Nikki Beach is world renowned for its stylish, trendy venues and Key West is no exception. It’ a beautiful space; white, bright and tropical with a gorgeous central bar and stunning views of the beach. The outdoor terrace is just crying out for sunset drinks, roll on winter!
We visited on a Thursday, which turned out to be their Jammin’ night, essentially a paired down evening “brunch”. Reasonably priced at 200 AED for non-alcohol or 300 for alcohol, you are treated to a ceviche station, starters and mains brought to your table on platters and a small dessert room. If you’re feeling thirsty and opt for the alcohol package you’ll also get to choose from a selection of beers and wines and 3 rum based cocktails. For research purposes I obviously tried them all and can confirm they were great, if a little punchy. Hic!
Having not eaten for at least two hours we were absolutely famished (standard!) so decided to get stuck straight into the starters which came out presented on a metal platter and included chicken tostados, Kingston patties, tortillas and the smoothest guac in the world. We also loved the chilli stuffed peppers!
Mains were kept simple and rustic. Think rice and beans, jerk chicken (utterly divine), and beautifully roasted fish in foil. I was worried that there wasn’t going to be enough to fill us up but actually a lot of the dishes were calorie dense and super filling and in the end we didn’t even manage to finish it all. (Soz the pictures are pretty appalling, the lighting was extremely dim and it wasn’t the most photogenic of food, despite being delicious!)
The desserts were set up in a separate alcove where you could help yourself and keep going back for more until fit to burst. There wasn’t a huge selection and this is the one area I think the team could look to improve. What was there was nice enough, although you could definitely tell some of the dishes had been sitting out a while, in particular the churros which for me really need to be cooked to order every time. But honestly for the price point and quality of the rest of the food I’m not going to complain too much.
Key West and their Jammin’ night is definitely one to add to your winter list. The stunning deck with views of the sea and palm trees bustling in the wind is just crying out for a laid back evening filled with beautiful rustic food and all the rum cocktails. I’d actually love to visit again and try out their tacos and some of the dishes from the a la carte menu which from Instagram look to die for.
A huge thank you to the staff who were so welcoming and the majority of whom from the Caribbean themselves. The warm and inviting ambience really made us feel like we were on holiday somewhere other than the sweaty sandpit that is Dubai currently. This isn’t your usual Dubai spot where you go dressed up to the nines in 10 inch heels. Go dressed in a casual maxi or shorts and sandals and prepare to really chill out.
For more information please visit: https://dubai.nikkibeach.com/dine/key-west/