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3 Fils Cafe - Dubai's Jumeirah Fishing Village

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January 23, 2018 / Asian / By

Jumeirah Fishing Village Marina - 3 Fils is the second restaurant from the left

Dubai’s restaurant scene continues to grow and mature. The traveler is spoiled for choice - so much choice in fact, that it can be hard for a first time visitor to know where to start. Hotel restaurants always provide a good starting point, and have the added advantage that if you’d like a beer or a glass of wine with your meal, a hotel restaurant is the only place that you can get either. The independent restaurants and food outlets in shopping malls and on the streets are not permitted to serve also, or to cook dishes that have been prepared in any kind of alcohol.

But it’s the new and independent operators away from the hotels that are really creating the culinary buzz in Dubai. I was lucky enough to be able to sample of couple on a recent trip back to stay with my family who live and work there. Now despite having lived there myself for seventeen years, an absence of just eighteen months post retirement has almost been enough to turn me into a fresh-off-the-boat newbie: things change, morph and develop that quickly.

3 Fils Café sits on the waterfront of a redeveloped fishing village, just a couple of hundred meters beyond Dubai’s busy Jumeirah Beach Road. Fishing village it may once have been, but now the area is much more of an upscale marina, where well-heeled owners can moor their bespoke boats and pleasure craft. A line of newly-opened restaurants offer both indoor and outdoor waterside dining, with seafood options being the common theme and specialty. This website link provides the current menu at 3 Fils, but given that pictures are supposed to be worth their weight in words, the website pics weigh a lot.

Now despite the aura of opulence that both the Jumeirah Fish Harbour marina itself and 3 Fils’s website convey, the good news is that the menu items are not terribly expensive. A selection of items sufficient for a satisfying and leisurely lunch might come to around AED 120-150 per head. That’s $US 35-40 or €27-35; not the cheapest eats in Dubai, but hardly cripplingly expensive either. 

Freemantle Octopus; sitting on a potato and leek purée

Other restaurants in the same row of building as 3 Fils are Shop One Seafood and Cherrie (sic) Blossom Café. I haven’t tried either, but from a walk-past, they look equally enticingly chic.

Getting there, and getting away afterwards: depending on where you are staying in central Dubai, a cab-ride to Jumeirah Fish Harbour could cost anywhere from $US 10 to $US 20. if you are staying somewhere a lot further out, then expect to pay more. After your meal, you can walk out to Jumeirah Beach Road - it will take about 2 minutes - and then flag a cab to return you to your hotel or longings. In the summer, you could ask the restaurant to call a cab for you.



Country: United Arab Emirates

Province/State: Dubayy

City: Dubai

Address: Jumeirah Fishing Harbour 1, Al Urouba St.

Zip/Post Code: N/A

Location Tips: 2 minutes walk from Jumeirah Beach Road

Phone: +971 56 273 0030


Price Guide:$$ (What's this?) N/A = home cooked meal,etc
$ = street food, fast food,etc
$$ = bistro, cafe, pub, bar,etc
$$$ = fine dining,etc

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