Dubai has been a paradise to me ever since I stepped foot onto its deserts in 2012. 4 years later, I still feel the same way and you can just imagine how ecstatic I am to find another paradise within the paradise.
Enter Mahiki restaurant and bar. Mahiki is the ultimate party destination with its Tiki décor and delicious fresh fruit cocktails. You’ll discover a fun and vibrant Polynesian theme running throughout every aspect, from the entrance to bar, DJ booth to hefty dance floor. For any cocktail lover, Mahiki offers the ultimate destination, with a vast variety of tropical themed drinks, beautifully presented in chic tiki cups.
We visited on a Thursday which means they are having Le Beat Tropique night. We were a bit early so it’s not too busy and people started coming in at around 10pm. The restaurant probably had the longest entrance from the main door and I like the anticipation as you go down the stairs and the reservations officer guided us to our seats.
The interiors were pretty impressive and complemented the location with it being in the Jumeirah Beach Hotel area. I’ve never been to Hawaii but I’m guessing it looks a lot like this. You can see from the chairs and the tables and the bar that everything was well planned and even the floral uniform of the waiters looked coordinated and matches the theme.
Their menu consisted mostly of cocktails and a vast selection of drinks but not a lot for food. I’m assuming this is because they have positioned themselves to be more of a bar than a restaurant with its open and extended dance floor, signature booths and an endless variety of typical feel good tunes.
But there’s still a lot to try when it comes to food. Firstly, we had the Mahiki signature cocktail and the Fa’fefene and they gave us the staple appetizer Salted Edemame.
We only had to wait for a few minutes before the rest of the food was served. We ordered the Avocado crab roll, California roll, Burger and Chicken sliders, Chicken wrap, Fried pepper squid and Triple cooked chips.
I’m impressed by how the food is placed on each plate and how they have kept the uniformity in all the dishes. It’s also notable how flavorful and savory each of the dish was and I would definitely recommend trying at least one of these even if you’re just there for the drinks.
I still can’t believe I have only tried Mahiki Dubai last night because it truly transports paradise into the heart of the city. The fact that they don’t have VIP rooms and an open door policy combined with the fun atmosphere and great tunes makes Mahiki the ultimate party destination. If you haven’t been here, you’re definitely missing out. You don’t need to go to Hawaii for the tiki experience, just come to Mahiki and let them welcome you to paradise.