Jumeirah restaurants and cafes budget
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.
For casual beachside fare, you can’t get much better than Dubai institution Bu Qtair. Set along Jumeirah Beach Road, it’s not fine dining but we neither expect nor want it to be. You’ll find plastic seating outside and you can’t reserve a table at this fuss-free seafood spot. There’s no menu, either. What you’ll get is the catch of the day, or prawns, in a curry sauce. Simple, fresh and delicious. Service is friendly and fast too. There are no fancy touches but the food is so tasty you won’t notice.
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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