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“One of the best restaurants”
Review of Crisol

Crisol
Ranked #18 of 1,351 Restaurants in Sharjah
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $44
Description: Crisol is a unique fusion restaurant brand that assimilates a wide range of flavors from the cultural melting pot of culinary traditions and rich ingredients that define our new American cuisine. This exceptional experience is set in a casual yet customer-centered dining space. Our culinary philosophy is built on a value driven model enhanced by protean thinking. We consistently plate a visually stimulating feast for your eyes and a memorable experience for your palate.
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Description: Crisol is a unique fusion restaurant brand that assimilates a wide range of flavors from the cultural melting pot of culinary traditions and rich ingredients that define our new American cuisine. This exceptional experience is set in a casual yet customer-centered dining space. Our culinary philosophy is built on a value driven model enhanced by protean thinking. We consistently plate a visually stimulating feast for your eyes and a memorable experience for your palate.
Reviewed April 13, 2019

This restaurant provides different type of food presentation and tastes . I always would like to go to to find its new dishes.

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed March 12, 2019 via mobile

Beautiful ambience, welcoming & friendly staff.......
Only had 1 plate of food & was mesmerized. Will sure be back with friends & colleagues for a full proper dining experience!

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank LadyGazi
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Reviewed February 26, 2019 via mobile

IG: @eatgosee
Crisol, a bucket list anchor for some time, finally realized on a road trip around the Northern Emirates. A few food bloggers have passed through giving it very good ratings and praise. Seldom do I find myself in Sharjah or passing through hence I had not made the journey to this restaurant, which is not easy to find and its entrance is not obvious or standout. Make sure you charge up your GPS system. 

Nonetheless, the interior decor is very modern with a more contemporary take on the industrial chic look that is ubiquitous now and newly opened restaurants outside of hotels. It’s dark, moody, Brighton is by those Oso well-known industrial lightbulbs giving off a golden glow, There is ample space here for couples, tables of four and much larger groups with cozy leather booths. The setting is certainly atmospheric and set you up for something special.

The menu is split into four quadrants: firstly small bites, then salads, then drinks and finally main dishes. Having looked through the small bites I decided to focus here as there was already plenty of choice. There are some all-too-familiar items on the menu such as sliders, crispy shrimp and slow cooked meats. These have become stale waters of many venues in Dubai so I decided to focus on new items or re-interpretations of ubiquitous items to try and tease out any difference.

HIGHLIGHTS:

- CHAROSTRA (OYSTERS). Rarely do I enjoy cooked oysters especially as they are often coated in melted cheese or breadcrumbs which is a crime. These are roasted and served in their shell with a smoked slightly meaty tasty, mellow almost slow cooked flavor. The salty Cajun butter, southern style rub draws adds a recognizable barbecue flavor to the subtle oyster. This means the distinctive oyster taste is gone but the resulting dish is thoroughly enjoyable on its own merits. One note: the dipping sauce is too sweet and adds nothing. It could be taken away and replaced with something sharp, even a chimichurri.

- SERVICE. Fast, friendly, well-informed, courteous. Great staff.

DIVIDED:

- LAMB TACOS: This was a promising but ultimately so-so dish. The bready wrap coupled with the crunchy topping just makes this a big carb heavy dish that detracts away from a barely discernible lamb flavor. The ratios are out. When I scrap away some of the crunchy topping then it gets better. The lamb should be a barbacoa or other deeply seasoned method to amp the dish profile. They could replace the bread wrap with baby gem or other lettuce to make it lighter, bring crunchy and therefore highlight the lamb more. They could use crushed peanuts instead of the current topping for texture but also for a distinctive nutty oil flavor. Lastly mayo based sauces are desperate and add next to nothing to this kind of dish. Instead I would have enjoyed a salsa, hot sauce, vinaigrette, Asian style marinade/dipping sauce or just anything else.

- COLA RIBS: This is not a small bite so when this arrived I was floored at how large it is. This is unreservedly a main course dish hiding in a small bites menu. The meat is deliciously slow cooked, hearty and up there with some of the bext slow cooked meats I’ve ever had TEXTURE wise. There is a smear of parsnip puree so light that it could fool you for a foam but there is so little over it in proportion to the meat that it adds next to nothing; it’s an after though on a dark plate to give colour contrast (perhaps). The shoestring plantain chips are a stroke of genius with crunch and creativity, alas, they are woefully underseasoned. Fried plantain loves and wants salt especially to stand up to ribs that are slow cooked in sweet cola to create balance on the place: soft meat, crunchy fries, sweet meat, no salty fries. This dish is NEARLY there but needs refinement at the edges.

Would I come back? Absolutely. The kitchen is capable of great things and know what they are doing. They need to stand back and ask themselves if each dish is really the best version of what they want to offer. The lamb tacos is case in point, the cola ribs just need fine tuning and relocation to the mains menu.

#sharjah #dubai #tacos #ribs #slowcooking #oysters #fusion #seafood #starters #mojito

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed October 23, 2018 via mobile

Was amazed when we located this place in Sharjah. It is truly a hidden gem located within the University City of Sharjah. Is definitely a place for fine dining, has a wonderful setup and ambience which makes it well suited for families. We ordered for the Rocket Shrimps which had a unique presentation ans awesome taste. The portion was good enough for 2 persons. Would definitely visit again and recommend this to others. Wi-Fi available at the restaurant.

Ambience: 5/5
Food Taste: 5/5
Food Presentation: 5/5
Location: 5/5
Parking:5/5
Staff: 4/5 (Can do a bit better on their hospitality and service)

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank 928denverp
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Reviewed September 13, 2018 via mobile

unfortunately, the breakfast we had was disappointing experience, the egg dishes were tasteless
- the food took long time to be ready, and when it was ready half was ready then another 5 to 10 minutes for the rest of the meals.
Also the coffee was late,
I really had high expectations for the restaurant but we were disappointed
The table service was very slow and we left after paying for the meal that was not eaten and no one bothered asking us as simple as, how was the food

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank maryama665
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