THE FARM IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED UNTIL OCTOBER FOR RENOVATION
If you’re craving some fresh air and peace and quiet away from the madness of the city, head out to the idyllic setting of Al Barari, and more importantly, book yourself a table at The Farm. While it may not be the easiest to get to, this is definitely a hot spot among families and young couples. it’s located right in the heart of Al Barari, and surrounded by manicured gardens and lakes. You should come to The Farm for the breakfast menu. Its simple offerings include eggs cooked in any style, traditional shakshouka, pancakes, waffles and paleo frittata. The staff are alert and responsive. The standout dish on the menu is the Arabic breakfast of assorted manakish, falafel, grilled halloumi, foul medames, labneh with zaatar and mixed greens.

Seafood 04 318 6150 Dubai Marina

Sea views, sand between your toes and fresh fish. We love this al fresco grill at The Ritz-Carlton Dubai for many reasons. Take a seat on the front, overlooking the beach and you’ll definitely feel like you’re on holiday. Service is excellent – polite, friendly and efficient – which matches the food. The menu is small, but everything on it is worth a try. To start don’t miss the citrus poached prawns, partnered by a sharp and spicy sriracha and pomegranate dipping sauce. Move on to something from the grills, we recommend the salmon steak, which comes perfectly cooked and served with grilled veggies for a healthy and satisfying main. If you’re eating at lunch take a stroll back along the beach to complete the staycay feeling. Dining here is a leisurely experience.

American 04 366 6197 Umm Suqeim

riding itself on good old-fashioned hospitality and flavours of the Deep South, Perry & Blackwelder’s serves some great food, but the overall experience doesn’t quite match up. Some staff are attentive and know their stuff, while others seem disinterested and forget parts of orders. It can also take a long time to place your order, and for the food to arrive. The vibe of the venue is spot on, though, with its US-style décor, sport on the TVs and funky tunes providing the atmosphere. When it comes to the food, we’d say steer clear of the Texas BBQ nachos (not a great deal of flavour) and loaded potato skins (they seem cooked from frozen) and instead go for the chicken wings or burgers, which are excellent. There are also a selection of sauces on the table, which help liven up some of the duller dishes. A good place for drinks with friends, especially if you sit outside, but to be a destination for dining, things need to improve, especially with such competition nearby.

British 04 451 6460 Palm Jumeirah

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Fish and chips is either fancy or fast, and rarely does the balance get struck somewhere in between. That is, until you get to Senara. A cute little spot overlooking the tiny marina at the base of the Palm’s trunk, light bites come as small plates or buckets (shrimp, scampi, calamari, whitebait), while starters are the sort you’d find in a trendy coastal gastropub. Pick of the bunch is the prawn cocktail. For mains, you’d be mad to opt for anything other than the fish and chips (brilliant), while you’ll also find fish pie, surf and turf and a selection of vegetarian dishes. The chips – not too thick and certainly not fries – are excellent. They are crisp enough to hold firm when dipping in the ketchup, but equally fluffy on the inside.

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