Dubai’s Business Bay gets two new restaurants by David Myers

Renaissance Downtown Hotel opens Bleu Blanc and BASTA! by renowned chef


Dubai’s Business Bay has welcomed two new restaurants from American chef David Myers, both housed inside the new Renaissance Downtown Hotel.

Myers is known as the “Gypsy Chef” thanks to his love of travel, so little surprise his first two restaurants in the UAE are fittingly globe-trotting.

Bleu Blanc is designed around themes of a French farmhouse, with its own floor-to-ceiling herb garden and fresh bread baked on premises. An open-plan kitchen brings the action directly into the dining room, of which a wood-fired grill is designed as the showpiece. Expect grilled premium cuts of meat, fresh seafood and seasonal vegetables from the restaurant, which also boasts its own terrace with views of the Dubai Water Canal.

Also located within the hotel is Italian restaurant BASTA!, described as “Roman trattoria meets Florentine steakhouse meets Neapolitan pizzeria”. Phew. Though it boasts a more industrial, urban setting, there’s once again an open-plan kitchen for diners to peer into, this time alongside a giant, hand-painted mural of legendary actress Sophia Loren. BASTA! too boasts a wood-fired grill, in addition to a wood-burning pizza oven, while the menu also offers pasta in a variety of shapes and forms, hand-made on a daily basis. And don’t miss the outdoor terrace, with its own views of the Dubai Water Canal.
Bleu Blanc, open daily noon-3pm, 6pm-midnight (04 512 5533). BASTA!, open daily noon-midnight (04 512 5522). Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Marasi Drive, Business Bay.

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