Ting Irie, Dubai’s first Jamaican eatery has opened in Downtown Dubai.
What: Our first five minutes in the restaurant set the tone for the rest of the evening: soft reggae music playing through each dining room, a tropical design scheme, Bob Marley portraits splashed across the abstract wallpaper, and playful interiors, where the bright yellow leather benches sat adorned with pineapples, golden roosters and Rasta beanies.
The menu is as colourful and lively as the interiors, but we were all booked in to the Ting King Feast, a set menu that’ll set you back an extremely reasonable Dhs195, and boasts all their signature dishes delivered in sharing portions. I genuinely didn’t try one dish I didn’t like, but if I were to narrow it down to my favourites then it’d have to be the Oxtail Cocobread Sandwiches (literally UNREAL), World Famous Jamaican Patties, Chips O’Mon Burger, and for dessert, the Carnival Funnel Cake (which is that delicious donut thing you see above) and the Crunky Monkey.
I was so, so impressed with this restaurant, I’ve been racking my brains to try and find a fault. But from the service to the quality of food to overall vibe, I’ve managed only one: no alcohol license…yet! Ting Ire has been open for about six months now, so I was sure that my night would be laden with Jamaican rum and Caribbean cocktails, however I was disappointed to hear that it’s still dry. The staff ensured me that they’re expecting it any week now, which can only mean one thing: I’ll be back at Ting Irie to try their Friday brunch very soon!
Where: Souk Al Manzil, MBR Boulevard Downtown Dubai
Contact: Call 04 5575601 or email email@example.com for more info and reservations