Time Out Dubai guide to The Palm restaurants; best places to eat on The Palm defined by price and cuisine, with reviews, contact info, hours and deals.
Lined with an abundance of upscale hotels, you won’t run short of options for dining out on the Palm Jumeirah. Whether you want to relax at a beach club or take advantage of the unobstructed water views from a terrace, there’s so much variety on Dubai’s manmade island. Go for a romantic meal or simply kick back and watch the game at one of the sports bars with a plate of pub grub, the Palm can be done on a budget or give you many options to splurge for that special occasion. Located in the Jumeirah coastal area of the city, it’s made of 17 fronds and a surrounding crescent where you’ll find many of the dining hotspots.
Asia Republic might be based in Atlantis, but don’t go expecting the resort’s typical five-star glitz. This cosy, pan-Asian eatery specialises in noodles, and might remind you of similar competing international franchises. With around a dozen tables, simple wooden furnishings, and a tick a box menu-system, this is definitely a place geared towards a quick bite over destination dining, as evidenced by the families fresh from neighbouring Aquaventure. As a casual eatery it shines, the food is surprisingly strong, with an open kitchen hatch serving a wide spread. The stir fried noodles are as good as you would hope from a restaurant that builds its livelihood upon them, while more exotic appetiser and dim sum dishes surpass expectations for a venue of this nature. It’s hard to recommend a trip down the Palm to this place, but it does offer a reliable pit-stop for anyone in the neighbourhood.
Let’s be honest, the standard of pub food in Dubai isn’t great. Or wasn’t great until recently. We now have some fantastic new bars and pubs serving better pub food than ever before. Barrel 12 is one of them. A sports bar on the Palm with an industrial look but a family feel. Here, the chef is knocking out brilliant pub grub. It’s a pretty big menu, too, but everything we’ve tried has been up to the same high standard, with only a few mis-steps. Chicken quavers prove a great bar snack (they’re crispy chicken skins, scratchings, if you will). There’s a half pint of prawns, too, which are big and juicy, and come with lovely bread and dipping sauces. Mains are excellent; the sausage and mash has three plump sausages and smooth potatoes, and the gravy is full of flavour. The watercress salad with apples and caper berries is fresh and light, and you can add a bit of protein to bulk it out, which we recommend doing. Barrel 12 is that rare thing – a great pub with a terrific kitchen.
Salt is one of those rare places that can make you feel like you’re on holiday even though it’s in your home town. Actually, by the time you get to it you might feel like you have gone on holiday – it sits on the furthest point of Palm Jumeirah’s east crescent, in the grounds of Rixos The Palm. Unless you live on the Palm, it’ll take you a while to reach it. But we think it’s worth the trip. Decked out in blue and white and under a canopy, it has the feel of a restaurant you might stumble upon during an evening stroll in a European resort. It can be quiet, which isn’t too much of a problem when the atmosphere is so nice, however we find staff can hover a little if not kept busy by other customers. The menu has a pleasingly concise selection available, with the restaurant having a small open kitchen manned by only a couple chefs. That means, of course, that the dishes need to be good, and on the whole they are. Seared tuna Nicoise is a winner – the fish impressively fresh and the salad well dressed. From the fish market, try grilled red snapper, just don’t let the staff try to fillet it tableside for you, or sea bream. Both fish are nicely charred and full of flavour. Of the sides, sautéed potatoes and orange-dressed carrots are the pick. The food isn’t faultless here, but the setting is very forgiving.