Could Al Barsha be Dubai’s next big dining destination? Time Out rounds up what we’ve seen and heard about the area’s slew of new openings to determine whether it’s worth braving the labyrinthine construction site.
Adding to Dubai’s all-day dining army, The Atrium offers a rather spectacular interior with a 15-metre high ceiling, windows and stunning central chandelier. Already fine-tuned to its Dubai market, The Atrium touts a Friday Family Brunch including everything from croissants and roasts to salads and cakes, as well as family-friendly entertainment. Held from 12noon to 3pm, it costs Dhs160 including soft drinks & water, Dhs240 including wine and house spirits. As a bizarre bonus, fathers of children under 10 receive 50 per cent off their bill, while those with under five year-olds eat for free.
The Atrium, Open for breakfast from 6.30am-10.30am, lunch from 12.00 noon-3.00pm, dinner from 7pm-11.30pm. Call 04 429 9999, ext 8611.
Are you a fan of Asian food? Do you like eating with your mouth open, while gazing out at a knock-out view (not so good for your dining companions)? Toshi is Grand Millennium’s third restaurant and boasts surprisingly good views of Jumeirah’s coastline and the Arabian Gulf from its 18th-floor vantage point.
Toshi , Open for dinner from 7pm-11.30 pm, bar until 1.00 am daily. Call 04 429 9999, ext 8612.
Not to be confused with the stunning bar now open at Festival City’s InterContinental, Holiday Inn’s Vista restaurant does however share the same USP as its Garhoud counterpart – a very flash view. Serving mostly decent Southeast Asian Cuisine and boasting a luxurious interior and terrace, Vista’s only drawback seems to be its hard-to-find location.
Vista , Open Sun-Fri 12:30pm-3pm and 6pm-1am. Call 04 427 5500.
Al Fandi, Tandoor & Infinity
A new Lebanese restaurant and terrace with live music, Al Fandi serves authentic Oriental food (open 6pm-1am). If you aren’t impressed by it we recommend you head to The Locker Room (open 12pm-2am), a sports bar with 50-inch plasma screens or their Indian offering Tandoor (open 24hrs), while Infinity (5pm-3am), a nightclub with a kitchen, sounds rather curious. Just remember to check your directions thoroughly and tell a couple of friends where you’re going before you brave the wilds of Al Barsha.
Al Fandi, Tandoor & Infinity , Call 04 341 7750.