Zaroob, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai

HONESTLY’S VERDICT
In a word:  Funky
Food:  Traditional wholesome Middle Eastern dishes served hot & fast!
Service:  Quick & knowledgable (helpful when you’re clueless!)
Presentation:  Quirky & fuss free
Ambience:  Chilled social hangout
Location: Sheikh Zayed Road just in front of the Ritz Carlton, perfect for the DIFC lunch time crowd when they’ve had enough of Zuma or Wheelers!
Value for money:  Mezze style dining means you can rack up a two person banquet for less than AED 100
Worth a visit?:  Definitely if you fancy a visual and gustatory feast for cheaps!

From the neon lights outside, the bucket sinks in the toilets, to the crazy colour scheme and almost kitsch décor throughout the interiors, Zaroob just screams fresh, funky and fun, something you don’t tend to find every day in Dubai.

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Wheeler’s of St.James’s by Marco Pierre White, DIFC, Dubai

HONESTLY’S VERDICT
In a word: Wheely, wheely good!…Ok, not strictly one word and it came from my husband, I just couldn’t resist!
Food: Fresh, tasty and uncomplicated
Service:  Passionate and knowledgable
Presentation:  Simple and classy
Ambience:  Elegant yet relaxed
Location:  Perfect for catching the working crowd and just off SZR for the rest of us with free parking
Value for money: Yes, generous portions of top quality sea-fare
Worth a visit?: Yep, I’m definitely going back, if only to finish off one of their Chocolate Fondants that defeated me! Brunch anyone?

I was very kindly invited to dine at Marco Pierre White’s lastest Dubai offering by Sept PR to review the predominantly seafood-fare restaurants in DIFC, Wheeler’s of St.James’s.

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Zuma, DIFC, Dubai

HONESTLY’S VERDICT
In a word: Cool, chic, classy.
Food: Mouthwatering.
Service: Fast and attentive.
Presentation: Stunning.
Ambience: Sumptuous surroundings, just a shame that people are allowed to smoke in dining areas.
Location: In the financial district – easily accessible, especially if you work there!  It’s worth the drive/taxi/metro journey if you don’t.
Value for money: Great value lunch menus for some really great Japanese staples, don’t get me wrong, it’s not cheap, but worth every penny.
Worth a visit?:  Absolutely, any time of the day, you won’t be disappointed by the food, interiors or service.

Zuma combines restaurant with gallery-style lounge bar and private dining areas, and is generally rated as one of Dubai’s coolest dining/drinking/partying options.  And by cool, I mean chic and sophisticated cool…totally Dubai.

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