Five Dubai restaurants that are well worth the drive
Prime Steakhouse at The Meydan Hotel: We were pleasantly surprised by The Meydan’s flagship hotel. Admittedly, the decor isn’t quite as sleek and chic as many of the city’s other high-end steakhouses, but what matters is what ends up on the plate and we’re happy to report that, fittingly, Prime serves up some prime bovine cuts. And rather than offering standard sizes, each steak is priced per 100g, allowing diners to choose a bespoke cut. Time Out Dubai would also hazard a guess that, once the local horse-racing season is over (it culminates on Saturday March 31), diners can expect some tasty meal deals to be offered by The Meydan in an attempt to lure punters out to Nad Al Sheba. The Meydan Hotel, Nad Al Sheba (04 381 3231).
Palermo at Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club: Admittedly, residents of Arabian Ranches might not consider this restaurant particularly out of the way, but for the rest of us Palermo is not somewhere you’d pop to for dinner without a little bit of forward planning. While the weather’s still bearable, we recommend heading to the Friday brunch, which can be enjoyed on the terrace overlooking the polo fields. Food can be loosely classed as ‘Mediterranean’ with a few Middle Eastern options creeping onto the menu too. Friday brunch costs Dhs199 (soft drinks), Dhs275 (selected house beverages), Dhs375 (selected house beverages and half a bottle of bubbly). 12.30pm-3.30pm. Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, Arabian Ranches (04 361 8111).
Rare at Desert Palm: Rare does great steak, yes, but it’s also a prime example of what destination restaurants can achieve when time and care are invested into the design. The interior is light and airy thanks to abundant floor-to-ceiling windows, but the pièce de résistance is the al-fresco terrace and the views it affords of the lush green polo fields. Very nice. Turn your attention back to the dishes on offer here and you’ll find yet more beauty – namely in the form of the rapturous melon gazpacho, pigeon, gamey guinea fowl, ruby red venison and expensive, yet delicious wagyu steak. Desert Palm, International City (04 323 8888).
Masala at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa:There’s no getting away from the fact that Bab Al Shams is an amazing resort. If you visit at night, the hotel just appears out of the blackness of the desert, fully staffed and waiting to serve you, as though it’s been conjured from a genie’s lamp. Masala is the resort’s Indian eatery and offers excellent service, while dishes such as the rich and creamy murgh makhni, plump and soft lamb burranhani gosht, dahl masala and sweet mango kulfi are all of adequate quality to ensure that guests don’t regret the hour-or-so drive. Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, Dubailand (04 809 6100).
Angar at Yas Viceroy: Presided over by Chef Satish Shenoy (who recently got a shout out in Time Out Dubai from British-Indian celebrity chef Atul Kochhar), Angar offers Indian food with a modern twist. Delicately marinated meats are served straight from the tandoor, as are the fresh naan and roti breads. The venue, as you’d expect from a Yas restaurant, is quite breathtaking. Yas Island’s location, just off the main Dubai-Abu Dhabi road means that it can be reached from Dubai Marina (on a good night) in under an hour. Open daily 12.30pm-3pm, 7pm-11pm. Yas Island, Abu Dhabi (02 656 0600).