What’s it like: If you’re a fan of the laid-back, cool and trendy sort of vibe, this Mediterranean-inspired venue is Dubai’s latest hotspot to be. Perched idyllically on level one of the beach club, Satine offers both indoor and terrace seating – we opted for outside as the setting invited with views over the Arabian Gulf, paired with relaxing sounds of the Balearic (perfect locale for sundowners). Headed up by executive chef Udo Moreau – who previously held a six-year tenure at the Michelin-starred Frederic Simonin restaurant in Paris – the kitchen boasts a French-Mediterranean cooking style. The menu is broken down into hot and cold starters, garden dishes, then land and sea options – simple and focused, which is great (yet I still struggled to narrow it down!). My dining partner and I opt for the handpicked crab meat with guacamole and antica Roma tomato, and the slow-cooked lamb ravioli with a gorgeous couscous consommé and vegetables to start, followed by lamb rump with cumin scented carrots, confit dried grapes glazed in honey, and arroz bomba, which came with langoustine, squid and roasted chicken, paella style, for main. The star of the show for me? The arroz bomba (I’ll be going back for this again). I find it can be risky opting for a rice dish, as more often than not the ratio of rice to fish can really kill the dish – but chef Udo nailed it with this one. The portions aren’t overly large, but considering the type of restaurant, it’s definitely spot-on to its ambiance – light and satisfying. Trust me, you’ll not be wanting any afterdinner bloat once you see the cocktail list at the inside bar and lounge…..
If you want to go: Around Dhs400 per person for three-courses, excluding beverages. Call 04-3766168.