By Lubna Hamdan
A unique and satisfying menu which combines Vietnamese, Latin and American flavours
The idea behind Bazxar was to bring a brand new dining experience to Dubai. Everywhere you look in the cosmopolitan city, that is what every dining venue promises.
What makes Bazxar stand out is it truly delivers on its promise.
The multi-concept venue houses a Vietnamese food station serving steamed traditional soup and noodles, a “Meat District” serving American-style burgers and hotdogs, a Latin-inspired restaurant, a bakery and coffee counter and a lounge area.
Located in Dubai International Financial District (DIFC), the upscale eatery is decorated in contemporary art (including a modern portrait of Ernesto “Che” Guevara), cosy wooden flooring, brass finishes and leather furnishings.
We were welcomed by energetic staff who aided us in beginning our culinary journey by recommending the red snapper topped with Peruvian “tiger’s milk” – a citrus-based marinade containing lime juice, sliced onion and salt and pepper. It was subtly sour and perfectly light for a starter.
Next, we tried the watermelon salad with truffle honey and warm goat cheese. Truffle lovers will love the honey’s empowering taste though we preferred the juicy watermelon and concentrated cheese combination.
Our favourite dish however was the main Black Angus flank with a unique carrot and ginger puree. The flank was cooked a la point with flavourful Mexican spices while the puree was a distinctive, healthy yet satisfying side.
We also had a go at Bazxar’s Orzo risotto with green pea and asparagus which we have to admit taste strange at first but quickly grew to our liking thanks to its creamy and crunchy combination.
For desserts, we had the impressive “cappuccino” with espresso custard and milk foam served cold in a large mug in the shape of the coffee drink. It is enough to say we would come back to Bazxar just for this dish - perfectly sweet and bitter with a touch of crunchy mellow biscuits on the inside.
Alongside it, we tried the “caviar” goat’s milk cheesecake with strawberry pearls which we found to be on the heavier side. While it does not have actual caviar, it did have a rich, creamy texture and subtle sweet touch thanks to the strawberry pearls.
The business lunch at Bazxar offers two meals for AED98, three meals for AED118 or four meals for AED138.For all the latest gourmet news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.