Ambitious JBR Walk restaurant with live music and fine dining dishes
Time Out Dubai staff
From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2011
We arrived to the sounds of a jazz band thet did an admirable job of pretending they were in a smoky bar in downtown New York. The menu reveals the restaurant’s grand intentions with seafood and modern European-style meat dishes. We went for scallops, which were served with sweetcorn purée and a cold relish. Though small, the trio was perfectly cooked, providing a momentary meaty quiver before dissolving into the unusual-but-tasty sweetcorn purée. What makes West Beach Bistro stand out was the presentation of the dishes. Each plate was a work of art. The salmon so perfectly embodied the pink of its name that we could hardly bear to disturb it.
It had been described as being served with a warm Niçoise salad, which meant tiny soft-boiled quail eggs that oozed vibrant, gooey yolk all over the plate, alongside fresh asparagus spears and punchy cherry tomatoes. The rack of lamb came with warmly spiced couscous and a delicious salsa-type veg mix; in fact the only thing that let it down was the meat itself, which was quite fatty – but that is a peril with the cut. West Beach Bistro is definitely worth a visit. It’s reasonably priced, yet serves food that wouldn’t be out of place in a five-star fine-dining restaurant – and if you like jazz, the entertainment is an added bonus.