Excellent food and unbeatable views, Shimmers on the Beach is a real Arabian gem.
Shimmers was one of those impulse bookings. I’d seen a picture of it on Instagram and decided I simply had to go when I was in Dubai in early January. Located in the Madinat Jumeirah hotel, the restaurant is on the beach and has superb views of the Burj Al Arab.
The canopy got in the way of my photo but the location really was unbeatable. I love being by the sea so hearing the waves lapping at the shore just feet away and watching the Burj Al Arab change colour was perfect for me. There’s limited lighting so if you go at night it really is dark and magical.
Shimmers serve Greek food which is one of my favourite cuisines, I could eat Greek food all.day.long and never get bored. We decided to get dips and bread to start: in the top corner is tyrokafteri, a feta and pepper dip; olive and pitta bread; tzatziki and calamata olives. All superb choices, the tyrokafteri was really delicious and I love tzatziki, this one was particularly good.
Special shout out to the olives because honestly, I could have just had a huge bowl of these. I didn’t even like olives until about 18 months ago and now I love them.
I went for chicken gyros for main and wow, it was good but boy was it big. I was a little disappointed when it came out really soon after we sat down and when we still had bread and dips on the tables. I did mention to the waiter that it was a bit too quick but they don’t see dips as a starter so they will bring your food. It meant I couldn’t finish my main so I wasn’t overly happy but the chicken gyro was delicious. The chicken was really well seasoned and cooked perfectly, the pitta and onions were great and the tzatziki was still fabulous. I could have done without the chips.
Aside from the main coming out really quickly, the attention to detail is next to none. The menus light up because it’s so dark and the lighting is so subtle – I loved this because it doesn’t compete with the view. The service was mostly good and I would definitely go back for lunch or dinner next time I’m in Dubai.
I think the dress code is mainly casual but I had a sequin dress with me that I was determined to wear. Please excuse the pose, I’ve really hurt my left knee and I was trying to hide it because it was horribly swollen and bruised.
Finally, I can’t end this post without talking about my cocktail in the first picture. It was aperol, champagne and I think gin with an orange soda ice-cube that reminded me of a jubbly – do you remember jubblys from when you were little? I used to love them after playing out in the summer! – and it added a lovely sweetness to the drink as it melted.
All in all I recommend a visit to Shimmers because the food is excellent and the view speaks for itself.