Qbara Wafi City, Dubai
The cavernous interior is dark and atmospheric. Patterns are projected onto the walls, giving the place a cinematic feel.
Resident DJ Nicholas Séchaud spins seductive beats. The soundscape designer, who is Qbara’s Creative Director, sets the perfect tempo, raising pulses without drowning out anyone’s small talk.
You can dine in semi-private booths. More like a majlis than a VIP room, each cosy, intimate space offers privacy without pretension.
The decor is the perfect blend of Arabian influences and cutting-edge bar design. In parts, it reflects the semi-industrial feel of a modern European bar, offset by subdued lighting, ornate lampshades and walls lined with rich Arabian carpets. It shouldn’t work, but it does.
A fusion of fine-dining dishes and Middle East classics results in some truly surprising creations, from lobster kibbeh with fresh herbs and avocado labneh, to raw yellowtail with coriander, Persian lime and caviar.
The freshly baked bread is very moreish. Try it with the wild za’atar dip, but resist the temptation to wolf it all down – you’ll need to save room for later.
Staff are warm and genuine. Attentive and knowledgeable, they exhibit a heartfelt interest in the dishes and drinks they serve.
There’s a resident sommelier. She’s on hand to advise on the best grape pairings for each dish.
Starter Crispy raw vegetables with truffle labneh, Dhs50
Main Chargrilled chicken and leek skewer, Dhs50
Dessert Baklawa, Dhs52