Vegetarians might want to look away now. Meateaters, however, should tuck into Time Out’s guide to some of the best steaks in town
Vegetarians might want to look away now. There is nothing for you here.
Meat-lovers, however, prepare to revel in Time Out’s celebration of steak.
We’ve picked out ten to try from the Dubai’s numerous steakhouses. The Exchange Grill, Fairmont Dubai: From the moment you sink into the restaurant's deep leather chairs, a night at The Exchange is an experience to salivate over. A starter of blue swimmer crab cakes with pineapple and vanilla relish and a tarragon mustard aioli followed by a 10oz filet mignon, a cut of aged Angus meat, is utterly sublime – delicately pliant yet full of flavour and complemented exquisitely by a quartet of sauces, including a buttery béarnaise and a selection of Dijon mustards.
JW’s Steakhouse, JW Marriott Hotel: The clubby leather chairs and starched tablecloths at JW's send out a clear message about what to expect here: simple, old-fashioned and very, very good grub with discreet, knowledgeable service. Food trends can come and go, but if you want a big, juicy steak, crisp french fries and an excellent wine list, JW's is a consistent favourite – as evidenced by the brass name plates on the tables, listing its many devoted regulars.
Fire & Ice, Raffles Dubai: Fire & Ice is all about drama and in true style the main courses step into the limelight and shine like stars. The wagyu beef tenderloin threatens to stop the show with its rich, marbled, crimson flesh, which returns encore after encore of intense meat flavours. A strong supporting cast of black truffle mashed potato, sautéed spinach and green asparagus with lemon butter bows out with aplomb, setting you up for a fascinating denouement.
Asado, The Palace Hotel:The Palace Hotel's Argentinean grill – is no ordinary steakhouse. The interior of the restaurant may offer the kind of gaucho tat, rough-stone walls and open kitchen you might expect at a high-end South American meat joint. But here you can take a table on the terrace and wonder at the Burj Dubai, already over 600 metres high. The soup of the day is worth a look and for the main opt for the seven ounce tenderloin steak. It arrives with a side order of thick-cut fries arranged like building blocks and will not let you down.
La Parrilla, Jumeirah Beach Hotel: Peculiarly tender, scandalously succulent and fantastically flavoursome, are a few of the words to describe the steak at La Parrilla. Start with a plate of the tart, but exquisitely juicy, smoked paprika-grilled chorizos, served with a cheese platter and some capsicum sides. Then rest and wait for the main masterpiece – certified Angus beef tenderloin served on an enormous plate, accompanied with Cassava fries and bean cazuela. If you still have room for dessert go for the raspberry and rosemary meringue tart.
Manhattan Grill, Grand Hyatt:A favourite of Dubai's steak-loving elite, the Manhattan Grill, tucked away in a corner of the city's biggest hotel, the Grand Hyatt, is a cool, spacious joint that's perfect either for a group or a more intimate tête-â-tête. As with any steakhouse, you're best off sticking to the meat, and it's a wise choice to make here. Cooked to soft, tender perfection, the wagyu sirloin is a pillowy, juicy dream of a steak, just a hint of charring sets off the perfectly pink, uniformly cooked consistency within.
Palm Grill, Radisson SAS Hotel, Deira Creek: The pricey hunks of meat at the Radisson SAS Deira Creek Hotel are certainly extravagant, but are they really worth it? It would seem so. Settle down to some complimentary miniature naan breads and a portion of smooth goose liver pate or enjoy a delicately drizzled shrimp cocktail dish, featuring sweet cherry tomatoes and a couple of hefty prawns. But the various cuts of meat, with flavoursome side dishes, are the main event. The deserts are certainly worth a look too.
Rodeo Grill, Al Bustan Rotana Hotel: This is an elegant eatery serving up a mouth-watering repast, albeit at eye-watering prices. Dinner here is not a cheap night out. But this places oozes high quality and the food does not disappoint. From the delightfully fluffy, warm bread appetisers, with subtle tapernade and soft butters to the complimentary ice-cream filled chocolates at the finish, each dish hits the mark. Choose from the array of steaks available, and there are sizes to match all appetites. The attentive staff completes this fine-dining experience.
The Grand Grill, Habtoor Grand Resort & Spa: Expect a selection of South African steaks, chicken and a smattering of seafood alongside regional specialities such as bobotie and bunny chow. If you're in the mood for meat, and lots of it, then there are worse places to be. The bobotie, which is best described to newcomers as a little cottage pie, replete with a suety lid, curried beef and some hunks of lamb shank nestling on top is also worth a whirl.
Western Steakhouse, Crowne Plaza Hotel: Popular among grill-seekers, the Western Steakhouse does a few crucial things well. The beef is consistently impressive, but a deviation from steak can be unpredictable. If you're set on a Dhs200 steak it's not a bad place to find one. But does it offer enough to set it above and beyond the multitude of other meaty eateries in Dubai?
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Simon Colaco Jun 06, 2012 02:04 pm
All you meat lovers ... all said & done the JW Steakhouse at the JW Marriot is by far the best steakhouse in town. Do not forget to try the heavenly tasting Rockerfella's Oysters which are baked to perfection topped with Spinach & Cheese.
Not known to many is a old timers restaurant tucked away below the world trade residence called Capri Grill ... try the Pepper Steak which is awesome & value for money at just a little over AED 50/- (to all those who need alcohol pls have your drinks elsewhere & proceed here as alcohol is not served out here)...Cheers!!!
WESTIN IS THE BEST HOTEL EVER May 01, 2012 10:40 am
STEAKHOUSE WESTIN HOTEL IS THE BEST
IF YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN THERE GO THERE
WHEN YOU COMEBACK FROM THE RESTRAUNT
I GUARANTEE, YOU WILL CHANGE YOUR MIND
Joann May 14, 2010 11:47 am
MJ's Steakhouse at Al Qsar Madinat Jumeirah, by far is better than all mentioned. the steak is so well cooked and by far my best steak house. the service is great, the staff bring over a selection of the finest french steak knives before your meat arrives for you to choose and over sized pepper mills which are bigger than some of the waiters!!! :-) they also make their steak tartar next to you at the table to ensure its to your taste. service by far is better than any other!!!!!
rahul May 06, 2009 04:40 pm
Well if we are talkin about a good fat -worth drooling over peice of meat i wud say MJ steakhouse @ madinat ....by far the best steak ive had the wagyu beef was absolutely delicious an juicy an they had a good selection wine ...
Ton May 06, 2009 09:26 am
I can only assume that Simon has shares in all the other restaurants. I've eaten at Ruth's Chris 3 times - twice here and once in HK - and each time it has been outstanding. I highly recommend it! (and no, I don't work there!