A big slab of brisket

→ Open Sun-wed 10am-11pm; Thu-sat 10am-mid­night. Un­li­censed. Yas Mall, Yas Is­land (02 644 6376).

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US chain Dickey’s has set up shop in Yas Mall, but is the Texas bar­be­cue joint worth check­ing out? Find out with our review.

“The juicy brisket is by far the high­light”

AS FAR AS mar­ket­ing slo­gans go, “It looks like prison food but tastes great” is prob­a­bly never go­ing to get past the Àrst round of brain­storm­ing, but that’s our Àrst thought on our maiden ven­ture into Dickey’s.

The ca­sual pit bar­be­cue restau­rant Àrst launched in Texas in 1941. Now, 77 years and hun­dreds of branches later, it’s made its way to Yas Mall. It cer­tainly looks the part, with a dis­tinctly Amer­i­cana vibe and a cheery Texan-style wel­come.

Be­ing based in a mall, it’s (prob­a­bly) not go­ing to be some­where to pro­pose to your true love, but if you’re shop­ping or have been to any of the nearby at­trac­tions it’s a good shout.

As you might imag­ine, it spe­cialises in slow-cooked meats, the brisket and ribs be­ing the

big­gest sell­ing points. There are also chicken breast, roast chicken and sausages avail­able, as well as sides such as fries, creamed spinach and bar­be­cue beans.

You can choose from hav­ing the food served di­rectly on your plate, in bread or on a baked po­tato. A meal with sides and a drink will set you back some­where be­tween Dhs60 and Dhs90, and while the por­tions aren’t like you’d Ànd in the States, they’re enough to Àll you up.

Af­ter or­der­ing at the counter our food ar­rives fairly swiftly.

One meat plate with a pile of chopped brisket, onion rings and a pot of mac ’n’ cheese, and one with half brisket, half chicken breast, steamed veg­eta­bles and bar­be­cue beans. It’s the metal trays that prompt the prison food com­ment, but we are in a ca­sual, mall spot so we can’t com­plain too much about it.

The brisket is by far the high­light. It’s juicy and sea­soned well, and re­ally comes alive with a slather­ing of spicy bar­be­cue sauce. The onion rings are aver­age and the mac ’n’ cheese is merely Àne. Across the other side of the ta­ble, the chicken is suf­fer­ing in com­par­i­son to the beef and the steamed veg­eta­bles are at least nu­tri­tious.

We wish there were a few more pick­les to go with the meat, as the cou­ple of slices we get van­ish in­stantly, and af­ter glanc­ing across to some­one else’s ribs, the de­ci­sion to get chicken seems even more fool­ish.

Dickey’s won’t blow you away, but it’s good to know that the venue’s big hit­ters are done very well at least.

WHAT IS IT... A US chain bring­ing tra­di­tional bar­be­cue to the cap­i­tal WHY GO... It’s good value and that brisket is su­per

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