Classy steak restaurant in the Fairmont Hotel, Sheik Zayed Road
Time Out Dubai staff
From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2011
There are many fine-dining restaurants to choose from in Dubai that promise mouth-watering cuisine and a handful that offer an impressive steaks. However, many restaurants lack atmosphere and ambience to go with the food, which is where The Exchange Grill places itself above the rest. Situated on the fourth floor of the Fairmont Dubai, it's charmingly cosy, perfectly lit and the size of a large dining room. Specialising in grills and seafood with ‘modern flair’, this is the place to go to for steaks with a twist – but don’t be tempted to forego starters. The tuna tartare with avocado is generous in size and taste, while the tasty blue crab cakes with smoked bell pepper butter are perfection. For mains, we opted for the 10oz filet mignon, which was grilled just so, and the steaks were served alongside a medley of potatoes (the crisp truffle and parmesan fries were particular standouts). If red meat’s not your thing, there are abundant offerings, such as the pistachio-stuffed chicken, and butternut squash ravioli.