Dinner Review: Hell's Kitchen, Caesars Palace

Does Gordon Ramsay's second culinary foray live up to the hype of its Vegas counterpart?
ByAndre NevelingThursday , 10 January 2019
Dinner Review: Hell's Kitchen, Caesars Palace

It’s getting hot up on Bluewaters Island right now, with brand new restaurants openings left, right and centre. But if there’s one hotspot that’s currently stealing the headlines, it’s Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen. Named after his hit TV show, where budding chefs go head-to-head for Ramsay’s attentions (and to escape his wrath), this is the second global outpost for the all-day dining restaurant – it’s first Las Vegas post opened to rave reviews back in January 2018 – and we head on down to check out the goods…

Housed in the uber-glam Caesars Palace (brilliant first impressions), step inside the expansive restaurant and you’re automatically transported to the sets of the explosive Emmy award-winning show. From the bustling open-plan kitchen and the iconic Hell’s Kitchen ‘H’ to the laser-cut screens and gold monogram wall paper, there’s even a nod to the red and blue teams with chefs and cooks kitted out in the exact show’s uniforms.

While there’s an expansive terrace perfect for winter dining, we recommend taking a seat inside the restaurant so you’re bang in the middle of the action. Service is quick and friendly, and as you’d probably expect, the menu is packed with hearty British fare, which includes a selection of winning dishes from the show that have come to be Gordon’s signature foodie staples.

To start, we opt for the pan-seared scallops served with English pea puree, the lobster risotto and a salad of heritage tomato and burrata. Light, chewy and bursting with flavour, the former is worth every fil of the Dhs125. The latter, however, is underwhelming with a disproportionate serving of burrata to tomato than we’ve come to expect from Dubai portions (read: not enough cheese). The risotto, however, is the star of the show – delicious butter-poached lobster tail across a serving of rich saffron rice that we enjoy so much, we end up swapping our main course burger for a second serving from the main menu.

We accompany this with the beef Wellington, which comes highly recommended by our server and is world-renowned as Ramsay’s hero dish. Served with creamy potato puree and glazed root vegetables, it certainly doesn’t disappoint. We recommend having it cooked medium-rare as it’s a rather chunky piece of beef. Don’t miss out on a side of baked macaroni and cheese, too – your belt might be bursting by then, but we promise you’ll want to make room for this.

Dessert comes in the form of the sticky toffee pudding which sends us over the edge with its warm soft sponge and melt-in-your-mouth toffee topping. Overindulgent indeed, but that’s the name of the game in Ramsay’s hood. We’ll be back.

INFO:  Hell’s Kitchen, Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai, Open daily, 04 556 6666

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