Street-style café in the heart of the Madinat Jumeirah
Time Out Dubai staff
From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2011
Closed during summer, but consistently buzzing during the rest of the year, A’Rukn is the al fresco Arabic eatery at the centre of the bustling Souk Madinant – always full of people eating, sipping tea and smoking shisha. One of the drawbacks of the restaurant being located entirely outside was that there seemed to be a long walk from the kitchen to the table, and service was so laidback that it’s slow. However, once dishes did grace our table, they were enjoyable – particular highlights included the pomegranate juice, baba ghanoush, and a seafood medley made up of large prawns and tender hammour. Due to the large outdoor space’s position amid the souk’s many corridors and stores, shoppers were constantly walking between the tables, which was great for people-watching, but made it harder for servers to spot when they had a new customer waiting patiently for a menu. Our advice? Head here when you’re after a long lazy chat, rather than a quick bite on the hop.