Rhodes Twenty10

Should Gary Rhodes have the right to charge whatever he wants for steak? We’re not entirely convinced 15 Reviews

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There are three ingredients that practically guarantee a successful restaurant in Dubai: Steak, a celebrity chef and ritzy decor. If a venue can claim one of these, chances are it’s going to do all right. It should come as no surprise then that Gary Rhodes’ new steakhouse, Rhodes Twenty10, was fully booked when I tried to get a table. When I finally did make it, I found the place reminiscent of Rhodes’ first Dubai venture, Rhodes Mezzanine. While it wasn’t quite the same celestial explosion of white, the decor was still clean and crisp, broken up with the occasional splash of purple, though some touches – like our waiters’ violet, velvet waistcoats – felt a tad gaudy.

As my date and I perused what we thought were the starters, our server appeared and told us that, no, they were sharing plates, and earnestly recommended we order at least three. When they came, however, the portions were big enough to feed a table of five. Blatant up selling, it seemed, was part of the staff training.

We opened with a salad made with a mix of fennel, green apple, grapefruit segments and walnuts. It was the sort of dish that grew on you; the first bite merely inspired a gentle nod. The more we tucked in, though, the more we appreciated the amalgamation of flavours. Our other two plates were a bit blander. An order of eel fingers seemed exciting on the menu, but was in fact glorified fish fingers, served alongside a strangely indistinct horseradish cream sauce (where, oh where was the horseradish?). Some pork rillettes were a bit dull on their own, but the small salad they were served upon lent a much-needed zest.

When we ordered our mains, our waiter also told us that really, we should order three or four sides as well. Given the astronomical price of my wagyu sirloin, I found this cheeky. Then again, Rhodes has made it apparent that what separates this venture from other steakhouses is that you can choose (read, purchase separately) your sides. Who knew freedom of choice had a surcharge? I ordered the steak garnish, which came with two meaty mushrooms, grilled tomatoes and the loveliest onion rings I’ve ever encountered – light and airy with a tempura-like coating. My sirloin was, as can be expected, brilliantly tender, cooked perfectly to order and absolutely packed with flavour. But, wagyu or not, was it worth Dhs350? I’m not so sure.

My date ordered the signature Twenty10 burger, served atop a sliver of potato roasted in duck fat and topped with a melting slab of foie gras and a sultry shallot sauce. It was hands down the best burger in Dubai (and the most expensive). Though she ordered a side of chips (which were fat and gloriously crisp), she admitted that it wasn’t necessary; the burger was big enough to stand on its own.

Unable to bypass a Gary Rhodes dessert, I ordered a sticky toffee pudding that came with toffee sauce and toffee ice cream. It may sound like overkill, but it wasn’t, as each element had a different strength – the taste equivalent of having three shades of the same colour. The whole thing was spongy, gooey and brilliant. My date had the treacle tart, which, for some reason, had a heavy citrus flavour, and like my dessert, was three shades of citrus (in the form of an accompanying marmalade custard and orange ice cream).

I don’t mean to sound churlish. Rhodes Twenty10 is a good restaurant, but that doesn’t stop it from being criminally overpriced. If they only brought the prices down to earth, it could be one of the best steakhouses in Dubai.

The bill (for two)
1x Large bottle water Dhs35
1x Eel fingers Dhs55
1x Fennel salad Dhs55
1x Pork rilettes Dhs55
1x Burger Dhs165
1x Wagyu sirloin Dhs350
1x Steak garnish Dhs40
1x Chips Dhs30
1x Treacle tart Dhs55
1x Sticky toffee pudding Dhs55
Total (including 10 per cent service) Dhs895

By Daisy Carrington
Time Out Dubai,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.

