Café Arabesque

Good Creek views and a buffet at the Park Hyatt Hotel Reviews

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From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2011

With its elegant decor and warm, moody lighting, Café Arabesque possesses an air of sophistication. Sadly though, the clean lines and minimalistic styling are interrupted by what must surely be the world’s largest buffet at the heart of the dining room. Members of staff help you to your seat, but are then conspicuous by their absence. When you’re finally instructed to help yourself, the selection of Arabic food is impressive. Traditional starters such as tabbouleh and houmous don’t suffer as a result, but when you move on to main courses, many of the chicken, fish and lamb dishes have sat under the lights for some time and are on the dry side, while the cheese and meat pastries are a little soggy.

Desserts fare better, with delicate pastries, fresh fruit and umm ali, each a pleasant way to end your meal. The food, for the most part, is flavoursome and well-cooked, but for a restaurant to market itself in such an elegant way – and charge these kinds of prices – something more than an upmarket buffet is required. During the winter months, Café Arabesque’s views across the Creek are wonderful, and go some way to making up for the setup. During the summer, you can get better for less elsewhere in the city.

By Time Out Dubai staff
Time Out Dubai,

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  • Location: Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 317 2222
  • Travel: Al Garhoud Road
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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

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Posted by: Ahmed Barakat on 04 Sep ' 10 at 06:50
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I went to cafe rabesque for the iftar and i have to say it was the best one i have had in dubai . The service is quick the food is amazing. Overall great spot.

Posted by: OC on 08 Aug ' 10 at 07:25
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

First up, let me say that that this is a nice chilled out place to have dinner, and the staff were nice - if a little over the top. They were happy to take back a dish we complained about and not to charge for it, and even presented us with a new offering without being asked (even though that was awful too).

The problem was the food. The Shish Tawouk came out bland and chewy, and it felt a bit like they had cooked the chicken earlier and then given it a quick blast on the coals after I ordered it. It was pretty awful. I've had Shish Tawouk's all over Dubai and this was easily the worst, and also the most expensive... We got the garlic mushrooms and they had clearly come out of a can, they were horrible and we had to send them back. The grilled haloumi was nice, but hell, it's grilled haloumi. You'd have to be an idiot to mess that up.

The buffet was a bit rubbish, and to clear up the above review, it only covers starters (which were good) and a miserable array of 'deserts' which were either dry or greasy and generally inedible. You pay 129 dhs for that, and then have to buy your main course seperately - which is another 60 - 100 per person. It adds up.

Generally, I think you'd be silly to pay five times as much for the below average food in this restaurant than you would for, say, Al Hallab, just for some pretty lighting and a nice atmosphere. There are hundreds of good Arabic restaurants in this city, and I would not come back to this one.

Posted by: samia on 20 Jun ' 10 at 09:38
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a real arabic infusion as well as the good care

Posted by: Peter on 14 Jun ' 10 at 06:42
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Great spot. The restaurant is great and the service is exellent. The perfect place to enjoy good food.

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