Say hello to Carine Dubai – Chef Izu Ani’s elegant eatery in Emirates Hills…
Tucked away beside the rolling green hills of the Emirates Golf Club and just a stone’s throw away from the Nakheel metro station, you will find Carine Dubai – an elegant French/Mediterranean restaurant with a casual dining philosophy.
The brainchild of Chef Izu Ani – ex La Petit Maison chef, and the man behind La Serre, The Lighthouse and Izu Brasserie and Bakery – Izu named this new Emirates Hills gem after his wife, Carine – who also takes care of HR at Ani’s YSeventy7 F&B agency.
A colourful fruit and veggie display flanks the chef’s working in the open kitchen area, there’s a tempting array of freshly baked bread and pastries on display (inspired by the bakery in Northern France where Carine and Izu first met), a fully licensed bar, small but well-appointed indoor dining room and expansive outside seating with unrivaled views of the golf course.
The menu features a tempting array of dishes inspired by French and Mediterranean cuisines and everything is created to be shared. There are no stuffy fine dining rules here, Carine is very much a casual place at heart but it still feels elegant enough for a special occasion, like a birthday or to impress a client. The service is swift and accommodating, and the food is simple but utterly superb.
Dedicated Carine fans know to order the Tarte Tatin (which takes a while to prepare and is worth every calorie) as soon as they sit down. If you love spice and shellfish, don’t miss the Harrisa Prawns. The watermelon salad is as pretty as a picture and the perfect palette cleanser. It’s rare that The HUNTR has met a burrata it didn’t like, but Carine’s is particularly noteworthy. The truffle tart, when in season, will delight you with its decadent simplicity. The fried eggs with foie gras are rich but yet you somehow can’t stop eating them. The escargots are buttery, garlicky goodness in every bite, and the lobster linguine was sweet and tangy and perfectly matched with a crisp, cold glass of Minuty rose.
Meanwhile, the skilled mixologists at Carine’s bar can craft the most exciting cocktails and mocktails and there is something to suit every taste – alcohol or alcohol-free.
Carine is also open for breakfast on weekends (Friday and Saturday) from 9 am until 1 pm. The HUNTR is yet to try it but will report back as soon as we do…
Insider tips: Carine is open Sun-Wed from 12noon until 3 pm for lunch and 7 pm until 10.30 pm for dinner. Thursdays 12-3 pm and then 7-11.30pm. Friday and Saturdays Carine serves up breakfast from 9 am until 1 pm, lunch is 12-3.30 and then dinner is 7 until 11.30 pm. Advance bookings advised. If the weather permits request a table outside. Complimentary valet parking available at the entrance.