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  • Location: Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 316 5550
  • Travel: Al Sufouh Road
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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Romantic

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Posted by: Pedro on 31 Aug ' 12 at 04:09
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I was never a "fan" of Gary Rhodes style of cooking but how that view has changed since the visit to Twenty 10. We just could not fault a thing. The food was absolutely amazing from the starters through to the desserts. The service was also first class without being intrusive. Overall a worth while experience that will I am sure be repeated again. Extremely good value for money given that everything in terms of the food was beyond expectations. Certainly one of, if not the best dining experience, I have had in any restaurant in Dubai for this type of cuisine. Also you could hold a conversation without having to battle with conversations on other tables. This being a rarity in Dubai. Brilliant evening. Would I go again? Most certainly, I cannot understand why it has taken me so long to discover this restaurant.

Posted by: Tiffany on 14 Sep ' 11 at 06:25
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Service?? We waited for over 1 hour for our main courses! And at the end of the meal- the so called "Manager" came over not to appolgise for the wait- but to say that the lady who requested her steak cooked a certain way- would not be done so in the future!!! Already not a great night out- but then 5 out of 6 of us ended up having "BAD Tummy's" the next day and some for 3 days on!!! As for me I ended up in Hospital- with FOOD POISONING and an 8000 dhs hospital bill!!! As the DR put it- for so many of us to get sick....its not the food thats gone bad but rather the Kitchen staff"s lack of basic hand washing!!!! How can a 5 star hotel and a celebrity chef have such poor standards as to not oversee hygiene!! HORRIBLE UNACCEPTABLE!!!

Posted by: Brandon Stalker on 03 Aug ' 11 at 09:22
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Just visited Gary Rhodes Twenty10, I would say that was the best place I have been to. I love steaks so I have been to lot of steakhouses in Dubai and find them good but for rhodes that was brilliant , attentions to detail was spot on so I thought to write a review in the best magazine. Read the other reviews and was shocked, I do not agree with the negative comments and it is not pricey ,Well if you want the best then you will have to pay. Will go back

Posted by: Darius on 16 May ' 11 at 07:07
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Besides being ridiculously overpriced, the food was, at best, average. Meat was ill prepared and chewy, with the starters being...well...average. At 950 AED for two to eat (without alcohol) I will definitely not be returning, nor will anyone that I know. The triple fried chips were just oily french fries, and the waygu beef tasted like it was from frozen and cut incorrectly.
The staff had no knowledge about their menu and refilled my water glass every 3 minutes - not kidding. They also interrupted my meal (i counted) 8 times to tell me a joke or ask me if I was enjoying it. Who trained these people? I have friends, I need a waiter.
Dare I say that any of the people reviewing this restaurant to be anything but horrible have no idea what good food is.
Gary Rhodes indeed, I am fairly sure that other than a photo shoot the chef (whom I respect and admire) has nothing to do with the place.

Posted by: May on 27 Mar ' 11 at 13:10
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

We have been to Rhodes Twenty10 three times now and have never been disappointed. The signature hamburger is unbelievable and no wonder! The head waiter informed us that it takes 3 days to prepare and the result is in the eating of this delectable dish. My son who was visiting from UK said the rack of lamb he had was the best he'd ever tasted and the duck I enjoyed was superb.

Never seeming to manage incorporating a dessert into our meal, we nevertheless have enjoyed the delicious little delicacies that have been presented to us as a little extra - the little chocolate sponge being particularly enticing and of the two (the other being lemon in flavour) a favourite of mine.

Rhodes Twenty10 is a venue we hope to enjoy for a long time to come.

Posted by: alioglesby on 06 Feb ' 11 at 09:24
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Very dissapointed. We had booked a large table to celebrate a birthday and the service was very poor. No attention to details...e.g. providing cutlery and plates for cake.Time between courses was very very long and the staff did not handle the complaint very well. The food when it came was very tasty though sirloin could have been more tender. Best dish was the tuna starter /puds and worst dish was a tie between the duck starter ( chewy overcooked duck) or the lobster ceasar( drenched in dressing limp and boring).
Just wont come back there are better places to have a meal in Dubai. Mezzanine for example. This has diluted the image of Mezzanine.

Posted by: Barbara on 31 Oct ' 10 at 09:00
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Excellent restaurant, you don't go to a Gary Rhodes restaurant for value for money just as you wouldn't go to Harrods. Food and staff were excellent! only thing I would change is add a side dish included in the price of the main meal. Pudding was amazing....... Definitely worth trying.....

