Restaurant Review: The Ivy, Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Location: The Boulevard, Ground Level, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Dubai
Tel: 04 319 8767
Dress code: Smart casual
Times: 12pm to 11pm, Monday to Saturday; 12pm to 11.30pm, Friday to Saturday
Price Range: $$$$
Ahead of The Ivy’s opening in Dubai in 2011, London expats were practically salivating in anticipation – the Soho version, after all, is one of the most famed restaurants in the country and attracts more celebs than you can brandish a baguette at. Luckily, they haven’t been let down. The Emirates Towers haunt attracts its fair share of DIFC suits, who can be spotted tucking into a steak at the bar, while the gastro-pub-style menu and quintessentially British décor (think Chesterfield sofas, leadlight windows and cosy booths) keeps everyone from couples on first dates to lads out for a meal coming back.
The signature Ivy burger is testament to the restaurant’s commitment to using only the best ingredients. It’s refreshingly honest – no fancy sauces or finishes, just juicy beef bursting with flavour, topped with good old fashioned tomato, onion and dill pickle. Classic desserts are given a twist – the apple and raspberry crumble, drizzled with warm custard will turn even the most staunch dessert-dodgers. Some of the most charming service in town rounds off the experience – waiters who’ll happily chat about their addiction to the thick-cut chips (and whose suggestion to dip them into the Hollandaise sauce that accompanies the Dover sole we applaud) and who’ll expertly run you through the vino list without a hint of pretension.
On the Menu
Beef carpaccio with Parmigiano-Reggiano, Dhs75
Aromatic duck salad with watermelon and chilli cashews, Dhs65
The Ivy hamburger with dill pickle and club sauce, Dhs120
Salmon fishcake with sautéed spinach and sorrel sauce, Dhs95
Neal’s Yard cheese with chutney and oat biscuits, Dhs75
Apple and raspberry crumble with custard, Dhs50