25/55 Café Bistro

Time Out takes a bite at the new Marina bistro 14 Reviews

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From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2009

It’s rare that Dubai pulls off a decent, mid-range bistro. As a relatively new city, it still struggles with the concept of simplicity, a value that is the cornerstone of all good bistro fare.

As a result, the food at 25/55 Café Bistro – which stands out more for the things it isn’t: over-thought, overdone, overpriced – comes as a relief.The decor hits the right notes, too. Outside, tables overlook the marina, which in the evening promises for a beguiling view (the type that could make any date swoon).

However, they don’t serve alcohol on their veranda, which means many couples will likely take their date indoors. The interior is nothing to be sneezed at, though; it’s romantic and minimalist without being overly fussy, and in this way it strikes a nice balance and underscores what’s to come.

The food is pleasingly good, with a plump fillet of snapper oozing with natural juices and a grilled rump of lamb similarly drooling and served butter soft. Desserts are delicious if a little over-sweet or over-chilled.Don’t let the empty tables at 25/55 put you off: they belie a yet-to-be discovered local hotspot; the kind of place where you can take a date without taking out a loan.

By Time Out Dubai staff
Time Out Dubai,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.

Details

  • Location: Dubai Marina, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 362 7955
  • Travel: Yacht Club

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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

User reviews:

Posted by: Bob the Builder on 09 Nov ' 12 at 01:27
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

AMAZING :))))))))))))

Posted by: Sumitha Sanzhez on 29 Dec ' 11 at 16:47
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

With such a catchy name, the service and food impressed me and my family who were in Dubai for vacation...the Fish and Chips is to die for!!! Highly reccomended....

Posted by: Rey Hiles on 17 Nov ' 11 at 10:11
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

It was a great Roast on Sunday although most places are quiet. The meat was well seasoned and served with chilled grapes....staff are friedndly and always smilling.....accompanied with fantastic views of the Marina....what a way to spend the Sunday with the family.

Posted by: Jaychandran Thampi on 09 Nov ' 11 at 09:37
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  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

It was the first time I had dined here as I had always passed by the venue as I had some tachnical work on the marina....very inviting and plesant venue. I brought my family this time and it was a great experience with immpecable service...the Manager that touched our table was very professional and most importantly all the staff remembered me...thats recognition!!

Posted by: Simone on 29 Oct ' 11 at 04:40
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Had a great roast here last Saturday which was spoiled by the extremely poor attitude of the senior management. We'd called up prior to booking to check if the 'entertainer' vouchers could be redeemed for the roast and were assured they were. Once we'd asked for the bill however it turned out they weren't and then spoke to 4 different people of increasing seniority but who showed progressively worse levels of customer service - the final straw being told we were just 'claiming' to have called and 'lots of people try it on' and any discount given would come out of the staff's salary (obviously not an option for us). We left feeling extremely disappointed and upset following a good meal with great service (from the waiting staff). Shame not to return after some good previous experiences at Aquara.

Posted by: Karolina Amanda on 22 Oct ' 11 at 15:55
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Amazing breakfast and very relaxing even though the restaurant was busy..just amazing to chill out and watch the world pass by...good bar grub!! and accomodating service staff.....wil be back for sure..

Posted by: Vanessa Scullys on 22 Oct ' 11 at 10:15
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

From our arrival till departure we had agreat time and although the restaurant was full, we received attentive service and great breakfast....must visit for sure!!.

Posted by: Belinda on 21 Oct ' 11 at 18:34
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

This restaurant was labelled a "fish" restaurant ...but there were three fish items on the main menu!!! So although the food was nice, it certainly wasn't what we went for. Please re-categorise .. it certainly was not a fish restaurant

Posted by: Luca Pedroza on 07 Oct ' 11 at 07:06
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

breakfast with the family was peaceful and great!! service was attentive and food was just too much to finish...I will be back for sure!!

Posted by: Nyana Stanley on 08 Jul ' 11 at 07:11
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

It is the most relaxing space in the Marina away from the hustle and bustle of Sheikh Zayed.....fantastic food and service....

Posted by: Omar Hammad Ali on 09 May ' 11 at 08:34
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  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I was there with my family for Sunday Roast and it was excellent...the meat was succulent and portions were generous...well done!!!

Posted by: Ahmad Al Masarri on 28 Apr ' 11 at 16:21
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  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

They have started their Saturday and Sunday Roast....AMAZING with free flow of grapes and ale....and not pricy at all and the view is amazing!!!

Posted by: Mathew Sands on 21 Mar ' 11 at 08:51
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Fantastic!!!!! Just great and relaxing....breakfast is great especially the presentation on a skillet!!!! Best typical English breakfast in town....and service is beyond words.....

Posted by: Grant Dwylon on 20 Oct ' 10 at 05:52
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

We came at 11pm and was served....great!!!

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