The latest venture from South African restauranteur Natasha Sideris (of Tasha’s cafe fame), Flamingo Room Dubai is located at the Jumeirah Al Naseem hotel. The licensed eatery features some of the prettiest interiors we’ve seen – think Millennial Pink walls, Art Deco and 1970s details, South African touches, a stunning marble champagne bar and plenty of Instagrammable nooks and crannies.
This is definitely a fancy place, a place you make an effort for, celebrate special occasions and bring someone you want to impress. In terms of seating there are three options – during the cooler months you can sit outside and enjoy the views of Jumeirah Al Naseem’s turtle lagoon (which is home to some rather cute rehabilitated turtles), you can sit at the bar for drinks and nibbles (smoking is also permitted here), or you can sit in the main restaurant area and soak up the buzz. There’s also a retail store – The Collective by Charles Greig, a concept hailing from the Nelson Mandela Square Sandton, which showcases the best of African design.
In terms of food, the menu at the Flamingo Room focusses on “clean flavours and the best quality ingredients”. Open for cocktails, lunch and dinner, there are many dishes on offer and they are curated well. The prices are definitely on the steeper side of the scale, but that’s the price you pay for interiors and vibes like this. And it’s worth it…
The plates that come out of the kitchen are as beautiful as the interiors – and equally as Instagrammable. We started our culinary journey with a complimentary South African bread, which came complete with a flamingo-engraved butter. We then devoured the Butternut Carpaccio (64AED). We were really blown away by this dish – after all, it is a mere vegetable. But the grilled, nutty taste mixed with the pomegranate’s sweet and sharp notes was totally on point. Don’t miss it. We found the Tuna Tatar (96AED) was a little too salty, but not enough to stop us cleaning the plate. The Burrata (102AED), however, was truly incredible. Every bite of creamy cheese and fragrant, fresh tomatoes was as dreamy as the next. It’s a must-order. Next, it was time to sample the Flamingo Room’s famous Instagram-worthy dish – the Lobster and Prawn Vol-au-Vent (272AED). The taste matched the dish’s beauty, the puff pastry was perfect and the prawns and lobster were really spectacular.
To end a delightful meal on a sweet note we sampled the Passion Fruit Soufflé (58AED). Do not miss this. A passion fruit soufflé showered in coconut crème anglaise – it’s one of the best desserts we’ve ever had the pleasure of eating. However, we weren’t blown away by the accompanying coffee. We opted for an iced latte and it was far from remarkable – there was too much ice, and it was a little on the bland side. But hey, you win some, you lose some. We’d take the Passion Fruit Soufflé over artisanal coffee at the end dinner any day.
All and all it’s easy to see why this place is packed day in, night out. The vibes are awesome, the service is great and the food is really magnificent. Come here for a special date, an important client meeting or a special occasion. We know we will…
Insider tip: At dinner time, the traffic around Jumeirah Al Naseem can be a little busy. Use The Huntr’s favourite community-based GPS, map and traffic navigation app – Waze – to make sure you arrive on time. Booking advised. Dress to impress.
– Photography and review by Augustine Paredes exclusively for The Huntr