21 Grams Dubai: A Balkan-inspired bolthole on Jumeirah Beach Road

Say hello to 21 Grams Dubai – a beautiful, Balkan-inspired bolthole tucked away on Jumeirah Beach Road. Join The Huntr as we present our full review…

“21 Grams, the weight of a human soul. 21 degrees, the latitude the Balkan Peninsula.” – The answer to the “why the name 21 Grams?” question out of the way, let us discuss the cosy vibes of this little bistro. Located within the Park Regis Boutique hotel next to Umm Suqueim 2 Park and a stone’s throw from the beach, 21 Grams Dubai is a tiny, stylish, vibrant, contemporary dream space. The interiors have been beautifully put together and the Balkan roots are clear to see in each and every corner. There’s a gorgeous mix of Millennial pink and orange sofa seating, a stark concrete floor and traditional Balkan rugs, together with a great selection of reading materials such as Brown Book Magazine, Kinfolk and curated books. Making this is an excellent spot to while away an afternoon solo – or with your nearest and dearest. A pocket-sized terrace is also available, and from the outside, potential visitors are tempted inside with a sign that reads ‘Follow the smell of coffee’…

Follow we did. And it wasn’t just the coffee (courtesy of Gold Box) that wowed us. Food-wise we sampled the Burek Cheese (30AED), which is a signature dish of the Balkan region and is created using layers of filo pastry, cheese, egg and butter. From the mezze menu, we selected the Kajmak (14AED) clotted cream, the red pepper relish Ajvar (18AED), Urnebes (14AED), which is a red hot chili cheese, and an eggplant relish called Melidzano (14AED). These are served with traditional bread and make for the perfect sharing appetiser or light snack.

For the main event, we opted for two meat dishes. The Grilled Cavapi (64AED) – sort of a cross between sausages and kebab, it is served with a traditional Serbian salad comprised of pepper and onions – and the Slow-cooked Lamb in Milk (84AED). The lamb comes served with a horseradish sauce and poached apple, it’s very tasty and tender and the poached apple lends the perfect sweetness. A delightful dish not to be missed.

To end a satisfying meal on a sweet note, we sampled the Elderflower Ice Cream (30AED) and the Princess Donut (26AED). The latter of which was soft and creamy, and both were very good.

Drinks-wise, we ordered the house water (16AED), which is rosemary and berry infused. A cafe latte (21AED) crafted from Gold Box’s speciality beans and the hot chocolate (25AED), which is crafted using handmade chocolate from The Huntr favourite Mirzam Chocolate.

What really sets 21 Grams apart is the customer service. You feel very at home and welcome as soon as you enter. The staff are passionate and friendly. Long may it continue…


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