Having seen a number of beautiful photos of Twiggy, one of the latest beach clubs in Dubai, I look forward to a Saturday afternoon lunch with friends. Our plan seems like the perfect time to visit this beautiful location at the Park Hyatt Dubai. With its own entrance and parking area close to the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, guests can visit the beach and pool area, or the restaurant, both of which overlook the Dubai Creek and infinity pool.
As we approach, I am immediately drawn into the stunning lobby, complete with chic neutral tones and nautical appointments. As we confirm our reservation, we walk outside and up the stairs to the restaurant. The area is entirely outside, although shaded with a partial roof. There is a small shop, restrooms, and changing facilities inside, but the majority of Twiggy is located entirely outside (something to consider as the temperature heats up).
As Twiggy is part of the La Cantine family, the menu has a French influence, albeit with far more seafood dishes, which makes sense as we dine above the Creek. The drinks menu includes an array of specialty beverages, perfect for a sundowner.
The Mediterranean-inspired menu is broken down into a number of categories, and for the most part, we find the servings created with the intent of one diner, rather than some of the sharing style plates that are currently popular around town. There is also a separate Lagoon menu for those lounging by the pool. While we ponder what to order, we nibble on Spicy Avocado Dip which comes served with crackers, as a starter. The heat isn’t particularly intense, but we do like the presentation.
Around the table, for our cold starters, we decide (for once!) to bypass the Burrata. I decide on the King Crab and Avocado, which, while a beautiful portion, does seem a bit on the small side for the price point. One of my dining companions orders (and loves!) the Seabass Carpaccio, which arrives with a large serving of black truffle, as well as pink peppercorn. Similar to my experience at La Cantine, plating is very much a strength, with beautifully composed dishes.
Our other dining companion opts for the vegetarian Lentil Salad, which is presented with apple, carrot, along with a soft boiled egg. One of the guests loves it, but the other thinks if the egg was a bit softer and runnier, it would elevate the dish to the next level. Two kinds of fresh bread are also served (and always appreciated).
While there is an entire (tempting) selection of sushi (as well as a caviar menu), we all feel like moving directly to the main courses. I am immediately drawn to the Spicy Beef Tartare and am so glad I am. Served up with oversized rice crackers, the portion is generous and perfectly blended. I like a bit of a rough chop on my tartare and do not find the spice level that high at all.
My friend decides to choose from the grill, and is delighted to see a Seabass fillet (150g). Another of our party choses the Octopus (150g), which arrives perfectly grilled. For those ordering from the grill, there is a selection of sauces to accompany the seafood, and our party is quite delighted with their traditional lemon and butter. For sides, we balance our proteins with vegetables, including Grilled Zucchini with parmesan cheese, cherry tomatoes, and pine nuts, alongside Roasted Carrots with honey and hazelnuts.
Although we aren’t planning on ordering dessert, we are gently persuaded to order the Pineapple Carpaccio, which we don’t say no to (and really, I’m glad we don’t). Served with passion fruit and coconut sorbet, it’s the perfect not too sweet finish on a warm day. After lingering over our last beverage (really, it’s the perfect location for a Saturday), we make our way to leave.
Service is attentive throughout the meal, and we’re impressed by the range of vegetarian dishes – something that is always wonderful to see, as all diners can be accommodated.
Would we go back to Twiggy? If on this side of town, the beach club is a dreamy little escape from the city. While the experience is not quite at the levels of Nammos, Twiggy offers a private pool and a discerning crowd, which makes this location one to check out, especially for sundowners. To avoid any disappointment, you’ll definitely need to book in advance.
As a final FYI, potential guests should note Lagoon packages are priced from AED 200 for loungers during the week and AED 250 on weekends, gazebos for two are AED 400 on weekdays and AED 600 on weekends. Cabanas, each named after sixties icons like Coco, Bardot, and Grace, are VIP spots for six, ten, or twelve guests, and packages range from AED 1,000 to AED 3,000.
The Lagoon at Twiggy opens from 9.00am till Sunset, and the restaurant is open from 12noon to 2.00am.
Spicy Avocado Dip and Crackers, AED 43
King Crab and Avocado, AED 154
Seabass Carpaccio, AED 95
Lentil Salad, AED 68
Spicy Beef Tartare, AED 180
Seabass Fillet (150g), AED 140
Octopus (150g), AED 119
Grilled Zucchini, AED 48
Roasted Carrots, AED 32
Pineapple Carpaccio, AED 82
Twiggy, Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira, +971 4 602 1105