Dubai’s new­est pic­turesque rooftop lounge

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Rooftop bars and mar­ket­style brunches, the foodie high­lights of the week.

What’s with Dubai Creek these days? There has been an in­flux of new venues in the area re­cently, adding some much­needed buzz and glam­our to the Creek­side scene.

Lo­cated on the 34th floor of the Hy­att Re­gency Dubai Creek Heights, Eve is one of these new venues, and is fast be­com­ing the city’s mosttalked-about new rooftop lounge. Serv­ing up a di­verse blend of mixed drinks and cos­mopoli­tan bites, it also of­fers un­ri­valled views of the city. Not just the usual Burj Khal­ifa or Ma­rina views, but un­ri­valled 360-de­gree views of old and new Dubai from a to­tally dif­fer­ent an­gle than we’re used to (okay, maybe not a full 360 de­grees, but we’ve never been good at maths any­way).

The en­tire con­cept is in­spired by its owner, sim­ply known as

“Eve of­fers 360-de­gree views of old and new Dubai from a dif­fer­ent an­gle than we’re used to”

Eve, who we’re told loves the finer things in life, and is al­ways trav­el­ing. As a re­sult, the dé­cor is in­spired by her trav­els, and most of the art­works are painted by the mys­te­ri­ous woman her­self.

The venue it­self is vast, with in­door and out­door op­tions, lounges and high ta­bles, and even a hid­den play­room. But with the city on stun­ning dis­play, and the weather at op­ti­mum com­fort lev­els, we head straight to the out­door sec­tion where we make our­selves com­fort­able in a lounge area.

Ac­cord­ing to our wait­ress, the menu is also in­spired by Eve – it’s full of modern twists on tra­di­tional tastes that fuel her play­ful and cu­ri­ous spirit. And that in­cludes the wide se­lec­tion of drinks, which are “orig­i­nals shaped by the clas­sics”.

The care­fully crafted menu is a so­cial one, mean­ing it’s all about shar­ing (un­less you’re self­ish).

The se­lec­tion of starters are light and per­fect to nib­ble on while

catch­ing up with pals. It in­cludes ev­ery­thing from edamame hum­mus and gua­camole to os­aki maki and ve­gan tofu, and even a yummy cheese board com­plete onion mar­malade and truf­fle honey. Per­fec­tion!

The mains are just as di­verse. We start with a se­lec­tion of steamed bao buns, which are filled with pulled camel, chicken or beef. The sliced buns are soft and warm (i.e. fresh, like they’re meant to be), with the beef op­tion be­ing our favourite by far. The tacos Baja are just as good, con­sist­ing of soft shell crab meat and a yummy ha­banero mayo sauce. Then there’s the mor­eish steamed chicken dumplings, which is topped off with sweet mint chilli sauce. When we said the flavours were di­verse, we weren’t kid­ding.

Fi­nally, we end off with a pro­tein boost cour­tesy of the an­tic­u­chos, which is a fancy word for prawn, chicken and beef skew­ers, served with a Peru­vian panca sauce. By now we’re un­able to get through the last dish, but it’s so good we unashamedly ask for a take­away.

Just when we think we’re done, we spot some desserts do­ing the rounds, and a su­gar crav­ing kicks in. The dessert menu con­sists of a flour­less choco­late torte, baked Alaska with oven baked ice cream, a clas­sic tiramisu and even a fresh fruit plat­ter, for the more health con­scious (not us, FYI). In­stead, we go straight for the rich and flavour­ful pas­sion fruit and pis­ta­chio crème brûlée, which is the per­fect end to our night.

Who­ever this mys­te­ri­ous Eve is, she’s got good taste. Not just food and drinks, but also dé­cor and venue. As a re­sult, it feels like an ex­ten­sion of her home. Next time, she should join us. We in­sist.

INFO: 34th Floor Hy­att Re­gency Dubai Creek Heights, Open Sat-Wed 4.30pm-2am, Thu-Fri 4.30pm-3am, 04 553 1214


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