THE CROFT With its sprawling rooftop terrace providing marina views, The Croft is the perfect after-work casual hangout while the weather is still pleasant. During the summer, kick back on plush leather sofas and soak up the retro British surroundings with a craft beer in hand from a drinks selection as impressive as the food. The fare is quintessential British pub grub with an added dollop of finesse provided by chef patron Darren Velvick, a protege of both Gordon Ramsay and Marcus Wareing. While The Croft is British-inspired, Velvick prefers to offer good quality local produce with Mediterranean and Asian influences.
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Start with a citrus-dressed summer salad of oily local mackerel on top of raw apple, radish and shredded carrots. A classic is the local organic roast chicken stuffed with foie gras and truffleâ€”or if that is too rich for your palate, keep it simple with homemade leek and cheddar sausages and tangy mustard mash. For dessert, Eton mess is given a grown-up spin with a gin jelly and elderflower cream in a dish called Neat and Tidy. Dubai Marriot Harbour Hotel, Dubai Marina +971 4 319 4794