New opening: Floridian feasting

Kick off your shoes and feel the sand between your toes at Key West

There’s a growing trend (and appetite) for Caribbean food here in Dubai, such has been the popularity of Ting Irie and Miss Lily’s, now joined by the recently opened Sho Sho’s in DIFC.

But did you know there’s a restaurant that offers sea views and sand between your toes, too? Key West, at Dubai’s Nikki Beach Resort & Spa, is named after the southern-most point in the state of Florida, and is one you’re going to want to know about.

The island itself, which was inspiration to many a famous author and songwriter (Ernest Hemingway and Jimmy Buffett to name just two), is known for its laid-back vibes and Caribbean feel. And that’s exactly what you’ll get at this restaurant, too.

A light, airy dining room affords views of the sea and swaying palm trees, creating a holiday feel, and its chic terrace is ideal for sundowners with an island vibe.

But the star of the show is the Floridian-meets-Caribbean menu. An exciting assortment of dishes includes fish tacos, barbecue ribs and seafood sliders with blackened fresh fish in squid ink buns.

Then, of course, there’s its take on a classic Key lime pie. This deconstructed version (coming in at Dhs55), comprises creamy, limey pie filling, meringue sticks, a biscuity crumble, sponge squares and, of course, dollops of tangy Key lime sauce.

The official opening is on Friday September 15 (tickets for “Jammin’ at Key West” are Dhs150), but even if you can’t make that, make sure Key West is on your list to check out this winter. It’s definitely on ours.
Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai, Pearl Jumeira, Jumeirah 1 (04 376 6290).

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