Fika Dubai is celebrated Dubai-based Chef Izu Ani’s latest eatery in Umm Suqeim. Inspired by the Swedish concept of ‘Fika’ – the art of taking a well-deserved break and enjoying the luxury of time spent with loved ones – Fika Dubai offers a bounty of nourishing, wholesome and indulgent dishes at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in a beautiful setting. Join your friends at The Huntr as we dive in…
Accessible from the Jumeirah Beach Hotel lobby, the welcome at Fika is expertly carried out by the super-friendly team that instantly makes you feel at home. The restaurant is small and cozy with wooden and marble accents, an open bar, a seafood bar, and an outdoor terrace – complete with a beautiful olive tree and unrivaled views of the iconic Burj Al Arab.
The menu features an array of Mediterranean-inspired dishes, which are built to share and divided between Cold Mezze, Hot Mezze, Raw, From The Sea, Homemade Pasta, Mains, and Sides.
We started with a complimentary amuse-bouche of Idiazabal Cheese and roasted peppers plus a plate of home-baked (sourdough) bread. Appetites suitably whetted and we opted to share a trio of small plates/mezze dishes. Firstly the Smoked Purple Aubergine Salad (82AED), which was our favourite dish of the day and features a beautiful mixture of smoked purple aubergine, white balsamic dressing, radish, sun-dried tomatoes, pomegranate, pistachio, and spring onion. Plus the Wagyu Tataki (130AED) with burnt onion ponzu, crème fraîche, and caviar – the tender, thinly-sliced wagyu beef was rich in flavour and served medium-rare. And the Spanish Octopus (145AED), which is glazed with chili citrus and served with a creamy coriander emulsion. For the main event, we ordered the Linguine Aragosta (185AED) a chunky, generous serving of Canadian lobster with cherry tomato sauce, Kalamata olives, shallot confit, and perfectly-cooked linguine pasta, and the Charcoal Grilled Baby Chicken (175AED), which was tender and juicy and another highlight dish that we wholeheartedly recommend. Lastly, for dessert, we shared the Warm Flourless Chocolate Mousse (55AED), which is served with malt ice cream and is wonderfully chocolatey and not too sweet and heavy.
Drinks-wise Fika is fully licensed and offers a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The Huntr opted to try the Elixir Vitae (38AED), a delicious mix of fresh pineapple, coconut nectar, fresh lemon and watermelon, raw honey, charcoal, and avocado oil. Fika is the perfect place for a casual catch up and is open from 8.30am – we are already planning a return for breakfast.
Insider tips: Open daily from 8.30am to 10pm on weekdays and 11pm on weekends. Smoking only permitted on the terrace. Bookings recommended for busy periods, big groups and the terrace in peak season. There are ample vegetarian options in the mezze, pasta and side dish menus, there are also a few vegan-friendly dishes.