New Midnight Café and Restaurant

International food in Discovery Gardens 38 Reviews

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There are some restaurants that I know from the outset are going to be ‘experiences’ rather than ‘dining experiences’; New Midnight Café was one such venue. After asking for directions over the phone, I enquired as to what cuisine was served there. ‘Japanese… Iranian… Chinese… and Italian,’ came the reply. It was safe to assume I wasn’t going to eat the best meal of my life at New Midnight, but then I don’t think this Discovery Gardens restaurant has ever been under any pretensions of winning a Michelin star.

In spite of this, New Midnight was full when I visited. The dining area was filled with an eclectic mix, which was indicative of Dubai’s cultural diversity – a couple of Koreans sipping coffee and smoking cigarettes, a group of Lebanese students sat with their laptops and shisha pipes, old men playing backgammon, a family tucking into kebabs and rice… It was real and surreal in equal measure (the bizarre decor and attire of the staff adding an otherworldly edge) and I found myself enjoying the colourful cross-section of life that was unfolding before me.

True to the word of the lady on the phone, the restaurant serves a range of Far-East Asian, Middle Eastern and European fare, with sandwiches and Indian dishes thrown in for good measure – as if they weren’t covering all bases already. I was dining alone, so promptly ordered the fried wanton dumplings and the chicken yakisoba noodles, and opened my laptop to pretend I had better things to do than wait for my food (I really didn’t).

I didn’t have to feign interest in my computer for too long – my wanton starters and yakisoba main soon arrived, together. Still, I was pretty hungry and was pleased to be able to alternate between sizzling noodles and dumplings. The combination of MSG and my appetite initially clouded the fact that what I was eating wasn’t very good. The noodles, while hearty enough, were rather greasy, and I suspected that the dumplings hadn’t been freshly prepared. Again, my expectations weren’t particularly high and I enjoyed each dish for what it was, though I couldn’t help but balk at the yakisoba’s Dhs49 price tag (last week I’d grumbled that the egg noodles with seafood at high-end Chinese restaurant Chi’Zen were Dhs65 – a bargain in hindsight).

I really didn’t need to eat any more, but the obligation to sample more than two dishes led me to order the chicken biryani (there were no desserts on the menu). Much like the Chinese and Japanese offerings that preceded it, the biryani was never going to have the local Indian community queueing around the block, though for Dhs33 it was perhaps the best priced of the dishes I’d sampled.

I was painfully full and my eyes had began to sting from the shisha smoke – what was a character-filled restaurant had suddenly become airless and claustrophobic. New Midnight Café obviously serves a purpose for local residents, but for me, it was time to leave Discovery Gardens to digest three courses and an otherwise average dining experience.

The bill (for one)
1x Fried wanton dumpling
Dhs29
1x Chicken yakisoba Dhs49
1x Chicken biryani Dhs33
1x Coca Cola Dhs8
Total (excluding service) Dhs116

By Oliver Robinson
Time Out Dubai,

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

Details

  • Location: Discovery Gardens, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 448 9157
  • Travel: Sheikh Zayed Road, Street no. 1
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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

User reviews:

Posted by: saeed on 11 Jul ' 13 at 15:11
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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When missing mum's cooking , i order their fast home delivery or just call a few to dine with me in this super friendly restaurant , mind you as an Iranian , i only order persian and I am quite satisfied with it . their Kabab Koubideh ,......Fesenjoon ... are very good . let me call them i am already starving .

Posted by: Amer on 03 Aug ' 12 at 09:54
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

After moving to discovery gardens I search too many restaurant and cafe but finally I find out midnight cafe very well thanks

Posted by: Jaber on 01 Aug ' 12 at 09:48
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Every things was exilent :)

Posted by: Faryar on 22 Jun ' 12 at 07:24
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

nice food but not a great place to be remebered by its ambience. If they put more effort in the decoration and services they will deffintaley add exposure to their restaurants to more nationalities.

Posted by: reza on 24 May ' 12 at 17:37
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

the music is good and the kebabs are not bad but apart from that every other dish on the menu is just horrible. and horrible does not even begins to describe how bad the service is. the staff are rude and clumsy. they have to fix the food and service otherwise this place will get worse and nobody will visit it.

