Kite Beach Restaurants
What better way to enjoy the golden sands of Dubai than by eating al fresco. Paul Clifford picks ten of the best places at the Umm Suqeim hotspot
to tuck in to tasty bites
With only a couple of months left before the weather gets too hot for most of us to handle, why not make the most of the last rays of sun and get yourself down to the shore. Kite Beach is a great spot for a walk, a run, or even a game of volleyball. And the best bit? When you’ve had enough physical exertion, you can pick up some fantastic food. Whether you want to take a stroll with a tub of frozen banana or sit on top of a shipping container with a tasty burger in hand, the stretch of coastline will deliver. Here, we bring you ten of the area’s best foodie finds.
A genius pop-up that saw Dubai’s curious foodies searching all over a park for a key to get access to a food truck, Parker’s now has a permanent home in The Dubai Mall. It’s still busy and you’re still supposed to have a key to get in, but we promise it’s worth the effort. Dishes are seriously cool (a Benedict croissant with truffle hollandaise anyone?) and draw on local tastes (see mac ’n’ cheese topped with Cheetos) and desserts are extremely Instagrammable (search for #lotusdrama to see what we mean). Quirky, clever and fun. And most of all, tasty.
Park House is a new café at Kite Beach opened by the brains behind Taqado Mexican Kitchen. It’s right next door, in fact, to a branch of Taqado at The Fazza Marine Club – a complex of new eateries located directly opposite the shore, each with a handful of tables and chairs outside.
Park House is a light and airy space, adorned with white and sky blue tiles, with beachy tables, chairs and picnic benches. Shelves on the walls bear items such as sunscreen, Turkish hamman towels, sun hats and so on, that are all for sale. We have mixed feelings about this element of seaside cashing in. Relevant, arguably practical, yes, but a little tacky.
Also against the wall is the menu and counter where you can choose one of the very tempting cakes and order your food. This is an ‘order and pay at the counter’ kind of venue, and the chatty, friendly girl standing there was patient, helpful and engaging. Thanks to her, we’ve now learnt that you ‘can’t make friends with salad’ (a line we’re pretty sure she borrowed from Homer Simpson). Despite that, we did still sample the salad on offer, starting our meal with one of the small portions, divided between different recipes (as she recommended). These were well devised, however, the two we tried had suffered during the course of the day – the slices of apple looked a little brown and the spinach leaves varied between perfectly crisp and a little mushy and wilted.
From a more substantial selection primarily focused on burgers (including a vegetarian one) and sandwiches, the fish and chips seemed like the perfect dish for an evening at the beach. At Dhs45 a plate – including two little fillets of battered cod and tartare sauce that tasted homemade alongside the chips – the dish was also good value, as well as well made.
Park House feels like it’s not quite right yet. It doesn’t stand out as streets above the competition like its big brother Taqado definitely did when we first visited back in 2012. Having said that, we like the Park House spirit; there is room for it to grow, and we suspect it eventually will.
The bill (for one)
1x fish and chips Dhs45
1x small salad Dhs30
1x fresh juice Dhs30
Total (excluding service) Dhs105