Lob­ster bake at Noepé

→ Dhs295 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (house bev­er­ages), Dhs550 (bub­bly). Sat 12.30pm-4pm. The Prom­e­nade, Park Hy­att Dubai (04 602 1814).

Time Out Dubai - - FOOD -

WHAT’S MORE NEW Eng­land than dig­ging into freshly caught lob­ster, while sit­ting over­look­ing the water? We can’t think of many (per­haps the leaves turn­ing brown in au­tumn, but that’s un­likely to hap­pen here any time soon), so with its clas­sic menu and nau­ti­cal fur­nish­ings, Noepé has the East Coast vibe spot on.

The Cape Cod-in­spired restau­rant is part of the re­vamped Creek­side area, The Prom­e­nade, at Park Hy­att Dubai, which is also home to Brasserie du Park and The Thai Kitchen. Noepé holds pride of place by the water, so take a seat out­side for the full Mas­sachusetts ex­pe­ri­ence. With the yachts moored in front of you, bil­low­ing white cur­tains sway­ing in the breeze be­side you and the neu­tral fur­nish­ings lifted by pops of blues and turquoises, you’ll feel fully im­mersed in that laid-back hol­i­day vibe.

The restau­rant is a hit for seafood-lovers at the best of times, but when you can get un­lim­ited lob­ster for just Dhs295, we’re in. The Lob­ster Bake (AKA lazy Satur­day brunch), runs from 12.30pm un­til 4pm ev­ery week and it’s a de­light­fully re­laxed way to round off a sunny win­ter af­ter­noon.

The event kicks off with a whole lob­ster, so don those aprons and up tools to get crack­ing (lit­er­ally) on your shell­fish. The size­able crus­tacean is meaty, juicy and served with pota­toes and al dente veg.

We’re also brought a plat­ter of mus­sels and clams, swim­ming in light, fra­grant sauce, as well as king crab legs, which we bran­dish with gusto, scoop­ing out ev­ery last morsel of su­per­sweet flesh.

Next up there’s a whole host of dishes to choose from, all fea­tur­ing the star in­gre­di­ent, and all main course-sized.

We kick off with a pip­ing hot bowl of mac ’n’ cheese and it’s a hit, de­spite go­ing against the cheese-seafood rule. It’s also mas­sive. Huge chunks of meaty crus­tacean are en­veloped in a rich, cheesy sauce and we pol­ish it off em­barass­ingly quickly.

Mulling over what to have next (our waiter cares lit­tle for our waist­line and seems to want to test our ap­petites) we’re rec­om­mended the lob­ster roll. We’re sold on the clas­sic New Eng­land dish. And we’re thrilled.

The toasted brioche bun is but­tered, rich and crisp, over­flow­ing with an abun­dance of ten­der lob­ster meat. It’s not a light dish (and cer­tainly not calo­rie-free) but it’s im­mensely sat­is­fy­ing and in­dul­gent, with the sweet shell­fish pair­ing beau­ti­fully with the crisp, tasty bread.

We’re told it’s a “bite-sized” serv­ing, but don’t be fooled

– it’s the full monty, not that we’re com­plain­ing.

“Huge chunks of lob­ster are en­veloped in a rich, cheesy sauce”

Many of the dishes are on the but­ter-heavy side (we can’t find room for the lob­ster cheese­burger or lob­ster grilled cheese), but ev­ery­thing we try is se­ri­ously tasty. If you want (or, by this point, need) some­thing lighter, opt for the lob­ster ce­viche or lob­ster salad with tomato and onion.

An or­der of pop­corn lob­ster goes down a treat – the meat is ten­der, the tem­pura bat­ter is not at all greasy, and it’s a mas­sive por­tion. Fi­nally (yes, we’re still eat­ing), we opt for

the hand­made spaghetti, which comes with dat­terino tomato sauce, chunks of lob­ster and fresh tar­ragon. It’s fra­grant, rich and ut­terly de­li­cious. We can’t fault any­thing we try, and we re­cline back in our comfy chairs tak­ing in the views. As it’s a lit­tle quiet on our visit, the only thing miss­ing is the at­mos­phere (and, by now, prob­a­bly half the crus­tacean pop­u­la­tion).

But if you’re loony for lob­ster you’re in for a real treat, as both the set­ting and food is spot on at this Creek­side brunch.

WHAT IS IT... A laid-back Satur­day lob­ster-fest on the edge of the Creek

WHY GO... The enor­mous, end­less crus­tacean-eat­ing op­por­tu­nity

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