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Nominated for Best Bar Food
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Situated in the middle of DIFC, this modern restaurant and lounge tends to attract financial types and is particularly popular mid-week for after work drinks and bites. Be sure to dress to impress in this slick and polished joint to look the part. The food consists mainly of bar bites such as the Kobe barbecue beef sliders and mac and cheese, but with a few posher dishes such as apple endive salad, scarpetta rigatoni malenzana and Cajun blackened shrimp. The ‘Baked Alaska’ – a dish of sponge cake, strawberries, meringue and strawberry ice cream – is simply to die for; this perfect combination of hot and cold desserts is a must-try. Having recently renovated the terrace area, Caramel is perfect for a quick catch-up with friends over dinner or as a place to dine inside in a dimly-lit corner for a more romantic setting. Staff are well dressed and on the ball, so you can sit back, relax and enjoy.
Open Sun-Thu 11am-2am; Fri-Sat 7pm-2am. DIFC (04 425 6677).

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