It was our final night in Dubai and also New Years Eve so we booked this place ahead of time and requested a table outside on the canal water front. There was a minimum spend of around £60 / head from memory which I didn't think was too bad being New Years Eve an all? There was also a stipulation that we had to clear our table by 8pm (we arrived at 6:30pm) again not an issue. This was to make room for the high rollers spending a minimum of £200 / head (drink included) to be able to eat and watch the fire works over the palm at midnight. This suited me fine as (a) I dont like fireworks that much and we had to be up at 4am to catch an early flight home. It turned out to be a great decision really because the restaurant is set among a number of bars / other eateries and a sort of man made grand bazaar, which sold basically a load of old tat. The whole area was a little contrived, like a lot of stuff in Dubai and because it was a busy new years eve with one road into the centre getting out after the midnight fireworks in a taxi would have been a complete nightmare. So after eating we decided to head back to our hotel (near the Burj Kalifa) so we were not worrying about getting back late on plus we could watch another display closer to home before getting to bed at a decent time. The staff were very pleasant at Taverna and it turned out the curfew for us to be finished was 9pm, which turned out to plenty of time. It was a lovely setting, a little dark but with cute table lamps and the water lapping against the jetty very romantic indeed. Food did not disappoint either Mrs L went for a seafood linguine with lobster, which turned out to be a huge portion. I actually helped her out with some of it and I must say it was extremely tasty. I opted for the bone in rib eye with french fries again excellent indeed, cooked as requested juicy and full of flavour. This was washed down with some house red served in a variety of sized carafe from 250ml to 1.5l! We managed to get through a respectable litre between us and I had a beer. Cannot remember the final bill but suffice to say we hit the desired min spend target and I felt it was reasonable value for money for a new years eve dinner. I would recommend a trip to Taverna Greek albeit the area (Madinat Souk) was not really our cup of tea, we preferred the quieter business area, but each to their own.
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