Bateaux Dubai celebrates it’s 10th anniversary this year and in line with the latest Food craze that is sweeping Dubai, it’s “launched” a new menu for it’s guests!
I was really rather skeptical about the whole trip, 2.5 hours on a weekday evening, sharing a floating feast ? Perhaps it would only be me and Haute Compass who kindly extended the invite? But I was pleasantly mistaken, the boat (read floating mini ballroom) was almost full of mixed groups of residents celebrating family occasions and visitors taking in the sights by mouth. The whole thing is very easy, just walk the ramp lined with uniformed naval officers and be shown to your table. The boat itself stands out because it’s wider and flatter than the traditional fairy lit dhows that are also keen for you to come on board.
I liked it, in fact I didn’t even realize it was moving for quite a while, which if you’re eating a large meal, is a good thing.
The food was really quite good and again I liked the fact you had
some choice but not too much, one choice of starter, main course
and dessert from a decent range.
They had Middle Eastern staples (hot and cold mezze) meaty mains and hearty vegetarian options too. The tiny appetisers look very cute and are good to have with a pre dinner drink, this came automatically so I guess is included in the package and again was refreshingly good, a ginger mint cooler, not too big. I chose tiramisu for pudding, it came deconstructed, is that a current food fashion? I think I prefer it old fashioned in layers and there must be a more subtle way to give diners the option of adding the alcoholic amaretto liqueur ? My main course and starter though were delicious and satisfying.
You can walk off to the outer viewing decks between courses and take in Deira by night, the weather is perfect for this now. Overall I think it’s good value and an alternative finale for visitors ending their trip to Dubai, you get to eat a good dinner and do some sight seeing as well in a gentle, floating fashion.
Apparently it’s popular with visitors who are in Dubai for only a day, so that way they pack more in and go straight to the airport when they disembark. Taxis are lined up to drive you home if you need one. If you want some old world charm and a good old fashioned dinner that sounds very modern, then you’ll love this trip. I thought it was worth doing. Great for those genteel, mixed aged family celebrations too.
The rates for the packages are:
Dhs 495 with unlimited alcohol (a choice of decent red or white wines or beers –Stella, Fosters, Carlsberg) or
Dhs 395 with soft drinks.
You have to prebook and priority is given to guests of Jebel Ali resorts.
Useful contact details:
+9714 814 5553
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Oh and if you feel lucky maybe you will be the winner of a dinner cruise for two, just one of the fabulous prizes donated by Jebel Ali Resorts to the JESS Ranches Spring Fair which is happening next Friday from 3.30 to 7.30pm