The views through floor-to-ceiling windows are enough to attract you to this British bar and restaurant any day of the week. But, on Saturdays, the hearty roast dinner is of particular appeal. It’s a giant plate of fluffy potatoes, giant Yorkshires, seasonal vegetables and perfectly cooked beef. If beef’s not your thing, then try the juicy chicken or even the weekly vegetarian special. Any of them can be yours for Dhs120.
Dhs120. Sat noon-11pm. Palm Views West, Palm Jumeirah (04 451 6460).
Considering this classy yet casual gastropub walked away with Time Out Dubai’s Best Pub Food award this year, it follows that it does an excellent roast dinner. You’ll have to pay a pretty penny, and you’ll have to order it two days in advance, AND it’s only served on a Saturday, but it is worth overlooking all the small print – portions are HUGE and it’s all delicious. You can get a 1.2kg roasted chicken with a bottle of house grape for Dhs499 or roast beef (around 850 to 950 grams) with grape for Dhs599. It’s a great way to round off the weekend with a group of mates as hungry as you are.
From Dhs499. Sat 11am-3am. Taj Hotel, Business Bay (04 438 3131).
Tucking into a roast dinner doesn’t just have to mean tense family gatherings and inevitable gravy spills – they can be an elegant affair as well. That’s what you’ll find on the menu at Le Royal Méridien’s elegant Brasserie 2.0 restaurant anyway. This chic, contemporary international restaurant features indoor and outdoor seating, allowing you to make the most of the glittering Dubai skyline while enjoying some comforting food. On the menu, there are a total of six roast dinner options, including turkey, beef Wellington and corn-fed chicken, all of which are served with roast potatoes, a Yorkshire pudding and a tasty selection of sauces. Welcome to the high life.
Prices vary. Open daily 6.30am-10.30am, 12.30pm-3.30pm, 7pm-11pm. Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort and Spa, Dubai Marina (04 316 5550).
Perhaps you weren’t expecting an Argentinian steakhouse to crop up on a list of top roast dinners, but anyone who’s ever tried The Gaucho Roast will know why it’s here. All day, every Saturday, you have two options for a true meat feast at this classy and cool DIFC restaurant. Firstly, there’s the classic roast with an Argentine twist, which includes the choice of sirloin, rib-eye or spatchcock chicken. It all comes with roast and sautéed vegetables, Yorkshire puddings and a side of grape jus or lime chimichurri sauce. Alternatively, the Asado roast offers an authentic taste of this South American country through traditional meats and sides such as truffle chips, fried eggs and chimichurri. And you can top it all off with a two-hour unlimited beverage package.
Dhs185 (classic), Dhs350 (asado), Dhs180 (two hours of unlimited grape and hops). Prices exclude 10 percent DIFC authority fee. Sat noon-11pm. Gate Village 5, DIFC (04 422 7898).
Trust a man who hosted an English TV show called Sunday Brunch to know a thing or two about the great British lunch. That man, celebrity chef Simon Rimmer, who has been in the business for 27 years, opened his first restaurant in Dubai back in 2014. Since then, it’s become a preferred choice for a roast dinner among home-sick Brits in the city. Served three days a week, the dinner comes with roast potatoes, parsnips, red cabbage, cauliflower cheese, ponchmipe (that’s a Welsh dish of mashed potato and swede, we’ll have you know) and a Yorkshire pudding. Add to that your choice of roast beef sirloin, slow-braised leg of lamb, half roast chicken or nut loaf. Then super-size it, add a bottle of grape, and enjoy the casual yet upbeat atmosphere at this Marina-facing, Pier 7 hotspot.
Dhs119 (regular), Dhs149 (super-size), Dhs120 (to add a bottle of grape). Fri-Sun noon-2am. Pier 7, Dubai Marina (04 422 2328).
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is known for his simple, straightforward food and uncomplicated menus. And his commitment to this is evident during the Saturday Roast at Dubai’s Bread Street Kitchen, where the flavours and ingredients speak for themselves. No fancy flourishes or tacky twists here – this is a quintessential British roast dinner: roast sirloin of beef or chicken served with all the trimmings (okay, there is a little bit of flair, it is a star chef-backed restaurant after all).
Dhs125. Sat noon-4pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
If a place called Great British Restaurant can’t get a traditional roast dinner right, then there isn’t much hope for anywhere else. Luckily, it does, and you can order it any day of the week as it’s on the regular à la carte menu. Choose your meat and watch the team prepare it before your eyes. Then tuck in with friends and family while enjoying the laid-back atmosphere, and stunning Palm Jumeirah views, in the elegant dining room.
Dhs135. Open daily 6.30am-11pm. DUKES Dubai Oceana, Palm Jumeirah (04 275 9061).
Yup, it has “roast” in the name. Clearly, it’s a safe bet to go for a roast dinner to a restaurant that literally specialises in cooking one up just like grandma used to make. And not only do you have your regular roasts – there’s a choice of beef, lamb, chicken, a veggie option and even one for a family of four – but you also have more unique meals, such as the Yorkshire pudding wrap, roast dinner rolls and even pies. There’s a kids’ section on the menu, and it even shares a kitchen with neighbouring chippy Jack’s Plaice, in case you’ve got some fussy eaters in your midst. Overall, it’s a great spot for families on a Sunday (or Friday) afternoon.
Prices vary. Open daily 11.30am-10.30pm. Canal Residence, Sports City (04 513 9449).
A wrap, but not as you know it. For a taste of Great Britain in sandwich form, this is the one. Tender roast beef, zingy horseradish mustard and caramelised onions are all rolled up in a long, flat Yorkshire pud. It’s not just for Sundays, either.
Dhs40. Open daily 8am-6pm. Various locations including DIFC (800 1762).
Can’t decide whether you want a roast or a burger? Fear not, here you can combine the two for the perfect weekend offering. Order a single stack (150g) or double stack (300g) Roast Burger. A fresh focaccia made with crispy roast potatoes comes piled with succulent, rare roast beef, veal bacon, a cauliflower cheese fritter, crispy kale and topped off with horseradish, bone marrow gravy, roast carrots and parsnips. That’s us sold.
Dhs85 (roast dinner), Dhs65 (150g Roast Burger), Dhs125 (300g Roast Burger). Sat-Sun noon-11.30pm. The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 359 2366).