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Alfie's, Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Nominated for Best European
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This British restaurant has a gentlemen’s club ambiance, complete with leather armchairs, a plethora of vintage caricatures across the walls depicting ‘The British Character’ and a video above the bar displaying the finer points of gentlemen’s tailoring. The rest of the space has a masculine but sleekly New York brassiere vibe. Service tends to be welcoming and helpful, and makes the experience well pieced together and pleasurable. While the New York brassiere vibe continues on the menu, with gourmet burgers, salt beef sandwiches and more, there is a strong tone of elevated but uncomplicated British food. Items to try include the gourmet burger, in which the mince is mixed with bone marrow for a truly sumptuous and juicy patty, matched with perfect triple-cooked chips. Finish with a playful Jaffa Cake-inspired dessert; much more elegant than it sounds, it’s a textural and intensely orangey, rich chocolate mousse.
Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-midnight. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 319 8088).


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