Al Barsha and Mall Of The Emirates restaurants
Time Out Dubai guide to Al Barsha and Mall Of The Emirates restaurants; places to eat in Mall Of The Emirates and Al Barsha, with reviews, hours and deals.
Mall of the Emirates put Al Barsha on the map when it opened in 2005 with the Middle East’s first ski resort, and a plethora of dining and entertainment options. But there’s so much more to the neighbourhood than a giant mall. If you come to the district for the mall then stay for the eclectic range of cafés and hotels, all tucked away in the surrounding low-rise community, waiting for you to explore. Need food for thought? How about quite possibly the longest pizza you’ve ever eaten, one of the cheapest Friday brunches on this side of the city and most importantly some extremely tasty dishes being served up at authentic international restaurants.
Views of Ski Dubai, plenty of screens to watch football and daily happy hours on drinks are just three reasons we’re fans of Aprés. The ski chalet stylings of the décor and the laid-back vibe are also good reasons to visit. So is the pizza, which is ace. For those who like to try something different, check out the hoisin duck option, with a white sauce. It’s like a Peking duck wrap, pizza-style.
Here, there’s an option of cooking your own meat at a table barbecue, or you could have the staff do it for you if you have no sense of fun. The grilled marinated beef is a good choice – tender and tangy and with a serving of fresh vegetables. The kimchi pancake, a signature dish, has that kimchi taste that some people just don’t like. We do. But a more universal choice is the spicy beef and leek soup; made with trademark spices, it’s hearty and has punch.
Eco-friendly store The Change Initiative has an equally commendable café serving up healthy dishes. If you’re here on a shopping trip, then don’t hesitate to pop in, but it’s also worthy of a visit in its own right. The café is a simple space, in keeping with the clean and basic decor of the store. There isn’t a huge menu here, but you’ll most likely find something that tickles your fancy. And with most dishes boasting rich and complex flavours, it’s hard to go wrong. There’s a delicious seared tuna sandwich with moreish mustard mayonnaise on soft, fluffy multi-grain bread, or the tender lamb biryani. If you get here early enough, there are a range of healthy breakfasts, and you can follow any meal with a vegan cupcake. Service can be a little slow, partly because of the preparation times required to produce the meals, but you can use this time to wander around the shop. It might be a simple in-store café, but you’ll find high-quality ingredients, great dishes and, most importantly, reasonable prices here.
Nestled at the foot of the Kempinski Mall of the Emirates, Salero Tapas & Bodega is not your typical mid-shop pit-stop. Focusing on small plates and paella, the Spanish eatery feels as much like a late-night watering hole as a restaurant, with a bar at its centre, low, moody lighting and funky murals on the walls. Though the setting is seemingly more evening, the restaurant is actually open for lunch, and appears to draw a smattering of homesick Spaniards. Unsurprisingly, prices aren’t as favourable you’d pay for a plate of tapas in deepest Andalusia – snackier tapas start from Dhs40, but prepare to fork out Dhs60 each for heartier, “Salero Specials” such as pulpo a la gallega con patata (octopus with potato). Despite the best efforts of the staff on the floor, who are keen to chat about the menus, much of the food – including from the supposed specials menu – is a fairly poor representation of the vibrantly flavoured cuisine the Spanish are so well known for, lacking in genuinely fresh, good quality ingredients. It’s not all terrible – the cordero confitado (lamb confit in garlic oil) is beautifully rich and meaty – but there’s little here worth heading out of your way for.
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