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Nezesaussi Grill

Nominated for Best Bar Food 13 Comments

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When we first heard the term ‘high-end sports bar’ bandied around, we balked. The very concept of a sports bar seemed to signal a spot where the most seasoned of supporters can sup hops and yell mindlessly at a screen. Surely the grit, grime and testosterone are essential to the experience? Thankfully not – as the bar affectionately known by locals as ‘Nezzy’s’ proves. What the term signals here is a venue where a sport-loving gent could feasibly drag a partner, or a son could take a mum. The walls may be lined with sports memorabilia, but the vibe is more of a themed restaurant than a blokey drinkery. This is helped in part by the generous menu, well expanded since our last visit. There’s a welcome ambition to their newer range of continental mains, such as lamb shank and tuna steak. However the bar’s management has thankfully not forgotten what they’re good at, with the juicy burgers, epic breakfasts and fatty platters still highly recommended – it’s still a sports bar, after all.
Open daily noon-2am. Al Manzil Hotel, Downtown Dubai, www.almanzilhotel.ae/dinning-nezesaussi (04 428 5888).

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Posted by: Chris O'Hearn on 28 Oct ' 13 at 08:21
  • Best for: Family friendly

Good food, shame about the sport (and service) which is something of an Epic Fail in a sports bar.
My friend and I arrived over an hour before the football game we wanted to watch. After waiting a long time for table service we asked which screen would be showing the game as there were three Premier League matches at the same time and we wanted to make sure we were in the right location. Our waiter didn't know but said he would talk to the supervisor.
An hour went by with food and drinks and games on different channels started. Despite repeated requests they changed a nearby screen for someone who'd just arrived and then told us we'd have to move elsewhere to watch our game. Not great but... then they couldn't find the correct Jazeera channel as it had been set up wrongly, and despite calling 'engineering' they couldn't work it out.
So having spent several hundred dirhams on food and drink we didn't even see the game we came to watch. We would have spent more if the waiter brought dessert menus when we asked but probably just as well he couldn't manage that.
Gave up and left at halftime and won't be coming back.

Posted by: Cyril on 13 May ' 13 at 05:46
  • Best for: Family friendly

really good food and efficient and competent service. everybody smiles.
i enjoyed the burgers and the steaks.

Posted by: Natasha a on 14 Aug ' 12 at 21:52

Just came back from this restaurant. Dreadful and undercooked food with terrible service and waiters with an attitude. My ribs were raw and when I told the waiter, he said , we serve them like this or would you like them burnt. We reported this very unprofessional behavior to the assistant manager who did not seem very concerned . All in all very bad service and food. Will never return there or recommend it to any of my friends .......and I have been a resident of dubai for over 40 years.
Time out you need to do a another review of this place in all earnest.

Posted by: Riekie on 04 Oct ' 11 at 11:23
  • Best for: Family friendly

The staff and food are fantastic!

Posted by: John Faber on 19 Mar ' 11 at 09:13

This is our first choice when the Rugby's on!! Great atmosphere, and a bunch of us local residents really enjoy the meals, ( they're HUGE!!) , all with a NZ, Aussie, SA theme.....and they have a good selection of cold beers, ranging from your usual suspects to British, Irish, US and even a Kiwi lager, Steinlager.

There's heaps of big screen TVs so we always get to watch whatever game is on, and when the Tri-Nations, or Rugby World Cup is on, the place seriously rocks!! You need to get there early though, coz the place fills up fast.

Service, food, atmosphere, value, drinks, all excellent...This is a great choice as our local....keep up the good work guys :)

Cheers, John "I'll have a Steiny Pure" Faber!!

Posted by: Steven on 16 Mar ' 11 at 10:57
  • Best for: Family friendly

Went through to catch the Super 15’s game. I am a non smoker so I enjoyed the fact that I could watch the game and enjoy a drink without coming home smelling of smoke. It was my first visit and I thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere of the place and the staff were friendly and very helpful. The boerewors in the snack platter reminded me of home. Will definitely go back.

