For somewhere that bills itself as a social eatery, SLAB is startlingly empty when we visit on a weekend.
The eatery is perched on the very edge of La Mer, right beside another four-lettered favourite – SALT – which seems to be drawing in the evening crowds.
But while SLAB might not quite be as established as its street food-serving rival, the food here is very good indeed.
Standing for ‘sandwich lab’, at this restaurant it’s all about the gourmet tartine (that’s French for open sandwich).
The vegetarian version resembles a kaleidoscopic field of root vegetables that wouldn’t be out of place in Alice in Wonderland. It’s all held together by walnut butter and a generous helping of goat’s cheese. It’s an absolute hit and, appropriately, it looks very much like a slab. Well done, team.
The dessert menu features a selection of eye-catching options, including a pain perdu. The hefty chunk of French toast is marinated in yuzu and honey then topped with white chocolate custard. Delicious.
Surrounded by water and muralled beach huts, SLAB’s covered outdoor terrace is a peaceful spot to settle down for the evening after a day at the beach with the family, though there might be other more appealing options for your tribe.
Open daily 10am-noon. Unlicensed. La Mer, Jumeirah 1 (04 298 8899).
The bottom line
Interesting place, but needs a few guests.