• Lunch review: Beef Bistro, Le Méridien Dubai

    Lunch review: Beef Bistro, Le Méridien Dubai

    WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 13500 [post_author] => 5525 [post_date] => 2019-02-10 10:36:24 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-02-10 06:36:24 [post_content] => What’s it like? Located in the heart of Le Méridien Dubai Village at Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Beef Bistro has officially opened it’s beautifully re-vamped and re-branded doors. Previously known as M’s Grill, Beef Bistro is a carnivore’s dream dining destination, showcasing premium meats from around the world like Japan, Australia, Argentina, New Zealand and the US. Drawing from traditions rooted in the Le Méridien brand, Beef Bistro honours France’s culinary culture and draws inspiration from authentic French bistros. Inside, the new interiors are bright, warm and welcoming with light blue and soft yellow accents, paired with white-washed woods and stone walls. While the tables are simply yet tastefully decorated with simply lavender floral arrangements, ensuring understated charm. Beef Bistro also offers terrace seating for those who wish to enjoy lunch or dinner outdoors. What are the food highlights? If you were a fan of M’s Grill, you’ll be pleased to hear that the menu still features some of the most loved dishes from over the years, mixed with a brilliant selection of new options. To start, we shared a couple of starters – one of which really stood out for me, the warm goat’s cheese salad. Unlike traditional goat’s cheese salads, this one was prepared as a tart with beautiful thin, flaky pastry filled with melting goat’s cheese infused with bitter orange zest, accompanied by marmalade on a bed of mesclun. The cheese and orange combination worked fantastically and overall the dish was a delight to eat. For tableside interaction, don’t miss the traditional beef tartar which is prepared with tenderloin, capers, gherkins, shallots, egg yolk, mustard, ketchup, and horseradish cream at the table and tailored to your taste. Also on the starters menu, were highlights of homemade foie gras terrine served with tomato jam and crostini, plus the thinly-sliced beef carpaccio with raw mushrooms, Rocca leaves and delicate balsamic dressing and parmesan shavings. Naturally, we chose to indulge with a steak of our liking for mains (I chose the Australian wagyu tenderloin), which were all prepared on the Josper charcoal grill that gave the meat a beautifully smoked flavour and fantastic seal. Steaks at Beef Bistro come with the choice of two sides and a sauce. Apart from tenderloin, the menu boasts such a generous selection of meats to choose from – over 500kg of assorted meats to be exact –including rib eye, striploin, chateaubriand, T-bone and others. There’s also an in-house ageing room, where meats are kept and cured in various ways to enhance and deepen the flavour. If you have room for dessert, the cheesecake is absolutely delicious and is kept light through the use of sour cream – believe it or not, it’s really yummy. Also on the menu is classic mille-feuille, rum baba, vanilla crème brulee and more. How was the service? The team at Beef Bistro and very welcoming and attentive, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable experience is had by all. The bottom line: The food at Beef Bistro is hearty, flavoursome and excellent value for money. It’s the person place to enjoy a romantic meal with your other half, or an intimate gathering with friends or family over fantastic food. This Valentine’s Day, the culinary team have prepared a special three-course menu featuring foie gras with fig and farmers bread to start, wagyu beef chateaubriand with dauphinoise potato and spring baby vegetables for main, and vanilla mousse with calvados apple compote caramel and almond biscuits or chocolate cremeux crunchy hazelnut vanilla chantilly and chocolate baritone for dessert. Want to go? For more information or to make a reservation, call +97147022455 or e-mail restaurants.lmd@lemeridien.com. For more Valentine's inspiration, check out our ultimate guide to Valentine's Day in Dubai here [post_title] => Lunch review: Beef Bistro, Le Méridien Dubai [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => beef-bistro-review [to_ping] => [pinged] => https://www.bbcgoodfoodme.com/news/valentines-day-dining-dubai/ [post_modified] => 2019-02-10 10:37:06 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-02-10 06:37:06 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.bbcgoodfoodme.com/?p=13500 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) What’s it like? Located in the heart of Le Méridien Dubai Village at Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Beef Bistro has officially opened it’s beautifully re-vamped and re-branded doors. Previously known as M’s Grill, Beef Bistro is a…

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  • Dinner review: Splendido, The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai

    Dinner review: Splendido, The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai

    WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 13496 [post_author] => 5525 [post_date] => 2019-02-10 10:32:25 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-02-10 06:32:25 [post_content] => What’s it like? Set on the lower floor of The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, Splendido is an authentic Italian restaurant that has been with the hotel since its opening in 1998, which is extremely impressive in a city like Dubai where the majority of restaurants haven’t yet reached their tenth anniversary. Boasting beautiful dark wood, regal-like interiors, Splendido provides both indoor and outdoor seating. Making the most of the fabulous UAE winter weather, we opted to sit outside on the romantically-lit terrace which overflows into the property’s sprawling, luscious gardens that lead onto the beach. The intimate setting is accompanied by tastefully selected music, which ensures you’re not able to hear the conversations of others sat nearby. Sat under the stars on the Tuscan-style terrace that mimics the feel of a traditional Italian piazza, I realise we’re in for a treat. What are the food highlights? Led by Italian Chef Francesco, the kitchen prides itself on using only the freshest, Italian-sourced ingredients. To start, the bruschetta al salmone is a delight to eat, served on toasted rye bread, lathered with citrus ricotta and topped with home-cured salmon that offered a wonderful smoky flavour. The vitello tonnato also impressed and featured generous slices of slow-cooked veal on a bed of tuna sauce and capers. Next, we enjoyed one of the most delicious risottos I’ve ever tried (we later learn that Chef Francesco won an international culinary award for Dubai for having ‘the best risotto’, and I now understand why). The risotto we had exuded creaminess and paired superbly with muscles, clams and lemon – the perfect consistency and flavour-busting dish was perfect. A close contender was the homemade squid ink agnolotti pasta, which was filled with succulent bites of crab in a saffron sauce with chives. For dessert, Chef Francesco uses his grandmother’s recipe for the tiramisu served at the restaurant, which was absolutely delicious and featured generous layers of mascarpone, making it extra creamy. How was the service? Service at Splendido can not be faulted. Sophisticated and extremely professional, the front of house team were always on hand to ensure our dining experience was comfortable and we were enjoying ourselves. The bottom line: Ocean-facing Splendido transports you away from the hustle and bustle of city life and it’s a fantastic place to visit for a special evening with your other half. For Valentine’s Day, the culinary team are set to serve a specially crafted ‘San Valentino’ menu from February 13 – 16, 2019, daily from 6pm to 11pm. Featuring decadent delights such as lobster carpaccio, guinea fowl with foie gras, tempura oyster and chocolate pizza, accompanied with paired beverages, the Valentine’s menu is priced at AED 820 per couple inclusive of five-course Italian set menu with an Aperitif and soft beverages, or AED 1,100 per couple inclusive of five-course Italian set menu, soft beverages and a bottle of Italian beverage. Another ongoing offer to watch out for at Splendido is the weekly Aperifif offer that takes place on Wednesdays from 5pm to 7pm. Every month, set off on an escapade to explore Italy as Chef Francesco showcases traditional dishes and Aperitif from different regions of the country. Priced at AED 100 inclusive of six canapes and one beverage. Want to go? For more information or to make a reservation, call +971 4 399 4000. For more Valentine's inspiration, check out our ultimate guide to Valentine's Day in Dubai here [post_title] => Dinner review: Splendido, The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => splendido-ritz-carlton-dubai [to_ping] => [pinged] => https://www.bbcgoodfoodme.com/news/valentines-day-dining-dubai/ [post_modified] => 2019-02-10 10:32:25 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-02-10 06:32:25 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.bbcgoodfoodme.com/?p=13496 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) What’s it like? Set on the lower floor of The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, Splendido is an authentic Italian restaurant that has been with the hotel since its opening in 1998, which is extremely impressive in a city like Dubai where the…

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  • Dinner review: Luigia, Rixos Premium Dubai

    Dinner review: Luigia, Rixos Premium Dubai

    Priding itself on serving “the best of Italy” – a phrase that is also donned in tiny lights on the restaurant wall, Luigia’s huge specially built Neapolitan wood-fired ovens and eye-catching pizzaiolos give a real sense of authenticity.

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  • Dinner review: Galvin Bistrot & Bar

    Dinner review: Galvin Bistrot & Bar

    Led by BBC Good Food Middle East’s ‘Chef of the Year 2018’ winner, executive chef Luigi Vespero, who worked alongside the Galvin’s in London, the kitchen here operates with skill and attention to beautiful flavours.

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  • Friday brunch review: Traiteur, The Promenade, Park Hyatt Dubai

    Friday brunch review: Traiteur, The Promenade, Park Hyatt Dubai

    Dubai brunch heavyweight, Traiteur is well-known for being one of the city’s best brunches. Having just recently re-launched at the newly opened waterfront dining destination, The Promenade, we visited to see how its offering now fares – and let’s start by saying this is a must-try brunch for all foodies.

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