Tribes

African-themed restaurant with decent food and family-friendly vibe 23 Reviews

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From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2011

Tribes brings a touch of South African flavour to the Mall of the Emirates’ offerings. A chain, its decor is distinctive savannah chic, complete with faux-fur throws over chairs and rustic pottery-style plates, but there’s nothing too scary about this place. Thankfully much darker than the general mall eateries, the menu is heavily weighted towards meat lovers – think steaks, ribs, sausages, burgers and various meat-based pies. One of the few non-meat dishes, a rich fish curry, was suitably meaty and filling.

Tribes treads a fine line between serving up hearty, well-cooked food of ample portions, and being a kooky themed restaurant – the staff troop out and perform an African drumming medley at one point, which although pleasant, is something you wouldn’t want to hear more than once during your stay. The service is prompt and polite, leaving you to mull over the tribal decor and munch on ribs (bibs are provided for those that really want to get stuck in), and although the starters and main courses seem to be heavily inspired by Africa and Afrikaans cuisine, the pudding menu is a little less focused. A chocolate trio of three small gourmet puddings for instance (which were perfectly pleasant) didn’t quite sit right with the rest of the meal.

By Time Out Dubai staff
Time Out Dubai,

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Details

  • Location: Mall of the Emirates, Barsha, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 395 0663
  • Travel: Sheikh Zayed Road
  • Cuisine: African
  • Experiences: Wi-fi
  • Times: Open Sun-Thu 10am-11pm; Fri-Sat 10am-midnight
  • Price: Dhs350-500
  • Credit Cards Accepted: Yes

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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

User reviews:

Posted by: Gulshan on 24 Feb ' 13 at 05:46
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Having lived here for 2 years, this is by far the BEST restaurant i have been to. Food is Superb - CONSISTENTLY. anywhere else we have been, the food can be great on one visit then terrible on the next, but Tribes has has consistently good food. we had the Wagyu blade steak -and even at medium well it was amazingly tender. BBQ short ribs were juicy and soft with NO fat; the lamb steaks were superbly spiced and perfectly done; the Wagyu burger was the best ever tasted.
The decor and ambience in this place make it one of the best places to relax, enjoy some novelty of drums beating every now and again and to top it off ALL the staff were cheerful, chatty and knowledgeable about everything on the menu, attentive and made it a pleasure to be here.
A MUST go to place whether you want steak, chicken or lamb - it's all good and you won't be disappointed.

Posted by: Mishelle on 12 Sep ' 12 at 11:03
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

I dont know why they should import the meat from South Africa instead of having FRESH local meat whether beef, lamb or even camel!!
How could clients know if this meat is Halal or not?!

Posted by: Thomas on 05 Apr ' 12 at 08:11
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Excellent mall fair - Enjoyed the food - The staff was very friendly and seating comfortable - Recommended

Posted by: kenvey on 15 Mar ' 12 at 06:17
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Amzing food, being with friends we tried various dishes. Each done to perfection and it's own taste. Friendly staff who gave us the insight of what we gonna have, quick service. -- thumbs up

Posted by: mimo on 08 Mar ' 12 at 12:08
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

the best :)

Posted by: Aileen Latona on 03 Mar ' 12 at 08:37
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  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Friendly staff make visiting this restaurant a pleasure! The breakfasts are served all day and are great value for money with loads of choice. The lamb steaks, although expensive are to die for, melt in the mouth stuff. I would definitely go back on my next visit to Dubai.

Posted by: Lily on 26 Jan ' 12 at 11:07
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Tharina on 25 Jan ' 12 at 13:01
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

An awesome experience...can't wait to go back! Best steaks ever!

Posted by: MAJDI on 30 Dec ' 11 at 22:40
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Grace Amor on 11 Aug ' 11 at 07:13
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

superb!!!

Posted by: Mohammad on 23 Jul ' 11 at 09:54
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Been there maybe 10 times in one year. Just choose blindly from the special African page or simply the friendly staff to select for u... You simply can't go wrong. Obviously, one of my favorite places. Simply the place to go when I want to be sure I will have a great dine out experience.

Posted by: rana on 15 Jul ' 11 at 18:12
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Very good steak. Very good ribs. Burger was not amazing. Overall, interesting restaurant. Recommended.

Posted by: Remei A. on 12 Jul ' 11 at 16:01
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Cheerful staff that always tries to please you, wonderful service and delicious food! I always come to dine there with my friends and would recommend it specially for seafood as they've got the best prawns and calamari I've ever tasted!

Posted by: prasad on 25 Jun ' 11 at 15:41
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

its a great place to relax

Posted by: Amal on 05 Jun ' 11 at 08:17
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

The ambience & costume is nice, but me and my husbend didnt like the food, expesive but not worth the quality of the food, my husbend took only 3 bites of the steak and didnt finish it, it worth 180 dhr,visit it once only althu we eat lunch at "Ashas" indian resturant every weekend. but never thought of eating again at tribes.

Posted by: Jordan on 21 May ' 11 at 12:50
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Brilliant, Just Brilliant. me and my girlfriend love it

Posted by: nathan on 01 May ' 11 at 04:06
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I hated it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Dr. Raji Mathew on 02 Apr ' 11 at 15:17
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Novelty mixed with authenticity. This is a fun place to be with super ambience and cheerful staff.

Had come here with kids for an pre dinner bite so didn't hesitate to order the multi-tribal sausage platter and ribs from the kids menu.
The sausage was simply 4 thin sausages made from chicken, beef, mutton and camel. Not very appealing on the plate nor on the tongue and not worth the 40 bucks. It came after the ribs were polished off as we were told that the sausage platter had failed the Chef's scrutiny so had to be made again. The 2 ribs were grand in appearance and taste and easy on the jaw and worth the Dhs 35. Pineapple juice was another Dhs 22 and including a bottle of water the total bill was just over Dhs.100.

Posted by: Maryam on 20 Jan ' 11 at 13:55
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

great restaurant, great food, and its very entertaining and fun!

Posted by: aisha on 08 Nov ' 10 at 20:29
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

excellent

Posted by: adnan on 24 Oct ' 10 at 07:32
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

i hope the owner of restaurant review the prices becuse its mall restaurant .

Posted by: David on 14 Oct ' 10 at 17:35
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Food was good service the worth ever.
very expensive for a restaurant inside the mall.you can do it in the meat co but not inside mall.
i will never go back

Posted by: Louise Muratha on 11 Oct ' 10 at 17:44
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Great food!

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