The Irish Village
The Irish pub – found in every city from Lima to Vilnius to Ho Chi Minh – is the jovial, inebriated, shamrock-clad mascot of gastro-imperialism 20 Reviews
New Years Eve
Party into the 2014 at The Irish Village where there will be spectacular array of food stations laden with festive specialities. Dance the night away with live music from the MapleJacks and party with DJ Marky Mark and watch the midnight fireworks to welcome the New Year! Tickets Dhs150 until 30th December and Dhs200 at the door, tickets include food only 31 December 2013
With a traditional festive buffet laden with Christmas specialities including a turkey carvery, and all the trimmings, live music and lots more! As the children have been so good this year Santa will be dropping by on his rounds to give out his gifts, plus a bouncy castle! With Dhs165 per person and children below 12 years Dhs90. A very merry Christmas Day lunch not to be missed Timings: noon-4pm 25 December 2013
All the windows of the advent calendars are open and the chocolates are eaten, it’s the night before Christmas to enjoy an evening out of festive ambience. With free entry and music from DJ Marky Mark have yourselves a very merry Christmas at The Irish Village 24 December 2013
The Irish Village’s barbecue
Choose from a range of meats – from chicken to steak – and get a free hop or short beverage with each order. Dhs50 (includes one drink) Timings: Noon-4pm (Friday, Saturday)
The Irish pub – found in every city from Lima to Vilnius to Ho Chi Minh – is the jovial, inebriated, shamrock-clad mascot of gastro-imperialism. But how many of these countless cliché-riddled, Bono-vocalised counterfeits can claim to be etched into the outside walls of a tennis stadium? While the Village scores on its novelty location, and reasonably authentic décor, the food was unfortunately disappointing on our visit.
We appreciate how important time-efficient service is to profit margins, but this bordered on the ridiculous. Our meals arrived only three minutes after the orders were placed. The resulting fast food tasted like it had been hastily reheated – not what you want from a pub meal.
We shared an unimpressive starter, a seafood cocktail with prawns, salmon and white fish, which was something of a damp squid. My companion’s Irish stew was bland, mushy and drably lukewarm. My boiled bacon with mashed potato was equally dreary; the meat and accompanying vegetables were tough and pretty tasteless. We were particularly disappointed with our meal because we know from many previous visits that the Village is capable of fine pub fare.
The waiting staff, nearly all genuine Irish imports, were as exceptionally friendly as ever, and this remains a fine place for a pint.By Matthew Lee
- Previous reviews
- 15 April,2013- reviewed by Time Out Dubai staff
- 21 March,2012- reviewed by Time Out Dubai staff
- 11 August,2011- reviewed by Time Out Dubai Staff
- 17 March,2009- reviewed by Time Out Dubai staff
- 26 March,2008- reviewed by Jeremy Lawrence
- 12 March,2007- reviewed by Time Out Dubai Staff
- 30 April,2006- reviewed by Time Out Dubai
- 01 May,2002- reviewed by Carolyn Robb
- 01 January,2002- reviewed by Time Out Dubai Staff
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