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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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