Time Out Says
On first appearances you’d be forgiven for thinking Ammos was still seafood restaurant Riviera Grill. But it’s recently had a (minimal) revamp and now boasts a Greek menu.
Perched by the massive Rixos pool with views out to sea, a stripped-back Mediterranean feel and the crisp whites and (now slightly more) blues give a holiday-style atmosphere.
The team behind Ammos says it is “bringing things back to basics”, and a look at the menu proves this. The entire thing sits on a sheet of A4 (with only four main courses) although there are (still) a lot of sea creatures on offer. In fact, there’s only one non-seafood main (baby chicken) if you’re not a fish fan.
There’s a bit more choice when it comes to the starters, with a range of dips including tzatziki, fava bean and aubergine, as well as vegetable tempura.
No surprise, there’s seafood here, too, and the grilled octopus goes down well. It’s crisp, meaty, and perfectly cooked, although we feel that one tentacle for Dhs90 is a wee bit stingy.
Sticking with the cephalopod theme, the calamari is crusted without a trace of excess grease and we find it well-seasoned, but the accompanying almond garlic sauce has the consistency, colour (and taste, we suspect) of wallpaper paste.
We also opt for the tzatziki, which is light and refreshing in comparison, though at Dhs40 for the dip plus an extra Dhs15 for pita bread is steep.
The simple grilled veg and halloumi salad with josper-grilled oyster and brown mushrooms is tasty enough, but you could probably make it just as well at home and save yourself Dhs75.
Though the food is nothing spectacular, the staff are friendly and courteous, and we suspect that what you’re really paying for here is the view.
The spot is charming (by night, by day the location by the busy hotel pool is a little less relaxing) and the breeze laps over us as we gaze over to Bluewaters Island and Ain Dubai. You’ll linger long after the plates are cleared, enjoying the ambiance and laid-back vacation vibes.
Although it’s pleasant enough there are prettier settings and better food within a stone’s throw of Ammos.
WHAT IS IT...
A revamped poolside restaurant in JBR – that’s now Greek
For holiday vibes
By Time Out Dubai staff | 21 Nov 2018