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Weslodge Saloon, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, Tower B

By Sophie Voelzing | May 09, 2016


What's it like: Making its debut outside of Canada, this rock and roll chic, saloon-inspired eatery has opened its doors 68 floors up, with a menu that explores contemporary American cuisine – and a definite Canadian influence (yes, that means there’s poutine! Posh poutine at that, as it comes served with lobster). What strikes me first – aside from the stunningly original, vintagecool interiors – is the friendly Canadian staff. What a difference it makes to the authenticity of a restaurant when the team brings natural, Northern American hospitality to the table. To start we shared a gorgeously prepared lobster roll – served with chunks of meaty lobster, plus a foie gras parfait. I must admit, I’m not the biggest foie gras fan – I tend to find it too rich for my taste. But this one was pleasantly equalised by date and slim granny smith apple slices on brioche. Next up came a different spin on beef tartare, served smoky with pickled mushroom, shavings of cured egg yolk, black truffle and horseradish cream. For mains we enjoyed a succulent serving of grilled Welsh Rhug Estates lamb chops (from the preferred supplier of the Queen we’re told), and an 8oz USDA prime tenderloin, which had a beautiful woody taste due to the kitchens made-to-order grill that uses hardwood and charcoal. For dessert? An irresistible caramel and hazelnut mille feuille. Overall, a definite new must-try spot, rocking its food, drink and music with contagious attitude – it’s even worth stopping by just for the outstanding beverage list!

If you want to go: Around Dhs400 per person for threecourses, excluding beverages. Call 052-9153335.

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