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Social by Heinz Beck
Nominated for Best Italian
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With his restaurant La Pergola in Rome awarded three Michelin stars for its modern vision of Italian cooking, Heinz Beck is among the most renowned chefs in the world. Launched in the Waldorf Astoria on the Palm, Social by Heinz Beck brings to Dubai what the chef himself terms a ‘deformalised’ yet still fine taste of his cooking style. His Dubai venue is decorated in sophisticated, fine dining tones, with a slightly masculine and slick New York edge of dark wood, glass and cosy cushioned seating in soft grey tones. The menu is varied, but not too long and dishes sound creative yet not overblown. Staff tend to be reasonably friendly, and are able to offer explanations of what dishes are or how they are prepared. An evening at Social by Heinz Beck is certainly an enjoyable experience, and offers some of the finer touches offered by Dubai’s most innovative restaurants.
Open daily 7pm-midnight. Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah (04 818 2222).

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