Placed within the MATCHA Club, a boutique padel club in Dubai, NETTE is a newly-opened restaurant from the team behind Cassette Dubai, offering innovative French-Japanese dining in the heart of Al Quoz.
NETTE offers a welcoming space amidst gorgeous greenery, a yoga studio and numerous outdoor padel courts. A quick walk leads from the parking lot to the dining concept, where you will find a welcoming ambience in shades of terracotta, green, greys and beige. The indoor space features an expansive coffee bar, snug seats with a mix of chairs and couches, and floor to ceiling glass that looks out to a shaded courtyard with an al fresco setting, and a vast Mango tree.
We were guided to a side terrace with a few intimate tables that offer a direct view of the padel courts. Dinner with a side of sport indeed.
The menu, designed by chef Shaunne Cordier of Cassette, is instantly recognisable as one that’s created with elevated classics in mind. It offers a myriad of beverages in the form of smoothies, milkshakes, juices, lemonade, cold and hot coffees, and tea; while an all-day breakfast (I instantly know what I’m having), sandwiches, salads, desserts and pastries complete the selection.
Our “appetizer” was in fact a salad of Seared miso rubbed tuna loin with compressed watermelon and wasabi marinated shallots, topped with fresh chives, micro herbs and a soy and lime dressing that simply enhanced the flavours of the dish and the mouthfeel of the fish.
I sipped on a must-try Yuzu apple lemonade that was pleasantly refreshing and citrusy, without being too tart.
Do note that it was 8:30pm when we got there, but the all-day breakfast beckoned and I couldn’t resist. Options are aplenty and after much deliberating, I decide on a Miso Benedict featuring two perfectly poached eggs, a lush and velvety miso brown butter Hollandaise with dried capers and pickled shallots on a toasted rustic country sourdough bread. The ingredients, especially the saltiness of the capers, worked well together to produce delectable bites that were amplified by an add-on request of crisp beef bacon.
But that wasn’t the star of the night. My dining partner opted for a Miso braised beef French dip sandwich, with a generous helping of brisket heaped on toasted olive ciabatta bread with fontina cheese and a rich miso au jus on the side. A spiced cold seaweed salad accompanied, offering a contrast in temperature to the hot gravy. Unassuming at first glance, the seaweed salad somehow rounds off the comforting, hearty dish.
I decided to skip dessert, as I was stuffed by then. But my dining partner reached for a Chocolate milkshake. In his words, “just a good old fashioned frosty shake, no frills or fancies but definitely addictive.”
From breakfast to lunch and dinner, NETTE is perfect for post yoga or padel game pitstops, cosy family outings, corporate work gatherings, casual catchups with friends or even cheeky mid-week dates with the partner.
Daily from 8am-10pm. Call +9714 548 8369. Visit Instagram.