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If James Bond were to seek out a lunch in Dubai, chances are his secret-spy-brain would direct him somewhere in the way of Alfie’s. A proper-British den of fish and chips and all the trimmings, its art deco stylings, dedication to retro and separated-off cigar room, make this spot in Jumeirah Emirates Towers an ideal place for a business lunch or anyone looking to find something approaching London’s iconic The Wolseley. The menu allows some influences from elsewhere – a little Mexican here, some Thai there – but prides itself on established British classics and lots of manly things cooked in a manly manner on the grill. The price point is good too, with deals often allowing affordable ways to dart your way across an ever-changing menu. Just make sure you save room for pudding. The apple crumble is – just as it should be – a knockout.
Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-midnight. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 319 8088).

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