Après

Après, the predictably named bar/restaurant at the bottom of the slope, manages to find an unlikely compromise between alpine lodge and contemporary nightspot 18 Reviews

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At last, Ski Dubai can call itself a proper ski resort – there’s somewhere to go for a warming drink afterwards. Après, the predictably named bar/restaurant at the bottom of the slope, manages to find an unlikely compromise between alpine lodge and contemporary nightspot. Okay, so its European credentials barely stretch beyond fondue on the menu and some vaguely rustic brickwork, but the manmade snow blares convincingly mountainously through the vast windows at the far end of the bar. The venue’s dim lighting and the slope’s wholehearted whiteness makes for a striking juxtaposition. Apart from the tables overlooking tumbling practice skiers and snowboarders, there’s a long stool-lined bar, at which staff flip cocktail shakers by a backlit apothecary of bottled spirits.

Plunging into colourful curved sofas by a monitor screening non-stop skiing accidents – good for confidence – we ordered from the mostly European menu. Our starters were disappointing. The chicken and orange pâté was dauntingly oversized, the sort of portion you’d buy from the supermarket to feed the whole family for a week. It was strangely soft, overly livery and glowing with a bleach blonde outer layer of fat. At least the apple chutney that accompanied it was chunkily satisfying and the Tuscan bread was fresh and tasty. My friend also spoke of her starter in disapproving terms; the prawns – oddly served on a slice of (very good) toasted white bread – were lukewarm, lacking in flavour and a bit too squelchy.

Such appetiser agony lowered our expectations, but these were then stirringly surpassed by some great main courses. My Chamonix chicken (yes, some of the dishes are named after ski resorts...) boasted a depth of flavour rarely seen in Dubai poultry. It was stuffed with rich, sweet fontina cheese, garlic and tomatoes, and then sprinkled with black pepper. An equally peppery new potato mash was the perfect accompaniment. My tablemate had a warming vegetable casserole, a homemade-tasting assortment of cannelloni, belotti and pinto beans in a thick, fresh-tasting tomato sauce. Desserts, which took an unacceptably long time to arrive, couldn’t live up to the mains. The apple crumble didn’t taste natural or fresh enough – it was pale, flimsy, too sugary tasting and drowned in an (admittedly excellent) vanilla custard. The crème brûlée was also average, the top was too brittle and the rest was a little too watery.

There’s too much service. We don’t want to be asked if we’re enjoying our food four times or if we want another drink three times. The presence of three members of staff stationed at the door to greet customers is also a bit over-the-top. The cocktail list is extensive and the main courses proved Après’ potential, but there are improvements to be made.

The bill (for two)
Snow smoothie Dhs15
Après martini Dhs35
Chicken pâté Dhs25
King prawns Dhs30
Chamonix chicken Dhs70
Bean casserole Dhs50
Crème brûlée Dhs20
Apple crumble Dhs25
Small still water Dhs10
Total (excluding service) Dhs280


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  • Location: Mall of the Emirates, Barsha, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 341 2575
  • Travel: Sheikh Zayed Road
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Posted by: Len on 06 Dec ' 14 at 12:16
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

I agree with pretty much all the negative comments stated above. An extra one is the awfully smokey atmosphere that invades the eating area from the bar. No way can a non smoker have a decent meal no matter how good the food may be. Lots of other choices very nearby with much better lower priced meals.

Posted by: Muhammad on 28 Jun ' 12 at 06:18
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

very good

Posted by: F&B lover on 22 Oct ' 11 at 13:11
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Horrible, sat down on a dirty table full of old glasses, was not even served by staff, after leaving (20 minutes later still not helped) we asked reception to provide us with a managers number so we can lodge a complaint, we were told that they dont have a number for a manager !! Worst i have ever seen!!

Posted by: lien odinus on 29 Sep ' 11 at 19:29
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food was superb....

Posted by: Paul on 19 Apr ' 11 at 15:44
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Worst service ever. Everytime we order a round of drinks, we'll get it very late!
Expensive for nuttin!

Posted by: Cedric Braz on 20 Jan ' 11 at 13:25
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Usually at Apres after work for a drink. The bar has a nice ambience friendly service.

Posted by: mehran on 10 Jul ' 10 at 22:17
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

i think the restaurant managmnet as well as chefs changed during the last time i visited the place,very cold waitreses and the worst meal "fondu" ive ever eaten in any restaurant..the restaurant used to be very good before...

Posted by: samantha brooke on 23 May ' 10 at 19:42
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

food is beautiful,service is quiet good.hostess is friendly, bubbly and kind.

Posted by: bob smith on 23 May ' 10 at 19:29
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dont listen to the comments above, maybe is just a disgruntled ex member of staff with a vendetta, the time difference between the post are far too close to be real..i found the food a great quality and the service too match.

you must give this place a try and see for yourself..

Posted by: Ronaldo on 19 May ' 10 at 10:14
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Kyle on 04 May ' 10 at 12:01
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Horrified with the service.............. Manager was not at all cooperative and friendly............ had to leave the place without finishing the food.

Posted by: Kamal on 04 May ' 10 at 11:56
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

This place not for me and my friends simply beacuse not a freindly envoirnment and also food menu never changes.

For food if i were to rate from 0 to 10. I would give 0 / 10.

Posted by: Aldrian on 03 May ' 10 at 17:12
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

AED 39 for Pint of heineken, Well a bit to much being honest and the service wasn't good either, the hostess put our name down on her waiting list but she never get back to us,

Posted by: Tufaill on 02 May ' 10 at 06:16
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Is really Expensive, I have wait for over an hour for my Main course come,

Posted by: Gina on 02 May ' 10 at 06:11
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Food was A bit boring, The menu never changes and the Manager is really cold to customer.

Will never go back ..

:-(

Posted by: Kabir on 23 Mar ' 10 at 08:35
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: craig johnston on 03 Mar ' 10 at 18:10
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

food was amazing

Posted by: Sarah on 26 Jan ' 10 at 12:38
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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