Best eggs in Dubai
Time Out Dubai profiles the best eggs in Dubai, available in cafes and restaurants at breakfast (Benedict, Florentine, dippy, Mexican), lunch or dinner
Just in time for Easter, Will Milner rounds up the city’s most crackingly creative dishes, available at breakfast, lunch and dinner
Operating in Karama since 2007, Betawi has made a name for itself as a place to dine on authentic Indonesian dishes.
In 2016, the restaurant expanded to JLT, where it knocks out equally impressive cooking.
Expect no frills décor and low prices with food that is full of spice and flavour. We suspect many people won’t be au fait with the particulars of Indonesian food (save, perhaps, for tasty chicken satay and peanut sauce). So while the menu isn’t huge (a few soups, a handful of noodle dishes, nasi goreng and nasi padang) a few pointers from the staff can be very handy – and they’re (mostly) happy to help.
The soto betawi, with chunks of beef in a spicy, coconut soup shouldn’t be missed, and neither should the nasi padang, featuring beef rendang, vegetable curry, an egg and sambal sauce with steamed rice. The nasi padang is aromatic with meat slow-cooked until it falls apart, the curry sauce sweet and spicy and the rice cooked perfectly.
With generous portions and bags of flavour, this place serves up a great family-style feast.
La Serre’s Bistro feels bright and airy, thanks to the crisp white colour scheme. On any given night you’ll find it buzzing, and staff deal adeptly with the throng of diners – you won’t even notice the wait between ordering and being presented your food, and requesting and receiving your bill.
Start with the shaved cauliflower salad with Manchego cheese, citrus and almonds. Light and refreshing, it’s a great precursor to some of the bigger flavours you’ll tuck into. The beetroot salad starter is one. It’s full of taste, texture and heat contrasts that we love. It comes with small rounds of warm goat’s cheese, studded with pistachio nut crumbs, mixed in with the cold cubes of beetroot. An absolute delight.
Mains are split into pastas, seafood and meat, making it easy for the indecisive to navigate. All the classics are present, including beef Bourguignon, baby chicken and fillet steak, plus scallops glazed with balsamic reduction and parsnip purée, and piquillo peppers. Of that the baby chicken is a standout, with its creamy, flavourful truffle Hollandaise sauce. A side of rich gratin Dauphinoise and steamed broccoli will go down a treat, too.
This is one of the most impressive French restaurants we’ve had the pleasure to eat in. Book a table and you’ll see why.
A noisy, happy and casual café, Tom& Serg hasn’t seen any drop off in popularity over the past few years.
Founded by Tom Arnel, a chef and foodie from Melbourne, and Sergio Lopez, a savvy F&B operations director from Madrid, the café – a former Time Out Dubai Best Café winner – prides itself on nutritious, gourmet food and laid-back vibes to go with it.
Upon walking in, the place is heaving, with the crowd laughing and chatting easily. We make our way upstairs, to a table overlooking a bustling ground floor with seating adjacent to the kitchen and bakery.
Tom & Serg is known for its love for avocado, so we can’t miss the marinated green tomato avo on toast – and wait for a good dose of the fatty, single-seeded berry. We’re not disappointed. The tangy green tomatoes are the perfect match for the creamy avocado, with a red dukka and parsley salsa giv-ing it a bitter, satisfying twist.
After the zesty boost, we need something neutral, and so opt for the Caesar baguette – the famous salad in sandwich form – with juicy roasted chicken, crispy veal bacon and leaves. It’s tasty and a hit.
We round it off with a generous serving of salted caramel French toast, complemented with fresh macerated rhubarbs and glazed black cherries. It’s the perfect sweet treat.
Perfect for families, the café has just launched a new kids’ menu, too, showing its dedication to good nutrition for all ages, with dishes including Egg Soldiers (Dhs32), apple pancakes (Dhs30) and chicken quesadillas (Dhs36) among others.
Overall Tom&Serg feels like home, but with food that we’d be too lazy to make.
The bottom line
Cosy venue that pays attention to detail
In Dubai, there are so many sky-high bars that stunning views just aren’t all that unique. Fiftieth floor? Been there, done that. Nineteen storeys up? Next!
So it’s a pleasant surprise to walk out on to The Scene’s terrace, which despite being on the measly fourth floor boasts spectacular Marina views.
You won’t want to leave the British eatery until sunrise – although you might not have a choice because it will probably take that long for your waiter to bring the bill.
The bar service here is excruciatingly slow and erratic, with much of the attention focused on the restaurant inside. The Scene is by TV chef Simon Rimmer of Something For The Weekend fame and promises “proper British pub food”. Thank goodness we’re so good at queuing patiently.
To be fair to venue, the restaurant inside is indeed cosy and homely, with vintage lampshades and patchwork seating galore (not to mention the cool comic books adorning the walls). But we’re here for the nightlife, not the food – and it’s not as good as the grub.
The menu has creative mixed drinks and plenty of decent offers – including a three-hour happy hour Sunday to Thursday where drinks are just Dhs25, but there are better bars out there.
The bottom line
Visit for a meal, not for a night out.
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