Tired of following the advice of menus we uncover some of the best 'off-menu' dishes in Dubai. Only for the brave.
Halloumi cheese skewers at Keva Chef Yashin Rangorath started serving these cumin-dusted cheese sticks on the sly last year. He unveiled them at a private party where they were such a hit that a steady stream of attendees kept coming into his restaurant to request them. Paired with sautéed bell peppers and kalamata olives, the dish is served piping hot, and makes a nice, light alternative to cheese toasties. Keva, Al Nasr Leisureland, next to Chi @ The Lodge (04 334 4159)
Peanut butter and banana sandwiches at Spike Bar Who knew Tiger Woods and Elvis had something in common? The King’s penchant for peanut butter, banana and bacon sandwiches is near legendary. Tiger might prefer to skip the bacon, but apparently he too likes to order the dish when teeing off at the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht club. If you’re not partial to nuts (or indeed bananas), the chef has another off-menu dish available to those in the know – a kind of puff pastry sandwich stuffed with garlic creamed mushrooms. Spike Bar, Emirates Golf Club, (04 380 2222)
Chocolate soufflé at the Steakhouse Rodeo and Grill The chocolate soufflé had long been the signature dish at this Dubai standby. Patrons clamoured for the gooey delectable so much that when the chef took it off the menu last year, they still asked for it in their droves and it has remained an off-menu favourite ever since. Those in the know order it with their main course (it takes 25 minutes to prepare). Steakhouse Rodeo and Grill, Al Bustan Rotana Hotel, Garhoud. (04 282 0000)
Mad Tagliatelle at Teatro What makes this pasta mad? We’re not sure. Perhaps the addition of Thai accents, like pak choi and chilli, has made this Italian standby go a little crazy. Or perhaps the dish is angry that it hasn’t been featured on the menu. While this delicate crab dish may prefer top billing, we’re thankful that it hasn’t yet been discovered by the masses. Teatro, Towers Rotana (04 343 8000).
Iranian caviar at Caviar House and Prunier Caviar House and Prunier, which already offers the best in fish eggs, holds some of its prime stock (namely, Iranian caviar) in reserve. It’s not on the menu, so you need to order it in advance. Put in a request for the Beluga XXL, white caviar derived from wild sturgeons. It’s expensive, but hey, what’s Dhs15,500 between friends? Caviar House and Prunier, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 368 6282). Other locations: BurJuman Centre (04 359 6822)