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Date night at Tribes, Mall of the Emirates

Adrian and I fancied something a little different for our recent date night, so we took ourselves off to Tribes in Mall of the Emirates.

African themed and tucked away in the corner of the fashion dome, it’s not the kind of place you’d expect to come across when browsing (window licking more like!) in the likes of Chanel and so on nearby . And that is precisely why we liked it. The food was hearty and unpretentious, if a teeny bit exotic, and there was a lovely relaxed atmosphere with lots of families, shoppers and locals in situ. We came away with full bellies and wide smiles thanks to the hilarious staff, who were all from different parts of Africa which added to the authentic vibe of the place.

Tribes, Mall of the Emirates

Hakuna Matata, Tribes, Mall of the Emirates

We started with Hakuna Matata (otherwise known as “no worries” – a rather epic name for a dish I think you’ll agree), an absolute monstrosity of meat, fish and more meat high on a big glass serving dish. Adrian basically ate all the fish and I spend a good twenty minutes inhaling a wondrous beef creation encased in perfectly flaky pastry.

Tribes, Mall of the Emirates

By the time our main courses arrived, I was feeling a little bit nervous. Massively stuffed from the starter, the thought of tackling wagyu steak was enough to make me adopt a slight green tinge. I needn’t have worried however, because when it arrived – oh my, wagyu steak done right really is one of the best things in the world to eat. It was seriously tender and I didn’t even share any with Adrian after he had finished his ribeye version.

Tribes, Mall of the Emirates

We did order dessert too but that nearly did me in (a melty, gooey and distinctly moreish chocolate cake). I might have been holding my sides at that point just to make sure I didn’t burst. Our server on the night was Kopo, a hilarious dude from South Africa who finished off our visit by busting out a few moves, as you do!

Tribes, Mall of the Emirates

If you’re looking for a quick bite when you’re in MOE, or if you’re a major meat lover then this is a good spot to visit. Just make sure you go there with an empty stomach! 🙂

Next on the hitlist, Tortuga in Madinat Jumeirah. Any Dubai peeps been there yet? Send your date night recommendations this way!

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  • Reply Jen

    The food looks amazing, will definitely need to give Tribes a visit some weekend soon. Have you tried Salero, the tapas bar in the Kempinski at MOE? The tapas were good and the sangria wasn’t bad either! I’d say it would suit both date night or a girlie catch up 🙂

    April 27, 2014 at 9:37 pm
    • Reply Simone

      No but I’ve heard all the ads on the radio and want to go so bad! Is it spendy or average?

      April 28, 2014 at 10:01 am
      • Reply Jen

        Sorry, I have just seen this! I don’t remember it being too spendy 🙂

        May 6, 2014 at 9:43 pm
  • Reply Elisabeth

    Wow Simone, this place looks amazing! I love something a little bit different from the norm! I think I can remember walking past it when I was in Dubai earlier on in the year. Will definitely making a mental note to go there when I go back!

    Lis x

    April 27, 2014 at 10:41 pm
    • Reply Simone

      When are you coming back!?

      April 28, 2014 at 10:01 am
  • Reply Fiona

    My boyfriend and I went to Tortuga when I visited him whilst he was stationed in Dubai, it was delicious! Also recommend MJ’s steakhouse there too – damn tasty! xx

    April 27, 2014 at 11:43 pm
  • Reply fiona bradley

    That food looks insane! Craving meat now. Surely Tesco Galway will have something similar haha?


    April 28, 2014 at 2:47 pm
  • Reply kelly

    this looks terrible…like some fetishizing of sub saharan african culture, all kinds lumped together. this is the kind of place that would thrive in dubai.

    May 1, 2014 at 6:10 pm
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