By Sarah Townsend
Cocktail Kitchen provides a perfect late-night option for those who want to dust off their glad-rags in an otherwise quiet and relaxed neighbourhood
Dubai’s Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) was in need of a new nightspot and Cocktail Kitchen, in the six months in which it has been open, has certainly provided that.
Located in the Armada Tower, adjacent to the more casual bar and eatery Nola Social and lively Greek restaurant Mythos, Cocktail Kitchen provides a perfect late-night option for those who want to dust off their glad-rags in an otherwise quiet and relaxed neighbourhood.
In recent weeks, Cocktail Kitchen has launched an “Aperitivo” menu – presumably designed to attract the after-work crowd and fill up the place on weekdays, not just Thursday and Friday nights.
The Aperitivo deal is a steal, with selected beverages at AED25 and a mouthwatering selection of light nibbles at approximately AED30 a plate, plus a more expensive cheese board and a charcuterie platter at up to AED75 each.
When we arrive after work on a Wednesday, Cocktail Kitchen, while by no means crowded, has enough customers to create a pleasant ambience. The venue has a chilled-out décor with low lighting, pastel colours and a range of seating options, from stools propped up at the bar to chic saloon tables and a dedicated restaurant-style area where we choose to eat.
Our very friendly waiter brings us a selection of nibbles. The fig and blue cheese bruschetta was delightfully crispy and had just the right balance between the sweet sharpness of the fig and the creamy blue cheese.
The veal, potato and mozzarella croquettes and arancini balls were slightly on the greasy side – the latter requiring a little more of the accompanying basil mayonnaise – while the Spanish-style padron peppers were beautifully juicy and perfectly grilled.
The cheese plate comprised four cheeses – a deliciously salty parmesan, rich gorgonzola, mild cheddar and a fine, crumbly manchego – and was accompanied by a generous helping of salads, quince jelly and chopped-up figs. It was an extravagant and moreish plate.
Meanwhile the antipasto platter was huge – piled up slices of cured meat and rocket which were delicious, and set off by a tasty assortment of pickles.
All in all, a pleasant and enjoyable venue for a relaxed after-work meal, without the usual hectic vibe of a Friday night cocktail bar!
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