The Exchange Grill

Steakhouse

  • The Exchange Grill

TIME OUT RATING

Location: - Sheikh Zayed Road
Tel: 04 311 8316
Travel: Sheikh Zayed Road
Metro: World Trade Centre Metro Station
Cuisine: Steakhouses
Dresscode: Smart Casual
Experiences: Alcohol available, Private dining area, Wi-fi, Table reservations, Non-smoking, Wheelchair Access
Times: Open daily 7pm-midnight
Price range: Dhs350-499
Credit Cards Accepted: Yes
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  • Nic Sep 06, 2011 09:56 am
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    The service and food are AMAZING! Staff are very attentive. The 4 course beef tasting menu is to die for and good value! Looking forward to next visit.
  • Mamta Tahilramani May 28, 2011 04:32 pm
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    Excallent in all ways possible. From the decor to food to staff. This is the best steak restaurant in Dubai, by far.
  • Tony Apr 25, 2011 06:54 pm
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    I started eating at the Exchange Grill when the Fairmont first opened and always enjoyed great steaks and top-notch service whether I had taken family or friends. My other favourite steak venue was La Parilla.
    Having been in Dubai so long, I don't eat-out as much any more so, it had been a couple of years since I last took my family to the Exchange Grill. Thankfully, they have not let their standards slip one bit.

    Having tried many of the 5-star steak venues (including most of the Time Out rated ones), I still think this is still one of the best in Dubai. On this occasion, I tried the Beef Progression set-menu. The wagyu steak tartare was superb. I was not quite as taken with the beef cheek (an acquired taste and texture). The main course combination of tenderloin and striploin was perfectly prepared though I think rib-eye would have been tastier in combination with the fillet. Desert was beautifully prepared and excellent in its palette of flavours. My family tried more conventional meals such as the Tomahawk Steak and Fillet Mignon, all cooked to perfection. I was not so taken by their specialty fries but, they were better than some of highly-lauded "best in the world" nonsense that I had served at another expensive steak restaurant. The free smoked-salmon, tomato soup and lemon sorbet tasters that my family received whilst I went through my courses, were all delicious and a wonderful touch.

    All-in-all, the Exchange Grill is a credit to the best steak dining in Dubai. It may be on the pricier side but, you have to pay for the best.
  • John Feb 20, 2011 12:48 pm
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    This place does the best steaks in the country - and I've pretty much eaten at them all.

    And the truffle and Parmesan chips are probably the best chips in the UAE.

    For once I agree with with the Time Out eating out awards - this is the best steakhouse, and by quite some distance.
  • Dr. Raji Mathew Feb 09, 2011 07:00 am
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    Dined last on August 18th. The Exchange Grill has quite a reputation among the Dubai steakhouses so it is with much anticipation that I ventured there. Well spaced out interiors, nothing extravagant.

    Ordered for a crab bisque. Thick, soft slices of bread made of onion, cheese and olives were served with butter. The crab bisque was thick, tasted wonderful and was served in a powl -I just coined that term. It's a plate in which the centre portion forms a bowl and it just bowled me over. Raspberry sorbet resting on a block of cylindrical ice was served. Again, the presentation was top-notch. Since many fine dining restaurants offer sorbet as a palate cleanser, I presume there must be some scientific or culinary sense to it. It misses me completely,though. Wonderful though this all was, the reason I came was what the restaurant is famous for - the steaks. Opted for the 18oz. angus T-bone steak. That's when all the charm of the place just vanished. Agreed, it may not be as exquisite as the wagyu, which was almost double the price but this meat was lacking in flavour, was the sturdiest chunk of meat and chewy. Could have been frozen and not fresh considering that it was the middle of the week and that too during Ramadan with not many patrons. Even bison meat at the Meat Company had tasted better as also angus meat at other steakhouses I've lately been visiting. Neither the horseraddish nor the mustard sauce as also salt and pepper could do much. Some potato fries in different forms were served separately. Had a Corona to go with the steak. Petit feurs were served at the end as dessert which was very nice too. It seems everything except the steak was good.

    Paid around Dhs.330 and came away feeling disappointed as I had expected it to be truly one of the best steakhouse in Dubai. JW's Steakhouse, fortunately, was much better which is where I had headed.

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