Whatever the restaurant lacks in decor, it makes up for in the passion being shared by everyone from the front of house staff all the way to the kitchen crew.
Such was our observation dining at Table 9 by Nick and Scott, a multi-awarded restaurant here in Dubai Hilton by the Creek. Eager to try a new restaurant for Valentine's Day, I decided to bring my wife to this place that's been garnering great reviews from different sites and lifestyle magazines here in Dubai. We were not disappointed. The venue is a bit off from areas where people usually go to for a night out, and since we live in JLT, we had to travel for about an hour through the evening rush to get to the restaurant. It doesn't matter though as we realized by the end of our dinner that it was all worth it.
The front of the house staff were professional, courteous and very accommodating. They were very efficient without losing their smiles and looking mechanical. All of them listened to our questions about the food and were ready to provide their recommendations when asked. We also felt that they gave just the right amount of attention to their guests as they don't crowd and bother you at all but is by your side in seconds once you indicate that you need assistance.
Kudos to the sommelier as well even though we didn't go for the wine pairing option as we kept overhearing him at the next table explaining in detail the wines being served. He exuded charm and confidence and is really articulate and knowledgeable.
The decor somewhat downplayed the vibe of the restaurant, though. I felt things could still be improved a lot. Having the view of the pass is a great concept as you can see and hear the kitchen bustling and grinding as they prepare their creations but the video being showed on the overhead projector is at a wrong angle and makes for very awkward viewing. It felt like it wants to show you something but just doesn't make exactly clear what it is. Anyway, I believe it should be improved and not removed. It's unique!
Oh, the food. The food was lovely. Table 9 offered a five course meal for Valentine's and each of the dishes were amazing. I mean, I can't even pronounce some of the dishes and their ingredients but leave me muttering "mmm, mmm, mmm" whenever I put a spoonful into my mouth. The warm, soft bread with the homemade butter and the sweetcorn based mush (that was how the waiter described it to us) served in a small flower pot that were compliments from the Chef were delectable. The bresaola, horseradish and foie gras induced in me a mouth-watering sensation that left me with a curious expression on my face. The turbot, pecan and cabbage for the main course was heavenly. My wife had the duck, cocoa and puffed rice and it was equally marvellous as well. The passion fruit with the coconut shavings put a smile to my face and made us want to strip our clothes off and head to a sunny beach, preferably somewhere in the Philippines. The strawberry & basil meringue was a sweet sight and delicious in a melt-in-your-mouth kind of way, while the rhubarb and custard just screamed fun the moment it reaches the tip of your tongue. The meal was a journey and my wife and I had a great time. We hope to be back.
Table 9 has been consistently garnering a slew of awards from different organizations and they also receive raving reviews from their diners. After visiting them last night, chalk us up as another couple who believes its all well-deserved and is expecting them to receive more and more recognition as they go along.