7 Ele­phants

A new al­fresco wa­ter­ing hole in the DIFC

What's On (Dubai) - - BAR ON THE MONTH -

Usu­ally when a bar tries to do restau­rant food, or a restau­rant tries to of­fer a hip bar, some­thing falls by the way­side. The food is medi­ocre. The drinks aren’t ex­cit­ing. The staff seems har­ried.

For­tu­nately, 7 Ele­phants man­ages to wear both hats with ease. Din­ers can ex­pect a menu in­clud­ing great-value plat­ters. There’s the Mex­i­can plat­ter (Dhs99), which in­cludes shrimp tacos, que­sadil­las, and chicken wings; the Span­ish plat­ter (Dhs99) with truf­fle salami, cala­mari and prawns in gar­lic oil, and the In­dian plat­ter (Dhs90) with tan­door skew­ers and veg­etable pakora, among oth­ers from a va­ri­ety in­ter­na­tional cui­sine. The bar menu is equally eclec­tic. The Span­ish Boule­vardier (Dhs59) that uses chorizo washed rum is in­no­va­tive; while the Ital­ian Job (Dhs59), com­bin­ing gin and peach liquor with pome­gran­ate juice, tempts those crav­ing a sweet post­work respite. As for the at­mos­phere, pic­ture a ter­race over­look­ing Down­town, cream so­fas, over­sized lamp­shades and very long bar with TVs screen­ing a spe­cial drinks stock mar­ket. At 7 Ele­phants, the prices for some drinks aren’t fixed. They fluc­tu­ate de­pend­ing on the most pop­u­lar on the night. The more times a drink is or­dered, the more ex­pen­sive it be­comes, and vice versa. It’s a fun gim­mick for those look­ing to save some dirhams, but we’re not con­vinced the pa­trons here are all that thrifty. Still, the crowd was a pleas­ant mix of DIFC folk, laid­back shisha fans and merry Dubai res­i­dents just keen for a good night out. We’ll be back.

Fi­nan­cial Tow­ers, DIFC, Dubai, daily noon to 2am. Tel: (04) 3544354. Taxi: Emi­rates Fi­nan­cial Tow­ers. face­book.com/7ele­phants­dubai

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