With swanky locations in Marbella and Monaco, it’s little surprise that Dubai has been chosen for the new site of Billionaire Mansion, the brainchild of businessman and former Formula 1 supremo Flavio Briatore.
The “mansion” has two restaurants that occupy the same space – Sumosan and Billionaire Grill – a nightclub, shisha terrace, lounge and karaoke room. It’s all very elegant, and live dance shows throughout the week lend a real sense of occasion. That said, the modern, spacious dining room is lit a little too brightly. On quieter nights it lacks atmosphere and intimacy, for which staff compensate by becoming slightly over-attentive.
The menus from the two restaurants are presented side by side and you’re actively encouraged to try the Japanese and Italian cuisines together.
We love sushi as much as we love pizza; so we’re down with that.
We opt for a caprese pizza and calamari from Italy and spicy California rolls and wasabi prawns from Japan. We’re not entirely sure they work together, but it’s an intriguing idea.
The wasabi prawns are excellent – large, succulent and packing a kick, served with a sweet, tart mango salsa. The sushi also goes down well, loaded with avocado and crab.
On the Italian side, the calamari is ever-so-slightly bland, while the pizza is tasty, with fresh tomatoes and mozzarella, but nothing out of the ordinary for the price.
Thankfully, a dark and white chocolate fondant, with a rich, sweet molten centre, comes to our aid.
The unusual premise of the restaurant will take some people aback, but the food is solid if not quite as show-stopping as the entertainment.
Billionaire Mansion is a place to see and be seen – and there’s certainly plenty of the former.
The bill (for two) 1x spicy California roll Dhs80 1x Caprese pizza Dhs120 1x crispy calamari Dhs92 1x wasabi prawns Dhs144 1x chocolate fondant Dhs60 1x large water Dhs30 Total (excluding service) Dhs527
The bottom line A novel experience for a night out.