Restaurant awards steakhouse
Every now and then, you’ll come across a restaurant that ticks almost every box imaginable. And when it’s situated in what is arguably one of Dubai’s most iconic hotels, you know you’re on to something very good.
Walking into Seafire, guests are instantly greeted by the smell emanating from the marvellously positioned open kitchen, and encouraged to treat themselves to an aperitif from the comfortable bar area.
We know starters sometimes get overlooked if you’re dining out, but if you come to this steakhouse (and you should, we didn’t award it a Highly Commended title in 2018 for no reason) then make sure you try the beef short rib doughnuts, topped with charcoal Parmesan dust. It’s something you’re unlikely to have had before, and it’s a revelation as far as we’re concerned.
There’s a wide choice of steaks, ranging through the marble grading and with price points that reflect that. But whether you’re going for the US Angus in the Dhs200-300 price range, or if you’re gunning for the wagyu beef with a marble rating that’s off the charts and coming in at the best part of Dhs1,000 (really), you are guaranteed an expertly prepared, delicious cut of beef.
Vegetarians and pescatarians are welcome, with a range of fish and seafood dishes also available, and you’ll also find some extravagant sharers on the dessert menu that, if your belly allows, are worthy of your attention.
The bottom line
Superb steaks found inside an iconic Dubai landmark
Anyone who has pulled up to the grounds of the Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach will, firstly, be struck by the hotel’s marvellously impressive approach. Secondly, you are also likely to know that one of Dubai’s most famous restaurants resides here. Home of chef Nusret Gökçe (AKA Salt Bae off the internet), the dining experience at Nusr-Et is very much befitting of its owner.
From almost over-the-top levels of service from the waiting staff, who make sure you’re never left wanting, to the stunning view of the Downtown Dubai skyline (perfectly framed through the restau-rant’s expansive windows), this place is about more than just the food, and that’s why it picked up a Highly Commended gong at our 2018 Restaurant Awards.
Tuck into the Nusr-Et spaghetti – 230 grams of thinly sliced steak ribbons, robustly seasoned with sea salt. If you’re indecisive, waiting staff will insist you get your hands on the restaurant’s burger. It’s big, it’s juicy, it’s tasty, and it will leave you feeling absolutely stuffed.
Nusr-Et isn’t just about the meats, though, and has options for the seafood fans too – with salmon, prawns, crab and lobster also on the menu. And if you’re looking for starters, the massive orb of buffa-lo mozzarella is hard to ignore – and comes with some impressive table preparation from a battalion of waiters.
A world-famous steakhouse, that’s worthy of its renowned name.
The bottom line:
While the dining experience comes at a premium, Nusr-Et is as much performance art as a meal.
Ladies and gentlemen, if, perhaps, you have a significant date coming up, or if your visitors are approaching their final night and you really want them to leave Dubai on a wonderfully full belly, then you need to wow them at what is, put simply, the most outstanding steakhouse around.
Set in the grandiose grounds of Habtoor Palace, you can expect exceptional service and even better food. With relaxed lounge jazz and classy décor, the whole night won’t come cheap, but if you’re looking to be wowed, you’ve come to the right place.
Make sure you opt for the Queensland tenderloin, it’s quite possibly the best decision you’ll ever make. It’s simply unbelievable. Seared in butter and topped with a dash of salt, the meat and preparation is so good that the sauce-free purists will be more than happy.
The black cod with miso glaze is also a winning dish – so much so that you will find it hard to eat with your jaw constantly dropping to the floor. Alongside some creamy (but not too heavy) potato gratin and sautéed broccolini, the food will leave you blown away.
Edibles aside, you can expect top-notch service, a relaxed vibe and, what is quite simply a wonderful meal. You will leave feeling mesmerised.
The bottom line
A dining experience worth every dirham.
Described as an “American Meatery”, The Hide (like cow hide, geddit?) is more than just a steakhouse – however, the dry-aged American black Angus rib-eye and Irish salt moss cave-aged beef that hang in full view of the dining room are superb. Small plates include a delicious steak tartare, towering onion rings and excellent Californian hamachi. If you’re not in the mood for steak, try the “Manwich”, a beast of a butty with smoked brisket, two fried eggs, Iberico beef, cheese, dill pickles and mustard leaf. There is plenty to please everyone (okay, maybe not vegans).
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