Thunder Road is an amazing, American themed restaurant, pizzeria and bar (rolled into one) at the Barracuda Beach Resort in Khor Al Baida, Umm Al Quwain. Its funky interior could be from a set out of an American sitcom, with cool touches, like a shipping container converted into its bar, adding to the appeal. The owners basically converted their failed attempt at a ‘finer things’ supermarket into this brilliant restaurant. In addition to the fun interior, there’s an amazing veranda overlooking the waters of the beautiful Persian Gulf – Wow! it’s where I first dined at Thunder Road…breakfast.
Hugely talented, Italian trained, Chef Chaitanya has created a menu which includes steaks, burgers, seafood, bar food, and of course his heart’s passion – Italian, particularly pizza.
His humongous signature burger has one of the biggest patties I have ever seen, and is, without a doubt, one of the best burgers I have had in the UAE. It alone is worth the drive out to Umm Al Quwain.
In fact, everything we tried was excellent, including the battered and fried calamari and shrimp basket we ordered to start…with our drinks.
Speaking of which, the bar at Thunder Road is something very, very special; the bartenders are experienced, fun-loving and most importantly, generous – their cocktails have the kick of a mule. Try the Bloody Mary. The Mojito is also very special. Prices will have you giggling before the booze does.
If the food, drinks and ambience aren’t enough to get you out there, their super friendly service will. You are treated like a returning regular from the minute you walk in. My son and I were looked after by bartender Sanjay and wait staff Cherry, both of who pampered us no end. Thank you, guys.
So, for all of you on a Barracuda booze run, I highly recommend you pop in to Thunder Road before making your way back. If you are visiting the aqua park next door or any of the other Umm Al Quwain attractions, work this place into your schedule. It’s worth it. In fact, I’ll go as far as saying that Thunder Road is worth a day trip from Dubai; it’s just one of those special places you can spend carefree hours at. I certainly am going back…