21 Grams Dubai: A Balkan-inspired bolthole on Jumeirah Beach Road

Say hello to 21 Grams Dubai – a beautiful, Balkan-inspired bolthole tucked away on Jumeirah Beach Road. Join The Huntr as we present our full review…

“21 Grams, the weight of a human soul. 21 degrees, the latitude of the Balkan Peninsula.” – The answer to the “why the name 21 Grams?” question out of the way, let us discuss the cosy vibes of this little bistro. Located within the Park Regis Boutique hotel next to Umm Suqeim 2 Park and a stone’s throw from the beach, 21 Grams Dubai is a tiny, stylish, vibrant, contemporary dream space. The interiors have been beautifully put together and the Balkan roots are clear to see in each and every corner. There’s a gorgeous mix of Millennial pink and orange sofa seating, a stark concrete floor and traditional Balkan rugs, together with a great selection of reading materials such as Brownbook Magazine, Kinfolk and curated books. Making this is an excellent spot to while away an afternoon solo – or with your nearest and dearest. A pocket-sized terrace is also available, and from the outside, potential visitors are tempted inside with a sign that reads ‘Follow the smell of coffee’…

…Follow we did. And it wasn’t just the coffee (courtesy of Gold Box) that wowed us. Food-wise, over several visits to our friends at 21 Grams we’ve been consistently impressed with the homely, Baltic-inspired cuisine on offer. You can’t visit 21 Grams and not leave without trying the Burek Cheese (30AED), which is a signature dish of the Balkan region and is created using layers of filo pastry, cheese, egg, and butter and the slightly lighter but equally as delicious Spinach Pie (34AED).

On our most recent visit (in the midst of a worldwide pandemic in August 2020), we also tried the Pljukanci (54AED) – homemade pasta with roasted tomato sauce and homemade cheese, a simple dish that tastes like home and the sauce is so flavourful that we had to mop it up with our bread. The Breaded Chicken Schnitzel (52AED), which is crispy and moist and topped with punchy capers and lemon. The Smoked Cavap Tartare (56AED) – raw minced Wagyu beef with onion, fried capers, homemaded horseradish mayo and cured egg yolk and Green Veggies (24AED) for the side (asparagus, leeks and snowpeas with hazelnut).

There are also a bevvy of sweet treats to round things off on a high, should you wish.

Drinks-wise, we love the house water (16AED), which is rosemary and berry-infused. The coffee is pretty good and crafted from Gold Box’s speciality beans and the hot chocolate (25AED) is made using the finest bean-to-bar chocolate from The Huntr favourite Mirzam Chocolate.

Plus, what really sets 21 Grams apart is the customer service. You feel very at home and welcome as soon as you enter. The staff are passionate and friendly. Long may it continue…

Insider tips: Advance bookings currently recommended during Covid-19 pandemic. Call 050 841 5021 to book your table now. Paid RTA parking available outside. Open daily from 8am until 5pm.

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