So it was our son’s birthday last week and to celebrate, we had a rather impromptu dinner at the Dubai Polo Club (or Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club if you want to be more formal), because it is in the neighbourhood and that meant we did not have to battle traffic to get back home to get the littlies in bed.
The South African Food and Beverage Manager recommended The Backyard Grill, or Braai, at Palermo and we settled for it because it is casual, ready at 6:30pm and we could enjoy one of the last few evenings of the season dining al fresco.
Bingo! It was absolutely fabulous! Even by my Australian husband's ‘I-know-all-there-is-to-know-about-barbecues’ standard.
There is a buffet with a good choice of salads (both classic and creative) and pickles, and a small selection of warm vegetables including corn on the cob, jacket potatoes and roasted vegetables, while the meat and fish are cooked a la minute at the barbeque outside which produces spectacularly tender, moist and flavourful grills. The view of the polo field is oh-so-serene, and the children indulged in some horse sighting (a favourite animal in the family by tradition). Even a picky exhotelier like yours truly found the service flawless and always there, yet discreet, while they also were amazing with the children. The added bonus is their great playground that we have used in the past, but this time we tried and keep the kids away from, so that they would finish their dinner.
A birthday cake was improvised by the brilliant kitchen and service staff at no notice, and Little Mr Sybarite was chuffed to bits that he had an entire chocolate 'birthday cake' to himself for his birthday.
We will most definitely return, next time on a Thursday to try their cheese vault and Raclette! I can safely say that Palermo has made it to my list of Dubai hidden gems, especially for those of us living ‘out here in the middle of the desert’.
The Backyard Grill runs every evening from Monday to Saturday, from 6:30pm until 10:30pm.