- Is Brunch at the Burj restaurant Bab Al Yam worth the money
- Nola Dubai is one of 3 restaurants in a subterranean world under JLT
- Location of Nola Dubai
- The deal at Nola
- Brunch at the Burj was at the new Bab Al Yam restaurant
- Food at Bab Al Yam
- Service at Bab Al Yam
- You won’t get Asian food at Bab Al Yam
- Turkish Cafe in Jumeirah Saray Sultan
- For Chinese New Year the Shang Palace at the Shangri La
Is Brunch at the Burj restaurant Bab Al Yam worth the money
Find out whether brunch at the Burj is really worth it (and what it’s really like) learn about some hidden eating places under JLT and try a very authentic Turkish cafe that delivers to the beach. And some ideas for Chinese New Year, all on Food News – my regular slot on The Ticket with Mark Lloyd, Stef Burgon and Zahra Soar.
Listen live on Dubai Eye 103.8 on Tuesday 3rd of February at 3.30 or listen to the PODCAST that’ll be put on the end of this post when it’s up. Or find this post on The Ticket’s blog on Dubai Eye 103.8’s website.
Nola Dubai is one of 3 restaurants in a subterranean world under JLT
Nola Dubai is actually called Nola Social House and Eaterie and opened in November 2015. You will never find it if you don’t know EXACTLY where to look! Expect New Orleans style food like crab cakes and empanadas. I liked the roasted sea bass and the guacamole was fine but a bit too over pureed. Basically good quality food you’d have with a few drinks to fill you up.
We didn’t stay for desserts as the music by that point was getting a bit too loud for us older mothers! It was a mums night out not organised by me!
Location of Nola Dubai
Go to Cluster P of JLT, walk into the middle one of the 3 BlueBay Armada hotel buildings you see as you go up the ramp. Take the lift to the lower ground floor of the central building. Then follow the printed sticker footsteps to Nola, for quite a while. Ignore the first 2 restaurants you come to, these are Cocktail Kitchen and Mythos, keep going till you see Nola, they could have called it Narnia at this point! Ask for a table outside on the narrow but perfectly acceptable terrace.
The deal at Nola
Is 50% off all food items on the menu on Tuesdays if you’re a ladies only table. Happy Hour till 8pm. Voodoo mocktails and cocktails didn’t appeal but 4 of them are free if you want them.
Brunch at the Burj was at the new Bab Al Yam restaurant
A radical colour change from when you walk around the rest of the hotel, no multi coloured carpet or gold bling at Bab Al Yam. Instead expect light and airy blonde wood flooring with tables and chairs to match. Most of the tables are around the almost 360 degree windows so everyone eats with a view.
Food at Bab Al Yam
The food at Bab Al Yam is most definitely Mediterranean in style with some Arabic style dishes as well. Their chef de cuisine Mohit Bhargava was telling me that they do, for example, accommodate Indian guests who don’t eat garlic and onion in their food. I liked the flat breads with smoked salmon and sour cream with dill and the pissaldiere bites that were brought round to our table. But this is a buffet restaurant and you help yourself whilst pacing yourself too!
My picks would be the Kelly oysters from Ireland and the succulent crab to start with. The chocolate in the chocolate fountain is made without oil and flows out of a tap as opposed to flowing in a fountain arrangement!
Service at Bab Al Yam
Service with a smile, was impeccable. They listened when we said we didn’t need our cutlery changed every time we got up for some more food and they seem to be trained to adjust their behaviour based on the guests attitude, that’s good.
You won’t get Asian food at Bab Al Yam
There’s something about sushi by the sea for me if it’s a buffet lunch I’m having in Dubai, but Bab Al Yam’s policy is not to serve sushi or any Asian cuisine. AED 495 without beverages for lunch.
Turkish Cafe in Jumeirah Saray Sultan
Saray Sultan is a very authentic Turkish Cafe in Jumeirah 3. The Turkish Cafe has a great oudoor terrace on the first floor. It has nothing to do with the similar sounding Zabeel Saray hotel on the Palm Jumeirah! If you want sheesha, television and loud music, then stop reading now! I really like the food at this Turkish cafe, even the drinks were traditionally Turkish and served in a unique Turkish style. Try the slightly salty Ayran yoghurt type drink that’s very cooling and refreshing, similar to the Indian lassi drink and perfect for our Dubai weather.
The bread that comes with the mezze is a bit like an Indian naan, but larger and softer with both black and white sesame seeds on it. Try not to eat too much of this! Do leave room for dessert, their Knaffe is really fresh, or just opt for the very good Turkish coffee with some equally good Turkish Delight on the side! Very reasonably priced and great for taking the family for a casual meal, they also deliver to the beach as well.
For Chinese New Year the Shang Palace at the Shangri La
It’s the year of the Red Monkey that is supposed to be a bit of a mischeiveous monkey this year! My pick is the special Chinese New Year menu on offer at the Shangri La at thier Shang Palace restaurant on Sheikh Zayed road. Did you know that every Shangri La has a Shang Palace that serves Chinese Food? The menu runs from the 7th to the 13th of February and I wanted to try it on the 9th of February but it’s already FULL! I’ve eaten there before, but not too recently and it was the first hotel we stayed at when we came to live in Dubai back in 2006! Oh and don’t miss the Lion Dance that happens on Monday 8th of Februray from 10.30 am for about 30 minutes. Specially performed by a Chinese dance troupe! Love the sound of their steamed seabass with caviar served with ginger, spring onions and superior soya sauce!
Gong Xi Fa Cai to you all (That’s Happy New Year in Mandarin, not Cantonese) and here are the PODCASTS from this show!