Standoffish service and a menu featuring everything from duck’s head to fermented chicken feet – it’s fair to say that New Times Restaurant caters for a pretty niche clientele. But it’s this budget restaurant’s indifference for what usually constitutes eating out in Dubai that makes it bizarrely charming and unique. The restaurant includes a ballroom-like main dining hall and numerous private rooms upstairs, all furnished with décor fit for Marie Antoinette’s boudoir. Even ordering is different to usual practices. You’re handed a pamphlet menu on which you have to tick boxes next to the meals you want. Even though some of the food choices may be off-putting for Western palates, there are recognizable options such as the shrimp dumplings and fried noodles with seafood that are expertly prepared and great value for money. And then there’s the more unusual, including dishes like steamed sticky rice with chicken in lotus leaf. It’s all part of the experience and, at around Dhs100 for two people, a very cheap one at that.
New Times Restaurant