The Butcher Shop & Grill
The food at the Butcher Shop & Grill is really rather good, which makes it a shame that the restaurant occupies such a nondescript spot in a shopping mall. 41 Reviews
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The food at the Butcher Shop & Grill is really rather good, which makes it a shame that the restaurant occupies such a nondescript spot in a shopping mall. Perched at the end of a row of near-identical restaurants by Ski Dubai, Butcher – living up to its name – serves hunks of quality beef with the usual accompaniments and does the job well.
I started with a beef carpaccio with truffle oil and parmesan that was perfectly succulent and flavoursome, good enough to hold its own against the same dish at pricier steak restaurants. Equally impressive, the prawns in a thick and perfectly balanced garlic and cream sauce were sumptuous, almost good enough to make us forget that we were sitting in a shopping mall.
Naturally, steaks are the done thing here (vegetarians are advised to go elsewhere) and the menu boasts a fine selection of cow. Both our T-bone with pepper sauce and sirloin steak with garlic sauce were colossal, torrentially juicy and lovingly tender – winners that hit all the right notes. Our knives (so large and sharp they were practically assault weapons) were almost rendered unnecessary as the meat opened up to reveal the perfect pinkness of rosé wine. It’s just too bad that the perfect accompaniment of red wine isn’t available. Unlike Aprés and St Maxim – two restaurants literally around the corner – Butcher Shop isn’t licensed, which leaves you drinking orange juice, water or a banana milkshake with your prime steaks.
The restaurant is not especially cheap, but it’s considerably less pricey than hotel-based outlets and the meat on our visit couldn’t be faulted. The fact remains, however, that your meal will be soundtracked by screaming babies and the rustle of plastic bags rather than jazz piano. It’s like eating foie gras at a bus stop – the food is sumptuous and priced accordingly, but you can’t help wishing that you were eating it somewhere a lot more conducive to a good meal.
The bill (for two)
Beef carpaccio Dhs32
Prawns in cream Dhs28
Sirloin steak Dhs62
T-bone steak Dhs110
Garlic bread Dhs12
Sautéed vegetables Dhs16
Orange juice Dhs12
2x coffee Dhs18
Total (ex service) Dhs295
By Time Out Dubai
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