Try a selection of great-value menus at 40 restaurants all over town
Time Out Dubai staff
Jumeirah Restaurant Week has long been a popular and hugely anticipated event among the city’s keen diners, and from Thursday October 5 to Friday October 13, it’s happening again. If you like eating out but really love it when there’s a deal on the cards, this is the week for you, as 40 restaurants and bars at Jumeirah Group properties across the city put on three-course menus at set prices, ranging from Dhs95 to Dhs350. And don’t miss the Big Bite Out on Thursday October 5. Here are some of our top picks for the week.
A stalwart on the Middle East dining scene and a Time Out Dubai award-winner, tuck into starters including a selection of cold or hot mezze, followed by a choice of either a classic mixed grill, suman fillet with chilli sauce or seasonal vegetable stew. Finish with ashta bel asal, fresh fruits or baklava. Dhs200. Jumeirah Emirates Towers. Book here: www.jumeirah.com/en/offers/jumeirah-restaurant-week-2017Alta Badia
Fancy some Italian fine dining? Look no further than this lofty spot at the top of Jumeirah Emirates Towers. Grilled octopus, beef carpaccio and a seasonal salad make up the starters, steamed sea bass, risotto and braised vegetables with poached eggs and truffle make up the mains, and tiramisu, lemon cream tart and glazed fruit with ice cream and meringue make up desserts. Bellissimo! Dhs200. Jumeirah Emirates Towers. Book here: www.jumeirah.com/en/offers/jumeirah-restaurant-week-2017
Head to this swish gastropub set in Jumeirah Beach Hotel to choose from starters such as pumpkin soup, chicken liver parfait or kale salad, mains including haddock and chips, Angus beef cheek or onion squash tart, and classic British desserts of sticky toffee pudding, steamed lemon sponge or chocolate bread and butter pudding. Dhs150. Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Book here: www.jumeirah.com/en/offers/jumeirah-restaurant-week-2017
Go loco for Latin American cuisine at this slick restaurant, set at the crest of Jumeirah Beach Hotel’s wave-like structure. Try starters such as empanadas, black bream ceviche or mango salad, before moving on to either Argentinian rib-eye, pescado a lo macho (barramundi) or stir-fried quinoa. Classic desserts include three milk sponge cake, churros and fresh fruit. Dhs200. Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Book here: www.jumeirah.com/en/offers/jumeirah-restaurant-week-2017
The award-winning chef’s Burj Al Arab restaurant will be serving up a typically seafood-themed menu (and right next to an aquarium, no less). Starter options include pickled oysters, oak-smoked salmon and breaded ticklemore. Meanwhile for mains there are dishes such as turbot, ricotta and Parmesan dumplings, and bream with potted shrimp butter. Desserts include dark chocolate fondant, mango cheesecake and raspberry Pavlova. Dhs350. Burj Al Arab. Book here: www.jumeirah.com/en/offers/jumeirah-restaurant-week-2017
Get yourself to one of the city’s most romantic restaurants (word for the uninitiated – it’s set on the end of a pier), which will be serving starters including hamachi carpaccio, duck mille feuille, and burrata, followed by either wild sea bass, press, grilled and roasted “Welsh” lamb, or wild mushroom risotto. Finally, treat yourself to either a coffee lava cake, praline parfait or fresh fruit tart. Dhs350. Jumeirah Al Qasr. Book here: www.jumeirah.com/en/offers/jumeirah-restaurant-week-2017 Rockfish
Head to Jumeirah Al Naseem to try this relative newcomer to the city’s dining scene, which will be serving up starters featuring foie gras, marinated Scottish smoked salmon and or garden salad, followed by Josper-grilled scallops, slow-cooked veal shank or woodland mushroom risotto. End with Valrhona chocolate mousse, strawberry Pavlova or a classic crème brûlée. Dhs200. Jumeirah Al Naseem.Book here: www.jumeirah.com/en/offers/jumeirah-restaurant-week-2017
