Where to dine with your feet in the sand
In Dubai, with the Arabian Gulf at your doorstep, you’re never too far from a bit of sand. Here are some fabulous places to dine and drink while feeling the sand between your toes.
Jetty Lounge, One & Only Royal Mirage
Located right by the waterfront near the in-house jetty (from where a regular ferry runs to sister hotel One & Only The Palm Dubai) of this luxury hotel, this lounge is beach chic at its best. Relaxed sofa seating and chill-out tunes set the mood for the international menu of light bites and beverages. Pull up a chair in one of the private cabanas at the water’s edge, and nibble on Middle Eastern mezze, Mexican tortilla chips, Asian teriyaki, or European quiches, while watching the sun go down.
One & Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh Road, opposite Dubai Media City
+971 4 399 9999
This unpretentious little seafood shack has garnered an almost cult-like following. At this porta-cabin in a Jumeirah bylane, each day’s fresh catch is spiced and served grilled or fried, Indian-style, with sides of salad, rice or parathas (fried flatbreads) and a generic (spicy) gravy, on paper plates. There’s no menu, prices vary (a bit of haggling is acceptable), and there’s usually a queue every evening. All you need to do is select your seafood – the prawns and pomfret are usually good - then wait to be seated at one of the plastic tables and stools placed haphazardly around the sandy patch outside the kitchen, and tuck into the fresh, delicious fare.
4 D Street, Jumeirah
This beach club and restaurant at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi is a Dubai institution. The sprawling multi-layered open-air venue has a relaxed, friendly vibe, with everything from large screens showing sports to beach loungers and pool tables, to live music and DJ tunes on offer. The fish and chips here are legendary, but there are pies and curries, pizza and gourmet sandwiches as well. A barbecue brunch is available most weekends, and Barasti also hosts numerous events and concerts.
Al Sufouh Road, Dubai Marina
+971 4 318 1313
Jumeirah Beach Hotel maximises its prime location right by the Burj al Arab, with multiple beach dining venues (La Veranda offers casual Italian; Ocean Blue is a lounge with light bites and shisha; and the new Al Marsa will specialise in tapas). But, for a gourmet dinner by candle light, waves lapping at your feet, and unbeatable views of the majestic Burj al Arab, look no further than Villa Beach restaurant. The Mediterranean menu features light salads and seafood specialties –steamed filet of halibut, shellfish chowder and caviar; and saucy king prawns with green asparagus.
Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah
+971 4 366 5866
Burger fans have been lining up at this Kite Beach hotspot since its debut last year. The food truck has evolved into a pop-up, air-conditioned terrace called The Beach House. The menu has had a bit of a revamp, too, keeping the classic Wagyu sliders and fire fires, while adding in fresh drinks such as pink lemonade, as well as ice-cream.
Kite Beach, Jumeirah