Saturday, January 8, 2011

Dubai Restaurant Review: Lake View, Creek Golf Club

In a nutshell: great location, good food but disappointing menu and service

The plan yesterday was to use one of our new Entertainer buy-1-get-1-free vouchers for lunch at The Thai Kitchen in the Park Hyatt. When we got there we found that the only option on a Friday is a buffet brunch spread across The Thai Kitchen, Traiteur and The Terrace - it looked excellent, you can sit outside looking over the Creek and it only cost Dhs 195 which is amazing value for a Friday brunch. However, we weren't looking for a huge meal so opted to go to the spike bar at the golf club instead - it is definitely on the list to come back to in the future though.

The Dubai Creek Golf Club's spike bar, Lake View, aptly looks out over some of the golf course lakes as well as the Creek so it provides lovely views both from outside on the large terrace as well as from inside. The menu was quite expensive with main courses at around the Dhs 100 mark or more. I fancied a salad but none of them sounded very interesting so in the end I decided to have a smoked salmon bagel - wheat, yeast and cheese...not ideal for me but it did sound good...and it was. The bagel was spread with a little cream cheese and was then piled high with a mixture of bell peppers, tomatoes, lettuce and feta cheese with the salmon laid on top. Impossible to eat without a knife and fork! It really was delicious with numerous herbs mixed in to give it more flavour. Simon's club sandwich on brown bread was equally tasty and well-presented with bacon, egg, grilled fresh chicken and salad.

The thing that let Lake View down, apart from the menu and prices, was the service. Although very friendly, I found there was a lack of coordination and efficiency. I would regularly see 6 or more staff standing at the bar but nobody seemed in any rush to get the drinks out to their customers. There was a clear system of sections being used but that meant that our drinks sat on the bar waiting for our waitress to bring them when there were 2 other waiters standing around with nothing to do. If I was in the area again for a light lunch, I would most certainly head to The Boardwalk at The Dubai Creek Yacht Club rather than return to Lake View at the golf club - and that is what I would recommend to anyone else thinking of going over for lunch by the Creek.


  1. The Park Hyatt brunch sounds amazing. One for next month when the Christmas overindulgence has been shed.

  2. Excellent blog! I enjoy your restaurant reviews and your recipes! Anyway I noticed that you use the Entertainer book but don't you always find yourself in a situation where it is difficult to find a restaurant from the book to dine in?

  3. Thank you for your comments :-)
    Yes, The Entertainer is great but it can sometimes be hard to use it! If a restaurant has a set menu on offer then the voucher can't be used so I'll generally calculate which will save the most money and then go a la carte if the voucher offers the best value. Plus it can't be used for buffets. It is great for getting you out of your comfort zone and out to try somewhere new.
    NOTE: we got our Entertainer from subscribing to The National newspaper. For Dhs 300 we get the paper delivered every morning and we got the Fine Dining book free. Or, to look at it another way, we paid for the Entertainer and got a year of newspapers for just Dhs 5!!! Brilliant.

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