The new Reel Cinema in Jebel Ali Village, combined with Guy Fieri restaurant offered much hope for a different cinema experience, which, in fairness, it did deliver.
Unlike other dine and watch offers, the meal is served inside in front, on a bench style table. allows better access and plenty of space, unlike other similar offerings with Vox and Novo. On the down side, the chairs are not the best. If you are used to padded luxury recliners, like an airline business class seat, think again. These seats slid backwards and forwards to access the food, with no recline and are, in all honestly, as comfortable as sitting on a brick. Two hours into the movie I was struggling to find a copy position. I hear that these are actually being changed, so that is some good news.
The menu is slightly kore elaborate than Novo 7 star and less so than Theatre by Rhodes, but better priced and more mid range. I recall a cinema ticket and a two course meal is around 150 AED, so not bad. Food range is OK, with the wider menu available on the a la carte option, but Trashcan Nachos still my favorite think in a cinema for a long time.
Obviously, big selling point, it sells alcohol, in the cinema, so thats a huge plus point. The screens are not huge, so a nice feeling of privacy too and not the vast screens of a multiplex.
The main worry was the logistics of buying the ticket. We waited in line whilst some customers faffed about chasing their food, would be better to deal with that away from the ticket counter, thus avoiding lines. However, maybe thats just the newness of the place and they will sort it out.
So, all in all, not bad, a unique experience and food was reasonable as were the prices. Sort the seats out and I will be back again