A fine din­ing meatery with a keen-eye for de­li­cious­ness

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How does the fancy steak­house in Jumeirah Emirates Tow­ers stack up against the oth­ers?

While steak­houses are a fil-a-dozen in Dubai, each of which claim­ing to be the place for car­ni­vores, find­ing one that de­liv­ers on its prom­ise is, well, rare. Rib Room, how­ever, hits the mark. From moody fine din­ing dé­cor to dishes that will have you savour­ing ev­ery last bite, the Jumeirah Emirates Tower joint is the real deal.

We en­ter the restau­rant and are im­me­di­ately shown the meat trol­ley that’s packed with cuts of raw beef. Un­der the glass are mar­bled rib eyes, tempt­ing striploins and a gi­gan­tic tom­a­hawk steak, com­plete with bone, that looks like some­thing lifted from a meat eater’s wildest dream.

We sit in one of the many leather seated booths that line the walls of the restau­rant. The vibe is so stylishly laid­back it could James Bond in venue form. Or­der­ing from the menu is about as stress­ful as things get at Rib Room, but that’s just be­cause there’s so much choice we’ve al­ready seen a bunch of dishes we’d like to get stuck into whizz by to nearby ta­bles.

Our starters come in the form of tomato bur­rata and black An­gus beef carpac­cio. Paired with the host of warm breads and a de­light­ful apri­cot but­ter, the pair go down a storm. The bur­rata, sur­rounded by toma­toes of dif­fer­ent colours, oozes creamy good­ness and is per­fect for dip­ping in to. And al­though parme­san and raw beef is a time­less combo for a carpac­cio dish, Rib Room’s spin of crisp­ing up the cheese is a de­li­cious mas­ter­stroke.

Af­ter a palate-cleans­ing sor­bet we head into the main event with Aus­tralian lamb chops and wagyu rib eye that also comes from the land Down Un­der. Our sides? Triple cooked hand cut fries, broc­col­ini, po­tato gratin and sautéed wild mush­rooms. We or­der the pep­per­corn sauce and lemon and tar­ragon but­ter to go with the meat, but we needn’t have both­ered as both the lamb and beef taste ex­cep­tional with­out it. Each dish is soft, suc­cu­lent and ooz­ing flavours. Our rack of lamb is well pre­sented and has the flavours to match. On the beef front, the rib eye is cooked to per­fec­tion (medium rare, any­thing else is a waste of qual­ity beef) and a joy from start to fin­ish.

By this point, the moist and mor­eish cheesecake is some­what overkill on the feast­ing, but we man­age to tuck it away. You’ll find hun­dreds of steak­eries in the emi­rate, but when it comes to serv­ing up the high qual­ity fare with the pre­sen­ta­tion to match, you won’t find much bet­ter than Rib Room.


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