It seemed just weeks after first opening that DIFC’s 7 Elephants shuttered its doors for summer. It risked losing momentum, but with cooler months now approaching, the swanky al fresco lounge has launched itself neatly back into the game.
Two themes run parallel within the sprawling space – a stock market-style, fluctuating price strategy for drinks, and a food inspired by seven different countries and regions. Though novel, the screens showing the ever-changing drinks prices aren’t quite visible enough throughout the large venue for this to work, and there’s something that feels a bit cynical about the pressure to keep track of it all by downloading the outlet’s app.
Interestingly (and not entirely unexpectedly), the globe-trotting food menu almost completely pulls off its fairly risky ambition.
We like to do things properly at Time Out (that’s our excuse, and we’re sticking to it), and order a dish from each region on the menu. Thankfully for both the wallet and waistline, dishes are small, tapas-style plates and priced to match.
Julienned haystacks of vibrant, crunchy veg make up the Indian pakoras which, dipped in creamy raita, are a generously proportioned highlight of the night.
Perfectly tender, expertly seasoned Spanish-style calamari is another big hit, as are the oozy Mexican quesadillas and the vibrant guacamole that accompanies them.
Elsewhere, however, the mini margherita yearns for more time in the oven, while the “Balinese” short rib lettuce cups experience something of a identity crisis (hummus? In Bali?) and the “British” beef bites are about as authentic as Dick Van Dyke’s cockney accent.
But our gluttony knows no bounds, and a green tea fondant is soon making its way to the table. With green tea ice cream and a vanilla crème Anglaise, it’s light, delicate and tongue-testingly molten. Unsurprisingly, we leave feeling every inch the venue’s mascot – and we certainly won’t forget to come back.
The bottom line Good value, good vibes and largely good food at this DIFC lounge.
The Bill (for two very hungry diners) 1x quesadillas Dhs23 1x 60inch margherita Dhs25 1x vegetable pakora Dhs25 1x short rib Dhs35 1x beef bites Dhs30 1x calamari Dhs36 1x hummus Dhs19 1x green tea fondant Dhs40 2x club soda Dhs30 Total (including DIFC tax) Dhs299.30