Nothing says home comfort like a big, juicy roast. A really great one can conjure up memories of a youth spent gobbling up crispy tatties and mum’s (or at least Aunt Bessie’s) giant Yorkshire puddings. It’s also a brilliant way to get the gang together for a catch-up. Here are our favourite kid-friendly for a family feast...
Tucking into a roast dinner doesn’t just have to mean tense family gatherings and inevitable gravy spills – they can be an elegant affair as well. That’s what you’ll find on the menu at Le Royal Méridien’s Brasserie 2.0 restaurant, anyway. This chic, contemporary international restaurant features indoor and outdoor seating, allowing you to make the most of the glittering Dubai skyline while enjoying some comforting food. There are a total of six roast dinner options, including turkey, beef wellington and corn-fed chicken, all of which are served with roast potatoes, a Yorkshire pudding and a tasty selection of condiments. Welcome to the high life. Kids are catered for, too, with a mini menu packed with classics. And they’ll even throw in a few colouring books to keep them quiet after they’ve gobbled up all their grub.
Prices vary. Open daily 6.30am-10.30am, 12.30pm-3.30pm, 7pm-11pm. Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort and Spa, Jumeirah Beach Residence (04 316 5550).
Bread Street Kitchen
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay isn’t just known for his foul mouth and even fouler temper. After his seven-year stint on much-loved TV show Kitchen Nightmares, he also become known, the world over, for his belief in simple, straightforward food and uncomplicated menus. And his commitment to this is evident during the Saturday Roast at Bread Street Kitchen, where the flavours and ingredients speak for themselves. You’ll find no fancy flourishes or tacky twists here – this is a quintessential British roast dinner: sirloin of beef or chicken served with all the trimmings (okay, there is a bit of flair, it is a Michelin-star-chef-backed restaurant, after all).
Dhs125. Sat noon-4pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Dhow & Anchor
It doesn’t matter when the hankering strikes, there’s always a home-cooked roast dinner waiting for you at Dhow & Anchor, the family-friendly British gastropub that overlooks the stunning Jumeirah Beach Hotel’s gardens. And every single day there’s a new variety. On Sundays, for example, the chef is cooking up a roast leg of lamb with apple and mint chutney. Monday is all about the turkey breast that comes with a side of chestnut sage stuffing and cranberry sauce. If you’re more of the red meat type then we recommend heading over on a Saturday for the roast rib of beef with Yorkshire pudding, traditional gravy and cauliflower cheese gratin. One thing they all have in common, however, is they’re all massive, and come served with the obligatory roasted root vegetables and Maris Piper tatties. Children can also get in on the roast action with their own mini version.
From Dhs120. Dhs45. Open daily Sun-Thu noon-2am, Fri-Sat 9am-2am. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (04 406 8720).
Perhaps you weren’t expecting an Argentinian restaurant to crop up on a list of top roast dinners, but anyone who’s ever tried The Gaucho Roast will know why it’s here. All day, every Saturday, you have two options for a true meat feast at this classy and cool DIFC restaurant. Firstly, there’s the classic roast with an Argentine twist, which includes the choice of sirloin, rib-eye or spatchcock chicken. They all come with roast and sautéed vegetables, Yorkshire puddings and a side of grape jus or lime chimichurri sauce. Alternatively, the Asado roast offers an authentic taste of this South American country through traditional meats and sides such as truffle chips, fried eggs and chimichurri. And you can top it all off with a two-hour unlimited beverage package. On Saturdays, a corner of the private dining room is turned into a kids’ dream with colouring stations and games. Little ones under six eat for free, kids aged six to 12 can dine half price.
Dhs185 (classic), Dhs350 (asado), Dhs180 (two hours of unlimited grape and hops). Prices exclude 10 percent DIFC authority fee. Sat noon-11pm. Gate Village 45, DIFC (04 422 7898).
Great British Restaurant
It says it all in the name. If a place called Great British Restaurant can’t get a traditional roast dinner right, then there isn’t much hope for anywhere else. Luckily, it does, and you can order it any day of the week as it’s on the regular à la carte menu. Choose your meat and watch the team prepare it before your eyes. Then tuck in with friends and family while enjoying the laid-back atmosphere, and stunning Palm Jumeirah views in the elegant dining room. Children are welcome here and even have their own version of a delish roast.
