A fa­mil­iar name that’s on a mis­sion to beat the heat

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Gird­ers Gar­den gets a re­vamp and a re­view from our team

At this time of year, when you prac­ti­cally re­quire a snorkel to cope with Dubai’s soar­ing hu­mid­ity lev­els, al­fresco drink­ing is pos­si­bly the last ac­tiv­ity you’d want to par­take in. And that was a big prob­lem for Gird­ers Gar­den in the JA Ocean View Ho­tel, which used to have to close for the hot months.

Not any­more, though – the pre­vi­ously out­door sports bar has un­der­gone a ma­jor re­vamp, and now boasts cru­cial com­forts like walls and air con­di­tion­ing, while still main­tain­ing the look and feel of a gar­den space. There’s a canopy-style ceil­ing, pa­tio fur­ni­ture, and plenty of green­ery.

It’s a bit of a hid­den gem – we spent ten awk­ward min­utes sit­ting in Gird­ers, the bar down­stairs, be­fore real­is­ing we were in the wrong place. It turns out Gird­ers Gar­den is a to­tally sep­a­rate out­let.

Sports fans will be very happy with the TV sit­u­a­tion, with one enor­mous screen near the en­trance, and sev­eral smaller screens dot­ted through­out the bar. But even if you’re not so fussed about the ac­tion, we’d still rec­om­mend a visit. Why? Be­cause the food is truly good.

The menu (which in­cludes pork) is well thought out – as well as your stan­dard fries and chicken wings, there’s a de­cent se­lec­tion of sal­ads and the fresh bur­rata salad (Dhs70) and the zingy quinoa salad (Dhs55) were high­lights.

A veg­gie burger (Dhs60) im­pressed and was made of spinach falafel, tem­pura kale, and a tomato bun, paired with sweet potato fries and tahini dip. It was a light al­ter­na­tive to your usual pub grub.

But if you are af­ter some­thing more meaty, the bar­be­cue plat­ter for three (Dhs250) rep­re­sented ex­cel­lent value, with lamb chops, chicken, Wagyu beef slid­ers and US prime rib-eye steak, served with fries and roast veges.

The new-look Gird­ers Gar­den gets two thumbs up from us, both in terms of at­mos­phere and menu. We’re also hear­ing good things about their Gar­den Brunch on Fri­days, which in­cludes a “pimp your drinks” sta­tion where you can jazz up your bev­er­age with var­i­ous fruits and herbs.

JA Ocean View Ho­tel, The Walk, JBR, Dubai, Sun to Thur 4pm to 1am, Fri 12pm to 1am, Sat 12am to 1am. Tel: (056) 2165057. Taxi: JA Ocean View Ho­tel. face­book.com/ gird­er­s­the­walk

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