For positive and spirited service, excellent food, very lively entertainment and the option of dancing too, we highly recommend a visit to La Parrilla 31 Reviews
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This 23rd floor Argentinean restaurant runs along the sea-view side of the Jumeirah Beach hotel. You can see all of Dubai stretching out to the North West from the far end of the restaurant and to the other side you have close up views of the Burj al Arab. When we arrived we had a flamboyant Latino welcome from our jaunty hostess. Due to its popularity, many tables in La Parrilla are double booked. As we were there for the early sitting and needed to be out punctually we were assured of prompt service. Our waiter was happy to make recommendations and he knew his steaks well.
The restaurant was bursting with steak aficionados, Latin dance fiends and bold Argentinean ambience. La Parrilla is famous for its steaks but the menu offers plenty of choices including soups, a self-service tapas counter and main courses such as fish, poultry, veggie dishes and other meat besides beef. Ironically it is not Argentinean beef that is served here (due to the ban that has been imposed on importing it into the UAE) but the chef has every reason to enthuse about the prime restaurant grade beef that he imports from the USA.
My red bean soup with guacamole was robust in flavour and the guacamole was a soothing touch that perfectly counter-balanced the heat of the chillies. The pan-fried shrimp cakes were appealing to look at and good to eat. You could select your steak from a number of different cuts and have either a gluttonous 300g or an utterly obscene 500g. We tried a rib eye, which was clearly well aged, high quality meat that was cooked to perfection. The tenderloin, a leaner cut, was just as succulent and cut like butter. Served with fluffy jacket potatoes oozing soured cream and chives, a section of grilled corn on the cob and a crisp salad, we were in gastronomic paradise. In Dubai perfection in simplicity is a rare thing.
Hazelnut brulee with biscotti was served Argentinean style; there was nothing flabby and dull about this frequently misrepresented dessert. Freshly baked biscotti successfully off-set the richness of the intensely nutty cream sandwiched between them. We liked the mango and raspberry cream too.
For positive and spirited service, excellent food, very lively entertainment and the option of dancing too, we highly recommend a visit to La Parrilla. The prices are justifiably high for food of this calibre and the spectacular views are thrown in for free.By Carolyn Robb
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- 01 March,2004- reviewed by Rob Orchard
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