Restaurant Review: Marina Social by Jason Atherton

Finally, a Michelin-starred restaurant that’s worth your money and time

Gordon Ramsay could learn a thing or two from his former student, Michelin-starred Chef Jason Atherton. After visiting Atherton’s Dubai restaurant Marina Social, we’re convinced the young chef has set a new standard to high-end dining.

Unlike some posh eateries that might have a somewhat snobbish vibe, Marina Social is warm and welcoming with humble staff that move like busy bees. Located in the InterContinental Dubai Marina, the restaurant features a lounge, bar, and outdoor terrace overlooking the water.

We started with Atherton’s signature large Italian beef tomato that you slice open to find a generous filling of burrata - simple yet genius. We had that with wood fired garlic bread and a salad of snow peas with Persian feta and mint. Sounds plain? More like rich with a distinctive taste.

For the main course, we had the 200g Black Onyx beef tenderloin with pomme purée and peppercorn sauce – no joke, by far the best steak we had. It’s tender and really rich with taste that we could have had it without any sides.

The dessert was brilliant. The gelato (pictured above), bergamot & lemon verbena, and chocolate and peanut bar are the three must-tries.

The service was excellent - the restaurant’s General Manager, David Vindis, made sure to check-up on us and other guests several times.

So in a nutshell, we’d say Ramsay has some tough competition in Dubai.

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