Sunday, April 14, 2013

Abra Tour & Dinner @ The Meat Co - Souk Madinat Jumeirah

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Souk Madinat Jumeirah : Abra Tour

It was our first evening in Dubai and we didn't really want to venture far since we were still a bit jet-lagged but the restaurant at Grand Hyatt Dubai was fully booked so we decided to go to Souk Madinat Jumeirah and see what's there. 

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Souk Madinat Jumeirah : View from the boat ride

The setting is set to imitate the "old feel" of a souk but the building is new and clean. It was quite confusing going around since the signage wasn't really very helpful especially if you are trying to locate restaurants. We passed Dome at the entrance with a sign that says (more or less) "Eating here won't break your wallet" and it was amusing but we found out why only when we were paying for our dinner at The Meat Co (haha..) There were a few push cart stalls selling souvenirs that looked quite nice but I didn't enquire about the prices. 

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Dinner at Madinat Jumeirah Dubai : The Meat Co

Walking towards the "marina", we saw a restaurant called "The Meat Co" and hubby being a steak fanatic wanted to give it a try. The place is not really big on kids meal since it's named "The Meat Co" they serve mostly meat and no pasta, but they do serve prawns. So, the only meal suitable for our kids is the burger but still the portion is huge.. 

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Dinner at Madinat Jumeirah Dubai : The Meat Co

Service was prompt, ambience very romantic with the table overlooking the water way and the romantic candle light... sigh.. how I wish it was just the two of us :) the place is very popular too, we could only manage to get a table because we were very early for dinner (around 7pm) and they only give us that the table under the condition that we leave by 8.30pm as it is reserved by another party. 

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The Steak @ The Meat Co - Souk Madinat Jumeirah

Food however was just so-so for us. Hubby wasn't really impressed with the steak, my kid didn't really like the burger but my prawns were nice and we really enjoyed the complimentary (I think) warm cranberry bread. It was really delicious. 

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The Kids' Burger @ The Meat Co - Souk Madinat Jumeirah

After dinner, we took the Abra tour at Souk Madinat Jumeirah but I guess this is not the famous Abra tour (which is near the Spice Souk), the tour at Souk Madinat Jumeirah is just a tour of the water ways of Souk Madinat Jumeirah and what you mostly see (in the dark) is the compound of AlQasr Hotel. We weren't really interested in looking at the ridiculously expensive "Villas" of Al-Qasr Hotel, so it was just chill and soaking in the nice weather and romantic ambience for us. It was really difficult to get good pictures too since its really dim and the boat keep moving too much for us to use the night mode.  

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Our dinner view :) 

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At the start of the Abra Tour - Madinat Jumeirah

My verdict? A nice and romantic place for dinner for couples but nothing much for families with kids and not really the "souk" to head for if you are looking to experience the "old" dubai.