Gourmet des­ti­na­tions

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It has one of the most mag­i­cal set­tings in Dubai; perched by the wa­ter on the pris­tine Mad­i­nat Jumeirah beach with spec­tac­u­lar views of the Burj Al Arab. Yet this al fresco spot se­duces not just with its vis­tas, but with its de­li­cious Greek-style cui­sine that suits the space per­fectly.

Starters set up the Greek vibe nicely, with gen­er­ous por­tions, served with hot bread. From the oven-baked feta flecked lightly with chilli flakes to the crunchy broc­coli and av­o­cado salad, our favourite sout­zoukakia -- meat pat­ties in a tomato sauce -- and the tra­di­tional flaky spinach pie, ev­ery­thing was served with aplomb.

Mains will also trans­port you to the shores of Mykonos -- our gi­ant chicken gy­ros came with mor­eish chips and plenty of creamy tzatziki, while the lamb chops were per­fectly grilled, medium rare as re­quested.

Nearby ta­bles were opt­ing for hearty casseroles such as a tra­di­tional lemon-lamb stew, com­fort­ing mous­saka and a herb-topped lob­ster pasta that was plenty for two. Those want­ing some­thing sim­ple will warm to the fresh grilled seafood, in­clud­ing an im­pres­sive sea bass of­fer­ing.

Al­though we were tempted by the tra­di­tional louk­oumades -- a dough­nut­like sweet con­fec­tion driz­zled with honey -- by this point we were too full for dessert, giv­ing us an ex­cuse to re­turn an­other time.

Shisha smok­ers will be glad to know they can en­joy some on the sand, tuck­ing in to bar bites and a se­lec­tion from the main menu.

De­tails: Mina A’Salam, Mad­i­nat Jumeirah, Dubai, Tel: +971 4 432 3232, jumeirah.com, @mad­i­natjumeirah

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