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Kitchen 45 at Embassy, Grosvenor House Dubai
Nominated for Best European

Towering above the Grosvenor House’s mega-plex of a nightclub is Embassy’s dining room, Kitchen 45. The decor is dark, shiny and luxurious, with cosy booths to one side and huge Tamara de Lempicka prints hanging from the walls adding to the sultry mood. The menu is characterised by a broad sense of modern European cooking, with very good preparation in most cases. Try the plain and simple starter of locally smoked salmon, or the densely flavoured mushroom and black truffle risotto. Unfortunately, on our visit, the signature dish of rabbit ravioli with a foie gras sauce arrived pitch perfectly when served as an amuse bouche, but proved over salted when served as a starter. Nonetheless, service is of a good standard, efficient and obliging, but with a slightly cooler, more causal tone, in keeping with the nightspot ambiance downstairs.
Open Tue, Wed & Sat 8pm-1.30am, Thu & Fri 8pm-2.30am. Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 399 8888). Sat dinner deal, ‘Sinful Saturdays’: 8pm-1.30am, Dhs300 (with soft drinks), Dhs400 (with selected house beverages).

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