Al Dawaar

Spicy revolving spot in Deira Reviews

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In the past year I have been perplexed by a mirrored toilet cubicle (Reflets), given vertigo from a crane-winched dining table at JBR and lost a friend in swathes of dry ice at Kitsune. The fads, it would seem, just keep on comin’.

Last week, however, I decided to go old-school and embrace one of the original members of the eating-out crazes crew: the revolving restaurant. I wasn’t even alive when this slightly bizarre dining phenomenon reared its spinning head back in the ’50s – in Dortmund, Germany of all places. But I wanted in – and I knew that if I could still find one anywhere, it would be in Dubai. The Deira-based Hyatt Regency turned out to be our local revolver.

Twenty-five floors up, my friend and I stepped out of the lift and onto the rotating platform, taking our seats in the dimly lit, sophisticated space. The first thing that took us by surprise was that it was just the interior of the restaurant that moved rather than the entire structure. Of course, on reflection an actual 25-storey building rotating in the air would be plain silly – but there was still something a little unnerving about the fact that, in my peripheral vision I could see that we were moving, but the exterior ledge was not. If you are similarly inexperienced in revolving restaurants, rest assured that you don’t whizz around like a kid on a carousel – we were there for around an hour-and-a-half and did just over one revolution.

Given that it was 7pm on a Sunday the restaurant was relatively busy, with a good eight occupied tables. Pistachio hues, plush carpets and dark wood lent it a grown-up (but not stuffy) feel, and the staff were charm personified. I will never cease to be tickled when I return to my table after a buffet round to find my napkin folded into the shape of a horn. Speaking of the buffet, all the usual suspects were present (a good assortment of salad, cold Lebanese offerings and a slightly half-hearted sushi bar for starters; curries, kebabs and European dishes for mains), and the array wasn’t overwhelmingly vast, to our relief.

To begin, we sampled a deliciously creamy houmous, a fiery Thai salad that bit the back of our throats with heat, and some bread that was tasty but could have done with being warmed. For mains I made a beeline for the Indonesian duck curry, the coconut-laced flavours of which were at once light and pungent in all the right ways, although the meat let it down by being too fatty. My date honed in on the Indian section, adding some Middle Eastern meat for good measure. The zingy tomato sauces and creamy shrimp concoctions of the former did Al Dawaar proud, but she found the beef kebab leathery.

If you visit and make it to dessert, I would advise giving the lemon meringue pie a miss – there was no crispness to the meringue, and the lemon filling was too stodgy and lacking in tartness. The white chocolate cheesecake, on the other hand, was sublime.

Unless you suffer motion sickness, Al Dawaar is quite fun as a one-off novelty experience, but given the Dhs230 price tag (which doesn’t include the expensive drinks) and the not-so-beautiful views of Deira’s construction sites and half-built Palm, it’s probably not going to become your Thursday night regular.

The bill (for two)
2x Buffet dinner Dhs460
1x Large bottle Evian water Dhs26
1x Virgin mojito Dhs32
1x Hardys Chardonnay Dhs40
2x Fresh mint tea Dhs44
Total (excluding service) Dhs602

By Daisy Carrington
Time Out Dubai,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.

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  • Location: Hyatt Regency Dubai, Deira, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 317 2222
  • Travel: Al Khaleej Road
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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Romantic

User reviews:

Posted by: Rizvin Ali on 09 Feb ' 11 at 09:54
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

When we heard that my wife's uncle and aunt, from Canada, are visiting us, we decided to take them out for lunch.

However we were in a fix on where to take them, since we did not know exactly what kind of cuisine they would prefer and also they had already visited Atlantis, Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa.

We were looking for a restaurant which serves variety of cuisines along with a good ambiance. With the help of Timeout and the reviews I shortlisted Al Dawaar. I just loved the whole experience.

To begin with, the reservation was very easy since it was just an online booking. Once we reached Hyatt Regency Lobby, we were escorted to the elevator and guided to the restaurant. The view which we saw the moment we stepped out of the elevator was one of the best views after Burj Khalifa.

The staff was very warm and we were ushered to our table. My wife's relatives were very impressed and excited by the view and could not stop clicking pictures.

The food was amazing and for the price of Dhs.160 per person for Lunch, it was a very impressive spread. Ranging from Sushis to Indian to Continental to Arabic. We all just loved the Salads, Main Course and the Dessert.

After over 2 years in U.A.E this was the first time we went there and it was an amazing experience and most of all our relatives were the happiest.

All Cheers for the staff and Chef. We would definitely be visiting soon.

Posted by: almayer on 02 May ' 10 at 11:22
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Been there 10 days ago with family, the venue is really nice, the view is superb. Unfortunately the food is not up to the place, quality is so-so, it's a buffet that focuses more on quality than quantity (as an example, the sushi, which looked as if the fish had died of age in the restaurant). Pity.

Posted by: CK on 26 Apr ' 10 at 10:23
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I went last Saturday to celebrate the birthday party of a Very Special person and i find the place Romantic. the view is Simply Amazing... definitely i'll be back again and bring some friends coz the total Experience i had with Al Dawaar Revolving Restaurant is quite Superb. :-)

Posted by: Dr. Raji Mathew on 14 Apr ' 10 at 16:30
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Been here 3 times, last time was on 1st May which happens to be my wife's and my sister-in-laws birthday. So, my brother and I decided to treat our families for dinner. Incidentally, my brother works for the Hyatt group and had once worked at this same place for many years.

The location and the ambience wins half the battle for an enjoyable outing. The revolving bit lends itself to the conversation especially as the scene outside keeps changing.

A very decent array of buffet food though not as extensive as I would have expected. There is the sushi and sashimi at one end and a carvery station at the other. A very nice fruit cocktail juice accomanied the food. We had arranged for a bithday cake which was brought towards the end.

Recommend it for one of those special outings.


Posted by: ALEX on 06 Jan ' 10 at 10:58
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I LIKED EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS RESTAURANT. FOR A WHILE I WAS I DILEMA WHERE TO TAKE MY FRIENDS FOR MY BIRTHDAY DINNER BUT AT THE END MY CHOICE WAS AL DAWAAR. FOOD WAS FRESH AND TASTY AND THE SERVICE WAS EXCELLENTE. DEFINITELy I'll GO BACK.

Posted by: leele on 10 Oct ' 09 at 09:08
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

every thing is great except calling a waiter, very difficult to call a waiter, some other restaurant offer table buzzer to call for service.

Posted by: Liliane on 08 Oct ' 09 at 10:29
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

My husband & I went to Al Dawaar last Monday. I loved the ambience, very quiet and the fact that being a revolving restaurant is an invitation to enjoy more the ambience and excellent food.






Posted by: Sohan on 15 May ' 09 at 14:23
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The buffet was extremely good. They have a good selection of fresh seafood, including sushi, mussels and large succulent steamed prawns, and a good roast carving table. The salads, entrees and desserts were also generally good. There was one instance of bad service, which was quickly apologized for and generously rectified. Otherwise, service was very good too. Ambience, of course, could not be better. Overall, a good and memorable experience.

Posted by: T.A on 04 Feb ' 09 at 23:29
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I went to Al Dawaar on a Tuesday night with my mother. I thought it was a fabulous restaurant! I'm surprised to see the service listed as "indifferent" in the review. We had impeccable service; the level of which I have never seen at home in London or elsewhere in my country. Anyway, we had a buffet service. The food was good, not mind-blowing but very nice, regardless. The dessert was great though.

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