From Gaucho to Zuma to La Petite Maison, DIFC has no shortage of world-famous bars and restaurants, each with its own unique and clear identity.
Decked out in ebony hues, velvet furnishings and Betty Boop murals, from the start, Monaco import Sass Café combines an unusual medley of themes – making its overall tone fairly hard to define.
It’s a supperclub of sorts, with a food menu featuring French-Mediterranean fine-dining, sharply juxtaposed against a music policy that includes the new ’80s and ’90s pop night on Wednesdays. Service is just as unpredictable. When we arrive, the welcome is impressively hostile – monosyllabic and scowling when we give our name – but staff are happy to move us (and others) when a diner’s cigar smoke becomes overwhelming.
Drinks prices are standard for DIFC – a glass of grape or Italian fizz will set you back Dhs60, though you can expect to pay a fair bit more for a mixed drink.
While we left scratching our heads over Sass’ inconsistencies, we can’t ignore the fact that week to week, it does host some impressively busy nights. We’re just not entirely sure how, or why.
The bottom line There are better nights out to be found elsewhere in DIFC. Monday nights are your best bet here.