Posted by: Tariq on 09 Jan ' 11 at 06:51
  • Best for: Brunch served

This is so quiet and peaceful bar I have ever been.
I have been to more than 72 bars in Dubai and I find this more better.
The food is amazing and the environment is quiet

Posted by: Tom & Barbara on 06 Jan ' 11 at 08:44

This a a fabulous find! We ate here New Year's Eve 2011 and had only to walk outside to see the fireworks. It was truly a gourmet meal served in a relaxed atmosphere and low-key manner, typical of a mid-scale sports bar. Great variety of beers on tap, and good white wine. The appetizers - a mussel chowder and soft shell crabs were sublime! And the steaks,served with your choice of sauces - all mouth-watering delicious...well, I am sure there are no better steaks in all of the UAE, and the chef cooked them to perfection. The side dishes offered with the steaks were interesting, somewhat out of the ordinary and delicious. There was plenty of food and we ate it all, anxiouly anticipating a return next time in Dubai. The bartender who served us was great. The other wait staff a bit confused but friendly and not obsessive. We loved this place!

Posted by: SEDAD OZ on 01 Jan ' 11 at 18:47

The place is nice and the food is not bad for a bar restaurant but unfortunitely this place has a really bad service. I went there with my family (wife and baby) as it is one of the few non smoking bars in Dubai. We ordered spaghetti for my baby, in the menu, its spaghetti with bolognese with french fries and vegatables. I asked the waiter not to put extra salt on the french fries and he said OK. Normally we bring his home food wth us but we order french fries to give him few pieces so he will be busy when we have our dinner They delievered the food without the french fries and vegatable. I waited for 30 minutes and when I went and I asked for it they told me his food does not come with french fries but the waiter said ok no problem i will give you free french fries. Imagine how I was angry about this situation. This type of places need to have better service and better managers who have the responsibility to choose the right staff.

Posted by: Flying Scots Woman on 17 Nov ' 10 at 16:03

Woz good the first few times
Third time lucky....I don't think so....Medium Steak - came served mooing on the plate. Champagne Pie ......House special......not for me.
Service intermitent ...if it was convenient.
Sports bar...where's the football? Oh on the little screens
Disappointed football fan

Posted by: Julian on 14 Feb ' 10 at 07:37
  • Best for: Family friendly

This place is great. I arrived last year and i stayed in the hotel until my apartment was ready. I am a regular at this place. It is amazing everytime i walk in i am greeted by the dedicated team of staff. The new manager Lauri is from New Zealand and is so friendly and helpful. They now have live music on Thursdays which adds an extra star to ambience. As for sport they have everything. I was in on saturday watching the rugby and with all the screens you never have to worry about missing any action. Now the food, with special menu's for special days there is never a worry about getting bored with the menu. everything is well prepared and the portions are HUGE, fantastic value for money. So if you are looking for a place to watch your favourite sport go to Nezesaussi Grill

Posted by: Billy Bob on 24 May ' 09 at 18:23

Probably the only sports bar in the Burj Dubai area and among a handful that properly adhere to the theme in Dubai. The place is therefore full for big matches. Unfortunately, the management and staff are quick to show you how aware of that they are. The head manager is perhaps the most uncultivated disrespectful individual i have come across since i came to Dubai 2 years ago. I was spoken down to repeatedly when i tried asking different waiters if my friends and i could put two tables together. Eventually i decided to speak to the manager about the treatment i was getting, but to my surprise, he said: "that's the policy. If you don't like it, leave!". Shocked, i tried to figure out how he thought it appropriate to speak in such a tone but he looked away and rolled his eyes!
Can't begin to explain how offended my friends and i were. Would we go back to this restaurant? Never!

Posted by: dannie pm on 01 Apr ' 09 at 19:50

time out need to look again this is the place where if you want really good excellent food you go. whatever the ward neze is the best. and they will ever be. sevice extremely good but to say it again round the best food in any pub in this town great job to the chef i see him deligently passing food while i enjoy the ribs good job real value left bank can't beat this


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