Dhs135. Kids under 6 eat for free, 6-12 half price. Open daily 6.30am-11pm. DUKES Dubai Oceana, Palm Jumeirah (04 275 9061).
A restaurant backed by a British Michelin-starred chef is surely a safe bet for a tasty roast dinner, right? Right. Jason Atherton’s Marina Social serves up the Saturday Social Roast, which they peg as a “weekly nostalgic journey bringing you a piece of home”. Chef Patron Tristin Farmer has prepared an impressive menu for the occasion, with dishes such as the chicken liver parfait with spiced plum chutney and sourdough toast to start, followed by your choice of roast beef sirloin, barbecued lamb rump, Picalou chicken or hot smoked salmon. To finish, we recommend the warm chocolate fondant with milk ice cream. Oh, and there’s a special kids’ menu, too, which is completely free for little ones under the age of 12. You’re welcome.
Dhs150 (two courses), Dhs195 (three courses), free (children under 12). Sat noon-3pm. Marina Social, InterContinental Dubai Marina (4446 6664).
Yup, it has “roast” in the name. Clearly, it’s a safe bet to go for a roast dinner to a restaurant that literally specialises in cooking one up just like grandma used to make. And not only do you have your regular roasts – there’s a choice of beef, lamb, chicken, a veggie option and even one for a family of four – but you also have more unique meals, such as the Yorkshire pudding wrap, pies and roast dinner rolls. There’s a kids’ section on the menu, and it even shares a kitchen with neighbouring chippy Jack’s Plaice, in case you’ve got some fussy eaters in your midst. Overall, it’s a great spot for families on a Sunday (or Friday) afternoon, and its location at Canal Residence also means kids can burn off some energy in the playground outside.
Prices vary. Open daily 11.30am-10.30pm. Canal Residence, Sports City (04 513 9449).
Reform Social & Grill
Last year’s winner of Time Out Kids Best Family Restaurant is a great choice for a roast dinner on Saturdays and Sundays. What you get is one humungous plate of food for Dhs115 per person. This includes all the trimmings – gravy, veg, Yorkshire pudding – and your choice of three meats, including chicken or beef. For families, however, we’d recommend picking their Family Feast option instead. For Dhs295, get either the shepherd’s pie or beef stew with three sides each that’s big enough to feed four hungry mouths. With that, the kids can also enjoy a trip to Reform’s cute ice cream parlour for free dessert and soft drinks. Bingo!
Roast dinner: Dhs115. Sat-Sun 8am-midnight. Family Feast: Dhs295 (for four). Sat-Thu 4pm-7pm.The Lakes, Emirates Hills (04 454 2638).
The Palm Jumeirah marina views through floor-to-ceiling windows are enough to attract you to this British bar and restaurant any day of the week. But, on Saturdays, the hearty roast dinner is of particular appeal. It’s a giant plate of fluffy potatoes, giant Yorkshires, seasonal vegetables and perfectly cooked beef. If beef’s not your thing, then try the juicy chicken or even the weekly vegetarian special. All of it is yours for just Dhs120 each week. The smoke-free restaurant is super family friendly, providing colouring books to budding Picassos so you can eat your roast in (relative)peace. Sounds good to us...
Dhs120. Dhs60 for kids. Sat noon-11pm. Palm Views West, Palm Jumeirah (04 451 6460).
The Irish Village
Without a shadow of a doubt, The Irish Village is one of Dubai’s best-known and most-loved watering holes. It’s picked up the Pub of the Year trophy at the Time Out Dubai Music & Nightlife Awards, not one, not two, not three but FOUR times. But we’re not here to talk about the drinks or atmosphere (well, not specifically, anyway, but know that they're very good), and the food is exactly what you would expect, and would want, from a typical Irish pub (it would fayre well in Ireland, too – geddit?). The chef whips up a daily roast – just ask your server what the meat is, then expect it with giant portions of Yorkshire pudding, gravy, seasonal vegetables and two types of tatties. The wide selection of drinks and laid-back, but fun, atmosphere will then keep you there for hours after you’ve digested that roast. Now, if that’s not good craic then we don’t know what is. The kids’ menu is equally yummy, with comfort dishes such as Irish stew and fish and chips available in smaller portions for the little smashers.
Open Sat-Wed 11am-1am, Thu-Fri 11am-2am. Garhoud (04 282 4750).