Expectations were high when we went to scope out the newly opened supperclub venue at the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray beachside resort on Palm Jumeirah. And blown away we were: Amsterdam’s globally acclaimed franchise is something Dubai has been fiercely craving.
Not only does the first Middle Eastern location deliver the exquisite and unique experience that international superclubs are known for, it does so magnanimously.
Dubai’s version is the second-largest supperclub in the world after LA. Its dramatic two-floor design creates six key dining and entertainment areas: the main lower level dining area, fittingly titled Salle Neige; the exclusive and lavish private room, Salle d’Or; two chef’s tables overlooking the state-of-the-art open kitchen; an al fresco terrace; bar Rouge; and Balcony Noir on the upper levels of the venue overlooking sweeping ocean views and cityscape framed by two floor to ceiling arch windows.
As Bert Van der Leden, the brain behind the supperclub franchise, so eloquently put it, “When supperclub was launched 20 years ago in the creative capital of Amsterdam, we wanted to create a meeting ground that met the needs of prolific musicians, writers, and artists. supperclub Dubai will become the benchmark in iconic music, bringing the best of art, music, and the gracious hospitality synonymous with the city of Dubai, to one stunning destination.”
Visiting in Ramadan, we weren’t able to witness the live musicians and artistic performances that will become a centrepiece of the venue, but that did little to dampen the experience. Every staff member was gracious, welcoming, eagerly helpful and thoroughly knowledgeable in their field of expertise.
Head Chef Dominic Robinson offered up an eclectic European fusion cuisine with an array of experimental dishes that would surely satisfy the palate of the most discerning food connoisseur. The fine dining experience was served with a creative twist as we lounged in huge white-on-white leather sofas.
We started off with a brilliant combination of oysters and passion fruit ($11), an exquisite Burrata cheese with honey and truffle ($27) and – Charisma’s recommendation - a tantalising tuna tartar with curry ($22), all served in perfect portions.
The highlights of the main course were the roast turbot with sweet corn gnocchi ($68) and rack of lamb ($55) that practically melted in our mouths. But the most important course of all is desert and I would name the peanut butter nougat parfait ($14) and the fresh mango parfait with mango salad ($19) as two must tries.
Total price tag for three: $286 for three guests, and absolutely well worth it. supperclub Dubai does not fall short in any aspect. Fine dining is not sacrificed in the name of being trendy. The quality of the food and its presentation was right on the mark and the interior design and ambience were spectacular. Now that the holy month of Ramadan is has come to an end, the entertainment acts and live performances will commence and I predict supperclub will be packed with one of Dubai’s most vibrant crowds.