The Great British Restaurant (GBR) is the DUKES Dubai Oceana’s all-day-dining restaurant. Located at the end of the hotel lobby, GBR is as grand as they come with a high ceiling, black and white checkered stone floor, ceiling-to-floor drapes, and furniture to match – very la di da. And of course, being an all-day-dining affair, one side of the restaurant is dedicated entirely to their buffet and live cooking stations.
Iftar at GBR incorporates cuisines from the Middle East (particularly the Levant) and India with a pasta section representing Europe. A roast chicken was the only remotely “British” dish I could find. The quality of everything I tried, from the Lentils Soup to the delicious Mezza (hot and cold) to the Salmon to the Lamb Ouzi was very, very good. And this was a sentiment reflected throughout our group of four.
Service was very good too. Although the supervisor who greeted me at the entrance was unable to give me the table I wanted (grr!) I found the staff friendly, attentive and accommodating. At AED185 per person the GBR Iftar buffet represents excellent value for money, more so if you have a discount voucher of some kind – both Entertainer and Zomato Gold work here. Well worth a visit.