6 rea­sons you need to eat at 3 Fils

IN A CITY PACKED WITH EV­ERY TYPE OF CHAIN EATERY, FROM HIGH STREET TO HIGH­END, FIND­ING A TRULY ORIG­I­NAL DIN­ING SPOT CAN BE A CHAL­LENGE. BUT 3 FILS STANDS OUT FROM THE CROWD. HERE ARE OUR TOP SIX REA­SONS WHY…

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1 ITS MENU IS TRULY UNIQUE

Made up en­tirely of small, eas­ily shared plates, the menu runs the gamut from in­ven­tive sushi, us­ing some of the finest seafood and foie gras in town, through to a high-end spin on in­stant noo­dles and an Asian-in­flu­enced beef tartare that’s on our must-or­der list ev­ery time. 3 Fils takes sim­ple-sound­ing dishes and el­e­vates them to su­per­star sta­tus.

T’S A WHAT’S ON AWARD WIN­NER

3 Fils' pop­u­lar­ity started with some stel­lar word of mouth. It be­came the hid­den gem and the one ev­ery­one was talk­ing about. The restau­rant hadn’t even cel­e­brated its first birth­day when What's On named it their In­die Restau­rant of the Year for 2017.

3 THE ‘FOUR SEATS’ DIN­ING EX­PE­RI­ENCE IS MUST-TRY

The only part of the restau­rant that can cur­rently be booked in ad­vance, Ak­mal’s Chef’s Counter, fea­tures just four seats, per­fect for adventurous guests. You’ll then be served off-menu by Ak­mal him­self, plat­ing up the very fresh­est in­gre­di­ents he has in a spe­cial­ly­de­signed, eight- to ten-course tast­ing menu. It is avail­able daily but book­ing is es­sen­tial.

4 THE KITCHEN’S SOURC­ING IS THE BEST

With a CV that in­cludes ten years at Sin­ga­pore’s il­lus­tri­ous Iggy’s, and the open­ing of Richard San­doval’s Zengo, Ak­mal has spent years build­ing his sup­plier list. He only uses wild seafood from Ja­pan. His weekly de­liv­er­ies from Tokyo’s fish mar­ket fea­ture the finest cuts of tuna, salmon and fire­fly squid, while he’s also started work­ing with fish­er­men close to the restau­rant’s Jumeirah Fish­ing Har­bour lo­ca­tion for lo­cally caught pro­duce. 3 Fils is the high­est con­sumer of sea urchin in the Mid­dle East with the pro­duce ar­riv­ing di­rectly from Ne­muro, Hokkaido.

5 THE DESSERTS ARE AMAZ­INGLY IN­VEN­TIVE

Many an ex­cit­ing menu falls down at dessert, where choices can be pre­dictable. Here though, pud­ding is treated as an op­por­tu­nity to have fun, as well as to pay homage to Dubai’s mul­ti­cul­tural com­mu­nity. The Karak ice cream cre­ation, which comes with a side of laugh out loud the­atrics, ends any meal on a high­note.

6 THE AT­MOS­PHERE

3 Fils is cosy, re­laxed and fun. Reg­u­lar guests are treated as part of the fam­ily, and the word of mouth growth of the place re­sults in a truly mixed crowd. Named af­ter Ak­mal and his two Emi­rati busi­ness part­ners' mis­sion to give their ‘two cent’s worth’ on what Dubai’s din­ing scene was lack­ing, 3 Fils feels like some­thing truly new for the city. And it’s all the bet­ter for it.

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