Spur with kids
Kids and adults will be impressed by this Festival City steakhouse
We’d heard a lot about Spur’s reputation before we’d even crossed its threshold. And yes, cynical devils that we are, we were not expecting it to live up to the hype. But, from the word go, we were pleasantly surprised.
Winning hard-to-earn brownie points with safety-conscious gran, our wriggling toddler was placed in a table-top-fixed baby chair, with a proper dining chair placed underneath it ‘just in case’. Next the balloons were doled out generously, along with colouring sheets and crayons. Then our server delighted us further by deliberately sorting out the children’s orders first – and informing us that she’d bring their food quickly to ‘keep them occupied’. Oh happy days!
We ordered mojitos – a refreshing lime variety with mint and a sweet, peach cooler, both of which went down a treat. Then the little horrors tucked into fish fingers and chips and the must-try Spur’s burger, which tasted more like a juicy, melt-in-the-mouth steak than a seasoned beef patty.
Relaxed in the knowledge that the darlings were catered for, mum indulged in a succulent and cooked-to-perfection rare Spur’s fillet steak served on a sizzler, while gran chose a huge vegetarian burger, which probably would have satisfied the BFG. Needless to say, a good main course was enjoyed by all.
During dessert, we discovered our one and only niggle. The brownie with hot fudge sauce arrived cold and did taste a tad synthetic. However, this was a very small gripe, considering the warm waffles with caramel were to die for, and the chocolate sundae was so large it almost required an accompanying stepladder.
The menu is slightly limited to burgers, steaks and chicken options, but the food is well priced, well cooked and of excellent quality. The restaurant also has its own spotless bathrooms (so you don’t have to go traipsing miles across the mall foodcourt to use the communal ones). And, once the nippers have finished their grub, they can let rip in the restaurant’s fully enclosed entertainment area, which includes a soft play climbing tower along with gaming facilities for older kids.
We were also very grateful to the kindly staff who didn’t bat an eyelid at the devastation wreaked by four small hands flinging food about – both on and off the table. Basically, Spur isn’t about fine dining and fancy-pants food, but if you want a great place to take the nippers for some hearty nosh, it’s truly top notch.
Spur Steak Ranch, Dubai Festival City (04 232 8866). Open Thu-Sat 10am-11pm; Sun-Wed 10am-10pm. All major credit cards accepted. Average price of a family meal (two adults, two children) Dhs250-300. Unlicensed.
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