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The Exchange Grill, The Fairmont Dubai
Highly Commended for Best Steakhouse
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Small, smart and stylish, with large leather button-back armchairs and glossy walnut wood floors, The Exchange Grill transports diners straight to New York, assisted by the fun artificial windows displaying a looped video of a Broadway street scene. The restaurant offers no city vistas of its own, but the focus really is on the food, the menu offering plenty of options, including a good range of steaks, as well as lamb chops, chicken and a fish of the day. The surf and turf combination of Omani lobster and US tenderloin steak is smart and cleanly presented on thin black slate plates. Meals are accompanied by a selection of mustards, including two chef-made specialities – green wasabi mustard and red beetroot mustard – which go particularly well with the meat. Try the baked sweet potato with small chunks of feta, anchovy and olives for a flavoursome alternative to mash.
Open daily 7pm-midnight. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 311 8316).


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