Trophy Room

A sports bar on Sheikh Zayed Road offering decent grub
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Time Out Says

“Stop. Glamour time.” They’re probably the sort of lyrics clever clogs at Trophy Room had in mind when concocting the made-for-social-media golden chicken nuggets. Yes, that’s real golden nuggets, as they’re dusted with 24-karat gold and served with equally shiny golden fries.

Unfortunately, “Stop. Turn around. And go home,” are the most fitting words when we arrive as the shining star of the show is unavailable. “I’ll have to check with the chef,” we’re informed by the always attentive, but sometimes befuddled waiter.

Two minutes later he’s back to break the bad news: the chefs don’t have any. Apparently, the gold-dusted nugs are as rare as, well, gold dust.

When we try to get to the bottom of this – are they super-popular? Are they rarely ordered? Are the golden chickens refusing to leave their golden roost? – we’re given a mumbled excuse. If it’s not always “on” then why’s it always on menu? Is it just a gimmick?

Disappointed, we begrudgingly take our seat at a booth and distract ourselves from disappointment with a few competitive games of Snakes and Ladders and cards.

The bar itself is busy – with enough TVs showing enough variety of sports to keep the mixed clientele of hotel guests and after-work groups happy.

But really, Trophy Room is no different from other sports bars that are friendly, serve decent food and sell hops.

Take the golden chicken nuggets out of the equation and it falls in line to an already packed roster of others.

However, the tuna tartare starter is great: huge chunks of fish on a bed of creamy guac served with a bunch of tortilla chips ready to be scooped up willingly. It’s a shame then, that the black truffle poutine is a letdown. Just like the nuggets, the promised truffle seems to have done a vanishing act. It’s actually just large chips, cheese and gravy, and it’ll cost you Dh39.

The green pea samosas are dry. Thankfully, the butter chicken curry is lovely. It’s flavour-packed while the chicken is tender.

If you’re in the area, head inside for a cold one and an okay curry. If not, there are better places to eat.

A sports bar on Sheikh Zayed Road offering decent grub

Sadly not for the sparkling nuggets

16 Oct 2018

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Payment OptionsCash, Credit Card
Dress CodeCasuals
12:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Sunday: 12:00 PM to 2:00 AMMonday: 12:00 PM to 2:00 AMTuesday: 12:00 PM to 2:00 AMWednesday: 12:00 PM to 2:00 AMThursday: 12:00 PM to 2:00 AMFriday: 12:00 PM to 2:00 AMSaturday: 12:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Show number 04 526 9156
Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Sheikh Zayed Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

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