Jimmy’s Killer Prawns Jimmy’s Killer Prawns

Stick to its speciality dish and you can’t go wrong Reviews

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It’s an international chain restaurant in a mall, so you might be tempted to give this one a miss – unless you’ve heard about its legendary dish.

Jimmy’s Killer Prawns is known, unsurprisingly, for its prawns. Jimmy knows how to cook ’em.

You can opt for sushi, paella, salad or steak, but the restaurant’s signature dish is a mountain of prawns – 72 of them, to be exact, if there are four of you sharing. This comes with crispy fries or rice. You peel the prawns yourself so it’s a messy affair: great for kids’ birthday parties and families, less so for a business lunch. Fortunately, gloves are provided – and don’t think you won’t need them.

The prawns are marinated in a mild tomato sauce so they have enough flavour to eat on their own, but you’ll want to order a sauce. There are eight to choose from; we opted for Jimmy’s famous trio – peri peri, lemon butter and garlic oil – then got dunking.

The restaurant is on the third floor of Mushrif Mall, so if you take a seat at one of the red cushioned booths at the front, you’ll be gobbling prawns as shoppers pass by. It’s fun if you don’t mind people watching, but remember half of Abu Dhabi will be gawping at you as oil drips down to your elbows.

The restaurant provides highchairs and kids are free to roam around, screaming and/or giggling. Parents can distract them with the small aquarium in the middle of the restaurant or lift them up to see the chefs at work in the open kitchen. There’s plenty of space between the booths for highchairs or shopping bags.

Staff are friendly, knowledgeable and helpful – they gave us extra garlic sauce after overhearing we liked it – but they could do with looking up a bit more, as we were left without a fork as they stood idle on the other side of the restaurant.

The two of us made the fatal error of ordering the platter for three, which comes with 54 prawns, thinking 36 prawns between us didn’t sound enough. We were wrong, especially as we’d ordered starters as well.

But it was worth it, as our starters were as tasty as the prawns. We shared grilled calamari – which wasn’t at all rubbery – and seafood soup, a creamy broth packed with prawns, mussels and calamari rings.

Somehow, we found room for dessert. Though the vanilla ice cream with Mars bar sauce or crushed Oreos, Maltesers and raisins sounded tempting, we opted to share a slice
of strawberry cheesecake.

We should have quit while we were ahead. The menu described the sweet as smooth and rich with a hint of crunch – but it was nothing of the sort. It looked like it had been defrosted, had a frothy centre with a layer of tasteless sponge in the middle and the bottom was a soggy mess.

Jimmy’s isn’t a destination diner by any means, but if you love prawns then get stuck in.

The bill (for two)
Seafood soup Dhs20
Grilled calamari Dhs29
Prawn platter Dhs215
Cheesecake Dhs24
Total (excluding service) Dhs288

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.


  • Location: Mushrif Mall, Al Aman, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 650 0300
  • Travel: Airport Road
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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

User reviews:

Posted by: Shankar Brahamchari on 24 Feb ' 13 at 11:08
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Edited by TimeOutAbuDhabi.com

I visited Jimmy's with my family and it was an amazing experience. The prawns are really killer prawns and the staff was very friendly. I recommend this restaurant to all. Shankar & Family

Posted by: Ahmed Hassan on 16 Jan ' 13 at 11:05
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The best sea food ever had in Abu Dhabi. Amazing atmosphere. Perfect for a getaway meal. Recommended strongly.

Posted by: Dan Hoskins on 30 Mar ' 12 at 03:27

It was fantastic.

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