Restaurant Review: Kona Grill
The Dubai outpost of this popular American eatery impresses with its service, variety and views
Dubai never ceases to surprise, does it? Especially when it comes to options for food! Just when you think you have tried everything there is to try – the romantic hotspots, the restaurants with a view, the party places and the family joints – comes another one to add to your list. This one is located in the latest must-go destination, Al Seef.
I love Al Seef, the magic of the idyllic creek always impresses and the flavor is seriously different from other touristy must-dos in the city. The nights are especially beautiful (yes, even in this heat!) with the architecture and design boasting of a good marriage of the traditional and the modern. And needless to say, there is an entire line-up of great looking restaurants to welcome you so you are never short of things to do and places to eat when you spend an evening here!
If you are looking for an all-in-one – that is, great views plus good food and a nice vibe – Kona Grill is your answer. The popular American restaurant that has around 45 outlets across the states, entered Dubai recently, making its first mark at Al Seef with plans to go beyond.
Here’s a tip: the interiors are impressive but straight away go to the terrace coz that’s where the action is. Settle in one of the comfortable sofas, order a drink and watch the dhows and abras go up and down the creek – it’s a sure shot stress buster. The menu is a safe one with something for everyone – burgers, sushi, salads, sandwiches, pasta – so you won’t fall short of choice, whatever be your preferred choice of cuisine. And yes, they taste good too! Luckily, there is enough for vegetarians too, be it the butternut squash and peas spaghetti or vegetarian flatbread or the tacos.
My personal favorites were the meats and seafood though. The chicken and shrimp lettuce wraps was fresh and nicely spiced. I absolutely loved the sweet-chilli glazed salmon served with rice and vegetables, a complete meal in itself and of course, the sushi platter was extremely filling. Each dish has retained its distinct flavor so you can have enough and come back another time to try a new cuisine. The service is consistently good, the bearers are very helpful and you actually feel you can spend an hour or two, soaking in the pleasant atmosphere. And oh yes, before we forget, they have an extensive breakfast menu too so this is truly a destination that offers something all times of the day and night and some more!
Kona Grill offers a massive breakfast menu too
Never mind the heat, a trip to Al Seef will rejuvenate you and Kona Grill stands tall amidst the rest with an array of delicacies that are sure to win your palate. A good choice!