A pick of the best pub food in Dubai

Saturday, 01st Oct, 2011

Not so long ago the food available in many of our pubs and bars was limited to a choice of salt’n’vinegar or cheese’n’onion crisps – if you were lucky. Then came wine bars, the bistro revolution, gastro-pubs and restaurants-with-rooms.

Inevitably, a good idea got stretched to extremes, and soon we were being served such exotic fare as ‘Flame-charred Chilean sea bass with a strawberry sauce and wild rocket salad garnished with pomelo and fig emulsion’. Hardly the kind of food you crave when you’re settling in to watch the big match with the guys. So which pubs in Dubai serve up the best combination of unpretentious grub, decent portions and low prices? […]

The legendary Fibber Macgees.

The legendary Fibber Macgees.

Fibber Magee’s near Crowne Plaza, SZR, 04-332-2400

Though closed for a period, it re-opened almost completely unchanged and still offers the most authentic pub atmosphere you could ever wish for. It is dark, crowded, noisy, buzzing with Irish bonhomie and your feet will stick to the carpet just like they did back in your university’s Student Union bar. In other words, one of the best nights out in Dubai.

You’ll find genuinely affordable pub grub and reassuringly generous portions. This is one of those places you can enter a stranger and leave with life-long friends, if only you could remember in the morning. Signature food includes a famous All-day Breakfast for just Dh48, while a decent cheeseburger can be yours for Dh40. You’ll find Fibbers just off Shaikh Zayed Road, behind White Star Tower around the back from the Crowne Plaza. Just follow your nose.

McGettigan’s Irish Pub Bonnington Hotel,04-356-0560

Located in the basement of the Bonnington Hotel, this is a shining beacon of warmth and hospitality in the dust and desolation of the JLT construction site. It’s actually the latest chapter in a fine tradition of hospitality, which began in 1964 with the first McGettigan’s Pub on Queen Street in Dublin.

The Dubai outpost of McGettigan’s offers a beautifully designed and finished Irish pub and delivers the best of traditional Irish food and beverage in a modern, yet warm homely environment. It opened its doors in November 2010 and without any major fanfare, but has quickly become busy nearly every night of the week.

McGettigan’s is different to most Irish pubs in that it reflects modern Ireland and modern Irish culture, food, music and sport. Food, too, is a mixture of traditional Irish and modern international – you can tuck into a lavish ‘Full Irish’ all-day breakfast for just Dh90, or a classic cheeseburger for Dh60.

Source: Jonathan Castle, alpha magazine (excerpt)

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