STK DOWN­TOWN

Is this newly opened Ad­dress steak­house worth a visit?

What's On (Dubai) - - CONSUME -

There’s a new STK in town – the New York steak­house brand has launched a sec­ond out­let in the re­cently re­opened Ad­dress Down­town and this fresh serv­ing of the in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed venue wants to cater to all moods. It’s split into a res­tau­rant, bar and ter­race. For a more ca­sual af­fair, there’s a bistro space of wooden ta­bles and black chairs but if you’re look­ing for a more up­scale of­fer­ing, head to the el­e­vated din­ing space com­plete with cream leather booths.

Don’t ex­pect a quiet meal here, though – there’s a party at­mos­phere in­side that will make you feel like you’re eat­ing in a night­club. Well-known dance floor an­thems blare loudly and waiters are en­er­getic, tak­ing to the ta­bles for a dance rou­tine mid­way through the evening. We ex­pect the place to pick up come win­ter, with a sec­ond bar set to open in the cooler months, where guests will get to en­joy Burj Khalifa views in the al­fresco din­ing area.

The menu is di­vided into starters, sal­ads, a raw bar, mains and a sec­tion ded­i­cated to its name­sake. But if steak isn’t your thing, other op­tions in­clude roasted salmon, steamed sea bass and rack of lamb.

A starter of three soft shell crab slid­ers (Dhs69) with old bay re­moulade sauce and pick­led gin­ger were en­joy­able and quickly pol­ished off, and was fol­lowed with a por­tion of roasted oc­to­pus (Dhs75) with smoked pa­prika and con­fit tomato. Both dishes were pre­sented nicely al­though the oc­to­pus could have ben­e­fit­ted from be­ing more ten­derised.

For mains, the pas­sion fruit miso black cod (Dhs179) was en­joy­able al­though the flavour of the pas­sion fruit could have been more in­tense. The highlight of the menu was the juicy and ten­der USDA prime rib­eye 380g steak (Dhs279), served with pep­per sauce (Dhs15).

For dessert, try the choco­late lava cake with caramel corn and vanilla ice cream (Dhs49). Gen­er­ously sized, it de­liv­ered on both taste and pre­sen­ta­tion.

If you’re look­ing for an ex­cuse to dress up and dance with din­ner, STK Down­town hits the spot nicely.

aThe Ad­dress Down­town Dubai Ho­tel, Down­town Dubai, Dubai, Sat to Thurs 6pm to 1am, Fri 1pm to 4pm and 6pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 4253948. Taxi: The Ad­dress Down­town. stk­dubaid­own­town.com

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