New-look steakhouse on the Creek boasts style and substance Reviews

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Christmas Day offer

Celebrate the festive season with a Christmas Day brunch at Legends, with views over Dubai Creek. Dhs270 (with soft drinks), Dhs390 (with selected beverages), Dhs420 (with sparkling), Dhs550 (with bubbly), Dhs595 (with premium bubbly), Dhs145 (children aged seven-12), free (children under sevens) (Thursday)

Evening brunches

A selection from the Friday brunch event, served as an evening edition. Dhs335 (selected beverages). Dhs395 (sparkling grape). Dhs550 (bubbly). 7pm - 10.30pm (Friday)

Friday brunch

Legends steakhouse offers all-you-can-eat salads, starters and desserts, and a choice of mains from the à la carte menu. Dhs235 (soft drinks), Dhs370 (selected house beverages), Dhs495 (premium bubbly), free for children under 7 Timings: Noon-3.30pm (Friday)

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Having ranted and rambled at great length about this city’s seemingly insatiable appetite for steakhouses, imagine how horrified I was when I heard that Legends at Dubai Creek Golf Club had been renovated, compelling me to revisit for a review. Okay, maybe not horrified, just a little deflated at the prospect of having to eat yet more red meat, not to mention anxious about my high cholesterol levels and rising blood pressure.

Often, Dubai restaurant ‘renovations’ amount to little more than a few new pieces of furniture, but Legends really has taken on a new look – a look that was enough to banish my aforementioned anxieties. Gone are the fussy carpets and limp drapes, in favour of sleek geometric furnishings and low lighting – a perfect complement to the sloping, canopied ceiling. Though it was a little too chilly to sit on the deck when my date and I visited, it was certainly worth a look, and we were equally impressed by the flickering flame lanterns and sweeping golf-course views.

To get the most from this rather unique setting, we chose one of the elevated booths, which afforded both privacy and great views of the rest of the restaurant. Luckily, our vantage point didn’t prove a problem for the fleet-footed staff who merrily skipped up and down the small staircase armed with water, bread, menus and a board displaying the various cuts of meat from the menu. We were soon sampling an eclectic array of ‘miniature’ starters as recommended by the waitress.

I’d chosen the scotched quail egg, dates and foie gras, and a blue cheese spring roll. Each dish promised much, though the results were varied – the scotched quail egg, embellished with a dab of wholegrain mustard, was disappointingly rubbery, while the sweet flesh of the date combined with the silken foie gras proved too rich. The blue cheese spring roll, however, hit all the right notes, the pungent, creamy cheese contrasting wonderfully with the roll’s crispy shell. My date, meanwhile, was making cheerful work of the beef carpaccio and the colourful accompaniment of zucchini and carrots, but after reaching over to
try it for myself, I wasn’t entirely convinced: what should have been a medley of taste and flavour was, in my opinion, a little bland.

The arrival of our mains was preceded by an exhibition of culinary showmanship (or show-womanship, in this particular instance) as our waitress flambéed my date’s tenderloin. After a flash of flame and the hiss of the pan, the meat, complete with a few charred onions and a stack of salad, made its way up to our table-turret. Much to my date’s delight, the pyrotechnic display proved more than just a gimmick – she sliced open the tenderloin to reveal a delightfully pink interior, boasting a flavour as sweet as its rosy hue suggested.

I eventually prised my envious eyes away from the little meat treat being devoured opposite, and turned my attentions to the comparatively surly cut of grass-fed ribeye on my plate. While it certainly wasn’t as pretty as my date’s order, it was as juicy and tender as I could have hoped for, not to mention marginally more flavourful thanks to the ever-so-crisp slithers of fat clinging to the dark red meat.

Such a generously proportioned main course meant that our desserts were limited to light refreshing sorbet and ice cream – not the most adventurous items on the menu, but certainly the most sensible options at the time. Espresso and a selection of complimentary dark chocolates followed soon after, and as we descended from our elevated table into the dimly lit restaurant below, I begrudgingly admitted to myself that there’s always room for another steakhouse in Dubai – as long as it’s as good as Legends.

The bill (for two)
1x Sparkling water
1x ‘Lifestyle’ appetiser Dhs65
1x Beef carpaccio Dhs70
1x 200g organic ribeye Dhs160
1x Flambée tenderloin Dhs210
1x Chocolate ice cream Dhs15
1x Mango sorbet Dhs15
1x Espresso Dhs40
Total (excluding service) Dhs600

By Oliver Robinson
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: Deira, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 295 6000
  • Travel: Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
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User reviews

  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

User reviews:

Posted by: Erika Crasta on 31 Dec ' 13 at 15:59
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The food was awesome! I went there with my family and the steak was soooooooo good!xD
I would tots go there again! You should totally go there! :)

Posted by: Erika Crasta on 31 Dec ' 13 at 15:57
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The food was awesome! I went there with my family and the steak was soooooooo good!xD
I would tots go there again! You should totally go there! :)

Posted by: CCT on 03 Mar ' 13 at 10:05
  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

This is my second visit to Legends as our evening meal was so good we had to try the brunch, which did not disappoint. We had a superb afternoon with spectacular food, quality drinks and great views. The variety of food was spot on, where our whole group felt their unique tastes were adequately satisfied and the staff could not have been more helpful. I would highly recommend giving it a try and we will go back again soon.

Posted by: JohnB on 02 Feb ' 13 at 07:38
  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Edited by TimeOutDubai.com

What a difference two years makes! My return to Legends after a long absence was superb. The restaurant has been overhauled to a very high standard, it is classy but has a very warm comfortable feel. Floor to (very high) ceilinged windows make for great views on both sides of the restaurant, as the previous drapes have been removed. In good weather having the possibility to open the whole side of the restaurant onto the terrace will be spectacular. It is run by an attentive and friendly French manager, and the staff are certainly capable and well-trained. Another recent Legends restaurant manager (also French, ex manager at Le Classique) is still there in a higher management position, and the influence of these two ladies has clearly improved standards significantly. To the food: a seafood chowder was elegantly presented but also filling, and was extremely good, my ribeye was the cheapest steak choice on the menu (organic-fed and Wagyu are available) but the taste and texture were just superb (and I do eat all price ranges, at JW Steakhouse, Rib Room, Manhattan Grill, etc. regularly, so I can comment). The menu is compact but good; as well as regular-size starters, the choice of three mini-starters from a large range is an excellent modern touch. The wine list has a large inexpensive selection. It’s a shame that the piano player has gone, and the music playing was a bland Buddha Bar type which sounded the same when we left as when we entered, but I was assured that that playlist would be discontinued. The place seems currently underused, discover it now. The entrance to the Creek Golf and Yacht Club is right next to the end of the floating bridge, so no scary trips into darkest Deira are needed, for any wilting Jumeirah violets!

Posted by: Le Frank on 14 Mar ' 12 at 07:37
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: magda on 29 Jan ' 12 at 10:05
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Simon on 31 May ' 09 at 13:47
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

If you are a true steak connoisseur then this is without doubt the best steak in Dubai bar none, no one else even comes close. To top it all the service is impeccable with knowledgeable well spoken and friendly staff plus of course its famous setting on the creek golf course next to the creek. Plus going here you won't break the bank and a free bottle of champagne for every 1000 Dhs spent ensures you will be back again and again !

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