Nestled at the far end of The Pointe, on the magnificent Palm Jumeirah, is the inconspicuous CMP Bar & Grill. Formally known as Chicago Meatpackers, this restaurant is one to visit for genuinely good food, in a casual and friendly setting. Hence, inconspicuous.
As you chance upon the eatery, the first thing you notice is the remarkable front-row seats to the spectacular Palm Fountain and complete views of the stunningly lit Atlantis, The Palm. Housed over two floors, the upper section boasts a casual-chic lounge, while the ground features a cosy and elegant indoor dining area and spacious outdoor terrace.
Inspired by the infamous meatpacking district of Chicago, currently known as ‘The Yards’, the philosophy of the menu is ‘Simple Done Right’. Before we begin, those who follow a plant-powered diet will be pleased to know that the venue offers options such as the Meatless short rib and Roast eggplant.
A rare balmy evening calls for al fresco dining. My dining partner and I can never resist a quick peek at the menu before making our way to a restaurant, so we knew just what we wanted to indulge in.
A worthwhile mention before we move on to the dining part of the evening, is the beverage list, with signature and classic creative concoctions. We sampled ginger, chilli, passionfruit, orange and cranberry- infused sips, that were surprisingly delightful. For those who prefer classic summer coolers, the freshly brewed iced teas, fruity mocktails and lemonades are a must-try.
If there’s one dish to begin with, it’s the Grilled bone marrow with hand cut crisps and chimichurri – the marrow literally melted onto our tongues. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself using the last of every bit of crisp to scoop up this sinful treat. The soft, smoky Charred octopus with cauliflower skordalia and salsa verde arrived soon after, cooked to perfection, it married well with the tanginess of the salsa.
We opted to share the CMP salt moss aged NY strip, which is a 500g Irish grass-fed, 28 day dry-aged cut of meat served with two sauces and sides. This one is for true carnivores, the ones who appreciate the intense, earthy flavours and textures of beef. I prefer my steak at medium temperature, but we requested for this one to be done medium-rare to do justice to the cut. And it was spot on! The meat was simply heavenly, with each bite better than the last. To accompany the meat, we ordered Jalapeño lime buttered corn and Truffle mash; and Mushroom and béarnaise sauce – which did not disappoint.
If you have to choose just one dessert, opt for the Burnt Basque cheesecake. It was so good, that we simply dove right in.
Food of fine quality and taste, sips that pack a punch and a view that takes your breath away. A no-nonsense experience for hearty family-dinners, social get-togethers and romantic summer evenings. ‘Simple Done Right’ indeed!
Sunday to Wednesday from 12pm-12am, Thursday from 12pm-1am and Friday to Saturday from 11-1am. Contact +9714 580 7983 or visit the website.