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Café Arabesque

Highly Commended Best MENA Comments

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With its terrace offering expansive views of the creek along with a sleek, high-end dining room, Café Arabesque offers a suitably plush setting for the posh Park Hyatt’s Middle Eastern restaurant. Unusually, on Thursdays and Fridays the restaurant offers a large dinner buffet of Lebanese, Jordanian and Syrian inspired dishes, plonked unceremoniously in the middle of the room. As with most buffets, the fact that food is allowed to sit has a detrimental effect on the standard. Nonetheless, the dessert section is extensive and impressive and doesn’t suffer from its environment. Things are better with the à la carte menu – the grilled lamb, chicken and fish are all well cooked, tasty and fresh. Service is also excellent although there was a delay between walking in and being seated. Overall, while slightly overpriced for the buffet, it’s a great environment and if you stick to the à la carte menu, the food’s also very good.
Open daily 6.30am-11am; midday-4pm; 6pm-midnight. Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira, dubai.park.hyatt.com (04 317 2222).

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Posted by: Ahmed Barakat on 04 Sep ' 10 at 06:50
  • Best for: Family friendly

I went to cafe rabesque for the iftar and i have to say it was the best one i have had in dubai . The service is quick the food is amazing. Overall great spot.

Posted by: OC on 08 Aug ' 10 at 07:25

First up, let me say that that this is a nice chilled out place to have dinner, and the staff were nice - if a little over the top. They were happy to take back a dish we complained about and not to charge for it, and even presented us with a new offering without being asked (even though that was awful too).

The problem was the food. The Shish Tawouk came out bland and chewy, and it felt a bit like they had cooked the chicken earlier and then given it a quick blast on the coals after I ordered it. It was pretty awful. I've had Shish Tawouk's all over Dubai and this was easily the worst, and also the most expensive... We got the garlic mushrooms and they had clearly come out of a can, they were horrible and we had to send them back. The grilled haloumi was nice, but hell, it's grilled haloumi. You'd have to be an idiot to mess that up.

The buffet was a bit rubbish, and to clear up the above review, it only covers starters (which were good) and a miserable array of 'deserts' which were either dry or greasy and generally inedible. You pay 129 dhs for that, and then have to buy your main course seperately - which is another 60 - 100 per person. It adds up.

Generally, I think you'd be silly to pay five times as much for the below average food in this restaurant than you would for, say, Al Hallab, just for some pretty lighting and a nice atmosphere. There are hundreds of good Arabic restaurants in this city, and I would not come back to this one.

Posted by: samia on 20 Jun ' 10 at 09:38

a real arabic infusion as well as the good care

Posted by: Peter on 14 Jun ' 10 at 06:42

Great spot. The restaurant is great and the service is exellent. The perfect place to enjoy good food.


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