Dish of the week: Gastro grub

Amy Mathieson eyes up a taste of Britain at new DIFC haunt Jekyll & Hyde

As much as we enjoy bit of molecular gastronomy and 24-karat-gold-dusted cuisine here in Dubai, often we’re just after some good, old-fashioned, straightforward food.

Burgers, steaks, fish and chips, roast dinners… the list goes on. Stuff that you’d head to your local for, knowing it’s going to be hearty, tasty and familiar.

And that’s exactly what new British gastropub Jekyll & Hyde is going for. That’s not to say the menu is overly simple. Plenty of the dishes have interesting twists, such as the chicken kiev with warm coleslaw and roast onion mash, or a beetroot salad with pecan brittle and stilton.

So far, so tasty, and, as far as we can tell, not a truffle shaving in sight.

Hops-battered cod comes with mushy peas, while the pie of the week is paired with creamy mash. Starters are also delightfully British, with a stilton Welsh rarebit and a veal Scotch egg with HP sauce.

Plus, dishes are all, apparently, “cooked with love at a price point that won’t terrify your bank manager”. And we’re never ones to shy away from a decent-value meal (the bank manager on the other hand…).

That said, at Dhs99, the burger isn’t the cheapest you’ll get in Dubai, but it certainly looks worth it. Made from Angus chuck steak, perched in a fluffy brioche bun with the obligatory salad items, we’re not complaining. And don’t forget the “proper chips” (crispy and chunky).

Proper chips, proper pub grub and proper prices. What’s not to like?
Dhs99. Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC (04 343 5518).

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