We’ve already told you about BARBARY and how popular the bar is, especially on a Thursday night. And when we learned the kitchen is run by Rob Rathbone, the chef formerly of R Trader in DIFC, this led to high expectations for the food. And it largely delivers.
Now that the restaurant is also open for lunch, this is a great time to visit, since it’s quiet and it gives the young kitchen a chance to get everything just right. Go for dinner and busier times and things can get a little confusing for waiting staff, but the food is still worth a punt.
Firstly, we need to talk about the Cuban sandwich. It comes with high recommendations from staff, and is stuffed full of traditional meats, smothered with lashings of molten Swiss cheese and stacked with pickles. It’s a touch too salty and the bread isn’t quite as pressed as it should be, but it’s as close as we’ve come to the real deal in Dubai.
Though the hot dog we’ve been hearing so much about isn’t available on our visit, the burger abates our disappointment, alongside a gooey, hearty mac ’n’ cheese.
Prices are good, too, ranging from the Dhs60-100 mark for mains and Dhs23-41 for sides.
For tasty, hearty food executed with flair, BARBARY is well worth checking out.
The bottom line One to add to your bar food must-try list.
BARBARY Deli + Cocktail Club