New Restaurant: carine

We check out chef Izu Ani’s latest venture, inside Emirates Golf Club

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Some people say it with flowers. Some might pen a love note. Others, like chef Izu Ani, name a restaurant after you.

If you’re a fan of French food in Dubai, you’ll have heard of chef Izu. And you’ll be delighted to learn that he now has a restaurant at Emirates Golf Club.

carine, named after the chef’s wife, serves up a selection of Mediterranean dishes that sound utterly delicious.

The chef, who is famed from his time at some of the city’s top restaurants including La Serre and multiple Time Out Dubai award winner La Petite Maison, says he’s very excited to launch this new venue.

And so he should be, as it looks great. Sitting in the space that held Le Classique – which shut last in 2017 after 29 years – carine has a fresh, new look as it’s been completely revamped with huge windows and modern furnishings.

“It’s a space that encourages diners to relax and unwind, spending hours with family and friends while enjoying outstanding food,” says the team behind it.

Dishes include lobster linguine, harissa prawns and this citrusy tuna carpaccio. The fresh fish comes with a mandarin dressing, hazelnuts, pomegranate and a sprinkling of sumac chilli pepper for a little kick.

Chef Izu says the two major loves in his life are his wife and bread, and carine celebrates both, so the restaurant is also filled with all of Carine’s favourites – from freshly baked breads to her homemade jam. If that isn’t romance, we don’t know what is.
Dhs55. Emirates Golf Club, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.carine.ae (04 417 9999).

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