Posted by: LK on 30 Oct ' 10 at 17:59
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

175 Euros without counting the cost of over-priced wine? For what?

Posted by: George on 28 Aug ' 10 at 13:31
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

We went to Rhodes Twenty10 last week and even if they advertise it as a steakhouse is more than that, is a really refine stablishment where food and service are top notch. You could compare it with Michael Mina in Las Vegas or Ramsay's Maze in London, but is nothing like it anywhere else in Dubai.
The sharing concept was a great fresh idea as you have the chance to try a bit of everything without being asking your partner to pass the plates around.
Then the main courses (we did have the signature burguer and the wagyu sirlloin), they were cooked to perfection and the sauces and side orders were a perfect compliment nicely recomended by the spotless service.
I was specially surprise about the price of the wagyu sirloin as it is more affordable that other steakhouses around Dubai.
And we finished the amazing dinner with the desserts. The flavours and freshness of them leave us completely satisfied.
We will definetly come back. It was a great evening at a great location.
Great food, professional staff and really good value for money!
George.

Posted by: Bernard on 25 Aug ' 10 at 19:45
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

If everybody says it's overpriced, maybe that's what it is, Mr Rhodes.....I can only agree with all others, and I'm a restaurateur myself: I usually, maybe even better than others, appreciate all the efforts made and understand very well that things come at a price: But not this price!! The menu, presentation etc isn't going to be awarded with Michelin stars when the first UAE guide will be published next year, so a little bit less pretentious would make this a much nicer, and affordable place.

For the rest: The wine menu was presented together with the remark that the several prices were incorrect (???) and that some wines are not available. No half-bottles (I mean serving wine from India, but no half bottles??) The starter was good (Tuna) the main, the Burger, overrated: The sauce is nothing more than a reduced onion soup (yak) and there's an unclear slice of tasteless potato under the excellent burger. One remark on that burger: It's all nice to serve it clarified butter and so (chefs seem to like that more than guests) but I think it would taste even better when properly grilled.

Service was good, although the girl that plays host misses the maturity and the experience to be the charming, elegant host you would expect in such surroundings. Ambience is warm and inviting.

At another pricelevel OR at a higher culinairy level for this price I would retiurn: Not if things stay as they are.

Posted by: Peter Jones on 25 Aug ' 10 at 11:32
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

OVERPRICED. NO REAL VALUE FOR MONEY.
Please come down to realistic prices. Even in London I would eat the same quality at a better price.

You are not really a "Steakhouse", maybe you need to redefine yourself.

Mr. Rhodes, big prices do not always mean good food.

Posted by: jasmine on 24 Aug ' 10 at 06:08
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Money NOT well spent

Posted by: Jean Michael on 21 Aug ' 10 at 10:40
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

WAY OVER priced!, the menu makes the food sound produced by angels or something. The starters are very bland, and some of them are clearly not worth what they are. The mains were good. sorry but nothing to rave about. The service was very good, and the staff are very knowledgable. The food on the other hand needs some serious looking in to.

Posted by: Tom B. on 19 Aug ' 10 at 18:39
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

i enjoyed the food at the Rhodes mezzanine at the grosvenor house hotel,and was taken a back at how they have transformed the old prime rib setting to this immaculate restaurant and ambience of twenty 10 at the Le royal meridian hotel .the food is top 5star and all staff at twenty 10 made us feel welcome and relaxing no stuffiness.i started with the lobster soup and for the main fillet of beef with side dish of chunky chips.and for the rest of my family they tucked into sirloin steak
and Mr Rhodes sticky toffee pudding. i would recommend this restaurant to others and hope they enjoy as much as we did.i would point out this is a family friendly and romantic restaurant.also try out the old satchmo's bar just below a nice way to end the evening ,live music and great cocktails.

Posted by: James on 19 Aug ' 10 at 12:28
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Starters were good, steak was excellent, desserts were ok.
Service in the othe hand was awfull, as the article mentions, the staff only goal is to upsell, not to take care of the guest. Real bad!

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