Grove Road The Palm: A licensed eatery by the folks behind Bystro

Homegrown licensed eateries are quite rare in these parts thanks to the high rents at hotels and other developments permitted to house them, so it’s splendid to have a new one on the list. Join your friends at The HUNTR as we present a look inside Grove Road The Palm.

Situated at The Pointe on Dubai’s iconic man-man island, Grove Road The Palm is inspired by Australia’s culinary capital, Melbourne – and the childhood home of founder Josh Benson. The sister concept to Dubai’s popular Bystro cafe, Grove Road encompasses a casual but refined dining space and a licensed bar. There are ample seating arrangements for small and large groups both inside and outside, the latter of which also offers a picture-perfect view of The Atlantis hotel.

The menu features something for almost everyone (including kids) and offers steaks, burgers, lobster rolls, fish and chips, seafood. Vegetarians and vegans should note that there’s currently only one vegetarian/vegan main dish on the menu (an eggplant lasagne), but there are a couple of delicious-sounding salads and appetisers that would suit.

We started our weekend lunch experience with the crispy and flavourful Peruvian Chicken Wings (65AED) and our favourite – Malaysian Clams (60AED) a delicious dish featuring clams tossed in garlic, ginger, oyster sauce, lime, soya sauce fresh herbs, black pepper, and butter. Divine.

We then shared three mains, the Super Food Salad (70AED) – a healthy mix of kale, avocado, chickpeas, red and white cabbage, green and yellow zucchini, cucumber, carrot, green beans, cherry tomatoes, blueberries, orange, almond flakes, doused in a punchy ginger mustard dressing. The breakfast-friendly Brisket Benedict (65AED) – an iconic dish from the original Bystro cafe featuring tender, braised brisket, 2 poached eggs, English muffins, and creamy hollandaise sauce. Plus the Korean Lamb Rack (150AED) – chargrilled Sichuan pepper marinated cutlets, sautéed Chinese greens, and sesame oil to finish.

To finish a delightful meal on a sugar high we shared two perfect desserts – the Sticky Toffee Pudding (45AED) served with butterscotch sauce and clotted cream and the New York Baked Cheesecake (45AED) with fresh berries.

Drinks-wise there’s a lot to choose from – specialty coffee powered by Encounter, teas, soft drinks, mocktails, and various alcoholic beverages. We opted for mocktails and a French Press coffee with dessert.

Meanwhile, the free WiFi and charging stations make this a good spot to get some work done or host a meeting, it’s family-friendly, ideal for a casual weeknight dinner and long leisurely weekend breakfasts and lunches. Plus it also serves as a great laid back spot for drinks and nibbles – particularly when the weather is calling you to luxuriate outside. See you on the terrace!

Insider tips: Open Sunday – Wednesday from 5pm until 10pm, Thursdays 5pm until 11pm, and Fridays and Saturdays from 12noon until 10pm. A daily happy hour runs between 5 and 7pm and offers 2for1 on selected beverages. Kid’s eat free for every paying adult eating. Thursday night is games night. Dogs allowed outside on the terrace.

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