Lake View

The Lakeview is advertised as Dubai’s best kept secret and judging by the limited clientèle on our visit, few people are in on it Reviews

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The Lakeview is advertised as Dubai’s best kept secret and judging by the limited clientèle on our visit, few people are in on it. We were a little unsure whether we’d entered a smart hotel bar or a posh sports joint: the look is contemporary, with comfy seating and six or so plasma screens all showing football. If it weren’t for the new menu advertised upstairs we wouldn’t know we could eat here.

We chose to have our meal on the sprawling terrace overlooking the creek and golf course. My friend decided it’s his ideal setting for a romantic dinner: beautiful views over the water, nicely secluded and if you sit strategically, you can watch the footy over your girlfriend’s shoulder.

Ordering spiced calamari and a chicken and mushroom terrine, we settled into some orange juice in the sun. The calamari – subtly marinaded with chilli and Chinese five spice and deep fried – boded well for the rest of the meal. The terrine put a dampener on our expectations: a mammoth portion of insipid chicken slices alternated with layers of soggy mushrooms and a doleful herb and shallot mixture, all presented on stale brioche. Thankfully both our mains were excellent. Scallop and mussel farang – a flavoursome stew of vegetables, scallops and mussels – had a Chinese flavour rather than the Thai style that was indicated but was good all the same. The balsamic chicken with sun dried tomato and mint couscous was well prepared – beautiful succulent chicken, enhanced by a herb and pimento tapenade. My pudding of pear and almond tart was a definite hit, but to enjoy my friend’s acarigua – a chocolate and orange dessert – you’d have to be a major fan of Jaffa cakes.

All in all, despite our initial confusion and two disappointing dishes, it’s time the secret was out – Lakeview is certainly worth a visit.

By Rob Orchard
Time Out Dubai,

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  • Location: Deira, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 295 6000
  • Travel: Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
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Posted by: shkb on 05 Jan ' 13 at 11:34
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

We visited there on a Friday Lunch in winter and sat in the terrace. The view is really great facing Dubai creek from one side and the golf field. The service was a little poor as the number of people working were few for the number of customers and you had to ask for something few times waiting too long and no one came to take our payment so had to deliver myself to the cashier. We all ordered sandwiches and burgers as most of teh rest of the main dishes had pork and we dont eat that.. the food was good and the value for money was good (around 75 for a burger). The view from the terrace was too good to stop you from going there again and very much family friendly for families with young children.

Posted by: Sheetal on 15 Feb ' 12 at 10:41
  • Best for: Romantic

We have been there this valentine for the buffet..the theme was asian.however we were so disappointed with the spread. The theme should have been named japanese than asian.Am not sure if anybody else who have been there would agree to this.But really disappointing for us.There was hardly anything and not worth the money.
On the other hand the ambience was good and to catch up on a movie under the open sky with my loved one was a really good experience.
Next time if we ever go maybe we would opt for the ala carte menu than the buffet.

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