Zengo, Le Royal Meridien Resort & Spa, Dubai
Bigger really is better at Zengo. While some may find the sheer size of this restaurant somewhat intimidating, the bold design, expanses of dark wood and minimalist vibe make for a surprisingly intimate and relaxed setting.
There never was a warmer welcome. Exuberant and welcoming hosts are the order of the day at Zengo, so much so, it feels like you’re coming home. Plus, they can help you narrow down your choices when it comes to crunch time.
After dinner, spend the night bar-hopping. With no fewer than three bars, each with its own unique theme – mist, fire and smoke – with a tantalising signature tipple to match, finishing dinner is only the halfway point.
Put some ponzu on your palate. If there’s one running theme here, it’s the adornment of this citrus-based dark soy which is then infused with ingredients from tomatoes to truffles.
Zengo is a meeting of minds. This is the brainchild of Mexican celeb chef Richard Sandoval, who’s famed for his booming Latin haunts in Dubai, Toro Toro and Maya, and celebrated Singaporean chef Akmal Anuar. The collaboration sees Sandoval’s traditional Latin flavours given an Asian spin, creating the perfect culinary storm.
Starter Duck Maseca pancake, Dhs75
Main Red snapper, Dhs180
Dessert Salty chocolate cake, Dhs60
Address: Al Sufouh Rd, Dubai
Telephone: 04 316 5550
Website: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.zengo-dubai.com
Timings: 7pm-2am Mon-Wed and Sat, 7pm-3am Thu-Fri