Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Dubai - Jumeirah’s restaurant offers
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Fancy dinner you can take a private abra trip to? Zheng He’s, the Chinese restaurant at Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, offers just that option.
Board an abra by moonlight and cruise along the smooth waters to your dining destination, taking in the beautifully lit Burj Al Arab Jumeirah and sea breeze as you go.
Zheng He’s itself is as impressive as the voyage, with stunning silk kimonos on display in glass cabinets, opulent soft furnishings, elegant birdcage light fixings and, rather delightfully, a huge gong, which is ceremoniously walloped to announce guests’ arrival to the dining room.
Service is friendly and efficient and the food is superb. The char siew honey-glazed beef brisket is excellent quality and the sweet and sour crispy chicken is packed full of tangy flavour.
The restaurant has an outdoor terrace overlooking the water for the cooler months, with gorgeous views of the Burj and the Madinat itself, both lending themselves as perfect backdrops to a romantic evening or a special get-together with friends.
As you might expect, all of this finery will set you back a few dirhams, but it’s money well spent for the impressive food and the overall experience.
And, after all, how many meals outside of a movie start involve a journey to them by boat?
The bottom line:
A must-try experience for fans of Chinese food
Just arriving at the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah will fill even the hardiest of Dubai dwellers with excitement, so the chance to dine at prices that won’t leave you crying into your beans on toast for the next month is one that should be taken up. Scape opened in 2016 as the hotel’s most relaxed, casual dining venue. And it’s surprisingly chilled-out for such a fancy location. Set poolside, the wide ranging terrace is the perfect spot to take a seat in cooler weather. During summer there’s a bright and airy interior, with views from floor-to-ceiling windows. With views out to sea ahead of you, and back towards the iconic building, it’s a delightful place for a lunch or dinner date. Food doesn’t disappoint either – with a selection of dishes from the Americas. Opt for some Baja fish tacos to start. Flaky fish with creamy avo sauce makes the perfect combo of flavours and textures. Next, move on to Angus beef tampiqueña – cooked just right with chimichurri, crispy shallots and a side of moreish truffle fries. It’s a big enough portion to share, and we recommend a side of arugula (rocket to the Brits) salad, too. The vibe is relaxed, the staff are friendly, and for a fun, informal meal at one of the world’s most famous buildings it’s one you shouldn’t miss.
Let’s be honest, there are some excellent bars in Garhoud but they are all overshadowed by The Irish Village. It’s a shame, but the institution is a behemoth on the Dubai nightlife scene.
Offering something totally different is CU-BA, a rooftop bar at Jumeirah Creekside Hotel. There’s not much to tempt you to sit inside (though perching at the bar means a more steady supply of the top bar snacks), outside is where it’s at.
In fact, we don’t think there’ll be many better places for sundowners in the city. The terrace, with its low, loungey seating, overlooks the greenery of Dubai Creek Golf Club and the shimmering Creek. Beyond lie the skyscrapers of Downtown Dubai.
We all know it’s an incredible skyline, and seeing it from this angle doesn’t dim its appeal.
Drinks are routinely priced for such a venue, however there’s an early evening happy hour that brings hops and grape down to a reasonable amount.
We can’t say we’ve ever been over-impressed with the service, but to be honest we’re quite happy to be left alone to enjoy the view.
There’s nothing to make this place stand out, other than its superb view. But we’d take that every time.
The bottom line
The view makes the venue.
As you ascend the grand staircase, bid good evening to the large replica cow and enter The Rib Room, you are instantly struck by the sheer elegance of this place. The venue is divided into two sections, with an island bar punctuating them, while there’s a sizeable terrace if you want to venture outdoors. The Rib Room’s speciality is the John Stone dry aged grass-fed Irish beef. The T-bone entrecote and the tenderloin are so juicy that every morsel tastes better than the last, while the addition of bone marrow is also a nice touch. Each steak comes with a starch and two vegetables of your choice. While the Savoy cabbage with chicken chorizo deserves a mention, the truffle mash is hands-down the winner. The heirloom beets are disappointing, but it shouldn’t detract from a great experience.
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