Restaurant Review: Wheeler's of St. James’s, Gate Village 2, DIFC, Dubai
Location: Building 8, Gate Village 2, DIFC, Dubai
Tel: 04 386 0899
Dress code: Smart
Cuisine: British seafood
Times: 12pm to 3pm and 7pm to 11.30pm, daily (the bar is open from 12pm to 2am)
Price Range: $$$$
Since its conception, the boundaries of tradition have expanded like a happy waistband, and European influences have peppered Wheeler’s menu, with additions such as shrimp ceviche.
We’re utterly hooked on the juicy and plentiful Irish crab claws, stacked in a bowl like the many petals of a geranium. The perfect prawn cocktail tastes like nostalgia, with so many festive British dinners starting with this classic Seventies appetiser.
But it’s not all about fish. There’s carpaccio of beef with quail egg and hazelnut dressing among the starters and braised belly of veal among the six meaty mains. Vegetarians have their own section of the menu too, so everyone’s catered for.
For afters, try one of Marco Pierre White’s favourites: the bread and butter pudding. Or plump for the apple and blackberry crumble with clotted cream, the current dessert crush of Ahlan!’s Gourmet magazine Editor.
UK expats will relish this taste of home, and with plans to introduce some Arabian twists to the menu, Wheeler’s is set to be an epicurean beacon in the centre of DIFC.
On the Menu
Irish crab claws with garlic and butter, Dhs105
Carpaccio of beef with quail egg and hazelnut dressing, Dhs80
Mussels mariniére with French fries, Dhs98
Tenderloin of veal on a bed of aubergine with tomato chutney, Dhs175
Apple, blackberry and oat crumble with homemade custard and Cornish clotted cream, Dhs45
Bread and butter pudding with ‘Scottish’ crème fraiche, Dhs45