Salmontini

Begin with the smoked heart of salmon, which consists of five substantial strips of firm, fresh fish that look like pink piano keys and dissolve in the mouth with a smooth density made all the more intense by a herby cream cheese. 29 Reviews

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From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2007

The second Salmontini – the original is in downtown Beirut – is a refined, elegant and fully licenced restaurant. Its simple yet sophisticated interior – upholstered violet and apricot blushes, symmetrical pine finishes and cool grey slate – creates a cosy nook from which to observe pre-school kamikaze beginners hurtle down snowy inclines in miniature dinghies at Ski Dubai. And it specialises, not surprisingly, in the preparation, presentation and degustation of salmon.

Whether it’s royal, red, pink or silver; smoked, poached, grilled or cured, Salmontini – aka Le Maison Du Saumon – can leap to the task. Begin with the smoked heart of salmon, which consists of five substantial strips of firm, fresh fish that look like pink piano keys and dissolve in the mouth with a smooth density made all the more intense by a herby cream cheese. This is the piscine equivalent of wagyu beef – dizzyingly flavoursome and so tender it renders your jaw obsolete.

The salmon tartare, with tremors of zesty lemon, piquant capers and spicy green peppercorns, is almost as good. The intriguingly named ‘unilateral salmon’ is interesting, as one side of an impressive fillet is grilled and the other left tantalisingly, and intentionally, raw. This is bolstered by spaghetti-style courgette and carrot, discs of crispy saffron-infused rice and a caramelised endive. The salmon with pesto main with fresh green tagliatelle is predictable in comparison.

The desserts, which don’t involve salmon, aren’t as exciting – don’t bother with either the stodgy apple tart or the dull sorbet. Nevertheless, Salmontini – with its fine fish, agreeable ambience and wintry windows – offers yet another truly unique experience that, as yet, can only be found in Dubai.


By Time Out Dubai Staff

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  • Location: Mall of the Emirates, Barsha, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 341 0222
  • Travel: Sheikh Zayed Road

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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

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Posted by: Dr. Raji Mathew on 15 Aug ' 13 at 13:21
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Situated at end of the Emirates Mall near the Vox cinema, the restaurant offers inside views of the Ski Dubai. Dined on the 12th of August. The menu is not replete with only salmon dishes but includes other seafood as well as meat but the maximum representation is from the Japanese menu. Prices are on the higher side as the cheapest starter bar soup cost AED 70.
Had the salmon with fresh herbs sauce and wild rice. Ably prepared.
Service was swift. I was able to leave in 30 mins. The salmon cost AED 125 and with a bottle of S. Pellegrino the total was AED 139.

Posted by: Roshana Dev on 28 Feb ' 13 at 05:12
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Good food, simple and tasty.

Posted by: Joe Mathew on 16 Jul ' 12 at 08:32
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

WE WENT FOR A NICE ANNIVERSARY DINNER AND WERE PRETTY IMPRESSED WITH HOW FRESH THE SALMON WAS AND THE VARIOUS SALMON PREPARATIONS! WE ENJOYED THE EVENING AND WOULD RECOMMEND THE PLACE TO A SALMON LOVER :)

Posted by: Joan on 07 Mar ' 12 at 00:49
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

My husband and I were looking for somewhere nice to have lunch in the Mall when we saw Salmontini. Both loving seafood, we decided to choose the restaurant. We were not disappointed. Starting with the appetizer sample plate, we were 'sold'. Choices of wonderful salmon prepared in various ways, including marinated in beets! A little apprehensive it became our favorite, especially with the honey sauce. Anyone who would enter a seafood restaurant of this caliber and order steak should certainly not be taken seriously. The staff was attentive, but allowed us to enjoy the view and answered questions about the preparation of each dish when asked. When visiting Dubai again, which will be soon, we are planning dinner.

Posted by: Frédéric on 02 Mar ' 12 at 08:25
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Salmontini is a restaurant located in the Mall of Emirates, specializing in salmon as its name suggests. Its main advantage is that it has a view on the ski slope (main reason for our visit as my guest wanted to see it ....). The card also offers apart from salmon to any sauces as an appetizer or main course, soups, salads, some grills, and Japanese cuisine through a choice of many sushi.