Posted by: Ali on 30 Apr ' 12 at 14:08
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

i know this might be a surprise to u all, but I'm a big sushi addict , an I'm sayinnggg this place has the best sushi ever! plus u can call @ 3 am and ask them to deliver sushi for u! how heavenly is that!

Posted by: nas on 19 Apr ' 12 at 15:45
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

If you fancy a night of hilarious entertainment, then check out the guys with open shirts, gold medallions, loafers with no socks, you can't miss them! In this respect, it's fantastic for entertainment and a bag of laughs. The shisha was great however, the juice and mint tea

Posted by: Raha on 16 Mar ' 12 at 11:07
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Poor service, poorly composed and very loud music, strong meat smell all over the place.

As someone else mentioned about positive reviews.I'm totally sure almost all positive reviews are fake and submitted by the owner or their friends / relatives. check the submission times and you'll believe me. all of them are one/two word reviews!

Posted by: sama on 18 Dec ' 11 at 16:04
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: ramzi on 23 Nov ' 11 at 10:43
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Kenny Paul on 21 Nov ' 11 at 07:35
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Not worth a visit. Seems like the above reviews are from family and friend's of the owners.

I agree with Pete Williams post on 04 Feb ' 11 at 19:16

Posted by: Amir on 31 Oct ' 11 at 17:58
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: bahram latifi on 17 Aug ' 11 at 12:19
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Hamid on 15 Aug ' 11 at 11:14
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Really Nice

Posted by: afshin on 11 Jun ' 11 at 13:05
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: yamen ayoubi on 03 May ' 11 at 14:13
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

really nice

Posted by: hasif on 07 Mar ' 11 at 11:00
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Been there 7 days ago with my family , the venue is really nice, the view is best in discovery gardens. Unfortunately the food is hi quality quality.....

Posted by: saeid on 07 Mar ' 11 at 10:50
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

professional singers and nice food thank you guys

Posted by: Alexander on 07 Mar ' 11 at 10:42
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great :)

Posted by: mohammad on 05 Feb ' 11 at 18:41
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

every things was excellent

Posted by: Pete Williams on 04 Feb ' 11 at 19:16
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I t is amazing all the above reviews came on the same day 5mins between them all saying roughly the same .Take the reviews will a great deal of salt

Posted by: saeid on 04 Feb ' 11 at 16:04
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

every tings was excellent

Posted by: mehrnoush on 03 Feb ' 11 at 11:02
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

i wont forget the time in this restaurant for ever...

Posted by: reza sadeghi on 28 Jan ' 11 at 20:56
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

when i test food in this restaurant i cant go to another restaurant. i love this restaurant and they have best staff, food,........

Posted by: mehdi on 26 Jan ' 11 at 23:23
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

nice place .... nice food...

Posted by: fatemeh on 22 Jan ' 11 at 20:30
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

this restaurant is my second home

Posted by: kamran on 21 Jan ' 11 at 19:36
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT AND VERY NICE FOOD AND PROFESSIONAL MANAGER..

Posted by: fatemeh on 19 Jan ' 11 at 18:29
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

i loved this restaurant

Posted by: mehdi on 19 Jan ' 11 at 14:33
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Japanese sushi was best in Dubai.

Posted by: Amir on 19 Jan ' 11 at 09:20
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

you will enjoy an amazing meal that captures your personality and taste buds and makes you feel at home

Posted by: mohammadreza on 17 Jan ' 11 at 21:53
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Shirin on 17 Jan ' 11 at 21:48
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Alireza on 17 Jan ' 11 at 21:47
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Amir on 17 Jan ' 11 at 21:41
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

they are best in discovery gardens

Posted by: saber on 17 Jan ' 11 at 13:59
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: samira abbasi on 17 Jan ' 11 at 13:48
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: mirza on 17 Jan ' 11 at 13:43
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Delicious food & memorable place

Posted by: zabihallah on 17 Jan ' 11 at 13:18
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I love this restaurant because of the best food & friendly staff

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