The outdoor seating at Farriers restaurant, The Meydan Hotel.


Review: Dinner with Meydan race action at Farriers


DUBAI – Who knew I could have a taste of the world’s richest horse race and have a five-star dinner right on the deck of The Meydan Hotel’s Farriers restaurant?

Expat Media was recently invited to try Farriers’ daily theme nights, which is truly value for money this month in the build-up to the Dubai World Cup. The price starts at Dh230 and includes a five-star buffet spread from fresh seafood to exquisite desserts. I could not find fault with the offer here.

The best part? When you dine in every Thursday and Saturday until the end of March, you can watch the races at the Meydan Racecourse from your table at no extra charge! The best seats are outdoors if you want to catch the action, although you can always get a table in Farriers’ luxurious indoor dining area, and then stroll out the deck to watch the horse races every 30 minutes from 7pm until 9:30pm.

Best kept secret

I would say Farriers is one of Dubai’s best kept secrets with its views and wonderful service. The chef in charge roams around to really ensure the customers’ satisfaction. What a wonderful touch.

The buffet – with its five star service and setting – is value for money considering the price. Thursday was seafood night and I thoroughly enjoyed the elaborate spread of the fresh catch from the sea, which included lobsters, oysters, jumbo prawns, mussels, king crab legs and baby octopus. There were also some chichen, beef, vegetable, pizza and pasta dishes to try. There was also maki and sashijmi on the buffet.

At the live cooking station, you can choose the seafood you want and ask the chef to cook it for you any way you want. The chef brought us some grilled hamour and prawns, which were perfect.

The dessert counter was a delight, with different kinds of cake and pastries perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth.  There’s also a minibar to help you select the best drink to go with your buffet.

Food that stood out

Everything on offer looked too good to eat, but here are some of the food that stood out for me.

Grilled lobsters: They were perfectly grilled, with the soft and fresh lobster meat carrying a hint of lemon just how I like it.

Japanese maki: I am a fan of Japanese maki and I have to say their maki is just like those served in authentic Japanese restaurants. This was a huge bonus for me at the buffet.

Sweet and sour fish: I love sweet and sour dishes, and the taste of the fresh halibut perfectly cooked in sweet and sour sauce was an absolute delight. The fish was firm and tender, with its mild, sweet taste complementing the sweet and sour sauce.

Chicken casserole: This was a great break from the seafood spread and worth it with its unassuming flavours that reminded me of food cooked lovingly at home.

Meydan Star: Don’t miss this amazing concoction from the Farriers’ bar. The fusion of orange and kiwi is perfect as a refreshing pair to the seafood-heavy spread.

Would I recommend Farriers? Definitely, not only for its ambiance, but for its food selection, taste and presentation. I will definitely come back here.



How would you like to catch the Dubai World Cup as well as enjoy afternoon tea and a gala dinner, away from the maddening crowd? Farriers is preparing a lavish dinner buffet with culinary creations carefully prepared by a world-class team of chefs.

The Farriers Terrace DWC experience is available on March 31, from 2pm onwards. The first race starts at 3:45pm and the Dubai World Cup runs at 8:50pm. Price is Dh1,650 and includes gala buffet dinner, fresh juices, soft beverages, afternoon tea, canapés, bubbles, full selection of house beverages, tea and coffee. Prices are VAT inclusive. This experience includes access to Grandstand Apron Views, complimentary valet parking and Dubai World Cup closing ceremony show. Dress code is elegant.

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