My wife and I booked table 9 (located at the Hilton on the creek side - not where Tripadvisor sent us intially) for our last night in Dubai. We couldn't get table between 6:30 and 9:15 so had a late night. It was worth it. I am not sure if Friday nights are busy but be advised to book early if you want to get a reasonable time.
When we arrived we were advised by an attentive waiter to order two small plates (80D) and one large (100D), indicating the portions are small. There is also a tasting menu of about 6 dishes for about 400D. We ordered one of each to leave some space for desert, and were sated.
Some fresh bread and butter was brought to the table. The bread was good, and plentiful: small crusty white rolls and slices of flavourful dark rye. It was accompanied by a complimentary appetiser, a tiny cauliflower soufflé topped with spices. It was suggested we mix the two before we eat the dish, which was delightfully light and quite tasty, even for one not too fond of cauliflower.
For a small plate, Jo ordered the pigeon and was very pleased. I was too conservative and went for the salmon with avocado which, although it was good, was not very exciting. The larger plates was more successful for me. The two strips or guinea fowl was cooked with a crisp skin and accompanied by crispy proscuitto - very tasty and a great combinationof flavours. Jo was also very happy with her halibut. Desserts wers also good, particularly my choclate concotion with icecream around a cripsy choclate centre contraining a lovely sablglione-like caramel cream.
The restaurant also has a small but well chosen international wine list including one of my Australian favouraites, D'Arenburg's Hermit Crab Viognier/Marsanne blend, some at reasonalbe prices by the glass, although you can go crazy if you have the required funds.
Service was very good from the generally young and enthusiatic staff. The decor is OK and the tables comfortable and well spaced, but otherwise the setting is unremarkable. We weren't near the monitor to the kitchen mentioned in other reviews.
All up, three courses with two glasses of wine each and one dessert wine was 625D (about A$180) Very reasobnable for this standard of food.
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