It’s all about the meat as we round up the best places to eat steak in Dubai
Time Out Dubai staff
Rhodes Twenty 10 Rhodes Twenty 10 is a restaurant where you take your time to enjoy the evening. Upon arrival, guests can enjoy a few pre-dinner drinks in the lounge, with its comfortable seats and chilled out atmosphere. Food orders are also taken here, and when you’re ready, you can head to the dining area to enjoy some accomplished British cuisine. Traditional dishes such as Welsh rarebit and fish and chips appear on the menu, but everything has been lifted to a fine dining standard. Starters are served as sharing dishes, with one dish enough for two people; the beetroot and cream cheese salad, served as towers, is a deliciously light and fresh way to start the meal. When it comes to mains, steaks and seafood dominate, and although the food isn’t complicated, the high-quality ingredients shine through. Service is exemplary throughout, especially if you need information about the food. Taking the staffs’ advice certainly pays dividends, especially with their recommendation of the signature sticky toffee pudding for dessert. Open daily 7pm-midnight. Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina, www.rhodestwenty10.com (04 316 5550).
Prime 68 Perched up on the 68th floor of the JW Marriott Marquis, stunning views are almost guaranteed if dining at this boutique steakhouse. It goes without saying that you need to book well in advance to secure a window seat, but even if you end up away from the view, the experience is still an impressive one. Light tones of cream and white make the restaurant a pleasant place to be, and despite its high-end credentials, it doesn’t feel stuffy. The cheerful staff help maintain this atmosphere through their friendly and helpful manner, while not being overbearing. Hungry diners will enjoy Prime 68’s hefty steaks, including the 12-ounce New York strip. There are plenty of options to customise steaks here, with an array of sauces and butters – featuring indulgent ingredients such as truffle – as well add-ons including lobster and meat rubs. With such breath-taking views and pleasant setting, it’s pleasing that the food fits the surroundings. Open daily 6pm-midnight. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay (04 414 3000).Brunch: Fri 12.30pm-3.30pm. Dhs495 (with house beverages), Dhs595 (with sparkling), Dhs695 (with bubbly).
The Rib Room Despite being located off the lobby in Jumeirah Emirates Towers, The Rib Room feels secluded and exclusive. The dark interior is stylish, with spacious cushioned seating lining the walls and tables filling the centre of the dining room. When it gets busy – and it often does – the restaurant has a buzzing atmosphere and feels like the place to be. The Rib Room’s popularity comes from its hearty steak offerings. There are grain fed American, Australian and Canadian options as well as grass fed Argentinean, while rib eye, striploin and tenderloin are the choice of cuts. Seafood lovers are also catered for, to a degree, especially when it comes to starters, with scallops, calamari and oysters available, while there is also a concise choice of mains from the sea. It’s also worth saving space for dessert, especially the creamy banana parfait with dulce de leche. While some of the dishes can be a bit hit and miss, this is a high-end dining experience with a special sense of occasion. Open Sun-Thu noon-3pm, 6pm-midnight; Fri-Sat 6pm-midnight. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 366 5866). Brunch: Fri noon-4pm. Dhs250 (with soft drinks), Dhs350 (with selected beverages), Dhs390 (with sparkling), Dhs550 (with bubbly). Business lunch: Fri-Wed noon-3pm. Dhs65 for one course (with water and tea/coffee), Dhs85 for two courses (with water and tea/coffee). The Chef’s Table: Sat-Thu 12.30pm-3pm, 7pm-10pm; Fri 7pm-10pm. Dhs465 per person (six-course set menu).
Asado Asado gets both the basics and the more advanced elements of fine dining right. The Argentinian grill serves up some of the best meat dishes in town – not only an enormous steak selection, but also intriguing options such as barbecued goat or venison stew. In fact, you’ll find the level of creativity and execution you would expect from fine dining restaurants, but with a buzzing atmosphere, impressive BurjKhalifa views and, above all, the space of more casual restaurants. Although slightly dry, the empanada selection gives you a taster of the traditional Argentinian pie with crab, chicken or cheese fillings. Steaks are introduced and explained, with helpful staff happy to suggest options on your taste guidelines. This is more than just a fancy steakhouse, however, and ordering outside the grill will not disappoint. Where else in Dubai can you try braised pigeon, foiegras and purple potatoes with asparagus puree? Open daily 7pm-11.30pm. The Palace Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (04 888 3444).
