Camel, roast dinner or the Mr & Mrs burger? The choice is yours
Black Tap (click here) Get a monster burger treat at this NYC import down at the Madinat. Pillow-soft potato buns give way to perfectly cooked, juicy meat, and the special sauce – a kind of spicy thousand island – is just that. Unless you’re fanatical about fries, opt for the onion rings – thick allium hoops so fresh and delicately battered we’re on the verge of declaring them one of our five a day.
Black Tap’s burgers might not stand as tall as they’ve been teased to, but as for whether they’re any good – the proof is in the fact that you almost certainly won’t have room for pudding. Prices vary. Open daily 11am-12.30am. Jumeriah Al Naseem, Madinat Jumeirah (04 422 9904).
Bridgewater Tavern Plenty of screens show lots of sports, there’s live music every Wednesday and Thursday and there is an epic black burger on the menu. What’s not to love? Prices vary. Daily from 4pm-2am. JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, Business Bay (04 414 3000).
Burger & Lobster This DIFC joint is getting into the spirit of things for National Burger Day, with a two-for-one promotion on its signature burger list. Head down tonight for their speciality, famed burgers. Try the “Original” burger, or the “Hot Mama”, complete with hot pickles, spicy mayo and Keralan flavours. Prices vary. Sat-Wed noon-midnight; Thu-Fri noon-2am. Burj Daman, DIFC (04 514 8838).
Graze B Burger Garden The newly opened Burger Garden serves carefully crafted burgers, mocktails and fries. And if you dine from Sunday to Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm, you’ll get 20 percent off thanks to an early-bird discount. Prices vary. Sun-Wed 6pm-8pm. Ongoing. La Ville Hotel & Suites City Walk, Dubai Autograph Collection, Al Safa Street (054 309 5948).
Jolie This boutique, kitsch café offers a floral delight and a cute setting for afternoon tea in classic British fare. There’s even a Mr & Mrs burger dish, featuring a charcoaled burger bun for the men, and a rose-coloured bun for the ladies. Prices vary. Open daily from 9am-11pm. The Boulevard, City Walk (050 170 5657).
Switch Before we start, no it doesn’t taste anything like chicken. It’s actually a bit more like lamb. The idea of chomping camel meat may seem like a culinary step too far for some, but this lean, tender and tasty grilled loin won’t give you the hump. Topped with New York Sauce, loaded with cheese and placed on a soft brioche bun, the camel burger is a flavoursome alternative for adventurous diners. Dhs81. Sun-Wed 11am-11pm; Thu-Fri 11am-midnight. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 339 9131).
The Black Lion Where once we’d spend an eternity staring at the menu mulling over what to eat. Drawing up a list of pros and cons should be a thing of the past when tossing up between to classic dishes. Roast dinner, or burger?
No longer is this an issue, thanks to The Black Lion – the East London-themed pub up at The H Dubai.
The burger consists of succulent rare roast beef, veal bacon, cauliflower cheese fritter, crispy kale and fresh focaccia made with crispy roast potatoes – topped off with a side of horseradish sauce, bone marrow gravy, roast carrots and parsnips. Could it get any better? From Dhs65, The Black Lion, The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road. (04 359 2366).
Warehouse Feeling peckish? Get your teeth into the mammoth Full Mouth Burger at Warehouse, and if you can finish the colossal beast in under ten minutes (!), you'll get it free. Good luck... Dhs200. Daily from 2pm-3am. Warehouse, Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Garhoud (04 217 0000).