The Burj Al Arab’s stunning terrace sits over the sea. While you’re gazing out across the Arabian Gulf, tuck into starters such as Gillardeau oysters, smoked tortilla soup or endive and grape salad, mains including crispy baby chicken, slow-cooked John Dory or forest mushroom quesadillas, and a choice of fruit-themed desserts. Dhs200. Burj Al Arab. Book here: www.jumeirah.com/en/offers/jumeirah-restaurant-week-2017
Jumeirah Restaurant Week coincides with the re-opening of this stunning beachside restaurant for the winter season. Tuck into a Greek menu of soutzoukakia (meat patties with cumin tomato sauce and yoghurt), a classic Greek salad or calamari, followed by either chicken gyros, stuffed tomatoes and capsicum peppers, or grilled sea bass with steamed vegetables. Round off with Greek yoghurt, honey and walnuts, or saragli – crispy filo topped with caramelised white chocolate and roasted almonds. Dhs150. Jumeirah Mina A’Salam. Book here: www.jumeirah.com/en/offers/jumeirah-restaurant-week-2017
Though offering a shorter selection than most, this one is worth a mention for the slow hot-smoked Australian short ribs alone. They are, frankly, spectacular – and they’re on the Restaurant Week menu. Start off with pumpkin soup topped with crispy veal bacon, then choose from either those short ribs or a carnorali risotto, before tucking into an English lemon tart. Delightful stuff. Dhs200. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray. Book here: www.jumeirah.com/en/offers/jumeirah-restaurant-week-2017
In the mood for a meat feast? The Hide’s starters include steak tartare, a four-cheese artichoke dip, and a duck salad, while mains star wagyu flat iron, flank steak and blue cheese gnocchi. Round off with either a s’mores sundae, baked blueberry cheesecake (drool) or apple pie for two. Dhs200. Jumeirah Al Qasr. Book here: www.jumeirah.com/en/offers/jumeirah-restaurant-week-2017
Get stuck into Mexican eats overlooking Mina A’Salam’s turtle rehabilitation lagoon (“tortuga” is Spanish for “turtle”), with guacamole, tuna cured with lime juice and Caesar salad on the starters menu, followed by roasted chicken with three “mole” sauces, catch of the day, or fajitas for mains. Round it off with churros or tres leches cake. Dhs150. Jumeirah Mina A’Salam. Book here: www.jumeirah.com/en/offers/jumeirah-restaurant-week-2017
Soak up the sea breeze while you slurp down some classic Chinese flavours. Starters on the Zheng He’s menu include crystal green dumplings, golden prawn dumplings or vegetable and smoked tofu spring rolls. For mains, choose from beef tenderloin with black pepper, sweet and sour sea bream fillet or sizzling tofu. Save room for either deep-fried mango cheesecake, banana chocolate cake or a seasonal fruit platter with lychee sorbet. Dhs150. Jumeirah Mina A’Salam. Book here: www.jumeirah.com/en/offers/jumeirah-restaurant-week-2017 For bookings and more information, visit www.jumeirah.com/en/offers/jumeirah-restaurant-week-2017.
The Big Bite Outhuge night brunch to kick off jumeirah restaurant week
Madinat Jumeirah is putting on a huge night brunch to kick off Jumeirah Restaurant Week. Big Bite Out takes place on Thursday October 5 from 7pm to 11pm, spanning restaurants and bars across Jumeirah Al Qasr, Jumeirah Mina A’Salam and Jumeirah Al Naseem hotels. For Dhs395, you’ll be able to enjoy drinks and dishes at 14 outlets, including The Hide, Rockfish, Summersalt, Pierchic, Zheng He’s and Tortuga. On arrival, guests will be given a map of the venues taking part, and will be encouraged to visit as many outlets as possible on their journey, which will also feature secret rooms, performances, pop-ups and giveaways at different restaurants every 30 minutes. At the end of the night, guests are then invited to “the party to end all parties” at beachfront property Shimmers. Dhs395. Thu Oct 5, 7pm-11pm. Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim, www.jumeirah.com/bigbiteout.