SLAB Dubai: A feast for the eyes and the tastebuds at this unique homegrown concept

Located in the northern section of Meeras’ new La Mer development, SLAB Dubai is a feast for the eyes and the mouth. Read on to discover The Huntr’s full review…

Surrounded by greenery and a stone’s throw from the glistening ocean, SLAB Dubai is a must-visit restaurant in La Mer. Featuring a grey colour palette, the interiors are industrial, minimal and modern – including a concrete floor, exposed ceiling and light grey marble elements. There is also pretty, umbrella-shaded outdoor terrace seating available for when the weather allows.

Juxtaposing the muted colours of the surroundings, the plated dishes at SLAB are anything but grey. Wholesome, organic and healthy, the menu here is all about letting the quality of the ingredients do the talking. All at a very reasonable price point.

We tried the Quiona and Broccoli Salad (44AED), comprised of black quinoa, broccoli couscous, pistachio and beetroot, it is light, appetising, and rich in textures. We also sampled the House Roast Beef Tartine (56AED), which we can not recommend enough. Perfectly toasted, buttery sourdough bread is topped with caramelised onions and thinly-slice roast beef with a radish aioli and pickled vegetables. It’s a must-try.

From the mains section of the menu, we opted for the Duck Confit (79AED) – tender duck confit served with roasted butternut squash and a Japanese plum sauce. This was another favourite, and we thoroughly recommend it. The Organic Salmon Fillet (99AED) was also delightful and consists of lightly-seared organic salmon topped with avocado puree and pickled cucumber. For sides, we ordered the Kale Slaw with Raisins (18AED), which is fresh and crunchy and has just the right balance of saltiness, sweetness and different textures, and the Baked Pumpkin with Feta and Parmesan (25AED), which we also highly recommend.

To end a really wonderful lunch on a sweet note, we sampled the Mafroukeh Cheesecake (34AED), which is a yoghurt cheesecake with pistachio, a semolina base and a fresh kiwi salad, and the Pain Perdu (39AED) – yuzu-soaked French toasted with macerated berries and white chocolate mustard. The latter of which, was particularly delicious and is another must-order.

Drinks-wise, the crafted mocktails are very refreshing. We tried the best-selling Zen Garden (29AED), which is comprised of fresh cucumber juice, shiso leaf, fresh lemon, syrup and ginger ale and the Golden Temple (29AED), which is crafted from fresh strawberries and raspberries, lime juice, vanilla syrup and ginger ale.

The SLAB Dubai team was friendly, informative and passionate, we felt well looked after and thoroughly enjoyed our time at this unique, homegrown concept. Another La Mer gem to add to your hitlist ASAP.

Insider tip: SLAB also serve a variety of breakfast dishes from 10am


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