Center Cut Dimly lit to an extent that it’s actually quite hard to see, Center Cut is an imposing, fine-dining destination. But despite first impressions, it’s not at all snooty; the staff are warm and friendly, and the atmosphere relaxed. And when it comes to the food, Center Cut shines brightly. The menu is concise, but features everything you would expect from a steakhouse, including some standout starters. You wouldn’t expect a restaurant that focuses on meat to excel at salads, but the organic beetroot dish is a wonderfully tangy creation of sweet and savoury flavours that combine perfectly. Main courses also hit the high notes, with the steaks soft, tender and flavourful – the fillet mignon almost melts in the mouth. Ending with a hearty dessert will ensure it’s a consistently high-quality dining experience. There’s no need to fear a wallet-busting final bill, either, which is the cherry on the top at this satisfying steakhouse. Open Sun-Thu 6am-10.30am, noon-2.30pm, 6.30pm-11pm; Fri-Sat 6am-11am, noon-2.30pm, 6.30pm-11pm. The Ritz-Carlton DIFC, Gate Village, DIFC, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 372 2323)
Gaucho Sophisticated, stylish, masculine, chic – it is easy to run out of superlatives describing this Argentine-via-London export. It would be easiest to say it does not disappoint on any level and that is why it is regularly packed with city slickers appreciating the finer things. The chrome fittings, monochrome palette and cow print chairs would feel ostentatious in a less confident restaurant but here, along with the knowledgeable and stylish staff it comes across as self-assured. Probably because there is a feeling anything coming out of the kitchen will hit the right note. Steaks are the specialty and staff will explain the numerous and well-procured cuts at length. Simply put if you can afford premium prices there is a steak here you will never forget. Before that try the duck and beef empinadas and round off with a salted dulche de leche and hazelnut. Dhs320 (with unlimited soft drinks), Dhs395 (with house beverages), Dhs495 (with sparking grape). Fri noon-4pm. Gate Village 05, DIFC (04 422 7898).
JW's Steakhouse With its friendly staff and warm decor, JW’s Steakhouse is one of the most inviting restaurants in the city. Heavy in dark greens and wood, with faded newspaper clippings and black and white photographs on the wall, it has a warm atmosphere. The staff treat diners with familiarity, and provide excellent service throughout. There’s also a real sense of occasion here, with high-backed chairs, oversized menus and ornate wooden place mats adorned with silver bull horns. This is a restaurant that really prides itself on the quality of its meat, and the staff will display the cuts of what’s on special and explain the other options in detail. The chunky, rustic cuts of meat are all high quality and cooked well, although some of the sides can be a bit of a let-down. Seafood also features prominently on the menu, evident as you walk in past the tank full of lobsters, guaranteeing diners a fresh taste of the sea. As an all-round dining experience, JW’s is hard to beat. Open Fri-Wed 5pm-midnight; Thu noon-3pm, 5pm-midnight. JW Marriott Dubai, Abu Baker Al Siddique Road, Deira (04 607 7977). Business lunch: Dhs175 (for three courses), Thu noon-3pm. JW’s Rib Eye Nights: Dhs175 (for 10oz steak and glass of grape), Fri 7.30pm-midnight. Chateaubriand Night: Dhs280 (for 10oz cut), Dhs650 (for 20oz cut with bottle of house grape). Prime Rib Night: Dhs185 (for 10oz queen cut), Dhs225 (for 14oz king cut), Tue 7.30pm-midnight. Spare Rib Night: Dhs350 (for 10oz beef spare ribs), Thu 7.30pm-midnight).
La Parrilla First reviewed by Time Out back in 2001 the Jumeirah Beach Hotel’s Argentine restaurant has been one of the most consistently excellent in the city ever since. Never quite bothering the top tier it has, nevertheless, been a stand out on the Latin American scene. Diners know what to expect – remarkable 25th floor views of the Burj Al Arab, excellent service, live Latin dancing and music and some of the best steaks available in the city. We have to admit being tempted by a juicy-looking Chilean Sea Bass and a Caribbean prawn dish but the massive selection of steaks is too strong a draw to make us stray. Certified Australian Wagyu with roasted root vegetables and house cut fries is never a let-down and, frankly speaking didn’t strictly need tie mushroom truffle sauce but this is the type of place where indulgence should be accepted. Open daily 6.30pm-midnight. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Road, www.jumeirah.com (04 348 0000).
Prime Steakhouse When it comes to location, Prime Steakhouse can safely claim to be unique. Up on the fifth floor of The Meydan, it overlooks the impressive racecourse, which is one of the greenest views in the city. If you’re lucky – or just call in advance – you’ll land one of the window seats, with two huge, high-backed chairs that look out over the course, offering an unrivalled sense of privacy and comfort. Staff are well-informed when it comes to steak, offering concise information on the different cuts of meat. Steaks can be ordered by the 100g, so you won’t need to worry about over indulging, although the delicious, tender, flavourful meat does encourage that. Mini desserts, at only Dhs20 a pop, end the meal on a not-too-rich sweet note, while the extremely reasonable final bill will leave you with a smile on your face. Open daily 7pm-11.30pm. The Meydan, Nad Al Sheba, www.meydanhotels.com/meydan (04 381 3111).
The Exchange Grill Amid the sleek setting of this New York-themed restaurant, you’ll find chunky steaks alongside daintier starters and sides. The decor is fitting of a high-end steakhouse, with black leather seats and moody lighting. Service is attentive throughout the dining experience, although a bit overbearing during quieter times. When the food starts to arrive, you’ll be confronted with some stylish touches and impressive presentation. The crab cake starter is a light way to kick off the meal, and is served with a small parcel of cream cheese topped with caviar. Steaks, too, look the part, with clean presentation, from the petite fillet mignon options up to larger cuts for hungry carnivores. Open daily 7pm-midnight. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 311 8316).