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Al Hambra

Nominated for Best European 23 Comments

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As the dusty Andalusian shades; and insinuations of Spain in the decor declare, Al Hambra is one of Dubai's very few strictly Spanish eateries, offering a menu along traditional Iberian lines. Start with a range of classic tapas options, which include traditional Spanish meats, charcuterie and cheese platters, plus favourites such as albondigas meatballs, gambas with garlic, calamares and patatas bravas. In addition to the selection of grilled meats and fish for main courses, there’s also a selection of classic paella variants. The food is decent, honest and enjoyable, if not exceptional. Service is also reasonably efficient, and certainly friendly; on our last visit, we witnessed one of the more charming waiters serenading one group with an impromptu song. For all the charm of the Madinat setting, features such as the tick box variety of menu, the slightly ageing detail in the decor and the equally ageing crowd frequenting Al Hambra; give this venue the feel of a convenient resort stop off, rather than a destination venue.
Open Sat-Thu 6pm-midnight; Fri 7pm-midnight. Al Qasr Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim, (04 366 6730).

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Posted by: Dr. Raji Mathew on 31 Jul ' 13 at 10:09
  • Best for: Family friendly

Situated within the bowels of Al Qasr, which literally means the palace, Al Hambra gives a taste of Spanish staples. Fairly large area with columns joined by arches with high ceiling and tables spaced out just right, it exudes a disarming charm. Last night barring a few, most tables were occupied. Spanish music played throughout.
My waiter, Chandra, explained the dishes. Fresh, discus shaped bread with salsa and garlic cream dip promptly served. The bread held vertically in a receptacle with the dips on either side was very nice. Beef strips served separately. Ordered for 2 tapas- fried calamari and pork chorizo. Calamari was served with lemon and garlic cream. Breaded calamari with the salty, fried slices of the fatty sausages not to forget the garlic cream seemed like an overindulgence of unhealthy eating. Felt already full after the tapas which is ideal for sharing by 2. The main course was the seafood paella with lobster bisque,shrimps, calamari and mussels. It was highly recommended but was only average. Had the sangria tinto to go with the food.
Good sized portions, genuine Spanish food and attentive service are the plus points here.
The bill:
Sangria tinto - AED 50
2 tapas - AED 70
Seafood paella - AED 125

Posted by: Harsha on 16 Mar ' 13 at 12:18

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I visited this restaurant and I was fascinated with the experience, the place is just lovely, best service in Dubai so far, food excellent and truly spanish flavor, the live music from charming spanish duo gives the 5 stars touch to this place and creating the perfect atmosphere, while you are dining and listening gipsy kings you feel like in Spain! I recommend this restaurant to everyone, have a try, you'll love it!

Posted by: Dean on 11 Mar ' 13 at 10:47

Awesome place to visit!
Great food, great ambiance and overall great value for money!!

Keep it up and looking forward to your NEW menu soon.

Posted by: Carlos Carrazco on 19 Feb ' 13 at 08:11
  • Best for: Family friendly

Excellent place to have a truly spanish experience! Food, ambience and music, everything mix and you feel like like having dinner in Sevilla! Ole!

Posted by: M on 24 Jan ' 13 at 04:55

It is Ok .....not amazing
setting is nice but did lack atmosphere , thinking about it , im not sure there was any background music.
Staff were friendly , food was tasty but overall it was just average

Cost 540AED for 3 adults , 12 tapas and soft drinks

Posted by: Morte on 25 Oct ' 12 at 16:05
  • Best for: Romantic

Posted by: Leo on 02 Jun ' 12 at 17:56
  • Best for: Family friendly

Great place, music a bit too loud (we were far from the stage, but still noisy if you wanted to have a proper conversation). friendly service. A good spot overall.

Posted by: Sam H on 21 May ' 12 at 11:48
  • Best for: Family friendly

Despite the fact its a great looking venue, the service is shockingly bad, and the food is crazy over priced for the tiniest portions!

Places in dubai will try to impress rather than justify the incredibly inexperienced staff, slow service and average food.

I'm all for paying the cash for a great night, but Al Hambra is pretensions ripoff.

Posted by: priyajauhri on 18 May ' 12 at 22:34

very bad experience- bad service, rather clueless staff, poor choice of wines- I am very sorry for myself and the large group that visited that I selected this restaurant for a birthday celebration- must get their act together if they care about being liked- not just by unsuspecting tourists. bad experience

Posted by: Jitu on 20 Feb ' 12 at 12:17

Great food though the lobster paella was overcooked.

Terrible service - to the point that when complaining the waiter continually interrupted and eventually raised his voice and began arguing with me!!? After a word with the manager the service quality matched that of the food... although the initial service put a downer on the mood.

Posted by: marwa on 25 Jan ' 12 at 09:55
  • Best for: Family friendly

Everything was well done , : We had a lovely stay and were made to feel very welcome... , the food was really delicious and pure spanish
Just give it a try ...

Posted by: Layla on 04 Dec ' 11 at 06:57
  • Best for: Family friendly

Amazing tapas, very affordable! The seafood paella has a giant lobster in it!
The band played beautiful music
The restuarant staff were very friendly and helpful!
Overall great food and atmosphere!

Posted by: John Wilcox on 21 Nov ' 11 at 06:56

The service was great. We had only tapas, but it was average. Sardines were nice but the octopus was not good at all. The sangria was very light.

Posted by: Samantha on 16 Sep ' 11 at 09:45
  • Best for: Romantic

This restaurant is amazing! after the renovation, finally a good tapas restaurant in Dubai. service is great, food is amazing, and portions are large. The waiters are extremely nice and the price was great.
we had 6 tapas, and couldnt finish our last 2, so dont eat too much bread, eventough its delicious.!
6 tapas + 1 local water 195aed

Posted by: Mohammad on 24 Jul ' 11 at 11:53
  • Best for: Romantic

Really great Tapas... We had the 6 Tapas combo and they were all amazing. I want to go back and have more of them as I am writing this review. The Paella is not very good though. Not pricey, really good value.

Posted by: Julia on 29 May ' 11 at 18:09
  • Best for: Romantic

Posted by: Gala Marseiile on 28 Apr ' 11 at 15:07
  • Best for: Romantic

This place was delicious and trully spanish menu... but the spanish chef left and all the spanish taste is gone.

Regarding the paella IS NOT pricey, a paella in Valencia (where is from, and where I am from) it has to be order in advance (it takes around 45min to be made) and minimun compsumtion is for 2 people (cause it is made in paella, the special pan where it takes its name from), and it cost around 30 euros/150 aed (chhicken) or 45 euros / 190aed(seafood).

Posted by: Jennifer on 02 Apr ' 11 at 19:22
  • Best for: Romantic

Excellent overall.

Posted by: AMA on 24 Mar ' 11 at 06:55
  • Best for: Romantic

the paella's were delicious and the see food as well.

Posted by: Rey on 15 Mar ' 11 at 07:08
  • Best for: Romantic

Tapas. Paella. Sangria. Picturesque Balcony. Courteous Staff. Will definitely go back!

Posted by: Pedro on 16 Feb ' 11 at 13:23
  • Best for: Romantic

The lights, ambience, service, live music and, of course, the food. Great place!!

Posted by: Sally-Anne Gerull on 04 Feb ' 10 at 11:45
  • Best for: Family friendly

Enjoyed dinner there last night- plenty of variety and Tapas good...service attentive...will be going back again

Posted by: Loz on 04 Jan ' 09 at 13:27
  • Best for: Family friendly

The Paella's were delicious but pricey but there was enough to feed a large group so it was worth it. Excellent overall.


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