What's it like: Intriguing, interesting and unique, R Trader is most definitely one of a kind in Dubai. Inside, it’s rather dark and mysterious – almost transporting you to an old English club from the 1920s era. We’re told there’s usually a swanky jazz band performing on a low-platform stage in the lounge, however, it’s Ramadan so there’s no music during our visit (I imagine this would transform the atmosphere drastically though). Launched by the same team as those behind ‘The Scene’, the restaurant’s menu is made up of four sections: Raw, Sea, Birds and Beasts, plus Land. Slightly confusing, yet exciting at the same time, this menu has no rules. You can order to share, or not, and you can pick from any of the sections as there’s no division between what’s a starter and what’s a main. To start, my dining partner and I shared a beautifully presented butcher’s cut tartar served with smoked chili and crispy arepa, plus melt in your mouth, hand dived scallops with grilled leeks and dill. Followed by my favourite dish of the evening, a clever combination of tender, Cantonese roasted duck, served with stuffed bao and pear, plus a dish of Angus beef rib, wrapped in an extremely flavoursome leaf of wild garlic and pickled plum butter. To finish – blue cheese lovers rejoice! The genius dessert of baked Roquefort cheesecake is unmissable. All in all, R Trader is a very elegant and suave experience, ideal for trying when you’re fancying a little something different.
If you want to go: Around Dhs300 per person for three-courses, excluding beverages. Call 04-3435518