Dish of the week: Risotto at Marina Social

We investigates the new summer dishes at Marina Social

W e love a menu that changes with the seasons (as far as seasons go here in Dubai) and happily, after a two-week summer break, Marina Social is back with some fresh, new offerings.

Jason Atherton’s eatery – which won Time Out’s Best European Restaurant 2017 – has had a menu revamp with a whopping 18 new dishes, making it the largest overhaul since the restaurant’s opening in 2015.

The updated list focuses on fresh, seasonal British ingredients and consists largely of classic homeland dishes with modern twists, such as asparagus with a two-hour slow-cooked egg and chicken with truffle creamed savoy cabbage.

“We’ve brought it back a bit with this menu and kept it very British,” head chef Craig Best tells Time Out Dubai. Dishes are also green. Very green.

And the greenest of them all is this risotto of fresh peas, wet garlic and truffle.

“We use wet garlic as it’s super-fresh,” adds Best. “Unlike the garlic you buy in the supermarket, this is straight from the ground, from our UK supplier. We try to use truffle on at least one dish on the menu, too, so we expect this one will be popular.”

There’s also a traditional rump of lamb (with greens – courgette basil purée and baby gem salad) to satisfy meat-lovers.

With around 65 percent of guests hailing from the UK, undoubtedly these dishes will some way to curing any pangs for a British summer (until you step outside).
Dhs90. Open daily 7pm-12.30am, Fri-Sat 12.30pm-3.30pm. InterContinental Dubai Marina (04 446 6664).

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