It has been awhile since we were last at The Beach Bar & Grill in the One&Only Royal Mirage. The entire venue had recently been refurbished – with a new Adults-Only pool built next to it, called the Al Janoub pool. I drove over, early July to review the venue – taking along mum as my dining companion. Excited, as always – to check out a ‘new’ place, especially one so close to home.
Where, is The Beach Bar & Grill ?
The Beach Bar and Grill is tucked at the edge of the One&Only Royal Mirage‘s property right by the beach – within the grounds of ‘The Palace’.
It is a short stroll between palm trees – a pleasant one even in the height of summer (seriously… ). The ‘journey’ is welcomed with birds chirping, and gentle sea breeze. Sounds all very cheesy but you feel like you’re walking in land of paradise when you’re in One&Only.
Give yourself extra time before your reservation time, as you will end up spending a lot of time taking photos 😉
How is the restaurant like?
Dark brown leather sofas mixed with a few mustard ones to add a slight splash of colour to the otherwise monotone palette. Full-height glass window panels to maximise natural lighting – which did get us a little worried seeing that it was almost 45 degrees outside early July. Glad to know that the indoors was properly air-conditioned (as was the pool, but more on that…. later).
We picked a spot by the windows.
Let’s talk about the menu, and what we had.
Further to the refurbishment, The Beach Bar & Grill’s menu has been updated – as the venue is now under globally acclaimed Chef Mauro Colagreco. Note that I am no expert when it comes to celebrity chefs (there is a specific group of food bloggers for this), so my opinion on the menu and food is – as an ‘everyday, normal patron’ would give.
The venue does South American cuisine – serving, as their site describes it to be “woodfired meats and seafood cooked on the parilla, along with the freshest ceviche and crudo.”
Based on the staff’s recommendation, we started with – a Watermelon Salad (80 AED), tossed with avocado, cucumber, green apple and feta amongst other ingredients. Such an appetising and light summer salad, so good that I ended up buying all the ingredients at home a few days later (yes, from Kibsons… ha ha), and attempted to put it together. Not the same of course, but still good. Recommended.
The shrimps al Ajillo (90aed) – whilst delicious (this was cooked with lemon sauce and paprika oil), was on the smaller side of portions – reminding us that we are in a fine dining spot 😉
What did you have for mains?
Going through the lunch menu – mains start from 60AED for a vegetarian option of grilled leeks, to circa 150 AED for hamburger or grilled octopus, to an average of 200-250 AED for everything else – that’s meat and seafood.
My Surf & Turf – was a half lobster, beef tenderloin served with corn and sriracha sauce (295 AED). I would gently suggest that the beef tenderloin size be mentioned in the menu to prep guest’s expectations 😉 That aside, it was just right for me. Mum enjoyed her Grilled rack of lamb (220 AED) – love the tanginess in the chimichurri sauce.
We finished off the afternoon with churros (55aed) and a strawberry mascarpone (55AED). Both, I’ll happily order again. A latte is 30AED, which I did think is pretty reasonable.
The Beach Bar & Grill is somewhere you go, for a long, leisurely lunch date.
If you have time, stay for an afternoon by Al Janoub pool (read our review here) – making it a whole day affair at One&Only.
As with all fine dining venues, check the menu before you go – so you know what to expect. Whilst it is a ‘beach bar’, I would say it’s priced as a fine dining venue. C’mon, it is Chef Mauro Colagreco’s Beach Bar and it is situated in one of more exclusive resorts in Dubai 🙂
- The Beach Bar & Grill
- The Palace, One&Only Royal Mirage
Disclaimer : We were guests of the One&Only to review The Beach Bar & Grill over lunch.