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The Peacock, Sheraton JBR
Nominated for Best Chinese
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How often do you walk into a restaurant, let out a gush of exhilaration at its beauty, sit down and order in a haze of excitement and expectation, and then leave 90 minutes later somewhat underwhelmed by the food you were served? Well, imagine turning that experience on its head, and you’ve got a fair measure of The Peacock. Based on a balcony overlooking the hotel lobby, above a distractingly loud international restaurant below, this restaurant isn’t much to look at. However, it’s likely to serve you some of the best Chinese you’ll find in Dubai. At the helm for a decade, Chef Jun Xiao makes exemplary dim sum, which is best tried fresh from the trolley. The lack of atmosphere means this might not be the place for an anniversary dinner, but if you enjoy authentic Chinese food, you’re unlikely to find a better licensed venue in the Marina end of town.
Open Sun-Thu 6.30pm-11.30pm; Fri-Sat noon-3pm, 6.30pm-11.30pm. Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort, The Walk, JBR, www.thepeacockdubai.com (04 399 5533).


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