A beachfront joint you can trust with fresh seafood, stunning views, and a carefree atmosphere (leave your fancy wear at home)
The irony of beachfront restaurants is that they are so easy to run that most people end up doing an exceptionally bad job at keeping them alive.
How difficult is it to manage a successful restaurant if the venue practically sells itself? I mean, who doesn’t want to chill by the beach while sipping on a mocktail?
Add some summer tunes and a good meal (sushi, burger, club sandwich - it’s amazing how much you can get away with if you’re a beachfront joint) and you’re good to go.
Yet, time after time, we are disappointed by Dubai’s beachfront restaurants.
The reasons range from throbbing house music (add dehydration and it’s a recipe for a headache), inattentive staff (understandable when the weather is hot), loud crowds (or no crowd) and disappointing food (no, sir, that does not taste or look like the cod fish that I ordered).
Now enter an underrated yet remarkably managed beachfront restaurant: Palm Grill. Don’t let its location at the glamorous Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, fool you.
This joint will put you in a carefree, happy-go-lucky mood before the waiter even takes your first order; and they will take your order fast. Well-versed on the menu and pleasantly welcoming (they’re very much entertaining conversationalists), staff at Palm Grill seem to genuinely enjoy their jobs. We reckon part of the reason may be the venue’s unobstructed and stunning views of the Arabian Gulf and the magnificent Dubai Eye.
Now for the food: go for the grilled seafood specialties like the king prawns, salmon and seabass as you don’t have to worry about fishy dishes (pun intended). We have tried and tested them and you won’t be disappointed, but if seafood is not your preference, the good news is there is plenty of tender and fresh meat to go around too.
We tried the Australian lamb chops and grain fed beef tenderloin which we highly recommend. You won’t find exotic sauces or too many spices on the meat, because it tastes rich on its own - and is better for your waistline sans extra sauce calories.
As for the overall atmosphere, the restaurant takes relaxation to a whole new level. Every detail, from the island music (you’ll be able to hear each other and won’t have to scream over the tunes) to the delicious grilled specialties, make Palm Grill the ideal destination to leave your heels and suits at home.
This is a no fuss, all fun, safe place if – like us – you haven’t had a minute to breathe (metaphorically) this entire working week.