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Aprés, Mall of the Emirates
Nominated for Best Barfood
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A quintessential watering hole for mall visitors looking to escape the shops, Après is the sort of place where you’ll encounter some jaded-looking folk seeking sanctuary from the uncompromising consumerism outside. Yet to merely view it as a bolthole would be doing Après a disservice. With its own non-smoking area away from the nightspot lighting levels, there’s a restaurant space that overlooks the white slopes and penguins of Ski Dubai. Consequently it’s a pretty decent place to head for a bite to eat. And the food isn’t half bad – the pizzas are authentic and the other items on the European-inspired menu are affordable and hearty. Service can be somewhat haphazard, but, importantly, it arrives with a smile and goodwill.
Open Sat-Wed 11.30am-1am, Thu 11.30am-2am (last food orders Sun-Thu 11.45pm, Fri-Sat 1.30am). Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 341 2575).

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