From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2009
This new spot, from the folk behind Left Bank Madinat, was comfortably the best new bar to open in 2008, and remains a Time Out favourite.

It’s very different to the Madinat version, which sees a heavy footfall for its popular terrace, well-mixed drinks and simple but stylish interior. This branch is actually a step up, and worth the detour into the otherwise quiet Souk Al Bahar.

Behind the mirrored double doors is an opulent and welcoming space, with a large, gently lit bar and sumptuous red circular booths made for lounging to one side, and higher, white leatherette tables for a more ostentatious evening to the other.

Service can be hit and miss, with some staff perfectly attentive without being as overbearing (or as cringingly obsequious) as those in many bars. Others, however, need a bit more of a nudge. Cocktails are delicious, with a selection of premium brands that rivals anywhere in Dubai.

The food tends towards tarted-up classics. The fish and chips combine fluffy square chunky fries and lightly battered succulent fish in small, artfully displayed portions on rectangular dishes. More importantly, though, it tastes good. If we were to offer one criticism, it might be that prices feel a smidgen high for portion sizes.