I’ve lived in Dubai over 5 years now, and have only been to The Irish Village twice – once for a tree lighting ceremony with carols in an attempt to feel christmassy, and the other time was because they had a seriously huge drinks deal going on for their birthday. I have never eaten there though.
A couple of weeks ago (because I’m a lazy blogger who doesn’t post immediately!) the OH and I spent the morning running all over the place trying to get our errands done. The theory was that the faster we do them, the faster we would be able to sit in a heap on the couch and relax. We didn’t factor in that we both get sidetracked and distracted really easily!
By 2pm, having not eaten any breakfast, I thought I was going to pass out and needed feeding asap. I’m not a McDonalds or a KFC kind of a girl (it’s too greasy) so we ended up at The Irish Village. I will admit the fact that I knew they did roast dinners every day may have been the reason I so quickly agreed to the suggestion!
(They do pork roasts too, people. You know this hapoening sooner rather than later!)
For some strange reason we opted to sit outside, so by the time it came to chosing what to eat, I didn’t want something as heavy as a roast dinner. There are so many delicious sounding choices on the menu though it was hard to pick! It’s all very traditional English pub food. Or British. Or, Irish I guess! I’ve not been to a pub in Ireland, so can’t confirm that one!
In the end, after much deliberating and mind changing, I opted for the steak and onion baguette.
Bingo! I win!
It was awesome! I would say it was a sub, not a baguette but that in now way made me sad. I cannot remember the last time I enjoyed something so relatively simple, so much! The steak (not tiny thin slices of some form of meat, which I have had in some other orders) was cooked to the medium/well level I asked for. The onions were just that perfect level of just starting to caramelize on the edges, but still with a little crunch on the inside. There was a red pepper mayo spread in there too, which was divine. I have a weakness for red pepper mayo!
It came with a side of fries, and I also ordered a side of coleslaw. The chips were crispy and fluffy, and those nice chunky but flat ones that you could add to the sandwich easily too! I know it’s wrong, but it’s just so good!! It turns out that it also came with a small side of coleslaw. However, it is different to the extra side of coleslaw that I ordered, and far inferior. I will stick with the extra order next time too!
The OH had fish and chips, which judging by the speed at which they vanished, were excellent too!
With a couple of diet sodas to wash our feast down with, the bill still only came to less than AED 200! Absolute bargain!
The only thing I would say to anyone who hadn’t been before and who wanted to visit and have food, is don’t sit too close to the trees if you can avoid it. There are a number of cats ambling around. Whilst they are very cute, they can make their bathroom just the other side of the rock from you, so you get a waft of whatever is going on!!!!