Time Out Says
Of the three, Babiole is by far the most elegant, so if you’re looking for a dinner date, this is the one to book.
We arrive early enough for a pre-dinner drink and take a seat on the terrace, which is a delight in cooler months. It has a wide-ranging view across Business Bay and Downtown Dubai, with the Burj Khalifa looming large.
If you have La Perle tickets, as the venue is set in the same location, don’t forget to mention it as as you’ll get a 20 percent discount on your meal.
Most of our fellow diners seem to be theatregoers, as the venue empties out considerably ahead of the second showing.
We take our seats in the dining room for dinner. The crowd is very well-heeled, people are dressed up for this restaurant.
The menu is extensive, with a wide range of choices. To start we opt for the octopus Santorini and the chorizo pan. The latter is excellent. A metal pan arrives, steaming hot and packed full of rich, spicy, tomatoey sauce and sizable meaty chunks of Spanish sausage. The octopus is at the other end scale. So undercooked we can barely chew it, it goes back to the kitchen virtually untouched. And yet the staff seem oblivious.
Mains are nice enough, the lamb shank is meaty and well flavoured, while the spaghetti comes in a robust sauce, studded with seafood. It doesn’t wow, but it’s tasty enough. It’s all on the pricey side, though, so with that in mind, Babiole needs to up its game to be as showstopping as the aquatheatre it shares a home with.
The bill (for two)
1x octopus Santorini Dhs135
1x chorizo pan Dhs90
1x lamb shank Dhs180
1x seafood spaghetti Dhs150
Total (incl service) Dhs655
The bottom line
A classy spot that has potential.
By Time Out Dubai staff | 18 Apr 2018
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