7 best roast dinners in Dubai
What’s the most important element of a roast? Everyone will tell you something different. Nice thick gravy? Veg cooked to a carbonised char? A home-made mint sauce (only to accompany lamb)? Yorkshire puddings with everything? As you can see, producing an A-list roast means a lot of elements have to come together perfectly. And it’s much easier to go out and let someone else worry about it than it is to make one yourself. Here are six of the best in the region.
THE PARTY ROAST
The English pub with a Gaelic twist has a very generous happy hour from 4pm-8pm every night of the week, which is sure to make any roast taste better. In terms of food, you may have more gastronomic experimentation elsewhere, but for a solid, no-frills roast (the meat is smoked, not roasted but who’s counting?) to fuel late-afternoon partying this is the place. For the Scottish contingent, the chef whips up a mouthwateringly tasty haggis dish – as mouthwatering as a dish made primarily of sheeps’ innards can be, anyway.
Where: JA Ocean View Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Residences
Contact: +9714 814 5590, Website
Price: From AED82
THE APPETITE BUSTER
Yorkshire puddings are something of a theme across all of these roasts – originally, they were used as a kind of pre-meal sponge, for hard-up Brits to fill up on something cheap before the main meal, then traditionally served with roast beef. But these days they’re as important to any roast as the gravy or meat. The Rivington’s Yorkshires are absolutely huge and should be appreciated for their taste over all. The surrounding rib of beef, Dover sole or corn-fed chicken aren’t bad either.
Where: Souk al Bahar
Contact: +971 4 432 0903, Website
MEAT LOVERS’ DREAM
The famous Argentinian steak emporium has a new Saturday roast concept, available each week between noon and, very generously, 11pm. Choose between the revered rib-eye steak or whole roasted chimichurri chicken, served with all the trimmings. A word of warning for gravy enthusiasts, though: the meal comes served on a wooden board with a shallow moat around the edge, meaning overspill is not just likely, it’s a certainty.
Contact: +9714 422 7898, Website
BACK TO BLIGHTY
Reform Social & Grill
Executive chef at Reform, Ryan Waddell, is an expert in curating a menu that evokes a Britain of country walks, hearty meals and perfectly paired drinks. On Saturday and Sunday, the full-plated roasts are just what you need to remember what a real roast is all about. Properly massive Yorkshire puddings, topside of beef and, best of all, a huge selection of classic desserts are the closest thing Dubai has to an English country pub.
Where: The Lakes
Contact: +9714 454 2638, Website
THE SPLURGE ROAST
When it comes to British food, there’s only one thing that’s as big an institution as the roast itself and that’s The Ivy, the original branch of which still thrives in the heart of London. We recommend The Ivy’s variation of the roast dinner for a very special occasion, especially the melt-in-the-mouth roast duck, served with choux farci, boulangere potato and foie gras, this is a divine meal (veg sides start at AED30). Just don’t forget to save room for dessert, as The Ivy does better than just about anywhere else.
Where: Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Contact: +9714 319 8088, Website
Celebrity chef Simon Rimmer’s Dubai outpost puts a beautiful roast on every Saturday and Sunday (for traditionalists and those with lunch breaks), with a fairly short menu – just sirloin of beef or slow-roast lamb - cooked to perfection. Protein-hungry chicken fans should look elsewhere. However, it’s the vegetarian option that shines here, with Simon’s special homemade nut loaf and “famous five” veggie selection a shining example of meat-free cuisine everyone will love. Give it a go, meat lovers.
Where: Pier 7, Dubai Marina
Contact: +9714 422 2328, Website
Price: AED115 (chicken for two sharing AED190)
THE ELEGANT OPTION
Roast chicken at La Petite Maison
If you fancy adding a touch of class to your weekend roast, this is the one for you. Don’t expect a plate full of gravy, mash and Yorkshire pudding, but something a little more refined. Roast dinner at La Petite Maison comes in the form of a baby chicken smothered in lemon, olive oil and seasoning, served with sides such as broccoli and potato gratin – delicious.
Where: Gate Village 8, DIFC
Price: From AED120