Time Out Says
Back in business after a brief hiatus, and with a new menu to boot, 21 Grams is not just Dubai’s only Balkan bistro – it’s one of the best independent restaurants in the city right now.And in these precarious times, supporting local restaurateurs (even if you can’t spend as much these days) is a no-brainer if you’re passionate about preserving Dubai’s diverse culinary identity.
And aren’t we all? It’s tasty out there.
Anyway, soapbox to one side, let’s talk about this place.
Stashed inside the Park Regis Boutique near Umm Suqeim Beach (Sunset, if you like), 21 Grams might be one of the city’s smallest restaurants – which gives it a warmth that eludes pretty much all 300-plus-cover behemoths. And it’s a stylish, comfortable space that invites a lingering meal.
So too does the menu, which follows the now established rule that everything is better served to share – and fair prices mean it’s an accessible model here, too.
Dishes roam from traditional Balkan to contemporary, while a section of the menu using seasonal, local produce takes its inspiration from flavours of Dubai.
Among the classics, the spinach phyllo pie is a flaky, buttery crowd-pleaser, packed with fresh greens and already declared one of the 50 best dishes Time Out has eaten so far in 2020.
Contemporary plates of roasted courgette, peppers and aubergine with feta and walnuts, and Adriatic octopus (pictured) with fennel sauce are fantastically fresh and light – balancing out more indulgent plates such as chicken schnitzel with aged cheese.
Smoked cevap tartare, meanwhile, is a rich take, made with wagyu beef and served with buttery cured egg yolk and an abundance of finely diced onion. It’s quite unlike any other you’ll find in the city.
And the same can be said for 21 Grams as a whole. Book it, try it, love it, and help keep our city’s food scene so culturally rich.
WHAT IS IT...
Brilliant, cosy bistro serving flavours from south-eastern Europe
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By Time Out Dubai staff | 10 Sep 2020
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