All’Onda Palm Jumeirah is the brainchild of NYC-born chef Chris Jaeckle, who first opened All’Onda – an Italian Venetian concept with a twist – in the Big Apple (which has since sadly it closed its doors). The UAE’s booming foodie scene caught his attention and he decided to bring his unique fusion of Italian Venetian food with subtle Japanese and Indian influences, to Dubai. Enter All’Onda Palm Jumeirah…
You’ll be hard-pushed to find a menu offering Italian Venetian cuisine with Japanese and Indian influences. And that’s precisely why Jaeckle landed on the concept.
The idea of combining these traditional cuisines, ingredients and cooking methods came to Jaeckle after working with two of the world’s most talented chefs – Japanese guru Chef Masahura Morimoto and Italian master Chef Michael White. Jaeckle noticed that both of his mentors appreciated the other’s cuisine, and it dawned on him that they could be combined with great success. But if you think that means there are weird and wonderful things on the menu at All’Onda – think again, because Japanese and Italian food have more in common than you think.
All’Onda Palm Jumeirah is located within the super plush Emerald Palace Kempinski. The restaurant is opulent and fancy, but also welcoming and cosy. As soon as you enter you are greeted by an (unfortunately, faux) wall of greenery. Dimly lit with sparkling lights, All’Onda is as classy as they come. The music is played at just the right volume so that it adds ambience but you can still hold a conversation, and the space is divided by a (licensed) bar, indoor dining area and outdoor terrace (the latter being the only spot that smoking is permitted in)
The Huntr visited for a midweek dinner. To start, we ordered the Wagyu Beef Carpaccio (110AED) and the Rock Oysters (110AED). The duo proved to be a great combination, fresh and not too filling – the perfect way to whet one’s appetite. The next dish – the Sushi Rice Arancini (65AED) looked like an Italian meatball but was actually a delicious squid ink rice ball with spicy salmon. The Buffalo Ricotta Ravioli (89AED) and the Roast Salmon (98AED) were faultless and the Indian Braised Lamb Shank Osso Buco (140AED) is perfect for two to share and comes with a majestic bowl of parmesan risotto. It was our favourite.
Dessert arrived with two staff and a magical nitrogen-fuelled performance as the fresh ice cream was made right in front of us for the Gondola Baked Miso Banana (65AED). Which was utterly divine.
Drinks-wise, All’Onda is fully licensed and offers a range of cocktails, wines, beers, spirits, mocktails and soft drinks. The Huntr tried and enjoyed the Tramonto, French Martini, Ronin Negroni, and the All’Ondo Martini.
Insider tip: All’Onda Palm Jumeirah is open for brunch between 1pm and 5pm on Fridays and for dinner from 5pm until 1am Monday until Wednesday, 5pm until 2am on Thursdays and Fridays and 5pm until 1am on Saturdays and Sundays. The vegetarian and vegan options are quite limited.
Reporting and photography by Augustine Paredes exclusively for The Huntr.