Table 9 by Darren Velvick

Verre replacement is creative and friendly 11 Reviews

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Table 9 by Darren Velvick

The menu ranges from English breakfast recipes to a selection of desserts served like afternoon tea. Dhs350 (food only). Dhs450 (house beverages). Dhs600 (bubbly) (Friday)

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Table 9, is the brainchild of Scott Price and Nick Alvis, the men who headed Gordon Ramsay’s Verre. Its philosophy is simple: fine, flavourful dishes that let the ingredients do the talking. Though Nick and Scott have made their mark on the venue, some aspects of Verre’s less tasteful decor still linger. Guests are presented with a recycled brown paper menu, with three price points – Dhs70 for starters, Dhs100 for mains and Dhs55 for desserts. There are also two tasting menus – a veg option with courses simply called ‘egg’, ‘goats cheese’, ‘chicory’ and so on, and a carnivorous offering. First though, there’s a serving of quirky amuse bouche, a ‘potted plant with edible soil’. Then follow dishes such as ‘lobster, vanilla, crackling, mango’ and ‘hen’s egg, cepes, vinegar caramel’.

The originality continues into the mains, with ‘sea bass, winkle and oregano butter, pickled salsify’ and ‘pork belly, sage dumpling, sprouts, pancetta’. Service is swift and enthusiastic and it’s the tiny touches that make Table 9 special. Sadly, the overall vision is blurred by the ghost of Verre, but whoever came up with the lolly trolley, the quirky projection screen and the local artisan pieces (oh, and the food!) is surely capable of crafting Table 9 into Dubai’s best restaurant.

By Time Out Dubai staff
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Details

  • Location: Hilton Dubai Creek, Deira, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 212 7551
  • Travel: Baniyas Street
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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Romantic

User reviews:

Posted by: Bernard Menhem on 23 Mar ' 14 at 05:20
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I’ve been in Dubai for over 10 years and had visited many fine dining restaurant (if not all)!
I must say, Table 9 is by far the best quality food restaurant in Dubai. The ambiance and staff are outstanding; the prices are very reasonable.
The food is out of this world! You couldn’t get better in Dubai…
It’s a must visit restaurant for anyone who value good food; and as I genuine reviewer I should highly recommend it to connoisseurs seeking high quality fine dining food.
I will definitely be back.

Posted by: David Powell on 16 May ' 13 at 07:09
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

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If you enjoy spending thousands of Dirhams for the privilege of being grossly underwhelmed by average, flavourless, sickly dishes dressed up as haute cuisine, go here. If, on the other hand, you enjoy your food, and the atmosphere and, most importantly, the service, of a top class establishment, go to one of the three Rhodes restaurants, Zuma, Nobu, the soon to open Sake No Hanna, Bu Qatair, Ravi's, McDonald's!! Anywhere but here. Besides, who needs to travel all the way to Deira these days to be badly let down and robbed.

Posted by: John on 02 Apr ' 13 at 10:15
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The best restaurant in Dubai - and by quite some distance.

Posted by: fi on 11 Sep ' 12 at 10:26
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

excellent food, creative and tasty. be prepared to discover some interesting tastes and textures

friendly staff and chefs will also make the meal a pleasant one!

only downside if the outdated hilton interiors, but these are a minor point vs. the great dining experience

Posted by: Charito Vizcaya Gottschalk on 03 May ' 12 at 09:26

Great

Posted by: Lara on 06 Mar ' 12 at 13:24
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Officially my new Dubai favourite restaurant. Table 9 has everything from friendly service, nice wine list to delicious and creative food. The booking via the Hilton call center was a little hit and miss (I love Dubai call centers ...) and being persistent meant we could all have an amazing evening. From the lovely plant pot that opened our dinner to the sweet home made pick n' mix that ended our meal everything was perfect. Meeting the chef in his kitchen was a bonus. Definitely Dubai's best kept secret ... not for long though!

Posted by: Sarah on 03 Jan ' 12 at 06:45
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Four of us went to dinner at Table 9. The whole dining experience was fantastic – the restaurant itself was relaxed and welcoming but stylish. The concept of having two smaller starters, a slightly smaller main course than usual and a dessert went down very well and enabled us to sample more dishes than normal (which proved to be very good!). The quality and flavours of the food were absolutely amazing – the venison was melt in the mouth and the scallops were divine, we were also given a selection of old fashioned homemade sweets to take home. At the end of the meal we went into the kitchen to meet Scott and Nick, who were still hard at work and are trying to make as much as they can from scratch in Dubai – for instance making their own bresola and butter. The waiters were incredibly friendly, professional but not in your face. Having been to the restaurant when it was Verre, I felt the overall experience was better, the new portion sizing concept is a great idea and we will definitely be going back.

