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Review: The Restaurant Address Downtown

The principal dining venue in the Address Downtown provides a refined place to enjoy beautifully prepared cuisine from France and the United Kingdom

Review: The Restaurant Address Downtown

Good news for those of us who were aficionados of the old Address Downtown and missed its restaurants, which were closed after the fire on New Year’s Eve 2015.

After a long wait, the property is back – and better than ever before. Nowhere is this more evident than in The Restaurant.

Located at the lobby level of the hotel, the spacious – some might even say cavernous – restaurant is a pleasure to be in, with massive windows flooding the space with light or, depending when you arrive, providing stunning nighttime views of the Dubai Fountain and the Burj Khalifa to accompany one’s meal.

Despite its ample size, the restaurant has a homey feel to it, thanks to a number of distinct spaces such as a lounge, a library, a private dining room, a living room and a kitchen and gallery.

The food itself is an eclectic mix of dishes inspired by French and British cuisine. The Restaurant’s all day breakfast, for example, ranges from a variety of croissants to Eggs Benedict or an avocado tartine, while its tasting dishes – the venue’s atmosphere makes it particularly well suited to groups – include items such as Scottish salmon, French langoustine or Herefordshire green asparagus.

The Restaurant’s main culinary strengths, however, lay in its main courses and desserts. On a recent visit, Arabian Business sampled the black cod, served with lemon, capers, parsley and brown butter, as well as the Bearnaise sauce-covered Angus Ribeye. Even in a town in which these dishes are by no means unique, the dishes and their presentation stood out, with the black cod being a particularly delicious, must-order dish.

Just as impressive were the desserts, with a stand-out being the profiterole, a serving of Tahitian vanilla ice cream brought to life by its accompanying crunchy pecan praline and organic chocolate sauce. Other notables included a vanilla crème brulée and a coconut and soya panacotta accompanied by wild berry compote, mint and homemade granola crumbs.

Many busy travellers will be happy to know of the nearby cigar lounge, a relaxed retreat with an impressively well-stocked humidor, with myriad options from Cuba and across Latin America.

Given that the lounge offers a number of appetisers including Arabic mezze and caviar, it’s a good option for an informal business meeting. Similarly, a number of well-lit and pleasant meeting spaces near The Restaurant offer another option for local or visiting business people to take their meetings to a new, pleasant locale with the added benefit of The Restaurant’s dishes.

Overall, The Restaurant – along with its environs – is highly recommended, providing both a wonderfully located, attractive and relaxing place to escape the grind of daily life, as well as a good place to conduct business with a twist. If you haven’t had a chance to go see it yet – it is, after all, still in its soft launch – why wait?

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