JW Marriott’s elegant all-white Arabian restaurant Nawwara has been taken over and made over. Now full of plants, tribal prints and vintage-style furniture, it looks like a well-read hippy's conservatory. Split into three, there's also a Berlin-inspired club next door called Square, open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and a London-inspired after-work-style watering hole on the terrace called Park, opening October.
Though Garden advocates the ever-popular sharing concept it’s not just finger food – there’s a lot of comfort food on the menu too, like papitas rellenas, mince in deep fried balls of mash potato, and a hybrid of paella and risotto simply called arroz meloso de mariscos, which I think will gain a lot of fans.
From ceviche in leche de tigre (which translates as tiger’s milk, but is actually a local spicy dressing) to Patagonian toothfish, the seafood trumps the meat on offer. My favourite dish was the carpassion tiraditos (nothing to do with getting it on in the back seat) – tiraditos is the Peruvian equivalent of sashimi and this one featured salmon, shards of fried leek, crunchy toasted quinoa, caramelised red onion and passion fruit reduction.
With both table and more informal booth seating loud music and low lighting policy, this is an upbeat venue for a night with girls.
INFO: Garden, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai
STARTER: Baked lomo saltado empanadas, Dhs40
MAIN: Chicken breast, creamy aji Amarillo, criolla potato, pecans, Dhs55
DESSERT: Creamy sponge cake, tres leches sauce, yogurt ice cream, Dhs40
STARTER: Beef tenderloin marinated in anticuchera sauce, Dhs810
MAIN: Grilled silver strip loin, Peruvian yakiniku sauce, rocoto chilli paste, red cabbage pure, Dhs140
DESSERT: Chocolate volcano, purple corn ice cream, Dhs50