Mi Vida

It’s a restaurant name destined to immerse its customers in an autobiographically self-reflective haze. What am I doing with my life? Where will I be in ten years time? And should I have that squid deep-fried or pan-fried? Life is an ongoing process of decision making, some you win and others you lose. At Mi Vida’s fishmarket – a row of giant fish tanks in front of an aquatic-blue mosaic wall – I made some appallingly ill-judged decisions. I couldn’t resist squid for starters: while gazing at an entanglement of tentacles my taste-buds were pre-emptively tantalised. In those moments of overpowering allure I temporarily forgot that only the finest pan-fried squid is an improvement on munching on the cord of a landline telephone. A hint of butter and a squeeze of lemon improved the dish somewhat, but it was altogether too tasteless and rubbery. A bad decision, especially in the light of my companion’s spectacular grilled Omani prawns. With a buoyantly meaty texture and a clear expressive flavour, the brawny crustaceans were tongue-wagglingly wonderful. I made another poor decision selecting my main course, opting for the grilled hammour in anticipation of a light and refreshing taste. Unfortunately, it was near-flavourless, requiring a variety of condiments to cheer it up: doses of spicy tomato sauce and lemon and garlic sauce swiftly countered its inherent dryness. Meanwhile, my tablemate’s pan-fried sea bass was doubly expensive but quite fantastic, with a composed sweetness interspersed with occasional pangs of sea salt. Courgettes, carrots and peppers fought for supremacy in the accompanying ratatouille, and the sautéd potatoes were soft and satisfyingly seasoned. We finished with a stack of diced mixed fruits in a pleasantly cool juice – a good choice in terms of health-consciousness, but hardly gastronomically inspired. We loved the low-key Neptune-like atmosphere, especially the comfy seashell-shaped chairs. Service was fast, friendly and very efficient. If you choose to spend an evening at Mi Vida – recently reopened after a month’s refurbishment – it’s sure to be a very good decision.

Places Near Mi Vida

Maya Lounge
Maya Lounge

This offshoot of Richard Sandoval’s refurbished Modern Mexican Kitchen proves to be a lovely Latin l...

SatchmoÂ’s
SatchmoÂ’s

Basically it’s a posh bar in a prestigious hotel.

Zengo
Zengo

Meaning ‘give and take’ in Japanese, Zengo, recently launched at Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort...

Geales
Geales

Indigenous to London’s Notting Hill and Chelsea, Geales neatly fits the British gastro pub model, al...

Ossigeno
Ossigeno

From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2010This fine dining Italian restaurant has such an extensive menu yo...

Caracalla Spa
Caracalla Spa

Although this spa is normally open only to hotel guests and members of the Caracalla Club, treatment...

Piano Bar
Piano Bar

The ideal spot for aperitifs, accompanied by a soothing serenade from our resident pianist. Just the...

Maya Modern Kitchen & Lounge - Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa
Maya Modern Kitchen & Lounge - Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa

Having recently been revamped to usher in a new dining experience for the many guests who visit Maya...

Al Khaima
Al Khaima

In its picturesque beachside setting, Al Khaima is the perfect spot to enjoy warm Arabic hospitality...

Rhodes Twenty10 - Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa
Rhodes Twenty10 - Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa

As the name suggests, this culinary steakhouse is headed up by highly acclaimed Michelin-starred cel...

Cucina Mia Ristorante
Cucina Mia Ristorante

Cucina Mia is located in Jumeirah Beach Residence and is a true authentic Italian restaurant. Our Me...

Fish Bazaar and Salamar
Fish Bazaar and Salamar

Fish Bazaar is located amongst an oasis of palm trees, this beach facing traditional Thai restaurant...

Rami Jabali Salon & Spa
Rami Jabali Salon & Spa

A large, stylish salon in JBR with lots of open space and natural light. It’s owned by the salon’s e...

Fogueira Restaurant & Lounge
Fogueira Restaurant & Lounge

Maybe we’ve been unlucky with Fogueira Lounge, but on each of our three visits to date we’ve been ba...

Speakeasy Bar
Speakeasy Bar

Taking its cue from the crime-ridden era of the 1920s US prohibition movement, Speakeasy is a welcom...