Dubai marina restaurants mid range
Time Out Dubai guide to Dubai Marina restaurants; best places to eat in Dubai Marina defined by price and cuisine, with reviews, details, hours and deals.
The Dubai Marina Walk is almost entirely restaurants, cafés and supermarkets, serving up almost every imaginable cuisine. You’ll find Mexican, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Middle Eastern and American, fajitas, curries, noodles, sushi, shawarmas and burgers, plus bagels, pies and a whole lot more. This is a destination for dining and strolling along the water. Relax with a drink at one of the many establishments in and around Dubai Marina Mall, step into hotels that offer views of Jumeirah Beach and the Palm, or onto a rooftop putting into focus the urban jungle around it. Whether you’re after a pub vibe of something fancy, you won’t run short of options here.
Sitting in a pretty location with a terrace overlooking the beach, cool weather will afford brilliant seaside vibes at this popular JBR eatery.
Inside, it’s quirky, with the eponymous utensils hanging up and featuring prominently in the décor, making you feel like you’ve just walked into British Michelin-starred chef Tom Aikens’ own kitchen for a meal.
Preserves neatly stacked on shelves make up an entire wall and add pops of colour to the rustic furniture, giving the space a vibrant, contemporary café feel.
Food-wise all the classics are on the menu, from salads to roasts and traditional mains.
However, breakfast is where this restaurant comes into its own, as it proved picking up the Best Breakfast gong at the 2019 Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards. Breakfast is served daily from 8am until noon, plus several dishes are served all day until 6pm, including eggs royale (piled high with fresh Loch Fyne salmon) and Merguez sausages, which are punchy, flavoursome and meaty.
We also recommend the poached eggs with crushed avocado on sourdough and the full English, fully loaded with fried eggs, homemade sausages, bacon, roasted tomatoes, Portobello mushrooms and baked beans. The sweet and moreish chia pudding is also a hit.
The pastries are flaky, buttery and delicious, and if you visit between 8am and 9am you’ll get a free coffee with any dish.
Being set right on the beach it’s a perfect location for a family-friendly morning out, and that’s proved by the huge amount of families enjoying breakfast here every weekend.
This spot excels at doing the basics right for a sports bar. Plenty of screens: check. Good drinks deals: check. In fact it’s so good that we named it Sports Bar of the Year at our 2018 Music & Nightlife Awards. But does the pub grub live up?
While you may spend a bit of time perusing the menu of British classics (we’re talking steak pies, a full English brekkie et al), there’s one dish that keeps us going back.
The toad in the hole is, by our reckoning, the stand-out option on the menu. Four whopping great sausages perfectly baked into a crispy-on-the-outside-but-soft-in-the-middle Yorkshire pudding, topped with creamy mashed potato and lashings of onion gravy.
It’s a real homely treat and each element balances perfectly together. About halfway through you may consider asking for the rest to take away, but we bury our pride and devour the lot.
If you don’t eat meat, pickings can be a little slimmer – this place is prime for carnivores. A Caesar salad, served with prawns instead of chicken, is not hugely generous in terms of the crustacean, and we’d hope for something a bit more substantial for our Dhs65. It’s an odd contrast to the ginormous toad in the hole, but there are other options such as fish and chips and fajitas.
You’ll go here for the sports, but the food isn’t bad, either.
The bottom line
Hearty grub paired with endless sport.
One of the major draws of dining at Pier 7 is the view. There are few better night time spots in the city than this tower of restaurants and bars, and Abd El Wahab makes the most of its fifth floor location. Get a seat on the wraparound terrace and the food will be a secondary thought. But it needn’t be. While Abd El Wahab isn’t pulling up any culinary trees, it accomplishes the basic mezze dishes comfortably. Watch out, though, for the options that boast of their spiciness – they aren’t kidding. The shrimp and potato mezze options pack a significant chilli punch. If you’re sitting inside, it means you’ve left it too late to book or the summer heat is at its max. But the décor is still attractive, with lots of silver tableware and dark, Arabesque motifs separating different sections of the dining area. The small army of informative and efficient staff ensure that nothing goes astray along the way as they cope with an often very busy restaurant.
This British pub in the Marina Byblos sticks to the tried and tested formula for a venue of this type: hearty grub and plenty of hops, all reasonably priced. Fish and chips, all-day breakfast and roast dinners populate the menu, perfect for expats missing a slice of home. Meal deals include a pint, making this a good value option for a night out, especially if you’re here to watch the sport. There’s also a decent happy hour and live entertainment throughout the week. All this considered, the quick, simple and hearty food makes perfect sense for the surroundings. The bar itself isn’t the most comfortable, with the wooden chairs, tables and booths not ideal for long afternoons in the pub, and it is too brightly lit to give it a cosy feeling. Service can be unpredictable, with some staff friendly and attentive, while others dismissive and inattentive. Don’t expect too much from Nell Gwynne’s, but it’s worth popping in for the good value food and drink deals.
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