Where and what to eat in Dubai in celebration of England’s patron saint
St George’s Day falls on April 23, and with so many English Expats and great food from the country here in Dubai, we put together some of the best places to get the grub you crave in honour of the patron saint of England.
1 Roast baby chicken at D&A The revamped Dhow & Anchor pub at Jumeirah Beach Hotel offers a different roast dish every day of the week, ranging from veal to fish to lamb. On the regular menu, you’ll find roast baby chicken, which is available daily. Served quartered in a skillet atop a bed of sautéed cabbage, mushrooms and mashed potatoes, all surrounded in a heavy cream sauce, the chicken itself is a great balance of juicy flesh and crispy skin. While there’s no gravy nor a Yorkshire pudding in sight, it’s a tasty twist on a British classic – albeit a rich one. Dhs120. Daily noon-11.30pm. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim, www.jumeirah.com (04 366 5866).
2 Fish and chips at Rhodes Twenty10 Head to the dining area to enjoy some accomplished British cuisine. Traditional dishes such as fish and chips appear on the menu, but everything has been lifted to a fine dining standard. Open daily 7pm-midnight. Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina, www.rhodestwenty10.com (04 316 5550).
3 Toad in the hole at Raffles This hearty dish is made with a Yorkshire pudding-style batter, which is baked around sausages to create a crispy casing. Their recipe is from Mrs Beeton’s 1861 cookbook and in this case the dish is made with rump steak and sheep’s kidneys instead of sausages. From Dhs235. Fri 1pm-4.30pm. Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (04 314 9888).
4 Ploughman’s lunch at Double Decker It’s a commonly accepted myth that the ploughman’s lunch, a platter of cheese, bread, pickles and cold cuts, was the traditional lunchtime fare of hardworking men in the fields. Yet many now attribute the dish to a post-war dairy marketing board, a faux-rustic combination dreamed up to encourage people to eat more cheese. Try it at Double Decker, where the ploughman’s platter comes with English cheddar cheese, gherkins, pickled onions, roast tomato, pickle and crusty bread, as well as chicken, turkey or other meats. Dhs80. Double Decker, Al Murooj Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 321 1111).
5 Afternoon tea at Fortnum & Mason Afternoon tea is served in the minimalist first-floor lounge of Fortnum & Mason with its white and cream colour scheme and views of the Burj Khalifa. Presented on Tiffany-blue china, the ‘Traditional Afternoon Tea’ includes a selection of small finger sandwiches, including egg and watercress, cucumber and mint and coronation chicken No afternoon tea would be complete without scones, of course, and this is where Fortnum’s really excel – buttery, crumbly, melt-in-the-mouth creations, both fruit and plain, are served with clotted cream and a choice of Fortnum & Mason’s home-made preserve, which you can take home with you afterwards. Savoury afternoon tea: Dhs215. High tea: Dhs245 per person. Traditional afternoon tea: Dhs295 per person. Served daily noon-11.30pm. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, www.fortnumandmason.com (04 388 2627).
6 Eton Mess at Retro Feasts Retro Feasts, a fresh and fun looking space with a red telephone box for an entrance and spitfires hanging from the ceiling. Matching this vintage vision of Britain is a menu that ranges with desserts such as knickerbocker glory and Eton mess. Open daily 8am-midnight. The Beach, Jumeirah Beach Residence (04 361 3596).
7 Calf’s liver and veal bacon at Alfie’s Characteristic of English meat dishes is the pairing of two simple ingredients such as lamb and mint. Historically, liver was a cheap but rich source of iron, often prepared by pan-frying it with bacon and onions to add a little sweetness and tone down any dryness. Try a modern version at Alfie’s, which uses veal bacon. You can also try English staples such as bubble and squeak, a dish made with potatoes and leftover vegetables fried in a pan, and named after the sound it makes while cooking. Dhs68. Alfie’s, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 319 8785).
8 Sticky toffee pudding at The Ivy Like many British puddings, this classic dessert is made with a steamed sponge, topped with a sticky toffee sauce. It’s thought that the recipe originates from Yorkshire, in the north of the country. At The Ivy, this pudding is made with banana, an unusual addition that gives it an extra-gooey edge. Also available at The Ivy is one of England’s most popular desserts: apple and blackberry crumble. Dhs55. The Ivy, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 319 8767).
9 Bread and butter pudding at Rhodes Mezzanine This traditional dessert is made by layering bread and raisins in a dish, topped with a mixture of eggs and cream, which is then baked to achieve a custard-like consistency. The dish dates back as far as 1723, although some early recipes used bone marrow. The version at Rhodes Mezzanine is among our favourites: it’s given a modern update with elegant chevrons of bread that are crisp and caramelised on the outside. Dhs75. Rhodes Mezzanine, Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 399 8888).
10 Bubble and Squeak at The Scene There’s plenty of hearty English fare to get stuck into on their menu but why not enjoy small bites such as Bubble & squeak croquettes (served with hot dog onion Mayo) Dhs40? The traditional dish is shallow fried potatoes and spouts with leftover vegetables from a roast dinner. The Scene Dubai, 4th Floor, Pier 7, Dubai Marina Mall, (04 4222 328). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org