Let’s be honest, the standard of pub food in Dubai isn’t great. Or wasn’t great until recently. We now have some fantastic new bars and pubs serving better pub food than ever before. Barrel 12 is one of them. A sports bar on the Palm with an industrial look but a family feel. Here, the chef is knocking out brilliant pub grub. It’s a pretty big menu, too, but everything we’ve tried has been up to the same high standard, with only a few mis-steps. Chicken quavers prove a great bar snack (they’re crispy chicken skins, scratchings, if you will). There’s a half pint of prawns, too, which are big and juicy, and come with lovely bread and dipping sauces. Mains are excellent; the sausage and mash has three plump sausages and smooth potatoes, and the gravy is full of flavour. The watercress salad with apples and caper berries is fresh and light, and you can add a bit of protein to bulk it out, which we recommend doing. Barrel 12 is that rare thing – a great pub with a terrific kitchen.
Barrel 12 Dubai