Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera

Simple, delicious dishes served up in a stunning venue
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Time Out Says

Now The Loft

The opening of Dubai Opera was one of the most eagerly anticipated events of 2016, and now the venue’s back at the forefront of the city’s minds, thanks to the launch of its exciting new restaurant – Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera.

When we visit (not on a show night) it’s very quiet, but manages not to feel empty.

The space is huge, seating 350, which looks like it may be a challenge to fill on non-show days.

It’s the first Middle Eastern venture for the British-born chef who’s a big name in Australia, and the restaurant boasts a compact, classic menu. And the food is excellent.

When Time Out Dubai met Connolly ahead of the opening, he declared he would be taking dishes “back to basics”. That’s visible on the main menu, which boasts favourites such as fish and chips and steak.

There’s a dedicated oyster section (he loves them so much the décor is based upon on them, all greys and pinks) and a raw bar. We opt for a classic prawn cocktail, which comes with huge, meaty prawns in a creamy Marie Rose sauce (on a bed of iceberg lettuce, retro). A mozzarella salad is paired with lightly grilled peaches and pistachio pesto. The flavours and textures work perfectly.

Moving on to mains, and we share a mushroom with ricotta gnocchi and a rib-eye, the former of which is soft and decadent. We can’t fault either dish when it comes to taste.

On opening, the restaurant promised “affordable price points”. However, with a plate of mushroom gnocchi coming in at Dhs170, it doesn’t really deliver on that.

There are, however, pre-theatre menus that fare better at Dhs195 for three courses, and a bar food list with flatbread and sliders at around Dhs60.

But since the venue has such wow factor and dishes this delicious, it’s worth it for a treat.

The Bill (for two)
1x prawn cocktail Dhs140
1x white peach salad Dhs90
1x mushroom gnocchi Dhs170
1x rib-eye fillet Dhs220
1x steamed brocolli Dhs45
1x large water Dhs40
Total (Incl service) Dhs705

The bottom line
Excellent food in an upmarket setting.

By Time Out Dubai staff  | 18 Oct 2017

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