Club Vista Mare restaurant and bar strip on The Palm

If you haven’t heard already, there’s a new spot in the city taking the al fresco dining experience to a whole new level. Known as Club Vista Mare, it’s only just opened next to Palm Jumeirah’s Tiara Residence and is unlike anything else in the city.

The 120 metres of beachfront promenade houses seven licensed restaurants, each one very different to the other in terms of food and style, but with one super asset in common: amazing sea and cityscape views that can be enjoyed from the more than 1,000 outdoor seats, or if you really want to let your hair down, take your food and drinks down to the beach.

Time Out Dubai takes you on a tour of Club Vista Mare’s trendy but affordable selection of world cuisine and discovers the epitome of Dubai’s dining dolce vita.


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Club Vista Mare restaurant and bar strip on The Palm

Time Out introduces Club Vista Mare restaurants and bars on The Palm. Discover seven new restaurants in Dubai, all licensed with beach side seating

If you haven’t heard already, there’s a new spot in the city taking the al fresco dining experience to a whole new level. Known as Club Vista Mare, it’s only just opened next to Palm Jumeirah’s Tiara Residence and is unlike anything else in the city.

The 120 metres of beachfront promenade houses seven licensed restaurants, each one very different to the other in terms of food and style, but with one super asset in common: amazing sea and cityscape views that can be enjoyed from the more than 1,000 outdoor seats, or if you really want to let your hair down, take your food and drinks down to the beach.

Time Out Dubai takes you on a tour of Club Vista Mare’s trendy but affordable selection of world cuisine and discovers the epitome of Dubai’s dining dolce vita.

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Japanese 04 552 0244 Palm Jumeirah

Ají is one of several beach-facing restaurants at Palm Jumeirah’s Club Vista Mare. And while many of them are on our recommendations list, if you’re after some stunning, upmarket dishes, Ají is the one to visit.

The Japanese-Peruvian Nikkei restaurant manages to balance creativity, palate-thrilling execution and, perhaps most significantly, value for money.
Try starting with shiromi tacos, filled with a sea bass and yuzu ceviche, and the oributako causa, one of the menu’s more classically Peruvian dishes. While the former are light, zesty and packed with meaty fish, the causa owns the table.

Fat, tender slices of octopus line up alongside a dollop of dense, whipped (and slightly lemony) potato, all encircling a tangy, creamy black olive mayonnaise. The robalo – a medley of seafood served with a light, smoky sauce and a black rice fritter – are also a winner. Don’t miss the scallop ceviche, either, it’s top-notch. All dishes are presented beautifully, it’s as if you’re eating a work of art.

Enjoy the food, take in the sea views and make an evening of.

Lebanese 04 558 8428 Palm Jumeirah

There is no shortage of Lebanese food in this city, so much so that we introduced a category especially for the cuisine in this year’s Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards. But that’s not to say we don’t get excited when a newbie sets up in town.

Abyat serves traditional cuisine in a less traditional setting – nestled in between Italian and Ethopian eateries in the trendy new(ish) Club Vista Mare.

Next to some of the other venues on the waterfront stretch, the interiors of Abyat aren’t overly welcoming, with bright lighting and a canteeny feel. Outside is, of course, much more inviting, with views stretching across the water and a chilled-out vibe.

We opt for a mix of dishes from the extensive mezze menu.

The hummus is smooth, flavoursome and neatly presented – dotted with chickpeas and parsley – and the stuffed vineleaves are packed with a tangy rice filling.

Our halloumi salad comes with decent chunks of our favourite squeaky cheese and mounds of lettuce, but the “figs” translate to fig slice, singular, in reality.

Everything is nice enough, without being particularly outstanding. We might be drawn back by the delightful setting, but for Lebanese food, we’re sadly not wowed. There are plenty of other options in the city that will do just that.

The bottom line
Picturesque setting outshines the food.

Ethiopian 04 554 2665 Palm Jumeirah

If you’re unfamiliar with Ethiopian cuisine (and given its scarcity in Dubai you’d be forgiven for being so), Gursha is an excellent place embark on your education.

On the Palm, the restaurant affords pretty views over the water and there’s a laid-back vibe, which fits with the style of dining.

Gursha roughly translates as “mouthful” and is also the act of eating with your hands, and sharing food. This creates a connection with your meal, making you focus more on what you’re eating – traditional Ethopian food.

The staff happily step in to guide us through the menu, even showing us a YouTube video on how injera (a staple of the cuisine) is made – it is, in essence, a gluten-free sourdough bread that’s kind of an egg-free crêpe.

We start with BuTicha, a chickpea dip, spiced perfectly and scooped up with injera.

We move onto a vegetarian platter (there’s a plethora of meaty dishes on the menu, too). Azifa (vinegar-soaked lentils), a delicious beetroot salad, a tangy chickpea stew, fosolia (sautéed green beans) and a sunflowery, tomatoey dish with a punch are all eagerly dipped into.

Not everything will suit everyone’s palate. Some of the dishes are overly tangy and sharp for our taste, but for a bite of something new, it’s certainly worth a visit.

The bottom line
Traditional, tasty and an experience to try.

04 514 3778 Palm Jumeirah

If you live on the Palm Jumeirah and you’ve been looking for a new place for drinks with your mates and to watch the latest football match, you’re in luck. Club Vista Mare, a strip of beachside restaurants and bars, has just opened on the Palm, and it’s home to The Tap House, a new gastropub.

Inside, it’s very industrial-looking, with exposed bricks, metal pipes on the ceiling, and those old-school filament lights hanging everywhere. There’s a long bar with leather stools, and you can sit inside or out on the terrace, where there are views over the water and of the Dubai skyline. There are floor-to-ceiling windows, though, so even if you’re sitting indoors you can enjoy the view – when you’re not watching sports, that is.

There are TV screens dotted around, showing whatever big sporting event is on at the moment, but they’re all overshadowed by the massive screen on the other side of the bar, which takes up one whole wall. It’s perfect if you don’t want to miss any of the action, but if you’re not bothered about sports, it’s a lot more peaceful outside.

The bar has an extensive menu of craft hops, and 24 taps behind the bar. There are also hops-based mixed drinks, if you want to try something different, and mixed drinks are made using everything from liquid nitrogen to blowtorches. There are a few of tables with hops taps in the middle, too. Sit around those with friends and pour your own drinks.

The food menu includes the usual pub grub, with a few more unusual offerings such as duck ragout crêpe. If you’re only feeling a little peckish, though, there are bowls of popcorn. Kick back and enjoy.

The Bottom Line
The perfect new spot to watch sport or just admire the views.

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