Reform Social and Grill
It is billed as a British-style bar and restaurant, but walking into Reform Social and Grill in The Lakes community feels more Martha’s Vineyard than Mayfair. The Transatlantic influence can be seen in the elongated mahogony bar, the floor-to-ceiling windows that open out onto a generous, wood-decked veranda and the crisply aproned waiting staff, all it needs is Jack Nicholson chatting up Helen Hunt and you may as well start looking forward to a generous bowl of clam chowder.
But British they are and the menu clings hard to its heritage, with Edwardian typography shouting out pie and chips and British artisanal cheeses. There are also specials such as takeaway fish and chips, roast dinner Saturdays and Sundays (with Premier League football) and that most Anglophile of institutions, a Wednesday curry night.
With steaks and burgers and sharing platters, though, Reform has become a fixture on the Dubai dining scene for diners of all tastes, and somewhere where a weekend lunch can blend seamlessly into a long, sleepy evening.
Here are our (distinctly English) must-try dishes from the well-stocked menu:
A generous sharing plate, this comprises smoked salmon, battered tiger prawns, salmon fishcakes and pickled onions. You might need two.
Braised lamb shank
Best avoided unless your internal hunger monitor is flicking towards “starving”, this is a slow-cooked, wild honey-glazed sticky delight, served with roasted root vegetables that have just begun to caramelise.
A classic British pudding - yes, pudding - that is perfect for the summer. A collage of colour that comprises red berries, pieces of meringue and marscapone. Just don't lick the bowl, please.