What better way to enjoy the golden sands of Dubai than by eating al fresco. Paul Clifford picks ten of the best places at the Umm Suqeim hotspot
to tuck in to tasty bites
With only a couple of months left before the weather gets too hot for most of us to handle, why not make the most of the last rays of sun and get yourself down to the shore. Kite Beach is a great spot for a walk, a run, or even a game of volleyball. And the best bit? When you’ve had enough physical exertion, you can pick up some fantastic food. Whether you want to take a stroll with a tub of frozen banana or sit on top of a shipping container with a tasty burger in hand, the stretch of coastline will deliver. Here, we bring you ten of the area’s best foodie finds.
This pleasant eatery has an outdoor terrace as well as a cool indoor area. Park House does a mean range of smoothies and caters for all your breakfast, lunch and evening meal needs. Everything is on offer here, from waffles to eggs Benedict and from fish and chips to Greek salad. If it’s a quick pit stop you’re having, we recommend the sweet potato fries and an iced tea.
Yes, you’re right, it is sweet. But sugarcane juice is actually pretty useful. As well as being an instant thirst-quencher, the (slightly off-putting) yellowy liquid is a good way to get some quick energy on your run and apparently can help with digestion. With such great cooling abilities, the beach is the perfect place to try it.
This two-tiered café has only been open for a few weeks, but is already proving a hit. It’s backed by the same people who own the popular Surf Café Dubai nearby on Jumeirah Beach Road and also prides itself on its breakfasts. Signs are promising, but regardless, the view from the upper deck is very nice indeed, and is more than enough reason to visit.
It is the seaside and that dictates that there must be fish and chips. Thankfully for all Brits out there, Bob is on hand to fry up some spuds and batter some cod. Some might call it a food truck, but we know that this is a fish and chips van, and for anyone who is feeling homesick for the colder climes of the UK, Bob’s does a decent job of recreating the traditional fish supper. Whether you call it scraps, batter, scrapings, scranchings or some other ridiculous name, if you ask nicely, there might just be some available.
A frozen banana stand by the beach will raise a chuckle from anyone familiar with cult US television series Arrested Development. Thankfully this one isn’t run by a dysfunctional family and hopefully won’t burn to the ground like the one in the show. The idea is simple –
you can either get a tub of ice-cream-style frozen banana or chunks of it. Then you can choose from a number of toppings. It feels like it should be healthy, but when it’s this tasty, how can it be?
This little stand’s logo is, for some reason, a monocle, top hat and elaborate moustache. Whatever the reasons behind it, we think it’s pretty cool and stands out from the other food stalls in the area. This is a place to stop off and grab a drink or snack. The French café has a big brother in DIFC, but the coffee is good here, so regulars need not worry.
Order your “brgr” from a hatch in a shipping container, then wait at one end of the container for it to be delivered. Then climb up some steps and sit on top of it, looking out over the beach and towards the sea. It’s a cracking spot to enjoy the view (and now has company, with LaOla moving in next door) and the burgers are simple and done well. You can get fries, onion rings and other sides, but the meat patties are far and away the best things here.
The daddy of them all. Or, more accurately, the mummy of them all, given that Salt was founded by entrepreneurial ladies Deem Al Bassam and Amal Al Marri. Their idea kick-started an entire food truck scene in Dubai and they were some of the first to embrace using social media, with their #findsalt campaign. None of that would really matter if the food wasn’t so good, but, as most people know by now, their mini burgers are excellent. With only a few things on the menu, Salt keeps it simple, but oh so good, and is worth the trip to Kite Beach alone. Whether you go for the wagyu slider or the chicken Cheetos burger, we think you’ll love it. And if you still have room for an ice-cream at the end, you’ll have the perfect beach meal.
Less a place to eat and more one to get refreshments. The Surf Shack is another place that has chosen to do a limited number of items well. There are coffees, fresh juices and frozen yoghurt here. It’s one of the better places to grab a drink or something sweet while walking along the beach. For those with a very sweet tooth, we recommend a large Nutella yoghurt with Nutella topping.
Another place for those with a sweet tooth. And Canadians. This dessert stop seems to hold a special place in the hearts of our North American friends. Essentially, you get a big, flat sweet fried pastry (shaped like a beaver’s tail) with various toppings. Choose from treats including Nutella, cinnamon, banana, chocolate or fig, or all of them together, if that floats your boat.