops at Mercury Lounge Known for its inventive mixed drinks, Mercury Lounge also goes the extra mile with its snacks, and these cooling lollipops couldn’t be more suited to the outdoor terrace setting. Open Wed-Mon 5pm-2am from September. Four Seasons Jumeirah Beach, Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 2, www.mercurydubai.com (04 270 7777).
King Crab bucket at Claw BBQ More of a feast, but you can roll up your sleeves and tuck into a gargantuan mound of the best crab in town while sitting at the bar. Open daily 7pm-2am. Souk Al Bahar, www.clawbbq.com (04 432 2300).
Lobster and grilled mango tacos at Caramel Lounge Served as a platter to share, these punchy tacos are light and feel as delightfully (and deceptively) healthy as they are delicious. Open Sun-Thu 11am-2am, Fri-Sat 7pm-2am. DIFC, www.caramelgroup.com (04 425 6677).
Local Legendary Burger at Hard Rock Café Hard Rock’s Emirati riff on its Original Legendary burger features date chutney, soft kholas dates and cream cheese. Open daily noon-2am. Dubai Festival City Mall, www.hardrock.com/cafes/dubai (04 232 8900).
Popcorn and a popping chocolate sheet at The Rib Room Bar This stylish new bar serves bowls of complimentary salted caramel and spiced popcorn with its drinks, but it’s the slabs of popping chocolate for Dhs10 apiece that we can’t get enough of. Open daily 7pm-11pm. The Rib Room Bar, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.jumeirah.com (04 366 5866).
Vanilla, Lychee and Green Tea Mochi at Vantage Perfect little moreish bites of the traditional Japanese dessert. Open daily 11am-2am. Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, www.vantageloungedubai.com (04 377 2000).