It’s not every day we travel to Dubai to do a review but the promise of proper British fish and chips has us eagerly travelling up the E11. JB’s Gastropub made quite a noise when it opened its doors six month ago. Since its opening JB’s continues to draw in hordes of expats looking for a taste of home and a place to unwind.
You can enter JB’s Gastropub from its own side entrance, although it is part of Amwaj Rotana, Jumeirah Beach Residence Hotel. As we enter, JB’s is already packed, and it’s only 8.00pm.
The décor features bare bricks with wrought iron frames used to highlight the indoor trees, lit from underneath, setting a stylish yet relaxed atmosphere. JB’s is split into a dining and bar area and also offers some outdoor seating, but you’ll have to be quick as tables outside are limited.
Our waiter is friendly and informative and takes us through the menu. The menu is split into various sections including, small plates, boards and platters, mac and cheese and in the pot. Although extensive, the menu has been creatively designed to ensure guests are not daunted by such a wide variety of dishes. On offer is authentic British and American fare with a modern touch. Prices are extremely reasonable, especially given the portion size. Small dishes average around AED 45 with most main dishes coming in at AED 70.
From the small plates section we order the foie gras, duck liver terrine with chutney, red onion marmalade and toast and from the bar bites and flights section we order the messy prawns. The foie gras is delicious, rich and creamy we indulge in every bite. We must admit we were slightly skeptical as normally this dish is only reserved for fine dining restaurants, but JB’s just rewrote the rule book.
The messy prawns are equally as enjoyable, thick succulent messy prawns, infused with garlic and paprika, phenomenal.
However the star of the show is the dish we just drove all the way from Abu Dhabi for, the fish and chips. Placed before us is a large silver plate. Thick hand cut chips lay beneath the golden brown glistening cod, perfectly accompanied with mushy peas and tartar sauce. The aroma has us reminiscing of summers at the Gower. As we take our knife and cut into the fish, the crispy batter crackles, only to unveil thick white chunks of cod. Not to be ignored are the thick hand cut chips and mushy peas, these are also done to perfection. Rejoice, we have finally found fish and chips that would satisfies any Brits cravings.
Finally for the dessert, just when we thought it couldn’t get any better they bring out the Strawberry Yum. This dessert will have you feeling like a kid again but don’t be fooled the portion is most definitely for grown-ups. A tower of ice cream, layers fresh thick whipped cream, marshmallows and fresh cut strawberries topped with an ice cream cone and a side of dipping chocolate and popping candy has us in awe. This dessert is great fun, a brilliant talking point and totally Instagram worthy.
If you’re looking for a welcoming, chilled out vibe, good food at a decent price and happen to be in JBR we would most definitely recommend JB’s Gastropub.
JB’s Gastropub, Amwaj Rotana, JBR, Dubai, 04 428 2000