Is it the restaurant or the pub for which the Yesterday Restaurant & Pub at the Four Points by Sheraton in Mankhool is famous? Its interior is one of the best English pub designs I’ve seen in Dubai. I love the fact that there’s a separate billiards room and also separate dining areas, one of which has a brick-lined arched ceiling resembling a cellar – love it. And then there’s the bar which has all the bells and whistles one would imagine/expect including a wide range of all-important drafts. Yesterday’s is billed as a sports bar and therefore has a ridiculous number of flat screens throughout the bar area. Happy hour runs from 12:00 to 20:00.
Yesterday’s menu is made up of the TOTP of pub grub and includes everything from Fish & Chips and Steak & Kidney Pie to Chicken Tikka Masala and Biryani. Of course, there are steaks and burgers too but, interestingly, no pork. Sit anywhere and you are brought a bowl of complimentary popcorn and peanuts – help!
Due to the low carb diet I’m on, I chose the T-bone steak, specifically asking for it to be cooked medium-rare, while my companion ordered the Fish and Seafood Platter.
It took around 25-30 minutes for our food to arrive but hello-hello my steak was tepid at best and medium-well done – Grrr! I sent it back and picked at my (rather good) creamed spinach while I waited. The Fish and Seafood Platter my companion ordered turned out to be a piece each of fish, shrimp, scallop, calamari, etc. and a bowl of chips (French fries), hardly what I’d call a platter but good enough. He was happy. So was I when my steak finally turned up – done the way I wanted it this time. The food was good but certainly not what will bring me back nor do I imagine what gave this pub its stellar high rating of 4.6 on Zomato.
Service is very good. The staff are very friendly. I appreciated the fact that they offered to bring me anything I wanted in place of the steak. I was a little embarrassed at how much they apologised for getting it wrong. Prices at Yesterday are about the industry average which means it’s not cheap. Thankfully Entertainer works here and so does Zomato Gold (but only for drinks). You can also get 20% off if you have a Marriott card (which we did). I liked this venue as a pub and will be happy to come back for a drink or to watch a match or a race when I am in the area. But for food, I think there are much better option available.
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