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The Ivy
Nominated for Best European
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Shipped in wholesale from Covent Garden, thankfully minus the paparazzi lurking in the rain outside, The Ivy Dubai does suffer by comparison when it comes to the walk up – where in the London it’s a hidden den on a dingy backstreet, here in Dubai it is to be found in the retail glitz of Jumeirah Emirates Towers. That it makes up for the discrepancy is down to some truly excellent staff (with all of the Ivy brand’s cheeky politeness), identikit decor of stained glass, deep wood panels and discreet booths, as well as the same comfort food favourites that have made it such a must-be-at spot for famished famous folk at its sister gaff. Forget your Thai-baked sea bass (though it’s actually pretty decent as it goes). The Ivy is all about long afternoons filled with shepherd’s pie, calf’s liver, and a proper taste of England. And boy does it deliver on its promise.
Open Sun-Thu 7am-11am, noon-11pm; Sat-Fri 9am-11am, noon-1am. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 319 8767).

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