Dinner review: Siddharta Lounge by Buddha Bar

Dinner review: Siddharta Lounge by Buddha Bar

What’s it like?

Having recently undergone a chic revamp, the rooftop venue offering impressive views over both the Arabian Gulf and Dubai Marina, combines a restaurant, lounge and bar. It’s a trendy spot that exudes a cool, chilled out vibe – the perfect place to enjoy a light meal with cocktails. Across the deck area and into the restaurant, Siddharta boasts subtle, calming tones of white and grey, with soft touches of light wicker and natural greenery – all very fitting with the restaurant’s Mediterranean menu that features playful Asian fusions. Stunning Dubai Marina views aside, you feel like you’ve been transported to European shores, especially when paired with soothing Balearic beats in the background.

What are the food highlights?

What I loved most about Siddharta’s menu was its attention to serving a great variety of flavoursome options that prohibit you from feeling bloated afterwards. To start I’d recommend sharing a selection of freshly cut sashimi or something from the crudo bar – we opted for the tuna tartare, which came with a gorgeous creamy sauce that had a little kick, taro root chips and a squeeze of zesty lime, plus the beef tartare which was diced into chunky pieces and served with pickled shimeji mushrooms, quail egg yolk, green peas, shallot sauce, which all paired brilliantly together. From the pinchos, a must try is the Galician style octopus – perfectly tender, meaty and seasoned with smoked paprika. For mains, the sea bass fillet was cooked to perfection and served with vegetable ratatouille, olives and fresh herbs, while the prime beef tenderloin was full of flavour, succulent and juicy. For dessert, anyone with a soft spot for Terry’s Chocolate Orange, Siddharta’s chocolate fondant with mandarin ice cream and blood orange is a must! Oozy, chocolatey goodness with a beautiful orange punch.

How was the service?

Service was warm and friendly. The front of house team were well clued up on the menu’s offering and were able to offer superb recommendations based on your personal preference..

The bottom line:

Whether it be for a chilled out evening with great food, wine and shisha with your other half, or with friends, Siddharta Lounge by Buddha-Bar is a chic, one-stop venue for a great night out.

Details: Around AED 250 for three courses without drinks. For reservationS e-mail resbook. grosvenorhouse@luxurycollection.com