Does this bar signal a step up for Barsha Height’s nightlife?

The man behind The Maine Oyster Bar & Grill, Joey Ghazal, knocks it out of the park again with his new deli and cocktail club concept, Barbary in Barsha Heights. 

The vibe is decidely Parisian with wooden floorboards, cushy sofas, loud music, checkered tiles, red velvet curtains and crystal chandeliers. All of it combines to make the perfect place to settle in for a hearty meal with lots and lots of drinks. 

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The cocktail menu features a dirty deli martini (Dhs55) with salty anchovy brine, an aptly named Bloody Bary (Dhs58) with pancetta, and a Norma Jean (Dhs47) with homemade pandan leaf syrup. As far as the food goes, must-eats include the lobster poutine (Dhs74), which on paper may sound weird – chips, seafood, cheese curds and gravy- but in reality this Canadian dinner staple is the best thing we’d eaten this month.

Elsewhere, order the corn, pomegranate and avocado salad (Dhs47), and the Babybel croquettes with jalapeno dip (Dhs28). So, yeah, maybe go with a group. Heads up: If the idea of having breakfast in a bar sounds right up your street, you might want to check out Barbary’s weekend brunch, which starts at 11am. On the menu, you’ll find a full breakfast (Dhs95), with Lincolnshire’s finest, a 150g Bavette steak and fried eggs (Dhs95), and a signature shakshouka (Dhs99). We’re suitably intrigued.

Barbary, TRYP By Wyndham Hotel, Barsha Heights, Dubai, Sat to Mon noon to 2am, Tue to Thur noon to 3am, Fri 11am to 3am. Tel: (04) 2476688.

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