This indie burger joint in Jumeirah gets the seal of approval from royalty… And us.
Amid Dubai’s many burger joints – from Texan through to Swedish – on Jumeirah Beach Road you’ll find something we haven’t seen before. Moylo’s is an independent restaurant that feels completely original, too.
This tiny hole-in-the-wall space is decorated in an edgy, raw style that feels like a converted warehouse. The fittings are industrial, with plenty of colour and witty character. Tables that look like they are made from reclaimed wood have been painted in rainbow strips of colour or the legs have been covered in myriad squished soda cans. Condiment bottles hang from the ceiling by chains and the counter is covered in an array of padlocks, customised by patrons (including one signed by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai). The walls are plastered in all sorts of silly and amusing signs, giving the space a fun common room-meets-neighbourhood-pub vibe. Staff will come to your table to take orders, and bring your food to you, and then you pay at the counter, and all are friendly, pleasant and efficient.
The menu includes the briefest list of burgers – five recipes to be precise – divided between chicken and beef varieties. There are also two side dishes (parmesan truffle fries and onion rings) and one milkshake (salted caramel).
That shake comes served in a cute jug-jar glass and is thick and creamy with a great sweet, salty, burnt sugar dynamic. The signature ‘Moylo’s burger’ comes stuffed with an onion ring, cheese and ‘Moylo’s sauce’. The patty is a little rare, but moist as a result. The bread is soft, light and fluffy (if a little sweet) and easy to digest. The onion ring gave the burger a diverting textural edge, while Moylo’s secret sauce provided a fresh, creamy, sour tang to complete the taste, making it, overall, a very good burger. The moreish truffle fries had a crunchy exterior, soft insides and plenty of aromatic flavour.
Moylo’s conjures up that old adage about nice things and small packages. But in this instance, it’s accurate. This place is tiny and cuter as a result. The menu is tiny and perhaps more care has gone into it as a result. It gets a messy, sauce-smeared thumbs up from us.
The bill (for one) 1x Moylos burger Dhs38 1x Truffle fries Dhs18 1x salted caramel shake Dhs25 1x water Dhs5 Total (excluding service) Dhs86