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Left Bank (Souk Al Bahar)

Nominated for Best Bar Food 24 Comments

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When heading out to Left Bank, it really makes a difference which venue you choose to visit. Where the Madinat bar is a noisy, boisterous nightspot with a pre-clubby vibe, the Souk Al Bahar venue is thankfully far more palatable – although it can get packed at weekends. A dark and moody lounge bar, it’s not half as stylish as it wants to be, but the length of the drinks menu alone make it a pleasant place to idle some hours. The food menu, by contrast, is a bit of a minefield. Despite an apparently British theme, it dances all over the globe with varying success. The Asian-fusion dishes pose far more ambition than the kitchen is capable of delivering, and the trademark fish choices don’t live up to their promise. The menu has changed a great deal since last year, and vegetarians draw the short straw. Edamame is the only veggie appetiser and there isn’t a single veggie main course in sight. On our last visit we asked for an alternative and we were told to order sides.
Open daily noon-2am. Souk Al Bahar, www.emiratesleisureretail.com (04 368 4501).

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Posted by: hiba on 29 Oct ' 13 at 17:27

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we ordered a drink off the menu (cant remember the name, but was a classic) so yeah.. nice menu... only if your staff know anything about it.. or about any classic drinks for that matter

Posted by: samantha on 02 Jun ' 13 at 08:38

This place is very expensive and horrible food
very poor service!

no body even smiles dude!
I even wonder how this place gets an award!

Posted by: asthee m on 27 Mar ' 13 at 03:45
  • Best for: Family friendly

very nice place... great and very friendly bartenders!

Posted by: DJ E on 26 Mar ' 12 at 00:59
  • Best for: Family friendly

good for chillin out..not good for dining or romantic setting...if you wanna go drinking while chillin on some house music..this is the place to be..also a nice place to meet up with friends..for birthdays..

Posted by: Joy on 14 Apr ' 10 at 05:12
  • Best for: Family friendly

Great place to hang out for a few drinks. The service and the staff greeting you at the entrance were really special.

Keep it up guys!

Posted by: Simon on 06 Mar ' 10 at 15:29
  • Best for: Romantic

Have been to Left Bank several times, and have yet to have left with out a massive smile on my face.

Cocktails are great, Food is delicious (i recommend you wear loose pants, your'll not want to stop eating) =)

Upon entering you are met by smiling staff and a bar that looks "polished" and has a certain "Buzz" about the place!!

Your'll not find a better bar in dubai!!!

Romeo done

Posted by: Tracie Edwards on 06 Mar ' 10 at 14:08
  • Best for: Romantic

Everything about this bar was excellent,from the atmosphere, to the food and service.While on holiday in January, we ate there several times and would not hesitate to recommend this venue to other people.

Posted by: Craig on 06 Mar ' 10 at 13:10
  • Best for: Romantic

I've been going here since it opened. My frines and I try to go every weekend as it has such a friendly relaxing atmosphere.

The staff are very friendly and helpful.
Service is quick and professional.

We have tried several other places for food and drinks and we all agree that the steak they serve is second to none and amazing value for money.

Posted by: Sophie on 06 Mar ' 10 at 12:12
  • Best for: Romantic

I have recently been to Left Bank and was amazed by their new food menu. My favourites are still on there and there are some lovely new things, like the cute mini burgers and all for great value for money!

The staff & managers have remained the same since it opened so its lovely to be met by smiling faces who always look after us.

Big thumbs up to Left Bank, Souk Al Bahar!!

Posted by: Rudolph on 07 Jul ' 09 at 04:48
  • Best for: Romantic

As resident of the area I've been to Left Bank a few times and although its a really nice place with great decor, the food and service have yet to come up to an impressive standard. The staff are phoning it in and there's a general lack of a polished service offering. This is a prime location. Must try harder.

Posted by: Kevin on 27 Jun ' 09 at 14:07

I am guessing that the previous reviews are staff or family of staff. This place does not hold a candle to the Madinat venue.Probably the worst value-for-money in Dubai. 80 Dirhams for a "nothing special" burger with 5 fries and 75 Dirhams for a frozen portion of fish 'n chips also with 5 fries? Who are they kidding?Tartare sauce is not available for the dry fish 'n chips as apparently the customers don't want it?!? This will be the first and last time I get food at this place.

Not sure how this is an award winning place? Burger King can do a better job. Service staff and management were cold and indifferent. When asked for a food menu we were met with a "yeah yeah". Save your money and go elsewhere!

Posted by: jann yein mhytchyll on 09 May ' 09 at 16:47
  • Best for: Romantic

i will recommend this place to other people. service wise everybody are friendly and best service at all times.....

if i care to have a good dinner i will go to fine dining restaurant... but if i like to have a drinks together with the food & chill out with my friends i stay at left bank.....

Posted by: Mihir Patel on 01 Apr ' 09 at 09:22

The Drinks are Excellent but service a bit slow at times.

Food is great for a Bar and Value for Money.

Posted by: Michael on 29 Mar ' 09 at 12:38

Beggars belief that this place gets nominated for an award.

Slow service, horrible décor, tiny portions, vastly overpriced, and so on.

Who would go to a mini-mall to eat somewhere like this? Especially when the excellent Rivington Grill is a minute’s walk away.

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Posted by: Pauck on 24 Mar ' 09 at 15:49
  • Best for: Romantic

Food is awesome, drinks are fantastic, service is best in Dubai and the bar looks amazing...good job left bank guys!!!

Posted by: Rondah on 22 Mar ' 09 at 08:15
  • Best for: Romantic

Drinks are fine to order, but i would be very careful with the food!

Posted by: Sam on 19 Mar ' 09 at 15:03
  • Best for: Romantic

My favourite bar in Dubai by far! Serving fab cocktails along with amazing tasting bar food.

Left Bank at Souk Al Bahar definitely has more class about it than Madinat.

The staff are always very helpful & friendly.

Posted by: Lisa on 18 Mar ' 09 at 16:49
  • Best for: Romantic

Excellent place to meet with friends. Fab atmosphere

Posted by: Paula on 16 Mar ' 09 at 16:12
  • Best for: Romantic

Very friendly staff and excellent service

Posted by: Mohamed on 16 Mar ' 09 at 12:57
  • Best for: Romantic

Posted by: Sophie on 16 Mar ' 09 at 12:42
  • Best for: Romantic

I absolutely adore the new Left Bank venue. The cocktails are the best, and its the only bar in Dubai that has real class! Love it!


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