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…
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.