Handy for residents of Palm Jumeirah, this “urban sports bistro” offers a range of bar food spanning the world’s cuisines throughout the week. On Saturday and Sunday, however, it’s all about the Great British Roast Off. Not only will you get a full-on dinner, you can also get a pint for just Dhs25. Expect roast beef or chicken, a giant Yorkshire pud, some veg and plenty of delicious, rich gravy. You can tuck in while the sports of the day are screened, and it’s worth hanging around until 4pm when you get special discounts on house beverages.
Dhs99 (roast dinner), Dhs25 extra for hops. Sat-Sun noon-midnight. Palm Views East, Palm Jumeirah (04 552 4000).
This JBR local has cosy interiors and a friendly vibe. But best of all it does a mean roast. It’s not as fancy as some on this list, but it’s really tasty and comes with proper roast potatoes (by which we mean crispy and crunchy on the outside and fluffy in the middle), thick cuts of well-seasoned beef and a smattering of veg. Plus, on a Friday and Saturday, you can take advantage of a brunch deal, where you’ll get a roast, traditional pud (think crumble or stick toffee pudding) and two-hours of house drinks for Dhs275. Stick around to play some pool, too.
Dhs275. Fri-Sat noon-midnight. DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai – Jumeirah Beach, The Walk, JBR (04 559 5355).
It doesn’t matter when the fancy strikes, there’s always a roast dinner waiting for you at D&A. And every single day there’s a new variety. On Sundays, for example, the chef is cooking up a roast leg of lamb with apple and mint chutney. Monday is all about the turkey that comes with a side of chestnut sage stuffing and cranberry sauce. If you’re more of the red meat sort, then we recommend heading over on a Saturday for the roast rib of beef with Yorkshire pudding, traditional gravy and cauliflower cheese gratin. One thing they all have in common, however, is they’re all massive, and they all come served with the obligatory roasted root vegetables and Maris Piper tatties.
From Dhs120. Open daily Sun-Thu noon-2am, Fri-Sat 9am-2am. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (04 406 8720).
This Barsha Heights haunt won our Best Bar Food gong this year for a good reason. You’ve got big tellies screening sports, nightly drinks promotions, live music and pool, as well as a menu of classic bar bites and pub food. It follows then that it also has a roast dinner every Saturday and Sunday (works well for footie fans). What’s great about this one is that you can choose two meats from a selection of beef, chicken or lamb. Your cuts are served with the regular potatoes, carrots, sprouts and gravy, and the promotion also happens to coincide with happy hour, when you get buy one, get one free beverages. Just one thing – get there early or book a table if you actually want to sit down.
Dhs129. Sat-Sun 2pm-10pm. Grand Millennium Hotel, Barsha Heights (04 514 9195).
Whether you’re dining at the DWTC, JLT or Souk Madinat branch of McGettigan’s, the Irish pub will never let you down with its hearty grub and upbeat atmosphere. Every Saturday and Sunday, the team serves up a selection of tasty meats with all the usual trimmings in one gigantic portion (it is an Irish pub). It’s Dhs99 at both JLT and DWTC branches, while it’s Dhs109 at the Souk Madinat Jumeirah branch (that stunning setting is worth the extra Dhs10, we can tell you). Tuck in while you enjoy the line-up of live sports being screened.
From Dhs99-109. Sat-Sun (timings vary between venues). Various locations, including Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 447 0219).
Based in Barsha Heights, this “British” pub is packed almost every day of the week, thanks to its ongoing drinks offers and live music nights. There’s no specific promotion, but the regular menu boasts a traditional roast beef dinner that’ll hit the spot. The meat comes with both roasted and mashed potatoes, honey-glazed parsnips, Yorkshire pudding, steamed veggies, walnut stuffing and, of course, a splash of gravy.
Dhs95. Open daily noon-3am. Media Rotana, Barsha Heights (04 435 0201).
Without a shadow of a doubt, The Irish Village is one of Dubai’s most well-known and much-loved watering holes and it’s picked up the Pub of the Year trophy multiple times. But we’re not here to talk about the drinks or atmosphere (well, not specifically, anyway) – the food is exactly what you would expect, and would want, from a typical Irish pub. The chef whips up a daily roast – just ask your server what the meat is – which comes served with giant portions of Yorkshire pudding, gravy, seasonal vegetables and two styles of potato. The wide selection of drinks (try the black stuff) and laid-back but fun atmosphere will keep you here for hours after you’ve digested that roast. Now, if that’s not good craic then we don’t know what is.
From Dhs60. Open Sat-Wed 11am-1am, Thu-Fri 11am-2am. Garhoud (04 282 4750).
Our cover star, and a mighty roast dinner. A restaurant backed by a British Michelin-starred chef is surely a safe bet for a tasty roast dinner, right? Right. Jason Atherton’s Marina Social serves up the Saturday Social Roast, pegged as a “weekly nostalgic journey bringing you a piece of home”. Opt for the tasty sirloin, or the extremely popular roast chicken. To finish, we recommend the warm chocolate fondant with milk ice cream. Oh, and mums and dads will be glad to know there’s also a special kids’ menu, too, which is completely free for little ones under the age of 12. You’re welcome.
Dhs150 (two courses), Dhs195 (three courses), free (children under 12). Sat noon-3pm. InterContinental Dubai Marina (04 446 6664).
If it’s sports and meat you’re looking for on a Saturday (and, let’s face it, a lot of us are), Nezesaussi Grill in Downtown Dubai has the perfect solution. The bar is a great spot to catch the latest matches on the big screens, but it’s also a steakhouse, and so the chefs know a thing or two about roasting up some seriously succulent meats. There’s a selection of traditional roast dinner options on offer on Saturdays, with rib-eye, chicken and the catch of the day to choose from, and sides of Yorkshires, roast potatoes and grilled vegetables, plus you can add an extra Dhs70 for three house beverages to wash it all down.
Dhs99 (roast dinner), Dhs179 (with three house beverages). Sat noon-8pm. Manzil Downtown Dubai, Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (04 428 5888).
The new Media City restaurant and bar offers a giant plate of roast goodness every Saturday from 1pm to 7pm. The vibe here is down-to-earth, so this is a great opportunity to gather your mates and close the weekend with some seriously good grub. This plate features roast chicken, Yorkshire puddings, an array of vegetables, roast potatoes and cauliflower cheese, with a generous serving of gravy on the side. If you still have room (and we suggest you save some), then end on a sweet note with the mocha Oreo pie (it’s not included in the cost, but it’s worth splashing out for). Plus at Dhs95, including a house drink, it’s a bargain, too.
Dhs95. Sat 1pm-7pm. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).