Proper pub grub
Handy for residents of Palm Jumeirah, this “urban sports bistro” offers a range of bar food spanning the world’s cuisines throughout the week. On Saturday and Sunday, however, it’s all about the Great British Roast Off. Not only will you get a full-on dinner, you can also get a pint for just Dhs25. Expect roast beef or chicken, a giant Yorkshire pud, some veg and plenty of delicious, rich gravy. You can tuck in while the sports of the day are screened, and it’s worth hanging around until 4pm when you get special discounts on house beverages.
Dhs99 (roast dinner), Dhs25 extra for hops. Sat-Sun noon-midnight. Palm Views East, Palm Jumeirah (04 552 4000).
This JBR local has cosy interiors and a friendly vibe. But best of all it does a mean roast. It’s not as fancy as some on this list, but it’s really tasty and comes with proper roast potatoes (by which we mean crispy and crunchy on the outside and fluffy in the middle), thick cuts of well-seasoned beef and a smattering of veg. Plus, on a Friday and Saturday, you can take advantage of a brunch deal, where you’ll get a roast, traditional pud (think crumble or stick toffee pudding) and two-hours of house drinks for Dhs275. Stick around to play some pool, too.
Dhs275. Fri-Sat noon-midnight. DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai – Jumeirah Beach, The Walk, JBR (04 559 5355).
It doesn’t matter when the fancy strikes, there’s always a roast dinner waiting for you at D&A. And every single day there’s a new variety. On Sundays, for example, the chef is cooking up a roast leg of lamb with apple and mint chutney. Monday is all about the turkey that comes with a side of chestnut sage stuffing and cranberry sauce. If you’re more of the red meat sort, then we recommend heading over on a Saturday for the roast rib of beef with Yorkshire pudding, traditional gravy and cauliflower cheese gratin. One thing they all have in common, however, is they’re all massive, and they all come served with the obligatory roasted root vegetables and Maris Piper tatties.
From Dhs120. Open daily Sun-Thu noon-2am, Fri-Sat 9am-2am. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (04 406 8720).
Lock, Stock & Barrel
This Barsha Heights haunt won our Best Bar Food gong this year for a good reason. You’ve got big tellies screening sports, nightly drinks promotions, live music and pool, as well as a menu of classic bar bites and pub food. It follows then that it also has a roast dinner every Saturday and Sunday (works well for footie fans). What’s great about this one is that you can choose two meats from a selection of beef, chicken or lamb. Your cuts are served with the regular potatoes, carrots, sprouts and gravy, and the promotion also happens to coincide with happy hour, when you get buy one, get one free beverages. Just one thing – get there early or book a table if you actually want to sit down.
Dhs129. Sat-Sun 2pm-10pm. Grand Millennium Hotel, Barsha Heights (04 514 9195).
Whether you’re dining at the DWTC, JLT or Souk Madinat branch of McGettigan’s, the Irish pub will never let you down with its hearty grub and upbeat atmosphere. Every Saturday and Sunday, the team serves up a selection of tasty meats with all the usual trimmings in one gigantic portion (it is an Irish pub). It’s Dhs99 at both JLT and DWTC branches, while it’s Dhs109 at the Souk Madinat Jumeirah branch (that stunning setting is worth the extra Dhs10, we can tell you). Tuck in while you enjoy the line-up of live sports being screened.
From Dhs99-109. Sat-Sun (timings vary between venues). Various locations, including Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 447 0219).
Based in Barsha Heights, this “British” pub is packed almost every day of the week, thanks to its ongoing drinks offers and live music nights. There’s no specific promotion, but the regular menu boasts a traditional roast beef dinner that’ll hit the spot. The meat comes with both roasted and mashed potatoes, honey-glazed parsnips, Yorkshire pudding, steamed veggies, walnut stuffing and, of course, a splash of gravy.
Dhs95. Open daily noon-3am. Media Rotana, Barsha Heights (04 435 0201).
The Irish Village
Without a shadow of a doubt, The Irish Village is one of Dubai’s most well-known and much-loved watering holes and it’s picked up the Pub of the Year trophy multiple times. But we’re not here to talk about the drinks or atmosphere (well, not specifically, anyway) – the food is exactly what you would expect, and would want, from a typical Irish pub. The chef whips up a daily roast – just ask your server what the meat is – which comes served with giant portions of Yorkshire pudding, gravy, seasonal vegetables and two styles of potato. The wide selection of drinks (try the black stuff) and laid-back but fun atmosphere will keep you here for hours after you’ve digested that roast. Now, if that’s not good craic then we don’t know what is.
