Souk Al Manzil, Downtown Dubai
Recommended for Caribbean Food
You won't find many places in Dubai that have as much island love and Caribbean atmosphere than Ting Irie, a Jamaican restaurant and lounge that washes over you with its vibrant flavours and feel-good vibes.
From the jammin' reggae tunes to their signature 'Spitfiyah' jerk chicken, it's completely unique to the city's foodie landscape. Located at the entrance of Souk Al Manzil in Downtown Dubai, you'll find the spirit of Bob Marley across the space - from the music to his portrait that overlooks the dining room. With ladies' night on Tuesdays and a lively brunch every Friday, this joint is bumping all week long.
Staffed by a team of Jamaican nationals with plenty of humour and food expertise, Ting Irie - which means "everything's alright" - is a bright spot on the culinary map of Dubai. It boasts a gourmet chef at the helm who has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants, so expect Caribbean fare with an upscale kick.
What we truly love about the venue is the cool Rasta-inspired ambience that's subtle rather than gimmicky. You'll find graffiti painted banana leaves on the walls and a kaleidoscope of colours on the ceiling of the sun room facing Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard. Grab a fruity mocktail from the bar and start your Jamaican holiday without ever leaving your seat.
The restaurant sits on one of the busiest streets in Downtown Dubai, so you'll want to plan ahead if you're coming down during rush hour traffic. You'll find parking in the basement of Souk Al Manzil, but spaces may be hard to come by during busy periods.
Ting Irie has a Friday brunch but they only offer one price package that includes alcoholic beverages and food; there are no non-alcoholic packages available at a lower rate.
Come down for Ting Irie's 'Three Little Birds' ladies' night every Tuesday from 7pm-11pm; the promo includes three free drinks and a 30% discount on food. They've also got a brunch on Fridays from 1pm-4pm that's packed with Jamaican bites and rum cocktails.
If you order just one thing from the à la carte menu, make it the pulled oxtail sandwich - it's incredible. If you've got a sweet tooth, you can't go wrong with the carnival funnel cake. Rumour has it that Ting Irie gives away free drinks if you learn their "secret handshake"; we suggest checking out their Instagram to find out what it is. The restaurant also allows for online reservations so head to the website for easy booking.
Location & Contact
Spitfiyah Jerk Chicken costs AED 70 (for a quarter portion); Peppa Shrimp and Plantain costs AED 85; desserts cost between AED 40 and AED 65. Brunch costs AED 395 per person.
- Smoking Yes
- Cigars allowed
- Alcohol served
- Venue Indoor
- Dress Code Anything goes!
- Booking not required
- Deliveroo Yes
- Meals Dinner
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