JW Marriott Marquis just opened its final venue (for now, anyway). GQ Bar joins the impressive food and beverage portfolio of 13 bars and restaurants, which also share a home with a branch of the world-famous VIP Rooms, making this hotel the ultimate playground for epicureans who like to party.
The Restaurants, Bars and Clubs
With 14 venues to choose from, you could holiday here for a fortnight and never go to the same place twice – for UAE residents, repeat visits are a certainty.
Open from Monday to Saturday for dinner, utterly cool Izakaya serves sushi, sashimi, teppanyaki and robatayaki skewers in an arty Asian setting with huge geisha paintings hanging on the walls and a choice of standard tables or traditional Japanese floor seating (though the area beneath the tables is hollowed out so you won’t have to sit cross-legged).
Kitchen 6 serves Continental and full breakfast buffets for Dhs90 and Dhs140 per head.
Nous adorons this place! Whether we want to kick back with a café au lait and the weekend papers, have a full-on French bistro dinner experience with steak frites (Dhs98) or grab a post-VIP Room roast lamb sandwich (Dhs52) to line our stomachs in the small hours, this 24-hour haven is our favourite French restaurant in Dubai.
Exposed brickwork and an open fire give Positano a romantic rural feel. It’s named after a village on Italy’s Amalfi coast, and the food at this laid-back evening haunt follows suit. Pick your fish from the open display and let the chef cook it to your requirements.
Rang Mahal by Atul Kochhar
Bathed in red light, this restaurant feels like a photographer’s darkroom, but we’d prefer to see the dramatic decor and elegantly presently food more clearly. Michelin-starred Chef Atul Kochhar’s menu features exotic Indian fare with a modern twist that deserves attention. If you can handle nine courses, go for the grazing menu at Dhs300 per person (Dhs550 with vino pairings).
Rang Mahal by Atul Kochhar
Located on the 68th floor, this stunning ‘boutique steakhouse’ has skyline views to rival its seductive monochrome interior. The beef on offer includes Wagyu, USDA Prime and Aberdeen Angus, but there’s a good selection of other mains including the sustainable Scottish import Loch Duart salmon with a cracking crispy skin and a side of lemon butter sauce (Dhs185). Dress to impress – this dinner venue doesn’t suit sneakers.
In this deluxe bar in the clouds head for a sofa in the corner of the upper floor for the best views of Burj Khalifa. The mixologists here are world-class and there’s even a humidor – a humidity-controlled room for cigar storage. Splash out Dhs333 on 30g of caviar with all the classic condiments, or try a budget-friendly dish like grilled manchego cheese sliders with truffle honey (Dhs68). Don’t miss your pick of ‘fun sweets’ – the mini candyfloss sticks are a nostalgic treat at Dhs48.
With private alcoves, an army of Buddhas and ornate Thai carvings from floor to ceiling this is one of the most beautiful dinner spots in the hotel, and that’s no easy victory. Tuck into dishes including sea bass with Thai celery, lime, chilli and garlic (Dhs95) and roasted duck with red curry, lychee, pineapple and Thai eggplant (Dhs80).
Need somewhere to watch the game? With its multiple screens and race track-inspired ceiling, Velocity makes a chic sports bar. It even serves salads!
MUST-TRY DISH: Guinness ice-cream float with blackberry liqueur (Dhs40).
At last this long-awaited lounge-restaurant is open, adorned with some of the mag’s best ever covers featuring some of the world’s best-looking men (and Kanye West) – this bar’s not just for boys!
The Pool, Gym and Spa
There’s an outdoor pool in the shade of the hotel’s twin towers, a scattering of sunloungers, a well-appointed gym and the Aqua Poolside Grill and Bar, which is going for a South Beach ambience. But the must-see is Saray Spa. Decorative pieces of furniture look like artefacts from a history museum; the hammam is grand, and there are treatment suites with their own flotation pools. It’s the sort of place you take mum for Mother’s Day.
Treat yourself to a sesh at Saray Spa
The rooms are all about comfort. Free-standing bathtubs add the wow factor and the views are fascinating – you get to see Dubai from all angles at this Business Bay vantage point, from the desert to construction sites to the sea.
• ROOM RATE: From Dhs1,080 per night
• SIGNATURE MASSAGE: Saray Custom Massage from Dhs455 for 60 minutes
• POOL: Guests only
• GYM: Guests only
INFO: Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay, Dubai, 04 414 0000 (04 414 3000 for restaurant reservations), www.marriott.com