Villa Beach Restaurant

Expensive European food on Jumeirah Beach Road. The prices refelct the view so don't expect a cheap evening but the food will not disappoint Reviews

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From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2008

Views don’t often come cheap in this city – something you’ll find out to your own great expense if you choose to chow down at this beachside restaurant. There’s no denying the awesome outlook from some of the tables here (if the sailboats bobbing around on the aquamarine waters of the Gulf don’t get you, the awesome dimensions of the nearby Burj Al Arab surely will), but the grossly inflated prices mean that dining here is recommended only to either the ridiculously extravagant or the filthy-rich.

It’s even more of a false economy if you end up at one of the many tables without a vista, where you’ll likely bristle even more indignantly at the meagre portions offered up. A brace of scallops with nuggets of mango is delicious, but the dish’s tiddliness will only truly delight those on a crash diet.

The main courses continue on this miniature tack – a portion of roasted corn-fed chicken falling short as a result of its paltriness. When the Villa Beach hits the mark it does it in style, however, and you’ll be pressed to find a better dish on the menu than the tender beef fillet, which is served with a beautifully textured accompaniment of warming oxtail, a wild mushroom mash and a green peppercorn sauce.

Desserts are of an equally towering standard – a banana, chocolate and toffee cheesecake, undeniable in its woozily wonderful glory – but more consistent collections of knock-out blows can be found elsewhere at a fraction of the price.


By Jeremy Lawrence

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: Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 406 8999
  • Travel: Jumeirah Beach Road
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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Romantic

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Posted by: Kate on 09 Apr ' 13 at 20:51
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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Not as bad value as the article suggests. My friend and I had a starter, main course, dessert, glass of wine and a coffee each and the bill came to less than 700 dhs for both of us. Compare that with what you'd pay for the equivalent in London and it's pretty reasonable, especially considering the unrivalled setting. The service was a bit much-I imagine if you were trying to have a romantic dinner being asked at least once per course how everything was would be a bit of a mood killer, and we were told about the (lengthy) chef's special seafood sharing platter twice (pointless as my friend's vegetarian). Still, staff were friendly and service quick but not rushed. Some lovely extras as well-a taster of beef carpaccio before the starter, sorbet, a mini "pre-pudding" and home made truffles with dessert. The portions were totally adequate-I ordered a side with my main based on the reports of stingy amounts, but really didn't need it. A starter of bouillabaisse was packed with generous chunks of fish and meaty prawns. Only complaint about the food was that for the price the flavours lacked punch-the soup and the sauce with my Dover sole main were almost bland which Is disappointing considering the price. And a shame as the seafood was clearly good quality. Overall worth it for the experience but I'd probably go with a meat option if I went again.

Posted by: mickle pickle on 24 Apr ' 09 at 13:03
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too expensive

Posted by: Eugenia on 10 Mar ' 09 at 08:34
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

We were at the Villa Beach with my husband and totally loved it!! I agree that it may not be the cheapest option, but the service and the quality of the food were brilliant. You have a chance to sit right on the beach just meters away from Burj Al Arab and this adds a nice romantic twist to this quiet, relaxed venue. I would definitely recoomend it for couples who want to forget about all the hustle and bustle and spend a perfect evening together, enjoying great food and good wine!

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