Table 9 by Darren Velvick
Verre replacement is creative and friendly 11 Reviews
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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.
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