Social House The Dubai Mall: A casual dining gem for breakfast, lunch or dinner

Social House The Dubai Mall is a great option for breakfast, lunch or dinner in the world’s largest mall. This casual dining gem hails from Indonesia and is managed here in the UAE by the folks from Alabbar Enterprises (who are also behind Two at Symphony, Angelina, GIA and more). Featuring an expansive indoor and outdoor space (the latter of which has unrivalled views of the Dancing Fountains and world’s tallest skyscraper), Social House’s menu offers a plethora of dishes from Western and Eastern cuisines.

The Huntr loves the relaxing playlist and cosy interiors, an open kitchen and homely vibes. There’s also a private dining room for special occasions and events.

We have visited Social House on many occasions over the years, for breakfast, for lunch, for drinks and for business meetings. This particular visit was for a weekday dinner. To start, we shared the Spicy Tuna Roll (56AED), which is made with nori-wrapped spicy tuna marinated in Social House’s special seasoning, spring onion and topped with crispy potato crunch. We recommend asking for extra wasabi or spicy mayo for dipping. Delicious. We also tried the whole Quinoa Freekeh Salad (58AED) – freekeh, roasted pumpkin, chickpeas, quinoa, tzatziki, raisins, capers, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, almond slices, red radish, heirloom tomatoes, and alfalfa. Its a fresh and light mix of healthy goodness and features lots of lovely different textures.

For the main event, we opted for the Salmon Teriyaki (79AED), a fresh salmon fillet in teriyaki sauce with forest mushrooms and broccolini plus jasmine rice. And the Chicken Katsu Curry (73AED) – chicken coated in crispy panko breadcrumbs, fragrant curry sauce and jasmine rice. Both dishes were fantastic.

For dessert, we ordered the Affogato Decadence (43AED) – an irresistible scoop of hazelnut ice-cream coated in caramelised nuts and crispy granola and drowned in a shot of fresh espresso and Nutella. Do not miss it, it’s next level good. And the New York Cheesecake (52AED), which was just the right sweetness, had a wonderful texture and was perfectly complemented by fresh berries.

Drinks-wise Social House is alcohol-free and offers a variety of fresh juices, mocktails, coffees and teas.

The only thing that let Social House down was the service, which is a little slack owing to the fact that it is such a busy spot in the evenings. But the food and atmosphere more than makeup for it.

Insider tip: If the weather permits, sit outside and enjoy a picture-perfect view of the Dancing Fountains. Kid’s menu available. The closest Dubai Mall parking is P1, Grand Parking. There’s a new seafood bucket special on Monday nights from 7pm, which gets you a bucket of seafood of your choice (mussels, prawns, crab or mixed) with your sauce of choice, potatoes, white rice and corn on the cob for 240AED (good for 2 sharing).

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