Jebel Ali Club, it’s old ….
One of my followers on Twitter just described Ramadan as being like a Sunday afternoon in the 1980′s that lasts a month, that is exactly how it felt today at Jebel Ali Club. Those of us expats that have been here any length of time will be more than aware of Jebel Ali Club, sadly I have been to a few wakes that have been held there due to its proximity to Jebel Ali Church. It is the Holy month of Ramadan here in the UAE but a few places are open during the day to cater to the needs of those of us who aren’t fasting. Jebel Ali Club is one of them and it has got to be the oldest venue on my list of places to find lunch during Ramadan. It was at one time a thriving club right in the middle of Jebel Ali Village, the Village is long gone but the Club is still there, having been saved by the bell a few times, if I remember rightly.
There is a good choice of dishes on the menu with everything from fish n chips to a seafood platter, a good variety of curry dishes and grills which are served from 5 pm. You won’t be forgiven for not enjoying the dreary decor of the club, I am pretty sure it hasn’t had any major work done since it opened its doors back in the 1970′s. Red dralon covered seats, beer mats and plastic tissue dispensers, it’s all very Rovers Return. I ordered the steak and pie yes you read right, not steak pie. What arrived was a dish of beautifully tender steak in a meaty gravy with a pastry crust balanced on the top, served with fresh vegetables and some fabulous chips. My husband ordered the butter chicken which came with roti, rice and a side salad. Very tasty but not the best butter chicken I have tasted over the years in Dubai. What I found rather amusing is that the kitchen porter brought the food on a hostess trolley (circa 70′s), its all rather bizarre to say the least.
There are plenty of positive things that can be said for Jebel Ali Club though, the food isn’t bad, the soft drinks and alcoholic drinks are very reasonably priced. It’s a very relaxed atmosphere so no need to worry about what you are wearing, within reason of course. Currently they are offering a buffet lunch for just 49 dhs, this will be available til the end of Ramadan. This includes, soup, salads, mains and desserts. Great value for money.
During my research about Jebel Ali Club I turned to members of a Facebook group called Dubai, the good old days. Len Chapman told me about lady called Anita van der Krol who used to live in Jebel Ali Village in the 70′s, she has this postcard on her website, you can find more information on both Len’s and Anita’s websites.
I couldn’t find any information about Jebel Ali Club, there is no website. The Facebook page hasn’t been updated in a few years, bit like the Club itself. Just keep an open mind and I am sure you won’t be disappointed If you enjoyed this review you may want to like my Facebook page