Anyone with fond memories of Trader Vic’s Mai Tai Lounge will get a shock when they enter Ten Street. The previously atmospheric, dimly lit space is no more, and in its place is a brighter, more open space filled with pool tables, TVs, booths and other nooks and crannies.
The general theme of the supposedly Canadian-inspired venue seems to be the New York subway, with the signage cropping up regularly, but in all honesty, it’s a little too echoey and reminiscent of a student union bar for us and we don’t really settle during our visit – with the DJ playing and bar games going on, it’s difficult to concentrate on eating, but, this is primarily a bar, so maybe that’s to be expected.
A very excitable lady – we’ve never seen someone so thrilled to be anyone’s waitress – takes our order. The menu is filled with groan-inducing dish names such as the Eggers Can’t Be Cheesers and Little Miss Bunshine. That menu, the atmosphere and service all seem a bit try-hard, but when we get to the food, things pick up.
The I’m A Belieber is a tender, crispy chicken breast sandwiched between waffles. It comes with a spicy sriracha mustard, cheese, pickles and veal bacon, and is late-night bar food done well. The same goes for the Eggers/Cheesers concoction, which includes an egg cooked inside the burger. Weirdly, the description on the menu doesn’t mention anything about the cheese, but it’s there, along with lots of other toppings.
This isn’t fine dining, but it isn’t trying to be. It is, however, perfect if there’s a group of you out and needing some late-night sustenance.
The Bill (for two) 1x Eggers Can't Be Cheesers Dhs75 1x I'm A Belieber Dhs55 1x poutine Dhs35 1x large water Dhs18 Total (excluding service) Dhs183
The Bottom Line A bar first and foremost, but one that does some good, if slightly bizarre dishes.