Intersect By Lexus… Does it sound like a restaurant? Possibly not. Does it look like a restaurant? Not really… Is this all part of its charm? Absolutely.
This eatery is pleasantly surprising in a myriad of ways. Firstly, when you visit a restaurant that has been created by one of the world’s most renowned luxury car manufacturers you kind of assume that everything will be automobile-themed. Right? Think again. The car elements are subtle here (apart from an awesome toy car wall outside the washrooms, and the occasional Lexus show car housed under the restaurant floor). Secondly, it is somehow fine dining and casual dining all in one (hence we’ve tagged it for both) – the vibes are casual and relaxed, but the food and service are elevated and elegant.
Intersect’s decor is really something to write home about. This light and airy licensed restaurant kind of feels like an art gallery or cool lifestyle shop. Think corner bookcases, pretty light fixtures and a giant art installation, which features some of Dubai’s most iconic buildings on the back wall. The tables at Intersect are cosy and we instantly felt at home on our visit. Natural light, wooden floorings and marble touches add to this cosy feel, and this DIFC eatery is not at all stuffy or too fancy. The ceiling is also quite a marvel and was inspired by the rolling sand dunes of the Arabian desert: Don’t forget to look up!
The Huntr visited on a Friday and took advantage of the Intersect by Lexus brunch deal. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill OTT Dubai brunch. All of the food on offer at the Intersect brunch is healthy and wholesome rather than gluttonous – but it’s still utterly delicious and satisfying. It was actually so refreshing to walk away from a brunch energised and content, rather than the bloated and exhausted feeling that often accompanies over-indulgence. The brunch deal features a help-yourself salad bar (do not miss the kale, sunflower and avocado salad – divine), and a selection of starters to choose from including our favourites: lamb, kale and spring onion gyoza, a comforting onion soup with croutons and baby squid with sweet corn jus and puffed rice. For the main event, we tried the Wagyu beef with potato and sautéed mushroom (perfection) and the salmon fishcake with béchamel sauce (really fresh and tasty). Desserts on offer include a lemon mousse with lemon and lime candy, de-constructed cheesecake (superb), pumpkin cake with mousse and puffed quinoa and seasonal fruits with honey.
Elsewhere at Intersect, we were extremely impressed by the amazing high-tech Toto toilets, the toy car wall previously noted that is housed outside the wonderful washrooms and a curated, in-restaurant shop that features handpicked items made by the world’s top craftsmen.
Intersect by Lexus is a lovely little DIFC gem and we’ll definitely be returning. They also serve one of the best coffees in DIFC created from local gem RAW coffee and we think that this is the perfect spot to get your caffeine fix and catch up with emails in the morning if you find yourself in the Financial Center.
Insider tip: Visit Intersect by Lexus for brunch with friends on a Friday or try their special Wednesday evening brunch deal. This is also a great place to visit for a healthy bite to eat and an awesome coffee any time of day. Make a reservation at peak times to avoid disappointment. There are plenty of vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free options here. There’s a happy hour menu from 12noon until midnight.