The framework is quite chic, but cozy tables are quite close together. The service is fast but big disappointment at the host (hostess cold as a garage door) and service (too many servers that run as propellers, which pour water every 30 seconds and dispose the dishes at lightning speed ...)

So far our choices were:
- Salad with tomatoes, mozzarella, pesto
- Tagliatelle with salmon
- Fillet of beef with pepper sauce, potato gratin.
- 1l San Pellegrino

Upon arrival, a basket of bread is presented to us (white bread and cereals) with butter.
The salad of tomatoes, mozzarella, pesto was properly seasoned with the taste. My guest has enjoyed his pasta, served hot and topped with chunks of salmon.
My fillet steak was cooked to my request "medium well" with a pretty scalloped potatoes, a tomato pesto gratin and two tablespoons of mashed (substitution of broccoli which I am not fond).

In the end, the food is good, with a nice view but it is marred by the eagerness of servers that prevents enjoying a meal in peace.
Total price for the menu that day AED 345.

To improve the welcome, service, service, and finally the service ...........

Posted by: mavic on 22 Feb ' 12 at 06:56
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Very nice experience. Service was fast, staff very accomodating. We went there without a reservation and only had less than an hour to stay due cos of appointment but we were seated and accomodated right away. We missed dessert tho as we were in a hurry...so next time then....:)

Posted by: Simon on 12 Nov ' 11 at 14:46
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

lovely salmon tartar

Posted by: Pascale on 07 Aug ' 11 at 08:08
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Great food. open sushi night is delicious.

Posted by: eve on 25 Jun ' 11 at 08:31
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

the best salmon ,amazing salmon salad , everything he had is very delicious

Posted by: Aleho on 19 Apr ' 11 at 15:37
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Very friendly staff. Great food! best value. best quality.

Posted by: Maan on 05 Apr ' 11 at 12:18
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Well, I went to this restaurant more than once, and I always order the same: Salmon boat! It is an amazing mixture of salmon cuts enhanced by various condiments. For non-cooked salmon lovers (like me) it is just heavenly! I should go there for a thir (or is it a fourth) visit just to try out the other goodies!

Posted by: Zia on 30 Nov ' 10 at 19:44
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The best spicy tuna salad I've ever had. Excelent

Posted by: Mrs Bear on 29 Nov ' 10 at 18:08
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Went for lunch with two girl friends. I had the Tuna steak which was simply delicious. Cannot fault the place ! Would def recommend. Would also suggest it would be a lovely place for a romantic dinner. We had the table right next to the window looking into ski dubai - very nice.

Posted by: tony on 21 Nov ' 10 at 17:48
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Tim J on 04 Mar ' 10 at 12:47
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I visit Salmontinis almost weekly with my wife or business partners from around the world.

Food is always fresh and tasty. Service is great even when they are busy.

Posted by: Ken on 16 Jun ' 09 at 11:02
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Droubi on 09 Jun ' 09 at 17:46
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

the best of the best

Posted by: johnny on 04 May ' 09 at 10:55
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Facha on 16 Feb ' 09 at 06:01
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Excellent food, Excellent service, & Excellent Salmon tartare!!!!!!

Posted by: Mayor Jay Beyrouti on 10 Feb ' 09 at 13:01
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Salmontini quality of food is the best and the service is 1st class
Thank you Joe

Posted by: Ghaith on 06 Feb ' 09 at 20:18
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Dory Azzi on 06 Feb ' 09 at 17:44
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Great food and service....

Posted by: Vanda on 06 Feb ' 09 at 06:18
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Hassan HASHEM on 06 Feb ' 09 at 04:15
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Salmontini is my favorite restaurent in Dubai and Beirut.

Posted by: jihan on 05 Feb ' 09 at 20:47
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

wowwwwwwww

Posted by: fredy on 05 Feb ' 09 at 20:44
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: daniel on 05 Feb ' 09 at 20:43
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

best resturant

Posted by: Stephanie K. on 05 Feb ' 09 at 19:28
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

That guy is crazy! The food is DEVINE!

Posted by: Suzy C on 15 Jan ' 09 at 09:03
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Every single salmon dish on the menu was over-salted, as is most food in Dubai. Disgusting.

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