Lowe Dubai: A contemporary foodie gem at Koa Canvas

Say hello to Lowe Dubai. A sassy little contemporary dining gem at Koa Canvas (close by to The Farm, Al Barari). Culinary duo Jesse Blake and Kate Christou are at the helm of this brilliant concept and bring with them a passion for sustainable (where possible), uncomplicated food and a wealth of combined experience working in some of Australia’s finest restaurants. Join The HUNTR as we take a closer look…

The name Lowe is derived from “the warm light produced by fire” – an element that represents the lead cooking method used in Lowe’s kitchen, which features a central wooden fire, enabling the team to produce incredible, smokey flavours and to utilise impressive culinary techniques.

Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menu at Lowe has been carefully curated and purposefully simplified. There are ample options to suit vegetarians and meat and fish-eaters, plus a couple of great vegan-friendly dishes. The majority of the dishes are super healthy and wholesome creations but there are a couple of cheat-day-worthy eats (including a delicious-looking grilled cheese and Vegemite sandwich). Head Chef Jesse Blake has created and led three successful kitchens in Perth Australia, whilst Chef and F&B Director Kate Christou has enjoyed a career that has spanned food journalism, volunteer projects and assisting non-profit organisations aimed at developing sustainable agriculture. And the pair met in Melbourne, working for the pioneering Aussie chef, restauranteur and cookbook author Andrew McConnell. The duo’s combined love for food and passion for hospitality eventually led them to Lowe – their first joint concept in the UAE, which officially opened its doors to the public in mid-March 2019.

Lowe is exceptionally beautiful. A minimal aesthetic is juxtaposed with striking details. The restaurant is enveloped in stark concrete and features wooden tables and chairs, whilst the ceiling is crafted out of woven, natural straw and the dining area offers an intriguing glimpse into the open kitchen. The HUNTR loved the green foliage dripping down the walls and peppering the corners and art, which celebrates likes of Star Wars and Tupac. The playlist is also perfectly put together to match the cool interiors and inspiring vibes and there’s a lovely (dog-friendly) outdoor seating area for the cooler months.

For our first experience (in March 2019), The HUNTR visited Lowe Dubai for breakfast. We decided to start our culinary journey with something sweet. The ‘Daily Baked Item’, which on our visit was the Orange Vanilla Cupcake (16AED) – was moist, zesty and perfectly paired with speciality coffee (more on that in a minute). Plus the Buttermilk Pikelets, Coconut Husk Maple, Buffalo Ricotta and Almond (63AED) – light and fluffy pancakes with fresh blueberries, which were faultless. On to the savoury and we ordered the Lowe Breakfast (84AED), which is comprised of a picture-perfect combination of cucumber, tomatoes, avocado, chickpeas, halloumi, boiled eggs, olives and pitta bread. Simple, fresh and delicious, we particularly loved the smoked wood chip yoghurt, which came on the side (we also opted to add the Smoked Veal Bacon for 22AED). Lastly, we tried the delectable Prawn Omelette with Confit Leek Aioli, Salad Leaves and Garden Dressing (60AED) and added Avocado (16AED).

For our second experience (in November 2019), The HUNTR visited Lowe for a weekend lunch starting with the delicious Natural Oysters with House Vinegar and Lemon (16AED each) and the Raw Yellowtail, Grilled Peas, Horseradish and Yuzu Kosho (68AED) – a flavour sensation that’s not to be missed. The Torched Hokkaido Scallops with Cucumber, Tamara, and Black Pepper Vinaigrette (88AED) were sublime and we particularly loved how the tarama added zing to the high-quality scallops. The Grilled Market Fish with Fermented Anchovy, Pomelo and Grilled Scallion (85AED) was fresh and tasty, the pomelo hiding underneath the perfectly-cooked fish was a wonderful surprise and the House-Aged Beef, White Onion, Smoked Tomato Vinaigrette (185AED) was flawless.

Drinks-wise, Lowe now has an alcohol license (it wasn’t in place when The HUNTR visited) and serves a variety of alcoholic beverages alongside soft drinks, juices, speciality coffee and tea. The HUNTR sampled the refreshing house-made Kombucha (16AED) and a freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice (20AED). The coffee is sourced from local roastery RAW Coffee and the baristas use a ‘Little Black Dress Blend’ (Colombia, Ethiopia and Guatemala) – we enjoyed a perfect Flat White (21AED) and Latte (21AED).

Insider tips: Open for breakfast 7 am until 11.30 am on weekdays and 8 am until 11.30 am on weekends. Lunch is served from 12noon until 3.30 pm daily and dinner runs from 5 pm until 11 pm daily. Lowe is completely closed between 3.30pm and 5pm every day. Free Wifi available making this a great spot to study or get work done

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