First look at the coastal restaurants at the new dining district
The brand new development at Jumeirah Fishing Harbour brings to Dubai a new collection of waterfront restaurants. Inside the newly launched Al Souq, you’ll find four eateries (with one opening soon and another helmed by a celebrity chef). Back outside at the harbour, wander down the jetty and you’ll find more new restaurants, all sitting on the water’s edge. From Brazilian to Thai to raw and vegan desserts, this little dining district may only house a handful of venues but the variety on offer is exciting. We bring you a closer look at what’s on offer inside each.
Inside Al Souq Bait Misk One of four restaurant spaces inside the Al Souq complex, Bait Misk is a Lebanese venue. Decorated with a mixture of wooden furniture, stone tiles and what look like map-reliefs (in vintage, hand-drawn style) decorating the walls, the restaurant is cosily rustic and feels atmospheric. The menu offers a selection of classic Lebanese mezze and snacks, including a breakfast menu, plus Arabic bread and manakish freshly baked in a brick oven. Sit by the window, and you can enjoy your meal along with views of the harbour outside. (04 343 7332).
Mint Leaf Not to be confused with the new DIFC-based Indian restaurant of nearly the same name (Mint Leaf of London, Dubai); inside Al Souq, you’ll find this highly attractive Indian restaurant. This elegant and unique looking venue has an overall appearance of simple white across the walls and furniture, but decorated with an intricate, cut-out-style lacy pattern. On top of this elegant look of white lace, colour is employed to sophisticated effect, with a few decorative plates hung inside arched alcoves, colourful glass chandeliers and hammered-brass lanterns hanging from the ceiling. The menu at Mint Leaf offers a classic selection of Indian dishes from across the north and south of the country.
Omnia Gourmet Launched by well-known chef Silvena Rowe, Omnia Gourmet is the first of what looks set to be an empire of new eateries she plans for Dubai. At this café-deli, the concept is farm-fresh, healthy food. As such, the majority of items on the menu is sourced from the region, including UAE produced burrata served with locally grown heirloom tomatoes. As well as local, organic ingredients, the menu boasts a free-from concept, including fat-free cooking and an extensive patisserie counter using raw and vegan recipes. This café has original and enticing interiors, described by chef-patron Rowe as a ‘secret garden’. Amid cosy sofas, covered in mountains of cushions, the table-tops are inset with beautiful butterflies and lush greenery floats down from the ceilings like creepers. (04 343 7181).
Along the Fishing Harbour Charm This new Thai restaurant sits right at the end of the jetty walkway along which these restaurants are located. As such, Charm has arguably the very best views in the entire area, with the upstairs outdoor terrace offering 360-degree vistas of the surrounding sea and shore. We recommend grabbing a table here when the weather cools down. Besides al fresco dining, inside the restaurant is decorated with a moody mix of gold and red, accented with gold-coloured artefacts from Thailand. The menu itself offers a fairly classic, varied and affordable list of Thai dishes, served for the most part by Thai waiting staff. (04 344 8895).
Boteko Brasil This is the second branch of the Brazilian café, the first of which is currently located in Dubai Ladies Club. Setting itself apart from the original outlet, this venue has a few additional and original items on the menu, including gnocchi (made with chickpeas, rather than potato as per the traditional Italian recipe), teamed with Brazilian favourite carne seca (sundried beef). Also on the menu, starting after Ramadan, is a casual Brazilian brunch on Fridays (from 11am-3am), as well as Brazilian national dish feijoada (a stew of black beans and meat) served as a buffet on Saturdays with traditional sides. (04 385 6668).
COMING SOON! Bait al Sammach Located inside Al Souq, this fourth restaurant will complete the line-up in the dining complex. Due to open in the next two months, Bait Al Sammach will be a Arabic-style seafood restaurant, hence the name, which means ‘house of fish’.
Al Souq and Jumeirah Fishing Harbour is located off Jumeirah Beach Road in Jumeirah 2. From the Burj Al Arab, make a U-turn at Al Urouba street, then take the first right at the sign for Jumeirah 2.