Ketch Up

A brand-new burger joint at Bluewaters

Ketch Up
Begel Artur2016
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The gourmet burger boom has clung on for well over a decade without much reinvention. It’s not that we’re complaining – every family loves a burger – but there’s rarely anything exciting about them.

Yet occasionally a restaurant comes in and shakes things up. Ketch Up, on the recently opened Bluewaters Dubai, promises to whip up “the best burgers in town”. It’s a bold claim, so we, of course, are curious to check it out.

The homemade buns, the variety of options, the focus on quality not quantity – Ketch Up has it all and more.

The sea-facing terrace is a top spot for families to sit and recharge and the menu is stuffed full of burgers. The buns are freshly made every day, both big and small, so appetites of all sizes are catered for.

Parents seeking out a healthier alternative for kids will find plenty of options to customise each order, as chefs can swap those pillowy-soft homemade buns for lettuce cups or beef patties for grilled turkey.

Ketch Up is unlicensed, with all effort saved for an adventurous drinks menu of homemade lemonade, speciality iced teas and milkshakes, all of which are ideal refreshments after a stroll around the brand-new Meraas destination opposite JBR.

The terrace also overlooks a faux grass play area where kids can run around and burn off the burgers in close proximity to
mum and dad.

When we arrive on a lazy weekend afternoon, it’s packed, which is surprising for such a new area. While most of the island has a thin stream of curious residents and tourists exploring the quiet streets, Ketch Up has a restaurant full of diners lending a pleasant buzz to the air.

The menu has options of fish, steak and chicken for mains, with a handful of salads, soups and starters, but we’re here for the burgers, and you should be too.

Firstly, they’re decent value – starting from Dhs45 – and you can order one of the 15 varieties available or throw all caution to the wind and build your own.

The sickly sweet chicken and avocado salad fares less well, but all is redeemed with a homemade ice cream cake.

With a little more time, Ketch Up could become a serious player on the burger scene.
Open daily noon-midnight. Unlicensed. Bluewaters Dubai (050 750 7424).

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