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.
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.
esigned to feel like a converted warehouse by a dock, Cargo’s name and waterside location is fitting. The decor is industrial, with high ceilings, wooden crates and exposed bricks, and diners can choose to sit at high-top tables on metal stools or smaller wooden benches. There’s also a stunning outdoor terrace with views over the Marina; perfect during the cooler weather. This casual setting draws in the crowds, especially after work and at the weekend. The cuisine has an Asian influence, but the results are a bit inconsistent. The grilled tenderloin is served with crisp potatoes, braised baby leeks and a well-matched garlic butter ponzu sauce, but the meat is sometimes overcooked. Better options are the Singaporean chicken noodles and the sesame-crusted tuna, which comes with a crisp Asian salad and onion yuzu sauce. Ultimately, the food here is adequate, with a little more attention needed to raise the standard across the menu. It can get quite rowdy here on weekends, so dining early is your best bet if you just want to eat. But land a spot on the terrace during quieter times and you can have a relaxing experience.
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