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Net­work­ing, deal­mak­ing or just plain schmooz­ing – what­ever the end goal of your busi­ness meet­ing, here’s where to head to in Dubai with your as­so­ci­ates

Gulf Business - - CONTENTS - VARUN GOD­INHO & ROBERT AN­DER­SON

Net­work­ing, deal­mak­ing or just plain schmooz­ing – what­ever the end goal, here’s where to head in Dubai with your as­so­ci­ates

The Restau­rant at Ad­dress Down­town The An­glo-French The Restau­rant has ex­cel­lent views of the Burj Khal­ifa. But with mul­ti­ple themed in­te­ri­ors, there’s enough el­e­gance in­side to hold your full at­ten­tion. While the Pri­vate Din­ing Room is a nook that of­fers se­cluded din­ing, we set­tled in a nearby space that had white-table­cloth ser­vice com­plete with beau­ti­ful smoky-hued La Tavola cut­lery.

All guests at this li­censed es­tab­lish­ment are of­fered a com­pli­men­tary stop at the cheese, cold cuts and salad bar while they wait for their first dish.

Our starter was another salad off the menu, The La Salade Primeur, which has a ver­tig­i­nous prepa­ra­tion of farm-to-ta­ble fresh pro­duce and pecorino cheese added for good mea­sure.

For the mains, our in­formed and at­ten­tive wait­staff sug­gested Beef Wellington. The done-to-per­fec­tion beef wasn’t wrapped in a tra­di­tional puff pas­try. In­stead, it is made into a wafer and placed like a hat atop the meat in one one of the smartest twists we’ve seen on the clas­sic dish. Mean­while, the Rossini-style Red La­bel Chicken comes filled with foie gras and is laid on a thick, sooth­ing gravy.

Desserts are where there’s mi­nor theatre when the hot choco­late sauce is poured over the prof­iteroles, but if you want to wave the flag for the coun­try on the other side of the English Chan­nel, end with the creamy Eton Mess.

The Restau­rant, which has raised the bar sev­eral notches al­ready, isn’t puff­ing its chest in self-con­grat­u­la­tory pride. It’s just go­ing about the busi­ness of cre­at­ing in­ven­tive food and invit­ing you to be a part of it. Don’t mind if we do.

The Restau­rant, Ad­dress Down­town, Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Bin Rashid Boulevard, Down­town Dubai, Dubai. Open 24 hours. Tel: (04) 8883 444.

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