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Center Cut
Nominated for Best Steakhouse
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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, (04 372 2323).

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