Restaurant Review: Rhodes Mezzanine, Grosvenor House, Dubai
Address: Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina, Dubai
Tel: 04 399 8888
Dress code: Smart and chic – otherwise you’ll be outdone by the decor
Times: 7pm to 11:30pm Monday to Saturday; Closed Sunday
Price Range: $$$$$
It may be one of the most expensive restaurants in Dubai but any fashion-conscious establishment in which you’re asked whether you’d like a black napkin to match your LBD is worth the money. Gary (Rhodes – for those not on first name terms) is also one of the most prolific celeb chefs in the region. He adores Dubai and is often in the kitchen here making sure the food served in his name lives up to it. And, oh, how it does! Amuse bouche can consist of foie gras on a ginger snap (delish!); Gary’s famous white tomato soup (capturing that “fifth taste” known as unami for all you foodies), and even cheese and pineapple on a stick. This is a nod to vintage British party food but features a sophisticated twist: seared chunks of pineapple paired with balls of soft rolled cheese fried in truffle oil. Mmmm. And all that’s before you’ve even ordered starters. The signature lobster omelette thermidor will set you back Dhs105, while a foie gras and smoked eel terrine costs Dhs145, and mains are in the region of Dhs200 to 250. But what else would you expect from a man who’s served Princess Diana and earned a host of Michelin stars? His flagship UAE restaurant is a study of the finer flavours in life, decorated like the inside of a child’s musical jewellery box with plush pink velvet seats offset by bright white walls and a scattering of glittering trinkets. Be absorbed by the decadence and try to leave room for the petit fours.
FYI: Rhodes Mezzanine offers one of the best cookery classes in Dubai – a must for budding chefs and residents looking to entertain guests with a culinary bent. But don’t expect to be told the secret to making that seductive white tomato soup!
Signature Dishes: Lobster omelette thermidor, roast duck with melting foie gras, British pudding plate (bread and butter pudding, jam roly-poly and sticky toffee pudding). And did we mention the tomato soup?