|Tel:||04 392 5660|
|Travel:||Al Barari Estate, Emirates Road, exit 44; follow signs to Jebel Ali and then take the slip road to Al Barari|
|Experiences:||Wi-fi, Outdoor seating, Romantic, Family friendly|
|Times:||Open daily 7.30am-11.30am, noon-3.30pm, 3.45pm-6pm (afternoon tea), 6pm- 10.30pm|
|Credit Cards Accepted:||Yes|
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Reagan Feb 28, 2014 02:38 pm
My husband and I went to dinner here a few weeks ago, we each ordered an appetizer and an entree. They first brought the bread basket which contained bread sliced as thinly as a cracker. One couldn't taste the bread it was so thin. I had never had bread served like this and I have been around. My husband ordered 2 orders of (vietnamese) vegetable roll for appetizer. The rice paper was dry making all the rolls inedible. We also ordered a prawn with salsa appetizer. The prawn was tasteless and rubbery and the appetizer tasted of nothing but chili. He ordered some steak salad for entree and I ordered Shrimp Curry. He and I ended up sharing my entree because his was again was inedible doused with dressing to the point of being watery. Mine was only slightly better but the rice made it ok since we were starving. We ordered the check before we finished eating. We could not wait to leave. Honestly from the time we sat down to the time we walked out of the restaurant was no longer than 35 minutes, despite the lovely ambience .
Today we returned for breakfast with our kids hoping that perhaps the restaurant was more of a breakfast place and this experience would be better. We ordered scrambled eggs, classic waffles, a butter croissant, a chocolate croissant and I asked if we could have non-sliced bread. I was told no that it came sliced. My husband went inside and asked them not to slice a baguette and bring it out. We had also ordered coffee and fresh orange juice. The first round of coffee was good. But when the food came, it was as disappointing as the dinner. They didn't tell us, and the picture was misleading, that the chocolate croissant was simply a cut butter croissant with chocolate to be melted inside. It had plenty of chocolate but it was not melted. The classic waffle looked like it came out of a package and not freshly made. Regardless it was cold, and with no taste. My second cup of coffee was watered down compared to the first one.
I am not sure that the issue is of service because the service was efficient, both times we came. The waffle if it had been made fresh would not have gotten cold between the time we ordered and the time the food was served. The food was really sub-par and no amount of service could make it better. We left very sad because it is such a lovely place and clearly no expense spared to create it, except in the kitchen.
Zac Christofel Feb 20, 2014 04:07 pm
I came to this restaurant when it first opened. It was heavenly, it was managed professionally, the food was fantastic. I remember I left my family waiting for half an hour chatting with the opening GM (Mahesh?) about the concept and future. He ran the place like he loved it and owned it.
I relocated to Canada and have now returned.
Now: dreadful, rundown, tasteless, aimless and just poor. I am a former restaurateur who believes that great things can only be accomplished with great people. I am sorry Al Barari, but this was a goldmine turned dust bowl. The team you have managing and running the venue simply don’t care and have zero passion. It’s not about making money it’s about having people who believe in a product so passionately they eat, sleep and breathe the concept.
Who would have ever thought this beautiful sanctuary, this outstanding concept that opened with so much promise, energy and dare I say ‘love’ is a sad excuse for an eatery. Shame. Shame. Shame.
Khalid Karim Jan 04, 2014 03:15 pm
Excellent location Awful experience. Waited 1 and half hours for main course. When food arrived waiter says one item not available. Forgets the order for the 6th guest. The food that arrived for remaining 4 guests was cold, felt frozen and tasted awful. Soggy fish and chips. cold frozen burger. 5 of us left hungry. Such a pity. Manager and the few staff were in a daze and totally out of it. Must admit the manager was trying hard but could not cope with a bad kitchen and few waiters. Had to repeat twice for simple things such as water and soup spoons. Reminded me of Fawlty Towers. I did pay the bill but felt totally cheated. I have never experienced such bad service in any restaurant.
Azlina Nov 03, 2013 09:43 am
It is certainly one of the nicest setting I have seen for a restaurant in Dubai. Lovely greenery everywhere.
Unfortunately, the kitchen is too small, or probably too less waiting staff to accommodate the crowd.We arrived at 10.30 am and got seated at 11.15am and got served our food only at 12 noon. Unbelievable long wait for breakfast. The price is as expensive as a 5 star serving restaurant with a 1 star service and a 2.5 star food quality. Not very balanced there.
However, due to the exceptional location, I am coming back once more to give it another chance. Hopefully, it is better then.
Please do your reservations, otherwise, it is not worth your drive down at all.
Lance Apr 25, 2013 11:25 am
Stunning setting, but seems that since it has opened no one has bothered to go round with a tin or paint or varnish so the place looks shabby, sadly not shabby chic, just tatty.
We arrived on a friday afternoon, and expected food to match the setting, unfortunately we were not about to get this.
Firstly our main course was bought out before our starter, pretty simple mistake, we complained, but as we were ordering food more to share, this was not a real issue, but the reason given was that the kitchen was too small. I really fail to see how the size of the kitchen has any impact on getting the order in which dishes are prepared.
Secondly, my partner ordered a feta salad and rocket salad, which was delivered as just a plate of rocket, with almost not feta cheese what so ever. we complained and more feta was brought out, but still no first course.
Finally the starter arrived, as we were finishing our mains, it was supposed to be prawns, there were two in each plate, only just qualifying as prawn, 1 less and it would have just been prawn.
Desert was nice, but obviously bought in from outside.
Overall, food was substandard and service was very poor, such a shame when the setting is unique in Dubai.