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West Beach Bistro & Sports lounge

Ambitious JBR Walk restaurant with live music and fine dining dishes Reviews

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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.

By Time Out Dubai staff
Time Out Dubai,

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


  • Location: Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, Dubai Marina, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 449 8888
  • Travel: Jumeirah Beach Road

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Posted by: Sarah on 20 Dec ' 10 at 05:54
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

In reading the review we thought we'd go and try the West Beach Bistro, how things have changed since the review, it was less bistro and more sports bar with only 4 mains on the menu (steak, burger, fish and chips and pie) no starters, no specials, the food was ok when it came but we were expecting a much more varied choice. The band only plays on Wednesday and Thursday nights. The decor was very sparse and there were TVs playing sports. When we tried to order some water we were told that they only had Voss or Evian which is a total rip off. Over all not a great experience we won't be returning!

Posted by: Maya on 06 Sep ' 10 at 15:09
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

I think you should reconsider your review or send someone who actually has a palate, eyes and common sense.
The venue is nothing but the breakfast lounge of the hotel, the "ambience" is non-existent: we were the only table on a Thursday night!!
The music was horrendous, they do not have any form of entertainment except for a few TV's hanging miserably on the walls.
As for the menu's "grander intentions", the only grand thing about it was ......the intentions and the price as the food was bland and totally overpriced. I hope for your sake you had a flu that affected your taste buds when you wrote this review.
You should review the venues frequently as some of them change concepts and menus quite often.

Posted by: Tarek on 21 Jun ' 10 at 11:53

In reading this review I am struggling to see why you still consider the restaurant "impressive". Your review of it does not seem all that positive. Am I missing something? Is it just the presentation of the food? Surely it needs to be more than that to warrant it being described the way it has.
I do also have to wonder when the cost of a meal results in little change from a AED500 note became to be known as "reasonable". Don't get me wrong, the food may well be very good, and restaurants in Dubai, especially that end of town (I should know, I live there) may charge that kind of money, but since when did we start considering that to be "reasonable". I think we need to revisit our expextations on price and need to better define what is considered "reasonable" when describing the cost of a meal.

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