As the Jamaican saying goes, “Betta belly buss dan good food waste.” In other words, it’s better to overeat than to waste good food. I had the pleasure of putting this theory to the test over the weekend at Miss Lily’s Dubai.
The New York-born Jamaican eatery, Dubai’s latest hot spot, opened recently to great success. If you follow any of the city’s movers and shakers on social media, you’ve no doubt been treated to snaps of the restaurant’s neon-lit bar area, container-style entrance, and poster-filled walls.
Savoir Flair’s verdict? It’s the coolest new haunt in town. And here’s why.
To put it mildly, Miss Lily’s fit-out is hands down the coolest we’ve seen in a while, which is saying something considering the sheer number of restaurants popping up on Dubai’s dining scene on a near-weekly basis. Serge Becker, the man behind some of New York’s most popular eateries (think: La Esquina, Bodega Negra, and Lure Fishbar), created an 80s-style Jamaican diner vibe with black-and-blue linoleum checkerboard floors and walls adorned with Jamaican vinyl record covers. There’s also a multicolored disco ball, a custom-built Jamaican speaker stack, and walls lined with ‘Scotch Bonnet’ hot sauce.
From the wall décor to the record-shaped tables, music is an integral part of the Miss Lily’s ethos. Expect music-fueled brunches come fall as well as some of the best ska and reggae tunes in town. Oh, and don’t be surprised if your waiters dutty wine their way to your table.
The Jerk Chicken Ramen
My personal favorite on the menu and probably the most successful culinary example of cultural cross-breeding to ever hit Dubai. Don’t miss the traditional ‘Jerk Chicken’ either, which is best enjoyed with a side of rice and peas for island cuisine at its best.
The Chef’s Table
If you’re looking for a slightly more exclusive experience than what the dining room and lounge areas offer, book the Chef’s Table for dinner. Slightly secluded, it seats up to 16 people and is located just off the kitchen. The element of privacy, direct interaction with the chef, and cool décor are just three of its many perks.
The Juice Bar
Miss Lily’s sibling juice bar, Melvin’s Juice Box, is set to launch at this location after the summer and will provide the perfect healthy counterpart to some of the menu’s more decadent dishes. Stop by for lunch to enjoy organic cold-pressed juices, salads, and healthy bowls courtesy of Melvin Major Jr, one of the most famous faces on New York City’s organic juice scene.
The Dress Code
If you – like us – would rather end the workweek in a pair of jeans and sneakers than have to climb onto yet another pair of stilettos for a Thursday night out, this is the place for you.
This banana mousse with meringue, fried banana, and brown butter is reason enough to book a table.
Miss Lily’s Dubai
Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road
(+971) 4 354 4074