Food and drink
As bar food goes, this place is among the best (and regularly wins awards for it), with a eclectic menu offering the usual fish, chips and burgers, plus Indian, Italian and Middle Eastern options. It's not the cheapest in town, but how often do you to get to enjoy a meal at spitting distance from the Arabian Gulf?
Lively. While fairly relaxed during the day, by evening Barasti has gained notoriety for becoming something of a heaving meat-market, packed with twenty-something Western expats and tourists out to survey the talent. If that's what you're into, then great, but just don't expect grannie to enjoy it.
Fine by day, but as the crowds start to flock by the evening it starts to stutter. The bars can get pretty busy, so get practising those elbow jabs for the pushers.
Barasti is sat next to Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, with a decent beach to enjoy and views across to the Palm Jumeirah (the manmade island in the shape of a palm, naturally).
Most dishes cost between 60 and 120 dirhams.
- Backpackers / Students
- Stag / hen parties
- Live entertainment
- People watching
- No fuss