STAY by Yannick Alléno
Highly Commended Best Romantic 9 Comments
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STAY (aka 'Simple Table Alléno Yannick') is a concept created by and named (twice) after French Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alléno, with additional branches of this fine-dining venue in Beijing and Beirut. At the Dubai-based branch, located in the One&Only The Palm, the restaurant is as elegantly lavish as the hotel itself, decked out moodily in black, cream and deep burgundies, with several intimate booths, ideal for a liaison á deux. Refreshingly, the staff are very well versed in the restaurant's concept and menu, doing their utmost to impart both to diners, from the outset, adding an extra sense of anticipation to proceedings. And the experience doesn't disappoint. The menu is abstract yet uncomplicated, grounded in modern French cooking, but enlivened with inspiration from around the globe. Whether it's the soya bean risotto, or marinated sturgeon, the food is highly innovative, but with exemplary execution, making for an utterly enjoyable dining experience. Yet the focal point has to be the 'dessert library'. Here, diners are invited to get their sweet tooth going with complimentary tasters of confectionary, and order singular plates or dessert platters measured by the metre and half metre, prepared in front of them by the patisserie chefs.
Open Tue-Sun 7pm-11pm. One&Only The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, thepalm.oneandonlyresorts.com (04 440 1010).
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