From Dhs60. Open Sat-Wed 11am-1am, Thu-Fri 11am-2am. Garhoud (04 282 4750).
Our cover star, and a mighty roast dinner. A restaurant backed by a British Michelin-starred chef is surely a safe bet for a tasty roast dinner, right? Right. Jason Atherton’s Marina Social serves up the Saturday Social Roast, pegged as a “weekly nostalgic journey bringing you a piece of home”. Opt for the tasty sirloin, or the extremely popular roast chicken. To finish, we recommend the warm chocolate fondant with milk ice cream. Oh, and mums and dads will be glad to know there’s also a special kids’ menu, too, which is completely free for little ones under the age of 12. You’re welcome.
Dhs150 (two courses), Dhs195 (three courses), free (children under 12). Sat noon-3pm. InterContinental Dubai Marina (04 446 6664).
If it’s sports and meat you’re looking for on a Saturday (and, let’s face it, a lot of us are), Nezesaussi Grill in Downtown Dubai has the perfect solution. The bar is a great spot to catch the latest matches on the big screens, but it’s also a steakhouse, and so the chefs know a thing or two about roasting up some seriously succulent meats. There’s a selection of traditional roast dinner options on offer on Saturdays, with rib-eye, chicken and the catch of the day to choose from, and sides of Yorkshires, roast potatoes and grilled vegetables, plus you can add an extra Dhs70 for three house beverages to wash it all down.
Dhs99 (roast dinner), Dhs179 (with three house beverages). Sat noon-8pm. Manzil Downtown Dubai, Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (04 428 5888).
The new Media City restaurant and bar offers a giant plate of roast goodness every Saturday from 1pm to 7pm. The vibe here is down-to-earth, so this is a great opportunity to gather your mates and close the weekend with some seriously good grub. This plate features roast chicken, Yorkshire puddings, an array of vegetables, roast potatoes and cauliflower cheese, with a generous serving of gravy on the side. If you still have room (and we suggest you save some), then end on a sweet note with the mocha Oreo pie (it’s not included in the cost, but it’s worth splashing out for). Plus at Dhs95, including a house drink, it’s a bargain, too.
Dhs95. Sat 1pm-7pm. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).
The views through floor-to-ceiling windows are enough to attract you to this British bar and restaurant any day of the week. But, on Saturdays, the hearty roast dinner is of particular appeal. It’s a giant plate of fluffy potatoes, giant Yorkshires, seasonal vegetables and perfectly cooked beef. If beef’s not your thing, then try the juicy chicken or even the weekly vegetarian special. Any of them can be yours for Dhs120.
Dhs120. Sat noon-11pm. Palm Views West, Palm Jumeirah (04 451 6460).
The Eloquent Elephant
Considering this classy yet casual gastropub walked away with Time Out Dubai’s Best Pub Food award this year, it follows that it does an excellent roast dinner. You’ll have to pay a pretty penny, and you’ll have to order it two days in advance, AND it’s only served on a Saturday, but it is worth overlooking all the small print – portions are HUGE and it’s all delicious. You can get a 1.2kg roasted chicken with a bottle of house grape for Dhs499 or roast beef (around 850 to 950 grams) with grape for Dhs599. It’s a great way to round off the weekend with a group of mates as hungry as you are.
From Dhs499. Sat 11am-3am. Taj Hotel, Business Bay (04 438 3131).
Tucking into a roast dinner doesn’t just have to mean tense family gatherings and inevitable gravy spills – they can be an elegant affair as well. That’s what you’ll find on the menu at Le Royal Méridien’s elegant Brasserie 2.0 restaurant anyway. This chic, contemporary international restaurant features indoor and outdoor seating, allowing you to make the most of the glittering Dubai skyline while enjoying some comforting food. On the menu, there are a total of six roast dinner options, including turkey, beef Wellington and corn-fed chicken, all of which are served with roast potatoes, a Yorkshire pudding and a tasty selection of sauces. Welcome to the high life.
Prices vary. Open daily 6.30am-10.30am, 12.30pm-3.30pm, 7pm-11pm. Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort and Spa, Dubai Marina (04 316 5550).
Perhaps you weren’t expecting an Argentinian steakhouse to crop up on a list of top roast dinners, but anyone who’s ever tried The Gaucho Roast will know why it’s here. All day, every Saturday, you have two options for a true meat feast at this classy and cool DIFC restaurant. Firstly, there’s the classic roast with an Argentine twist, which includes the choice of sirloin, rib-eye or spatchcock chicken. It all comes with roast and sautéed vegetables, Yorkshire puddings and a side of grape jus or lime chimichurri sauce. Alternatively, the Asado roast offers an authentic taste of this South American country through traditional meats and sides such as truffle chips, fried eggs and chimichurri. And you can top it all off with a two-hour unlimited beverage package.
