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Izel, Conrad Dubai
Highly Commended for Best Newcomer

Izel, one of the signature dining spots at Conrad Dubai, dubs itself with the cinematic tagline ‘Latin Artistry’. There’s a little exaggeration in this statement, but it’s still an impressive venue, with the dining room boasting the proportions of a concert hall. The menu offers the expected ceviches and Argentine cuts of beef. However, refreshingly for a Latin concept in Dubai, there is plenty of pan-American flavour in between, from Venezuelan arepas to Mexican queso fundido. The charming staff are adept at offering recommendations with clear explanations, but if you go for the Argentinean-style tuna ceviche, you won’t be disappointed – the dish has plenty of fatty roundness with an acidic, fresh punch. The Chilean sea bass, meanwhile, beautifully crisp on both sides, is a wonderfully meaty, juicy specimen that tastes as if sweet, buttery honey lies between each flake. No stone has been left unturned at Izel and the concept is fresh and fun, from the excellent food and service to the stunning environment.
Open Mon-Fri 7.30pm-1am. Conrad Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.dubai.izel.com (04 444 71111).


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