Dubai’s newest club pulls off elegant Japanese fusion with style and sophistication Reviews

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Friday Brunch

Two different offerings at the same venue: chose between hops and barbecue or small plates and Cuban mixed drinks. Malt brunch: Dhs219 (selected hops), Dhs299 (premium hops and bubbly) Timings: 1pm-4pm (Friday)

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Curiosity, they say, kills the cat. If that adage is true, things weren’t boding well for Time Out prior to our visit to Le Méridien’s latest gastronomic venture, Warehouse. For what else could we feel but curious about a venue that promises to be a ‘one-stop standalone entertainment hub’, comprising a European-style café bar and garden, wine bar, nightclub and fusion restaurant?

Fortunately there’s another saying kicking around somewhere about how managed expectations can result in you being pleasantly surprised. Which, as luck would have it, was what happened when we paid Warehouse our first visit last week.

A sleepy Saturday night might not seem like the best time to visit what is, in effect, a nightclub-cum-restaurant. But there’s nothing quite like having a place to yourself – it adds a whole new meaning to the word ‘exclusive’. To be fair, there were plenty of people in the terrace area outside and the downstairs wine bar had filled up a bit by the time we left. But upstairs, where the fusion happens, it was just us and the staff.

We suspect that upstairs is where the magic happens as well. Subtly lit with underfloor lighting and a tiny mood ring of a cocktail bar (thanks to the ever-changing colour of its main wall), this is a pretty, seductive space with ambient lounge music that, we concurred, was probably loud enough to stop unwanted eavesdropping, while still allowing you and your party to easily converse.

After perusing a truly exhaustive cocktail list (complete with drink names too rude for us to print here), we moved on to the main event. The idea of ‘fusion Japanese’ made us slightly nervous. You can’t throw a chopstick without it landing in a restaurant cooking some version of this in Dubai right now, and yet, given the breadth of ingredients involved, it’s not a style that’s easy to nail.

But our concerns were quickly allayed. A starter order of foie gras miso soup with duckling wonton was cutely presented in a white china teapot, poured with great flourish around a single parcel of canard, and struck a pleasingly delicate balance of flavours. I, meanwhile, was intrigued by the decidedly un-fusion sounding tomato and basil tart. What arrived was a deliciously deconstructed offering – horizontal layers of intense tomato jelly, heirloom tomatoes, and pastry.

Mains comprised chilli-encrusted hamachi with a raw papaya salad that fell a little short of its promise (slightly over-dry fish and muted flavours), but all was forgiven when we tasted the black cod. With flesh so soft and symphonically well-balanced, this was confirmation that we were dealing with something well above what might euphemistically be called ‘nightclub’ food.

Two beautiful desserts – a silver leaf-topped ‘floating island’ of marshmallow and coconut sorbet, and a ‘green apple Saturn’ that truly looked like it had dropped in from a miniature parallel universe – once again produced the kind of edible fun we were coming to expect from the kitchen. We left feeling sated, happy and yes, pleasantly surprised. Curiosity may well slay the cat, but not at Warehouse – this little kitty still has all nine lives.

The bill (for two)
1x Large Panna water Dhs26
1x Foie gras miso soup Dhs55
1x Tomato terrine Dhs50
1x Black cod Dhs125
1x Hamachi Dhs110
1x Green apple Saturn Dhs40
1x Floating Island Dhs40
1x Espresso Dhs19
Total (including service) Dhs465

By Daisy Carrington
Time Out Dubai,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.


  • Location: Le Méridien Dubai, Garhoud, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 217 0000
  • Travel: Airport Road
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User reviews:

Posted by: Farah on 12 Oct ' 12 at 15:32
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Ate here last night at the lower level; the steak was one of the juiciest and most tender steaks I have ever had. All main courses ordered were delicious - the food took some time to come, but that was expected and it was totally worth it when it arrived. Great ambience! Will be back here again!

Posted by: Dave Edwards on 09 May ' 12 at 12:50
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

The garden is infested with mosquitos and we were bitten to death but they would not allow us inside as one of the party was wearing flip-flops (and despite our waiter telling us it was no problem). Ridiculous attitiude. There are vastly better places to spend my money.

Posted by: Dr. Raji Mathew on 15 Jun ' 11 at 08:16
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Boy, am I glad to have come here last night. Continental food is served on the ground floor and asian fusion on the floor above. The place was almost full on a weekday.
Complimentary slices of bread and butter were served. The pan seared seabass was pure delight with crisp, salty skin complementing the flesh presented on a bed of small round potatoes, sausage and light cream gravy. Sausage and fish didn't jar rather the sausage acted like a palate cleanser after which you could savour afresh the next morsel of fish. Next was a smaller portion of another main course - tagliatelle with mixed seafood which included mussels, shrimp and squid. The flavour was intense and my guess would be a high sodium content for the dish.
Pan fried seabass Dhs95
Tagliatelle seafood(small) Dhs 40
Small bottle of water ?
NBD card entitles one to a 30% discount which translated to Dhs102.

Posted by: Stephen on 30 May ' 11 at 11:21
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Terrible service - we went for late evening snacks. We were seated outside. I ordered Squid Rings, my wife the prawn tempura and a glass of white wine. My squid came after about 15 minutes. No sign of the prawns, even after I had finished. When questioned, the waiter came out with some nonsense about the kitchen which served prawn tempura not opening till 11.00pm (we ordered at 10.40pm), then scurried off to check the order. The prawns arrived at 11.30, about 45 minutes after we ordered them. By that time the expensice wine that my wife ordered to go accompany them had been well and truly drunk. Truly appalling service.

Posted by: Paul Ransted on 23 Jul ' 10 at 14:54
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Servise is ok....but the portions are SMALL and take ages to get to the table.

Basically....EXPENSIVE selection is limited and SLOW in delivery...for a brunch forget it...left there 1 hour ago and stopped by McDonalds for food on the wany home.....DONT GO HERE

Posted by: steve on 01 Jun ' 10 at 07:09
  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Had a fantastic experience at this brunch, all you can drink Mojitos with excellent service, who can complain? The staff where always there to take orders for food or drinks even though they where rushed off their feet. The food would come quick and fast as well as the drinks and always with a smile. Will definitely be returning here very soon.

Posted by: Betty on 28 May ' 10 at 15:49
  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

We heard so much about it an wanted to try the brunch or "Drunch" as they called it. Big mistake...

Posted by: karen flaherty on 14 May ' 09 at 13:38
  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

We normally dine in the le meridien buffet restaurant outside but we felt with the warmer weather would like to dine indoors, we headed to the warehouse. It has a rustic theme, with good music and ambience. The service is second to none from the beer garden to the dining and uptairs in the club. We had a drink in the beer garden, casually viewed the menu and we were seated at a table inside. Its a great place to start your weekend, the food is just delicious, beautiful rustic cookware, the food is fresh and very tasty. The chef went out of his way to treat us to mini tasters which were so delicious to say the least. Nothing was a problem, our order was to perfection, the drinks were chilled and the service was excellent. This is a place to chill in your jeans in the beer garden and enjoy some food or dress to impress upstairs where there is another restauant and a cocktail bar and club. Something for everyone, I think this place is yet to be discovered and I think when it does you won't get a seat. Value for money is excellent.

Posted by: Sue on 12 May ' 09 at 16:52
  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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