Dhs185 (classic), Dhs350 (asado), Dhs180 (two hours of unlimited grape and hops). Prices exclude 10 percent DIFC authority fee. Sat noon-11pm. Gate Village 5, DIFC (04 422 7898).
The Scene by Simon Rimmer
Trust a man who hosted an English TV show called Sunday Brunch to know a thing or two about the great British lunch. That man, celebrity chef Simon Rimmer, who has been in the business for 27 years, opened his first restaurant in Dubai back in 2014. Since then, it’s become a preferred choice for a roast dinner among home-sick Brits in the city. Served three days a week, the dinner comes with roast potatoes, parsnips, red cabbage, cauliflower cheese, ponchmipe (that’s a Welsh dish of mashed potato and swede, we’ll have you know) and a Yorkshire pudding. Add to that your choice of roast beef sirloin, slow-braised leg of lamb, half roast chicken or nut loaf. Then super-size it, add a bottle of grape, and enjoy the casual yet upbeat atmosphere at this Marina-facing, Pier 7 hotspot.
Dhs119 (regular), Dhs149 (super-size), Dhs120 (to add a bottle of grape). Fri-Sun noon-2am. Pier 7, Dubai Marina (04 422 2328).
For the family
Bread Street Kitchen
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is known for his simple, straightforward food and uncomplicated menus. And his commitment to this is evident during the Saturday Roast at Dubai’s Bread Street Kitchen, where the flavours and ingredients speak for themselves. No fancy flourishes or tacky twists here – this is a quintessential British roast dinner: roast sirloin of beef or chicken served with all the trimmings (okay, there is a little bit of flair, it is a star chef-backed restaurant after all).
Dhs125. Sat noon-4pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Great British Restaurant
If a place called Great British Restaurant can’t get a traditional roast dinner right, then there isn’t much hope for anywhere else. Luckily, it does, and you can order it any day of the week as it’s on the regular à la carte menu. Choose your meat and watch the team prepare it before your eyes. Then tuck in with friends and family while enjoying the laid-back atmosphere, and stunning Palm Jumeirah views, in the elegant dining room.
Dhs135. Open daily 6.30am-11pm. DUKES Dubai Oceana, Palm Jumeirah (04 275 9061).
Yup, it has “roast” in the name. Clearly, it’s a safe bet to go for a roast dinner to a restaurant that literally specialises in cooking one up just like grandma used to make. And not only do you have your regular roasts – there’s a choice of beef, lamb, chicken, a veggie option and even one for a family of four – but you also have more unique meals, such as the Yorkshire pudding wrap, roast dinner rolls and even pies. There’s a kids’ section on the menu, and it even shares a kitchen with neighbouring chippy Jack’s Plaice, in case you’ve got some fussy eaters in your midst. Overall, it’s a great spot for families on a Sunday (or Friday) afternoon.
Prices vary. Open daily 11.30am-10.30pm. Canal Residence, Sports City (04 513 9449).
The quirky ones
A wrap, but not as you know it. For a taste of Great Britain in sandwich form, this is the one. Tender roast beef, zingy horseradish mustard and caramelised onions are all rolled up in a long, flat Yorkshire pud. It’s not just for Sundays, either.
Dhs40. Open daily 8am-6pm. Various locations including DIFC (800 1762).
The Black Lion
Can’t decide whether you want a roast or a burger? Fear not, here you can combine the two for the perfect weekend offering. Order a single stack (150g) or double stack (300g) Roast Burger. A fresh focaccia made with crispy roast potatoes comes piled with succulent, rare roast beef, veal bacon, a cauliflower cheese fritter, crispy kale and topped off with horseradish, bone marrow gravy, roast carrots and parsnips. That’s us sold.
Dhs85 (roast dinner), Dhs65 (150g Roast Burger), Dhs125 (300g Roast Burger). Sat-Sun noon-11.30pm. The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 359 2366).
Reform Social & Grill
Like Yorkshires? You’ll love this. Dig into steak tartare nestled inside baby Yorkshire puds. The trio is completed with crispy sage, capers and quail’s egg yolks. And they’re a (slightly unusual) delight. Reform is also the winner of last year’s Time Out Dubai Kids Best Family Restaurant. If you want a regular roast you can get that too (gravy, veg, Yorkshire pudding – and your choice of three meats, including chicken or beef).
Dhs80 (steak tartare), Dhs115 (roast). Sat-Sun 8am-midnight. Open daily 8am-midnight. The Lakes, Emirates Hills (04 454 2638).