Pots Pans & Boards: Tom Aikens’ first Dubai restaurant is worth a visit

Tom Aikens is the holder of a record-breaking foodie title – he was the youngest ever chef to be awarded two Michelin stars at the age of 26. So, naturally, when he opens a restaurant in Dubai we get excited, not to mention that Tom’s Kitchen is one of our favourite London spots… So, did Pots Pans & Boards live up to the expectation?

In short: Yes, yes it did. Very much so. Let’s start with the decor. Pots Pans & Boards at the far end of The Beach JBR is like walking into Pinterest heaven – the space is scattered with lemon trees, shelves, plates on the walls and the lighting is formed out of copper pans. The seating is comfortable, and it’s an inviting atmosphere – the kind of place you want to while away an afternoon for lunch, or catch up with friends over dinner.

The menu is built up of ‘pots’ ‘pans’ and (you guessed it) ‘boards’, inviting you to select from dishes with the Mediterranean, French and British influence. The Huntr tried the burrata, which was good, but not the best we have ever had, the brisket dish was really tasty, and the shrimps are a must order. The radishes are really fresh and a great snack to whet the appetite, and although we didn’t order it on our first visit – we hear the fish pie is worth your attention. The Caesar salad is done really well, and the crab cakes are really top drawer. And for dessert? The milk chocolate and caramel tart is worth every calorie.

Pots Pans & Boards is a great lunch venue, for a lazy weekend luncheon with friends or a perfect pre-cinema (this one is just around the corner) date night spot to grab a bite. It’s perfect for families and there are many seating options for large groups. There’s also a dedicated area for the little ones with toys and activities.

Insider tip: It might be worth booking ahead for peak times and large groups. 

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