Restaurant Review: Table 9, Hilton Dubai Creek

Charismatic chefs, friendly service and out-of-this-world food
Monday , 07 May 2012
We salute Nick and Scott's creations
We salute Nick and Scott's creations
Table 9
Table 9

Table 9
Location: Hilton Dubai Creek
Tel: 04 227 1111
Web: www.hilton.com
Dress code: Smart-casual
Cuisine: International
Times: 7pm-midnight Sundayto Friday
Price Range: $$$

We haven’t heard a bad word about Table 9, since it opened back in November. No mean feat in a city with such a gossipy foodie scene. From the charismatic, dedicated chefs, to the friendly service and out-of-this-world food, the only disappointment for us is the décor, which still channels the space’s previous inhabitant, Gordon Ramsay’s Verre, rather than the mood of the creative new owners. At Table 9 the food comes in delicate, tapas-style portions. We tried the hen’s egg and lobster with crackling for starters, followed by two sturdier mains in the shape of the sea bass and pork belly, each of which was delicious. If we were pushed, we’d plump for hen’s egg and the pork belly as our favourites; the former for its creativity (who knew you could poach then deep fry an egg?) and the latter for its tenderness and flavour. So good, it turned a vegetarian. Pair it with a glass of fizz and you’ll wonder how you’ve lived without it. And, lest we forget, the equally impressive desserts should never be overlooked here. The ginger and lime slice was very nice, but we have to take our hat off to Nick for his modern take on traditional apple pie. Delicately deconstructed then painstakingly rebuilt, layer by layer, this, in our opinion, is Dubai’s best pudding. The sharp, fresh apple slices are perfectly cooked to allow the fruit to take its place as the star of the show, rather than playing second fiddle to too much sugar and pastry. Nick, and Scott, we salute you.

On the Menu
APPETISERS
Hen’s egg, cèpes, vinegar caramel, Dhs70
Pig trotter, braised knuckle, cucumber marmalade, Dhs70

MAINS
Pork belly, sage dumpling, sprouts, pancetta, Dhs100
Sea bass, winkle and oregano butter, pickled salsify,Dhs100

DESSERTS
Ginger and lime slice, Dhs50
Nick’s apple pie and custard, Dhs50

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