Club Vista Mare restaurant and bar strip on The Palm
Time Out introduces Club Vista Mare restaurants and bars on The Palm. Discover seven new restaurants in Dubai, all licensed with beach side seating
By Alex Dunham10 November 2016
If you haven’t heard already, there’s a new spot in the city taking the al fresco dining experience to a whole new level. Known as Club Vista Mare, it’s only just opened next to Palm Jumeirah’s Tiara Residence and is unlike anything else in the city.
The 120 metres of beachfront promenade houses seven licensed restaurants, each one very different to the other in terms of food and style, but with one super asset in common: amazing sea and cityscape views that can be enjoyed from the more than 1,000 outdoor seats, or if you really want to let your hair down, take your food and drinks down to the beach.
Time Out Dubai takes you on a tour of Club Vista Mare’s trendy but affordable selection of world cuisine and discovers the epitome of Dubai’s dining dolce vita.
Club Vista Mare’s Lebanese restaurant may not have the classy interiors of its counterparts, but if it’s protein-based Middle Eastern food you’re after, look no further. Signature dishes include lamb kibbeh labanieh and kebab Beirouti. Alternatively, Abyat has a shisha bar, an added plus for those looking to lounge outside on the venue’s terrace.
Cool, artistic and bang-on trend, Aji is one of the most exciting openings in Dubai this year. The interiors are beautiful and the food promises much. It might not be the first venue to introduce Nikkei (a combination of Japanese and Peruvian techniques and flavours) cuisine to the city, but from what we’ve seen so far, it has the potential to rival the best exponents of it.
This is the perfect place to lounge while enjoying healthy eats with a Caribbean twist, live music and fantastic views – its terrace being slightly detached from the rest of the main strip. As well as seafood and other grilled meals, its food offering includes a raw bar and deli counter.
One of only a few places to offer high-end African food in the city, everything about Gursha is geared towards taking guests on a tour of Ethiopia’s culinary and cultural heritage. From its classy interiors, featuring historical African symbolism, to the traditional process of washing raw coffee beans and brewing them in a clay pot at the table, this new Ethiopian restaurant is sure to become a favourite for anyone looking to learn something new while eating out.
“Owned by Fishermen”, as its motto says, Ibn Al Bahr is all about the sea. Its quirky marine décor includes a boat hanging from the ceiling and fishing rods doubling up as lights. As proof of the freshness of its produce, there’s an impressive catch of the day display where the fish is iced awaiting diners’ selection. The menu, as Ibn Al Bahr’s head chef describes it, is fish and seafood with a Lebanese theme, including reasonably priced traditional dishes such as sayadieh, taouk and kibbeh samak.
With its faux European balconies and chequered floors, Simply Italian has a sleek trattoria style that will make diners feel like they’re tucking into traditional dishes in a family-run restaurant in Rome. In fact, Chef Mauro Altea takes inspiration from his nonna’s (grandmother’s) recipes when cooking up meals such as Sardinian gnocchi with lamb, which takes three hours to prepare. Despite the lack of pizza on the menu, there are enough seafood, meat and pasta dishes to make up for it.
If you live on the Palm Jumeirah and you’ve been looking for a new place for drinks with your mates and to watch the latest football match, you’re in luck. Club Vista Mare, a strip of beachside restaurants and bars, has just opened on the Palm, and it’s home to The Tap House, a new gastropub.
Inside, it’s very industrial-looking, with exposed bricks, metal pipes on the ceiling, and those old-school filament lights hanging everywhere. There’s a long bar with leather stools, and you can sit inside or out on the terrace, where there are views over the water and of the Dubai skyline. There are floor-to-ceiling windows, though, so even if you’re sitting indoors you can enjoy the view – when you’re not watching sports, that is.
There are TV screens dotted around, showing whatever big sporting event is on at the moment, but they’re all overshadowed by the massive screen on the other side of the bar, which takes up one whole wall. It’s perfect if you don’t want to miss any of the action, but if you’re not bothered about sports, it’s a lot more peaceful outside.
The bar has an extensive menu of craft hops, and 24 taps behind the bar. There are also hops-based mixed drinks, if you want to try something different, and mixed drinks are made using everything from liquid nitrogen to blowtorches. There are a few of tables with hops taps in the middle, too. Sit around those with friends and pour your own drinks.
The food menu includes the usual pub grub, with a few more unusual offerings such as duck ragout crêpe. If you’re only feeling a little peckish, though, there are bowls of popcorn. Kick back and enjoy.
The Bottom Line The perfect new spot to watch sport or just admire the views.