Art-restaurant hybrid coming to d3

Design-conscious restaurant fuses the arts, contemporary design and fresh, tasty grub


A new fashion-conscious eatery has opened up in the Dubai Design District, giving birth to an art-meets-cuisine dining experience.

The concept behind Molecule – the latest in a string of openings in the area, including Chez Charles and The Lighthouse – is one of sharing spaces and food for the art world. Designers and creators can head to d3 for what it’s calling the next big food movement – “bistronomy”. According to Molecule, bistronomy focuses on combining bold and rich flavours using fresh ingredients with a casual and artistic environment.

Aesthetics is an enormous part of the process for Molecule, and they want customers to feel like they’re part of an arty experience. Molecule has partnered with collaborators from the interior design world to, quote unquote, “mesmerise all who experience it”.

Eight partners have helped develop Molecule’s artistic slant, from tableware designers to independent artists and collectors. All have chipped in to make create an art-heavy vibe beating through the heart of the restaurant.

Executive Chef Udo Moreau leads the line in the kitchen, remembering that it is still a restaurant. Chef Udo is the man behind nine Michelin star restaurants across Europe, and brings his expertise to Molecule’s bistronomy approach. Expect lots of seasonal products combined with regional flavours.

Dubai Design District, (04 245 4700)

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