Jumeirah restaurants and cafes
Time Out Dubai guide to Jumeirah restaurants and cafes; best places to eat in Jumeirah by price and cuisine, with reviews, contact info, hours and deals.
Iconic for its views of the Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Burj Khalifa, Jumeirah is home to restaurants that have something for everyone. Feel like your floating on water while eating seafood at one of the most romantic places in the city, or avoid the huge hotel outlets and experience the other side of the Jumeirah with a more casual experience at a café somewhere along Jumeirah Road. Serene spots for al fresco dining include the beautiful Madinat Jumeirah and the lesser known Jumeirah Fishing Harbour which isn’t as frequented by tourists compared to other parts of Jumeirah.
Housed inside a stylish boutique, Comptoir 102 is what happens when healthy eating meets Parisian taste. Since our last visit, it’s now twice the size, with a cosy new bamboo-lined conservatory at the back. The café specialises in organic food and local produce, and recipes are primarily vegan, raw and gluten-free. Just double check before ordering if you adhere strictly to one of these diets.
Although there is an à la carte selection of juices, salads and sandwiches, the main draw is the set menu, which changes every day. Expect vegan pizza, low-calorie falafel and lots of spiralising and dehydrating. On our last visit, towards the tail end of the evening, they’d run out of all the specials. Ordinarily, we’d have a good moan. In the case of Comptoir 102, where the staff explained that they don’t want to waste food or freeze anything, we’ve got to love them more for their dedication to their cause.
So, off the à la carte menu, we ate a lot of superfood-stuffed variations on a healthy theme. All fresh, generously sized and flavoursome. If you like your food heavily seasoned, perhaps this is not for you. However, if naked flavour and traceability excite you, this place is an unmissable treat.
The bottom line
As green as it gets in Dubai, with style and taste in spades.
THE VEGETARIAN VIEW
Nestled away in a villa on Jumeirah Beach Road you’ll find Comptoir 102 – a trendy café-meets-concept store.
The menu is packed full of healthy dishes with the majority being plant-based (a handful contain eggs and cheese), raw and gluten-free, and there’s a specials menu that changes based on what’s seasonal at the time. The café also sources all its fruit and vegetables from local organic farms.
After scouring the menu we decide on the seaweed pesto (hijiki served with guacamole and raw flaxseed crackers) and the vegan kale Caesar salad with avocado, “bacon”, chickpeas, cucumber, lentils and a creamy dairy-free dressing.
The portions are generous and everything tastes super-fresh.
We wash it down with a “golden latte”, concocted with homemade almond milk, turmeric, pepper, honey and cinnamon.
Don’t leave without trying the choco petit pot – a rich and creamy chocolate mousse topped with roasted hazelnuts – it’s hard to believe it’s not only plant-based but refined sugar-and gluten-free too.
Compared to other cafés in the city, it’s on the pricier side with dishes averaging in at about Dhs65 and superfood packed smoothies (think açaí, guarana and spirulina) going up to Dhs37, but the quality of the food is justification enough.
With trendy vibes, a cosy feel and fab food, you could while away hours with a book and herbal tea. A peaceful haven in Jumeirah that’s well-worth a visit.
WHAT IS IT...
A cool healthy café meets concept store
For healthy food and the choco petit pot
First things first, you don’t need to actually be a surfer to visit this ca-fé, which is fortunate, as otherwise you’d be massively missing out. The Surf Café is a chilled-out haven near the beach that’s worthy of a weekend visit. Floors and walls are covered in a washed, smooth concrete, and to one side of the dining room, there’s a little bar counter where juices and coffees are made.
As well as the top breakfasts – we’ve waxed lyrical about the avocado toast many a time – the lunches and dinners are also great, with seafood, perfectly cooked grills and a huge choice of fresh, colourful salads, all perfect for a casual family meal.
There’s also a large selection of dim sum, and the very on-trend poke bowls ranging from salmon to crab or tuna. Bento boxes, grills and a massive selection of sushi – you’ll pretty much find everything you could hope for here.
While a little pricey for the average café experience, The Surf Café is pleasant enough to justify the extra dirhams.
The bottom line:
Excellent for breakfast, but a great choice all day.
This family-friendly café gets so much right, thanks to a well-thought out menu that caters for all tastes. Tasty treats include tiny baguette sandwiches with flavour-packed fillings such as chicken satay and cream cheese and miniature bagels with salmon. Kids love the cute little glass milk bottles topped with a crumbly chocolate chip cookie, too. You can choose from a wide variety of wholesome main courses, including Mexican omelettes, ricotta pancakes and the creamiest mac ’n’ cheese we’ve tried.
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You might expect more seafood dishes seeing as though Cherrie Blossom is situated at the Fishing Harbour. But look closely enough and you’ll find options featuring prawns, squid and mussels, plus an oddly placed battered fish and chips dish. Those not keen on seafood will be able to enjoy chicken, beef and veggie creations instead. Must-tries include the black pepper prawns; a messy dish that you won’t regret getting your hands dirty to crack into. The venue, formerly known as Charms, probably isn’t as popular as it should be, but take advantage of the peaceful location and dine outdoors on the small terrace when the weather is cool. Facing out to the new Jumeirah Bay Island and beachfront, it’s the ideal place to relax lapping up the sounds of the waves and breathing in the fresh air. Although the chilled-out atmosphere is great in some respects, perhaps it is a little too laid-back when it comes to service. Staff in this two-storey venue are rarely seen, pretty much leaving guests to their own devices.
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