REVIEW: The Beach House

If there’s one thing that Thailand does well (apart from blue skies, diving, and everything else that draws in the backpackers) it’s beachside restaurants and bars. Although Dubai has many eateries overlooking the Arabian Gulf, they are usually more polished than rustic.

Enter The Beach House, which is tucked away on The Palm’s east crescent. Located in Anantara Resort – which so beautifully recreates Thailand’s terracotta roofs, you almost forget that you’re in the Middle East – the restaurant does a perfect job of dressing up Southeast Asia’s relaxed charm for its Dubai clientele.

Possibly best known for its ladies night, Sparkle in the Sand, The Beach House offers the gals free-flowing bubbles for AED75. The quirk is that you’re given a gem, which may or may not be real, and when we pass through the crowd to find our table we can hear people excitedly analysing what’s in their bag.

To kick things off our waiter brought out a huge (we mean HUGE) cocktail glass full of calamari – it was too much to finish between four people if we were to stand any chance of continuing the meal, so be warned. The tomato bruschetta with air dried beef is also sharing size, and our top pick of the starters. It’s served with manchego cheese and feta stuffed green olives, making for a delicious Mediterranean style platter.

Those with food allergies and restrictions are well catered for here. The menu is varied, with plenty of vegetarian options such as spinach and goats cheese risotto and mixed vegetable pizza. The gluten-free gnocchi is a must-try for those with an intolerance. And for something that’s relatively healthy, it certainly doesn’t taste like it.

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