Despite the actual restaurant not being open yet, Key West at Nikki Beach Resort & Spa are so excited about their food they decided to share it via a pop-up. Once the actual restaurant is open, the pop-up area will remain as an outdoor option.
We arrive at sunset and head to the pop-up which is right in front of the ocean. The view is breath-taking, especially at sunset.
The set-up is rustic, with tables made out of driftwood and seats fashioned out of upturned plastic crates with plush towels on top. Hanging lanterns help to illuminate our table once the sun sets.
The food is a mixture of Floridian and Caribbean flavours and made by Chef Olivier who hails from St. Lucia. Bellies rumbling, we snack on a pot of salted plantain chips with a spiced coconut and papaya dip while we browse the menu. We plump for the meaty Carne Fuego meal.
We start with a bowl of charred jerk chicken wings set on a bed of fresh Caribbean coleslaw. The chicken is juicy and full of flavour. Next up is a delicious bowl of slow-cooked beef skirt in a rich sauce. On the side we nibble on roasted root veggies tossed in coconut. And, as if that wasn’t enough, we also give the patties a go and are very glad we did. The soft, fluffy pastry parcels are stuffed with fillings.
To finish we try a baked banana with Chantilly cream (yum) and a coconut filled with ice cream and fresh chunks of pineapple. After finishing dinner, guests are invited to relax/rub their full bellies whilst lounging on huge cushions in front of an open fire on the beach.Not a bad way to spend a Saturday evening, eh? INFO: Key West opens early June, Nikki Beach Resort & Spa, Pearl Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 376 6000, nikkibeachhotels.com