The Ivy, Jumeirah Emirates Tower
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Aesthetically speaking, The Ivy Dubai is identical to the original in London – there’s wall-to-wall wood panelling, distinctive green leather chairs, and stained-glass lattice windows. If it weren’t for the work of prominent regional artists adorning the walls, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d woken up in the West End. But if you’re willing to embrace this illusion, you’re likely to have a very enjoyable experience. Traditional British staples are The Ivy’s trademark, and to expect anything more is unrealistic. Dishes such as kedgeree and shellfish cocktail (yes, that’s right – another way of saying ‘prawn and cocktail’) are prepared with competent aplomb, though don’t expect anything overly exciting. The same can be said of dishes such as the ‘legendary’ shepherd’s pie, salmon fishcakes and the rosy-pink lamb chops – if anything, they have the quality of a good home-cooked meal, rather than being the products of a culinary creative genius. However, the atmosphere of the restaurant complements the food served, resulting in a satisfying restaurant experience (made all the better if you have a drink at the bar afterwards).
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