EAT

Is this travel-themed restau­rant a bucket list des­ti­na­tion?

What's On (Dubai) - - CONTENTS -

New out­lets Some­where and Ho­tel Carta­gena are re­viewed, plus brunch at The Lion By Nick And Scott. Want more? The city’s top chefs re­veal the dishes you should be eat­ing this Ra­madan for iftar and suhoor

Some­where is a new restau­rant in The Dubai Mall that’s get­ting a lot of at­ten­tion on In­sta­gram, partly be­cause the whole set-up seems rather mys­te­ri­ous. In­stead of tan­ta­lis­ing foodie snaps, the ac­count fea­tures pho­tos of ex­otic des­ti­na­tions. There’s not many clues on the out­let’s web­site, ei­ther – it sim­ply re­veals a reser­va­tion form of­fer­ing to, “Let us take you Some­where”.

But this isn’t a case of mis­taken iden­tity – it’s all part of a mar­ket­ing cam­paign for a restau­rant de­scribed as, “a con­cept cel­e­brat­ing the thrill of trav­el­ling and ex­plor­ing the un­known”.

Some­where is lo­cated in the shiny new Fash­ion Av­enue ex­ten­sion and it’s a small but stylish space that looks not un­like a book­store. There’s a wall of travel guides that din­ers can take off the shelf and flip through for in­spi­ra­tion and there’s also an out­door ter­race (that sadly wasn’t open when What’s On vis­ited).

The menu is also small but per­fectly formed, fea­tur­ing an ar­ray of Mediter­ranean-in­spired dishes that are good for shar­ing. In keep­ing with the travel theme, there are some cu­ri­ous mash-ups – think gua­camole hum­mus (Dhs35) and beef shawarma bao (Dhs27).

Every­thing was brought to the ta­ble at once. The batata harra fries (Dhs31) were a unique take on Le­banese spicy pota­toes, while the chicken ouzi puff (Dhs61) was an­other high­light; fra­grant chicken and spiced rice en­cased in but­tery pas­try. Every dish was beau­ti­fully pre­sented – the chips that went with the hum­mus ar­rived in a lit­tle card­board box, and the parch­ment pa­per on each plate fea­tured a to­po­graphic de­sign.

For dessert, make sure you try the ku­nafa crois­sant (Dhs45) but be warned – it is enor­mous, and prob­a­bly best split be­tween two. De­spite its hulk­ing size, it was an in­spired cre­ation – all flaky pas­try, gooey cheese and sug­ary syrup. It was a lovely end to a fu­sion feast.

aFash­ion Av­enue, The Dubai Mall, daily noon to mid­night. Tel: (04) 329 5182. Taxi: Dubai Mall. takeme­some­where.ae

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