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The Ivy, Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Nominated for Best Business Lunch
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The entrance to The Ivy in Jumeirah Emirates Towers Boulevard is understated, almost hidden, and it’s very much in keeping with the eatery’s vibe as an exclusive, private club. Inside, the ambiance is the same. A whole forest worth of wood dominates the floor, furniture and pillars, with the place very much modelled on its sister branch, the original Ivy in London. The business lunch menu changes every week, although we wonder if focusing on the same dishes every week might improve the overall quality. Considering the prices you’ll pay here, the food very rarely reaches the same heights as that of the decor and service. Overall, though, it’s perfect environment to conduct a meeting or seal a deal – just don’t take a ‘difficult’ client whose opinion might be swayed by food that doesn’t quite match the setting.
Dhs130 for two courses, Dhs150 for three courses including tea or coffee. Served Sun-Thu noon-4pm. Jumeirah Emirates Towers Boulevard, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.theivy.ae (04 319 8767).


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