Neos

The leg­endary bar is back in ac­tion, but is it as good as it once was?

What's On (Dubai) - - 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS -

Af­ter an 18-month re­fur­bish­ment, Ad­dress Down­town is back in busi­ness, with some of its pop­u­lar out­lets re­turn­ing, and a hand­ful of new venues to choose from. Thank­fully, Neos is one of them. Perched on the 63rd floor, Neos was one of Dubai’s most pop­u­lar bars for wow­ing visitors. Now that it’s back with a brand new look, does it have the same draw?

The core lay­out of the lounge re­mains the same, with a cen­tral, cir­cu­lar bar and high ta­bles fac­ing the en­trance, while some small steps lead down to low level seat­ing, which look out over Down­town Dubai. The crushed vel­vet so­fas and dark coloured in­te­ri­ors that once aged the space have been re­placed with more mod­ern and neu­tral tones. It’s still pretty deca­dent though, and ac­cents in gold and cham­pagne hues from the leather booths and gold bar stools reaf­firm Neos’ grandeur.

The food menu is con­cise, a small menu of shar­ing plates that in­cludes an oys­ter and caviar sec­tion, plat­ters of cheese, meat and seafood, and heartier dishes such as grilled prawns and braised beef short rib slid­ers.

We pick the sig­na­ture meat plat­ter to share (Dhs160), which ar­rives as a gen­er­ous por­tion of three skew­ers of beef, chicken and lamb. The high­light is the beef – ten­der chunks of short rib glazed in a tasty bar­be­cue sauce that slide ef­fort­lessly off the skewer. De­li­cious on their own, their flavours work per­fectly with a light and fluffy potato cheese es­puma. A sec­ond dish, the glazed black pep­per beef ar­rives at the same time. Sim­ple por­tions of glazed beef are del­i­cately plated with a side of ex­tra thinly sliced potato chips.

The un­mis­tak­able star of this show though, is the views. Floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows run along the back of the lounge, lined with low-level ta­bles and out­ward fac­ing booths. From each of the ta­bles, you have a prime view of Burj Khal­ifa and its vi­brant light dis­plays, while 63 floors down you can ad­mire the vis­tas of Burj Park, and the half hourly Dubai Foun­tain Show.

Down­town, Down­town Dubai, daily 5pm to 2.30am. Tel: (04) 8883444. ad­dressho­tels.com

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