This Mexican, set in the beach side gardens of Le Royal Méridien, has modern décor and attentive staff. Unfortunately the food doesn't quite live up to the same standard. Flavours aren’t quite balanced, textures aren't quite right and some of the ingredients just seem bizarre when paired together. Maya was one of our favourite destinations for Mexican cuisine but on the current showing, it needs to go quite some way to get back to those previous highs.
Up high on the 25th floor of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, La Parrilla offers unspoilt views of the Arabian sea and Burj Al Arab. The atmosphere is sophisticated and a band playing lively South American music, accompanied by dancers, further enrich the experience. For starters, the grilled octopus with black olive emulsion is tender yet crispy on the outside. If you are a meat lover, choose the la piedra, which is the chef’s selection of premium steaks. Various small cuts arrive blue, alongside a hot stone to cook them to your liking, which adds some sizzle and theatre. As well as steaks, there are vegetarian and seafood options on offer too. Dishes don’t arrive with sides, so you may find your bill rising steeply if you add them on.
There’s only one way a place gets to Time Out Dubai’s most coveted Restaurant of the Year award – by serving up a flawless dining experience. And although it didn’t land the top gong in 2017, it is still an amazing place to eat. From the moment you walk up to the ornate doors, past the friendly, attentive hosts, and into the large, contemporary venue that’s always buzzing, you know this place is special. It’s difficult to settle on one or two of the delicious-sounding plates, so you might want to ask the staff. They’re all really good and will make super suggestions. Check out the ceviches, tender Josper-grilled octopus with olive tapenade and a Chilean sea bass that flakes apart fantastically. But the star of the show is the langosta iron pot – a dish of perfectly cooked chunks of lobster with tender rice and pea shoots that’s well balanced and subtly flavoured. As for desserts, the standout is a salted caramel ganache, the richness offset by a raspberry sorbet and candied orange. You’ll dream of it for weeks.
Asado may arguably be one of the most sophisticated fine dining experiences in Dubai. When arriving, staff lead you onto the terrace where guests are treated to outstanding views of the Burj Khalifa and fountains. The staff explain the meat on offer and show you the cuts at your table, with tenderloin, sirloin and rib-eye the specialities. If steak is not your thing, there are plenty of fish, chicken and even goat dishes on offer. For starters, the dry-aged beef carpaccio is excellent. Parmesan crisps accompanying the beef add texture and the quality of the meat is top-notch. Another starter to note is the tuna and salmon ceviche with purple potato chips and sweet potato. The dish is tasty and fresh. If you are a fan of steaks, it’s only right to order one.The beef tenderloin is cooked perfectly to your requirements and is full of flavour. The service is friendly without being intrusive. Asado serves up a dining experience like no other.
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