We explore the brand-new arrival at Palazzo Versace’s Enigma
When Enigma first burst its way onto the dining scene in 2016, it arrived with a truly unique idea. The head chef would change every three months, and each one would be one of the world’s top 50. Each would overhaul the dining room, as well as the menu. Although this hasn’t happened as often as planned, there is, however, an exciting new concept for 2018.
Taking over from Chef Yunus Emre Aydin’s Turkish theme, the “new chapter” is A Taste of Persia, with a menu curated by Michelin-starred chef Mansour Memarian – formerly of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah’s Al Mahara.
The Palazzo Versace team says that with the new concept “Persian culinary tradition is reinterpreted”.
Inspired from his Iranian origins, Chef Mansour aims to present “authentic Persian cuisine” with a twist, presenting homemade recipes cooked over generations.
“Cooking is storytelling, and through my cuisine I invite guests on a journey, which takes me back to the rich flavors of Persia and my childhood memories” he says.
The menu features light, simple and well-known classic dishes, designed for sharing. Although all the dishes look intriguing, our interest is piqued by this kotlette Tehrani, a traditional dish made up of crispy potatoes with minced beef, onion juice and saffron.
Main courses include a kabab Versace or Tehran dizi (a lamb and vegetable stew), served with home-made condiments and fresh bread. Why not finish with falude, a traditional refreshing noodle-based dessert? And the setting is stunning too, as you’d expect from a hotel from the world-famous Versace brand. Go and see for yourself. Dhs64. Mon-Sat 7pm-11pm. Palazzo Versace Dubai, Al Jaddaf (04 556 8830).