Upon entering Dubai’s newest and highly-anticipated steak restaurant Beefbar, the first thing we’re greeted by (before the friendly staff) is an abundance of premium slabs of meat. Every cut imaginable is displayed behind glass fridges with a black marble backdrop. This sets the tone for the evening and leaves us in no doubt as to the restaurant’s theme.
Born in Monaco, Riccardo Giraudi’s Beefbar movement has since grown fivefold to Hong Kong, Mexico, Mykonos, Cannes and, most recently, right here in Dubai. Ahlan! is among the first to be invited to try a selection of the kitchen’s carnivorous creations, and we’re welcomed by staff as long-lost friends en route to our table.
The venue is split into a cosy lounge featuring leather sofas and warm ambient lighting. The black marble and wooden touches, with branded steak knives and butcher’s apron-wearing wait staff, all add to the experience. A spacious terrace boasting views of Burj Khalifa contributes to a luxurious, yet down-to-earth interior.
The menu exudes quality, but, like its interior, is unpretentious and rather simple; split into three concepts: ‘street food’, ‘raw bar’ and ‘meats’. Our sagacious waiter provides us with a selection to devour throughout the evening. The first is a sharing dish with a generous selection from the street food menu to choose from. We are presented with Kobe beef and truffle cream sliders, meat-stacked Black Angus skirt tacos, and royal hummus with minced Kobe, which we’re informed is a dish exclusive to the Dubai restaurant.
Each one of the six restaurants around the world has its own special country-exclusive menu whereby dishes are created in tribute to their respective regions. The raw bar boasts dishes from ceviche to carpaccio, and everything is prepared fresh to order.
The final concept promotes the famous cuts of meat, which are carefully selected by Giraudi himself. Beefbar has developed its own special method of cooking to achieve a crispy meat seal, usually rubbed by uniquely concocted herbs and spices, with a guaranteed tender,
The unusual thing we notice about the menu is the lack of sauce options. Forget your peppercorn or béarnaise, it’s all about the meat and no masking of flavours here. To accompany each cut, however, as well as vegetables and your usual sides, are an array of famously flavour-infused mashed potatoes.
We have our American Black Angus flat iron steak and marinated tenderloin of Ibérico lamb (we thought we’d ensure the other meats matched the same standard as the beef... they did) with three, yes three, mashes. Traditional signature potato cream, lemon and lime, and jalapeño. Lemon and lime isn’t something you’d usually associate with mashed potatoes, but trust us, this works and provides the ultimate zest to your rich meat.
The owner of Beefbar, Flavio Briatore, is as excited as we are for the launch of the Dubai outpost: “I am delighted to open one of the most sought-after restaurants in one of the most incredible cities in the world. Dubai is bursting with great restaurants and Beefbar will be a great addition to the region.”
In a city where steak restaurants aren’t in short supply, you’d think another would blend into the background, but Beefbar Dubai has been careful to stand out from the rest.
INFO: Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC, 04 352 2223, dubai.beefbar.com