Creek Cruises

Enchanting meals on the waters of Dubai Creek
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Time Out Says

You’ll find them moored at points all along the wharf, creaking gently in the breeze; picturesque wooden dhows which promise an enchanting evening spent cruising the Creek and grazing on gigantic buffet dinners. The Creek Cruises dhow offers just such a package, and certainly scores on appearances: the airy upper deck is reminiscent of a Bedouin tent, with a low, sumptuously-cushioned seating area where you can relax and watch the distant lights of the city. Downstairs the intimate, minimally-decorated restaurant is heady with the scent of wood.

Upon our arrival, a friendly and attentive waitress served us glasses of a sherbety lemon drink, distressingly reminiscent of cold Lemsip. Once we were afloat and had been furnished with beer, the Herculean piles of food began to beckon. I started with an aggressive seafood bisque, gutsily seasoned but rather tepid, and some pale, bland Thai chicken salad. My companion’s green salad was underdressed but crisply fresh and improved by some garlic-heavy hummos. The array was completed by triangles of soft flatbread.

Cavernous steel troughs ushered in a variety of main dishes, most of which seemed to be in shades of yellow or green – lending the selection an unfortunate, slightly jaundiced look. The chicken tikka masala proved to be darkly rich and tender, but less successful was my arid lamb biryani, its few sad-looking chunks of meat nestling in spicy greenish rice. My friend was underwhelmed by her gloopy, bland vegetable lasagne, and nonplussed by her chicken fajitas, an underspiced affair of sickly guacamole and pallid tortillas.

Dessert was a mixed bag; the sliced melon and pineapple looked gorgeously colourful, but had become rather dry over the course of the evening. A greater delight was the blueberry cheesecake, creamily indulgent and topped with dark, viscous blueberry sauce. The entire spread, however, suffered from recurrent under-flavouring; there was little to offend, but equally little to excite. Given the fantastic setting and excellent service, it seems that Creek Cruises are selling themselves short with this selection of rather unremarkable fare.

By Matthew Lee  | 01 Feb 2005

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FacilitiesOpen late
Payment OptionsCash
Show number 04 393 9860
Dubai, Deira, Deira Creek Opposit to Radisson Blue Hotel - Deira - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

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