Posted by: Sarah on 03 Jan ' 12 at 06:44
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Four of us went to dinner at Table 9. The whole dining experience was fantastic – the restaurant itself was relaxed and welcoming but stylish. The concept of having two smaller starters, a slightly smaller main course than usual and a dessert went down very well and enabled us to sample more dishes than normal (which proved to be very good!). The quality and flavours of the food were absolutely amazing – the venison was melt in the mouth and the scallops were divine, we were also given a selection of old fashioned homemade sweets to take home. At the end of the meal we went into the kitchen to meet Scott and Nick, who were still hard at work and are trying to make as much as they can from scratch in Dubai – for instance making their own bresola and butter. The waiters were incredibly friendly, professional but not in your face. Having been to the restaurant when it was Verre, I felt the overall experience was better, the new portion sizing concept is a great idea and we will definitely be going back.

Posted by: Vikas on 30 Dec ' 11 at 23:48
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

This was hands down the worst fine dining exprience I have had. After spending USD 250+ per head, one expects a modicum of flair and a unique flavour. There was none. The lobster was insipid and the mango limp. The bresoala was arid and mud-like in texture. The quinoa gave the whiff of a supermarket pesto. And the desert was a Spinney's mousse layered with a cream. Horrendous. Given the shocking quality of the food, one sought solace in the ambiance. There was none. The decor is 90's and the music loud (and the genre more suited to a Johnny Rockets). The wine list is extensive but felt over- priced. I cannot understand how this is rated as the best new restaurant in Dubai. Either the bar is extremely low in Dubai, which I do not think is the case, or the awards are based on crietria that are irrelevant. You have a few special meals you will have in your life- do not squander one of these nights here.......

Posted by: Sally on 10 Dec ' 11 at 14:33

We were very disappointed to hear that Gordon Ramsay was pulling out of Dubai and Verre was to be no more. However, a visit to Table 9 over the weekend has proved that Nick and Scott have taken over with great success and given Dubai something a little different. The welcome, service and superb staff that we knew and loved from Verre continue (almost all of the staff remain and the new restaurant manager, Viktorija’s passion was quite infectious yet consummately professional – she sorted out an off-menu request with no fuss), and the food and drink continues to completely 'wow'. Both the a la carte and tasting menus were incredibly tempting with some imaginative food pairings, and the sommelier-chosen wines (by the generous half glass if you want) matched perfectly. The change is that dishes are smaller, allowing you to have more - and hence more choice - share, or keep them to yourself! The chef's table (the first here in Dubai I believe) is a fabulous touch. Hopefully both visitors and Dubai residents will make the journey to the other side of the creek - it's well worth it. As we’ve been enjoying their cooking for a while, Nick and Scott certainly deserve to come out from behind Gordon’s shadow and stand in the sunshine on their own merit. We will most definitely be returning soon!

Posted by: Steve & Celine on 24 Nov ' 11 at 04:43

We love our food and couldn't resist in trying the newly opened Table 9 restaurant at the Hilton Creek, and it was amazing! Yet another gem in Dubai.The kitchen is open and there is a screen on which you can see the food being plated. After our meal we were offered to visit the kitchen and meet with the chef (I had a lot of questions for him about his dishes and he was very approachable and helpful).
Everything is home made and it shows, the flavours are spot on.
The amuse-bouche was a plant pot with edible earth which really prepared your senses for a delightful meal.
Between the 4 of us we ordered several starters to share and couldn't decide which was our favourite as each was amazing. I had a John Dory for main course which was fabulous and my husband had quail which was out of this world!
To end a perfect meal we shared one of the best dessert I've ever had (and I tasted more than a few ....) built around liquorice and clementine.
Finally we were given a selection of pick n' mix homemade sweets to take with us ... sweet memories of a fantastic meal!

Overall very clever dishes, well balanced flavours and a ton of imagination in the cooking. Service is friendly, atmosphere relaxed, and little touches here and there make it a favourite.

I'm still over the moon and can't wait to go back! Bon Appeti

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