The Gbemi's Kitchen

Sister restaurant to African diner Catfish
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Time Out Says

The Gbemi’s Kitchen in JLT has a big reputation to uphold, it’s the sister restaurant to the popular Catfish in Business Bay. This new opening boasts a few improvements on the original diner. For one it’s its own restaurant, not a shared kitchen, and the menu is bigger. We go expecting good things.

The menu is handily labelled, everything with a V is vegan, and there’s plenty of choice.

The much-loved jollof hummus remains on the menu but it’s the new additions that catch our eye, they include four delicious sounding vegan soups. We order the African peanut soup and the hummus (we can’t resist, it’s a classic). The soup is fantastic, it’s rich and filling. The hummus on the other hand is a disappointment. It arrives warm and runny on the outside with a hard cold lump in the middle. The veggie sticks it promises to come with are a no show, coming with three measly triangles of bread.

For mains the Wrestler’s Choice is just as the Catfish version, with the jerk mushrooms pairing perfectly with the jollof rice and smashed avocado. But like starters it’s one hit and one miss. The Sahara’s Secret is completely lacking in flavour.

Techno music blasts out from the speakers, while service is stilted to say the least.

With popular Catfish dishes on the menu, with improvements this place could be a go-to spot for JLT dwellers, but it needs some work before that happens. We’re hoping it’s just teething problems.

Sister restaurant to African diner Catfish

For the soup and not much else



By Time Out Dubai staff  | 05 Dec 2019

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