night with the girls. And with an adventurous menu with

night with the girls. And with
deep house and RnB on offer
throughout the week, notably
on popular weekend night
J’Adore, Atelier M has quickly
become the go-to venue in the
Best for: Something Different
It’s gone from a Marina eyesore to the hottest joint in town, as
Pier 7 joins the dots from laidback dinner (Fume), after work
drinks (Cargo), food with a twist (The Scene) and 3 levels
of nightlife and live music courtesy of Atelier M. We had the
enviable task of hitting each of the 7 venues
Pier 7, Dubai Marina Mall,
an adventurous menu with
taste twists throughout. The
chicken wings came in a
tangy, finger-licking Asian
influenced sauce – and you
know chicken wings are good
when you have the sauce
splattered all over your face.
The Scene burger exploded in
a juicy mess in our mouth, and
came with a portion of crunchy
and chunky fries. The whole
burger was so good and filling,
it almost made me wish I was
hungover to appreciate it even
more. Add in their impressive
cocktails, the sprawling bar,
and the views over the Marina
from the terrace and you have
a posh – but well priced –
dinner option that definitely
offers something different.
Best for: Nightlife
At the very top of Pier 7
you can find Atelier M,
a sleek sophisticated
venue dominated by the
huge bug-eyed mirrored
bar in the centre of the
room. Having arrived
mid week for the ladies
night the venue was an
energetic mix of expats,
tourists and musos awaiting the
start of resident band Abri. The
staff are all attentive, friendly
and know the menu inside out.
The food was amazing, and
their sticky toffee pudding the
best we have had. Tuesdays
nights is Ladies night and with
Hamdan at the helm, musically
you can’t go wrong. A perfect
place for a more upmarket
Beanos for wallpaper,
chintzy photos on the wall,
mis-matched furniture and
a food menu that includes
Smoked Salmon Lasagna
for two and Elderflower and
raspberry trifle: The Scene is
certainly different. Thanks to
UK head chef Simon Rimmer,
the Gastro-pub has created
Best for: Very Cool
Date Night
There’s only so much food
you can stomach at a press
opening. One event blurs into
another (I know, poor us), with
the same predictable boring
people doing the same circuit
that it gets to a point where
all you want is quiet night in
with cheese on toast. Asia
Asia was a welcome surprise.
We were looked after right
from the get go with a little
welcome kiss and cuddle from
our favourite northerner and
venue Operations Manager,
Spencer Hartwell. And those
boring people? There were
none! When we walked into
the restaurant we bumped into
some lovely faces we hadn’t
seen for a while which made
the new venue already feel like
it should become our regular
dinning spots. We were treated
to 4 course meal ranging from
freshly prepared sushi rolls,
light and tasty crab salad, a
mouth watering Black-Cod dish
(that I didn’t want to share with
my date) and the best desert
ever - chocolate spring rolls
with vanilla ice-cream, which
also tasted like it had been
made from scratch. The food
clearly was made with a lot of
love and pride which basically
had me running my finger
around the edge of my plate at
the end of the meal.
Best for: Brunch
This Mexican themed venue is
popular for all the right reasons
– good food, good drink and
a cracking atmosphere. But
it’s their 2pm onwards Friday
brunch that will have us going
back for seconds. Offering a
mouth watering A la Carte style
menu including fajitas, burritos,
nachos, steaks and much
more, alongside free-flowing
cervezas and cocktails, the 4
hour session is the perfect start
to a big day/night out. And with
DJ Taya Cruz on the decks and
Latino band Latin Grace getting
people on the dancefloor, not to
mention the 6pm happy hour,
there’s plenty to keep you here
for the night.
Best for: Friend/family dinner
Fume has a bit of an
advantage over the other
venues as you have to walk
right to its front door in order
to get into the lift so naturally
you’re going to want to check
it out. The first thing you notice
is the place is full and there’s a
healthy waiting list. When we’re
finally sat down with meals
ordered, there is a nice buzz
about the place. Everyone
is just normal. No airs and
graces, or skycraper heels.
Just people enjoying good food
and good company. The food is
really well priced, and although
there is no alcohol in the main
restaurant, the bar area is just
a short walk away giving you
the best of both worlds.
out a cool
mix, not to
Cargo is
the ideal place to wind down
after a long day pounding the
keyboard at work.
Best for: Something
Best for: After Work drinks
From the marble-topped
counters, to the strong
warehouse feel that makes
it feel cool and industrial,
Cargo is the perfect antidote
to Dubai’s plethora of high end
bars. With the outdoor terrace
offering views across the
Marina, and the resident DJ
The only chain restaurant in
Pier 7, Lebanese eatery Abd
el Wahab has a sister venue
at Souk Al Bahar, and both
offer exactly the same thing:
prime water-side real location,
an excellent kitchen serving
typical Lebanese food, a
shisha friendly terrace and first
class service.