Tr!beca Kitchen + Bar
Time Out Says
When Tr!beca opened in 2015 it was one of the city’s few retro-cool hangouts with an organic food and grape ethos and alignment to the slow food movement.
Now, there’s a number of such venues across Dubai, increasing the competition for this one somewhat. But it remains popular – just head down on a Thursday and Friday night and you’ll see what we mean.
This is a nightclub-esque bar, where the DJ pumps out loud beats and the vibe reaches fever pitch well before midnight.
Despite the frenetic pace at night, the menu is all about slow food (as is the service, which can be hit and miss). Tr!beca’s focus is preserving tradition, encouraging sustainable farming and supporting small, independent businesses. As such, it’s full of seasonal, locally grown ingredients, as well as natural, organic and free-range produce. There’s even a fresh new vegan menu with dishes including carrot tartare and buffalo cauliflower poppers.
If you’re a fish fan, opt for the black cod ceviche to start. The fish is marinated in citrus juices, coriander and mint. Mango and avocado lift the tart flavours, while a smattering of Thai chilli gives it a kick.
Follow up with classic bar food such as the indulgent lamb burger stuffed with shreds of tender pulled meat piled high on a soft bun and topped with melted cheddar cheese and a spicy Cajun mayo. It’s utterly delicious.
For some decent, organic grub and a lively night out, it’s worth checking out Tr!beca.
THE VEGETARIAN VIEW
Tribeca will take you back to your student years, with its comic book wallpaper, graffiti murals, and industrial vibes.
Hopefully these days you’re wearing a clean t-shirt and have given your hair a brush, for all its laid-back and casual atmosphere, this is still a trendy bar and restaurant in Dubai.
Themed on the trendy lower Manhattan neighbourhood of Tribeca, this JBR hangout is spacious with a warehouse-style ceiling and a hops pong table.
The menu features American dishes like pizzas, tacos and mac ’n’ cheese, and, more surprisingly, is a comprehensive vegan list, including the likes of artichoke dip, ricotta gnocchi, truffle risotto and carrot tartare.
Service is fast and our nachos arrive in record time. Despite rumbling bellies, they’re not consumed with the same haste – as they’re just not that appetising. It’s not cheap, either, ringing in at Dhs75.
We’re impressed with the range on the vegan menu – the bar is clearly trying hard, which we give credit to – but the artichoke dip and the vurger aren’t much to shout about either, disappointingly.
That being said, we’re not here for fine dining and we enjoy the buzzing atmosphere, which makes for a fun night out.
It’s as lively as any student union, but without the sticky carpets and lingering studenty smells, and for drinks, it’s an experience we’d happily resit.
We’re thrilled with the effort and idea of the vegan menu, but more is needed in the execution.
WHAT IS IT...
A trendy bar in JBR with a new vegan menu
The fun vibe
By Time Out Dubai staff | 10 Oct 2018