Picante, Four Points Sheraton Bur Dubai

Being Goan and brought up on Portuguese delicacies like Assado (roast beef), feijoada (black beanstew) and vin d’alho (meat stew), it was with great expectation and ringing taste buds that I made my way to Picante


Unassuming and tucked away in the busiest streets of Bur Dubai (the valet parking is a huge plus), this tavern-style setting with rustic weathered wood tables is welcoming, simple and homely.

 Picante, Four Points Sheraton Bur Dubai


Bright ceramic tiles, mock shutters and open kitchen gives it a home-away-from-home. The staff, in true Portuguese-style, are very friendly well-versed with the men, which needs some handling as it comes as a hardened version of your daily newspaper.


The chef Portuguese so I went with his recommendations, and was glad I did. The grills are fabulous and the tiger prawns are a must, especially accompanied by bubbly. Another fab concoction from the grill is the beef tenderloin steak served with mashed sweet potatoes, wilted spinach and Portobello mushroom. My partner enjoyed the Alentejo-style stuffed chicken breast (turkey bacon and cream cheese). A bit high on garlic, so if you want it milder be sure you ask the chef when placing your order. Portions are generous but be sure to save room for the desserts, the Portuguese do creamy treats to perfection. We recommend the famous custard tarts, Pastel de Nata.

Picante, Four Points Sheraton Bur Dubai


Though not really matching up to the homemade tastes we’re used to, it was a lovely evening. A great place to hang out and enjoy with pals.


The traffic and the location is a bit of a downer, but if you are on that side of town, an enjoyable tavern-style experience awaits.


Picante |  Four Points Sheraton Bur Dubai, Bank Street | (04) 3977444