Patriotic Brits among you may be pleased by news that an eatery named Great British Restaurant (GBR) has opened.
The brasserie-style restaurant also has an outpost in London, at the original DUKES. The Mayfair hotel opened in 1908, and Dukes Dubai, its first international location, aims to maintain that “quintessentially British” feel.
All GBR’s dishes are billed as “a celebration of classic British cuisine”. Stars of the show are the hearty roasts with all the trimmings, but there are plenty of other familiar dishes namechecked, too, from a deliciously retro prawn cocktail to English pea soup, via Lancashire hot pot and steak and kidney pudding.
The dessert menu is packed with nursery favourites, including the lesser-spotted jam roly poly (with lashings of proper custard, we’re sure), sticky toffee pud and this time-honoured lemon meringue pie. The buttery pastry houses a tangy citrus curd, raspberry ripple, a light meringue coat and a delicate quenelle of whipped cream.
But don’t hang about, as executive chef Martin Cahill, formerly of both The Savoy and The Dorchester, will refresh the menu every four months.
“Chef Martin will be putting his stamp on some popular dishes and more unique ones, all of which will make the most of seasonal ingredients available in Britain,” says Debrah Dhugga, managing director of the hotel.