Lunch review: Nikki Beach Dubai, Pearl Jumeirah

Lunch review: Nikki Beach Dubai, Pearl Jumeirah

What’s the concept?

Located on sandy shores of Pearl Jumeirah, Nikki Beach Dubai is a stunning beach club boasting beautiful unobstructed views of the Arabian Gulf. Inside, the scene is chic, glam and pristine, with crisp, all-white décor, plush sun beds, an inviting large swimming pool that’s cooled, varied luxury cabanas (including air-conditioned VIP options), a swim-up bar, shisha lounge, plus restaurant and bar. The ultra-stylish venue offers music and entertainment to match, and welcomes world-class DJ’s each week, as well as musical talent including violinists, saxophonists, hip-hop dancers and more, that keep an energetic poolside audience entertained throughout the day. Nikki Beach Dubai is the perfect all-day venue, to spend the morning relaxing in peaceful serenity, then move into the afternoon with upbeat music and dancing while the sun sets picturesquely in the distance. A popular destination to enjoy all week long, the beach club has mastered the ability to transport guests to glamorous, laid-back scenes of the Balearic – it’s most certainly a place to pop on your Dubai bucket list.

What are the food highlights?

Expect a globally-inspired menu that caters to all preferences and appetites. Naturally, the venue offers options that are light on the stomach and perfect for eating poolside whilst in swimwear, such as salads, and sushi and sashimi platters, however, also serves up heartier main courses and sumptuous desserts. The restaurant provides starter, main and dessert a la carte options, or alternatively convenient sharing-style platters comprising the latter on gorgeously presented boats – especially ideal if you’re on a day bed. To start, enjoy sharing snacks like panko dusted calamari that’s kept light and golden, chicken quesadillas with flavourful cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese, or my favourite of the selection, the tender Marbella-inspired octopus which came served with garlic roasted ratte potatoes, piquillo peppers and fresh lemon – eating this paired with the surroundings, I really felt like I’d been zapped to idyllic Spanish shores. Next, enjoy expertly rolled sushi and maki rolls, including the likes of the spicy tuna roll, salmon roll, Hamachi nigiri and mixed sashimi of fresh, generously sliced fish. To follow, juicy Waygu sliders or BBQ jerk chicken burritos are finger-friendly and a delight to eat. And, if you have room, or simply want to enjoy as a light snack throughout the day, I’d highly recommend the Nikki Beach fruit boat which easily serves 4 – 6 people, with a range of international exotic fruits such as assorted berries, mango, pomegranate, grapes, kiwi and more. Fabulous presentation aside, what stood out most to me with the food here, was chef’s attention to detail and use of high-quality, fresh ingredients.

How was the service?

The team here are hospitable and welcoming – always on hand to ensure you’re enjoying the F&B on offer.

The bottom line:

Nikki Beach Dubai offers all you need for a chic, fun day in the sun, with a side of class, sophistication and really great music and entertainment. Perfect to enjoy with your other half, or a group of friends, the lively venue promises a day to remember with high-quality, fresh food that’s well prepared and presented.

Details: Priced at around AED 250 per person for three courses, without beverages. To make a reservation, call 04-3766162 or e-mail