Tike

New Turkish restaurant at The Beach in JBR
$$$
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Time Out Says

TIKE, which (sort of) stands for Taste of Istanbul, is a new addition to Dubai’s Turkish dining scene. Originally opened in Istanbul, the eatery has subsequently spread out across the globe with branches in Europe and the Middle East.

In Dubai, TIKE is located at The Beach opposite JBR. As such, the main charm in the setting here is the outdoor seating, which shares in The Beach’s pleasant seaside ambience. Upstairs on the first floor, there is also a second terrace, which boasts even better views. Service here was simple and functional. We suspect staff would be unlikely to charm with plenty of patter and chatter. Despite that, waiters were friendly and efficient enough to make your evening an easy, if not exceptional, one. For example, food arrived in good time, but it took a few requests for the bill to finally arrive.

The menu contains pure Turkish classics. It’s a lengthy list of kebabs, baked bread specialities such as pide and lahmacun, and plenty of Turkish-style hot and cold mezze. The first service hiccup came at this stage, since waiters arrived with the wrong salad from the cold starter section (tomato and walnut rather than the tomato and aubergine dish we ordered). Still, the dish accidentally served proved to be a simple, fresh and pleasant concoction with a little sweet-sour pomegranate sauce.

From the hot starters, the fried bulghur kofta (a boiled version of this recipe is also available) were generously dusted with pistachio, giving them an extra dimension of delicious flavour. Two baked bread items ordered were both classic and excellent. The lahmacun was spread with finely minced meat over very fine, flaky, crisp bread. The cheese pide was a gigantic portion, and therefore great value at Dhs38 per dish. Within the folds of this soft and very slightly doughy bread was a thick layer of tangy kashkaval with a flavoursome addition of plenty of parsley.

From the main course list, the fistikli kebab was a plentiful pistachio version of the adana recipe also offered on the menu. It came with a generous quantity of sweet, creamy, fatty lamb kebab, with a little bread, rice and charred vegetables also on the plate.

TIKE offers a pleasant and classic example of Turkish dining, with plenty of choice on offer. Since Turkish food in a mid-range and accessible context is not especially well represented in Dubai Marina and its immediate surrounds, TIKE is a positive new addition to the area.

The bill (for two)
1x kizartma icli kofta Dhs35
1x gavurdagi Dhs32
1x fistikli kebab Dhs89
1x lahmacun Dhs33
1x peynirli pide Dhs38
1x large water Dhs14
Total (excluding service) Dhs241

By Time Out Dubai staff  | 12 May 2015

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Details

FacilitiesDine In
Payment OptionsCash, Credit Card
Dress CodeCasuals
9:00 AM to 1:00 AM
Sunday: 9:00 AM to 1:00 AMMonday: 9:00 AM to 1:00 AMTuesday: 9:00 AM to 1:00 AMWednesday: 9:00 AM to 1:00 AMThursday: 9:00 AM to 2:00 AMFriday: 9:00 AM to 2:00 AMSaturday: 9:00 AM to 2:00 AM
Show number +971 44303140
Dubai, Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Beach Residence
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