As regular brunchers will know, Dubai’s weekend feasts fall mainly into three categories: cheap and cheerful, full-on party and a rather more sedate, grown-up affair. The Rib Room’s offering falls into the latter, providing a mature lunchtime treat.
Our booking is for the Saturday sitting and with mostly small tables occupied by couples or families, there’s a traditional Sunday lunch feel about it, with a focus firmly on the (top-notch) food.
A classic British-style steakhouse – the décor is all dark wood furnishings – the atmosphere is upbeat yet relaxed thanks to a lively jazz band. Value-wise it’s pretty decent, too, with the Saturday soft drinks package coming in at Dhs295 – a steal when you think a main here will usually set you back around Dhs200.
There’s no traipsing around a buffet here (ladies, you’re safe to wear your highest heels). Instead you have two options: pick from à la carte or try the five-course (or six on a Friday) tasting menu.
The à la carte menu is packed full of standard steakhouse choices including shrimp cocktail and short ribs. However, despite a mixed grill and prime rib, there are no actual steaks such as fillet or sirloin on offer, which comes as a surprise. We plump for the five-course tasting menu, where a rich truffle risotto is the prelude to the undoubted star of the show, the prime rib.
This is about as comforting Sunday roast fare as you’re going to get. Hefty slices of tender meat come alongside a crisp and tasty Yorkshire pud. The trimmings are excellent as well – carrots, beans and petite roasted new potatoes.
We love the US-style bar and outdoor terrace, too. However the amount of kids running around, which could be better managed, somewhat takes away from what is otherwise a classy and chilled-out end to the weekend.
Fri 12.30pm-3.30pm; Dhs350 (soft drinks), Dhs475 (house beverages), Dhs525 (sparkling grape), Dhs695 (bubbly). Sat 12.30pm-3.30pm; Dhs295 (soft drinks), Dhs375 (house beverages), Dhs445 (sparkling grape), Dhs595 (bubbly). Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0444).
The Bottom Line
An excellent value brunch with top steakhouse fare.