Located inside Zaha Hadid’s iconic Magnus Opus building, The Maine Land Brasserie Business Bay is a must-visit next time you are feeling fancy, want to treat yourself, or have something special to celebrate. Join your friends at The Huntr as we share one of the best meals and experiences we had in 2020 below…
Opened in June 2020 by “the Maine man” Joey Ghazal, The Maine Land Brasserie aims to bring some of the New Dubai Area’s coveted and much-loved Maine cuisine and vibes to the Downtown Dubai crowd. Open-mouth gorgeous, The Maine Land Brasserie has been designed with a neo-speakeasy aesthetic and features double-height ceilings, striking chandeliers, bentwood rattan chairs, cosy corners, and lots of otherworldly charm. There are ample seating options for small and large groups, plus outside seating for when the weather permits.
The menu features an array of dishes exclusive to The Maine Lane Brasserie location alongside a couple of iconic additions from the original Maine location in JBR (don’t worry, the poutine and the brussels sprouts have made the cut). The sections include raw bar, starters, flatbreads, mains, steaks and chops, and sides – plus vegans and plant-based eaters will be excited to learn that there is a whole space dedicated to them with ample delicious-sounding creations available.
We started our lunch experience with complimentary homemade bread, garlic, and butter, plus beef tomato with olive oil before being tempted by the waiter manning the oyster trolley – from which we sampled Kelly Galway (49AED each) and Fin Exclair (23AED each) oysters served with vinegar, mustard, and tabasco. The perfect appetite whetter. From the raw bar section of the menu, we opted to try the Tuna Tartare (89AED) and insist you do the same – crafted with avocado, wonton crisps, and soy ginger dressing, this is melt-in-your-mouth good. From the starters section, we ordered the Prawns a la Plancha (99AED), which are tasty, tender, and simply flavoured with rosemary, garlic, and green chilli, plus the delicious Burgundy Snails (99AED) with herbs and garlic butter.
Onto the main event and we opted to share the Lentil Salad (49AED) from the plant-based section of the menu – complete with a wonderful mix of acidity, sweetness, and earthy flavours, the salad is comprised of a delicious and healthy mix of edamame, golden raisins, sundried tomatoes, and lentils doused in a maple balsamic vinaigrette. Plus from the opposite end of the spectrum – the Filet Mignon (255aED), a 250g grass-fed Irish Angus filet served medium-rare with Bernaise Sauce (15AED) and Peppercorn Sauce (20AED) with Triple Cooked Homemade Fries (30AED) and the epic Charred Brussel Sprouts (43AED).
To end one of the best meals we’ve had in 2020 on a high, we shared the Apple Tarte Tatin (56AED) which is absolutely divine and a must-order. Pink Lady apples are drenched in caramel sauce and laid on a bed of puff pastry, served warm with ice-cold vanilla icecream. Yum.
The bar at The Maine Land Brasserie is fully licensed and is a worthy spot to visit just for drinks and nibbles. The cocktails are particularly impressive – we loved the Mayflower Martini (75AED) – parsley-infused botanist gin, dill oil, and a hint of lemon essence and the Plymouth Rock (75AED) – lavender-infused vodka, gin, fresh mixed berry jam, and prosecco.
So now you want to go and try it yourself please take one last piece of advice – book as far in advance as you can… This place sure is popular.
Insider tips: Advance bookings strongly advised. Open daily from 12noon until midnight. Complimentary valet parking available at the entrance to the ME by Meliá at the Opus. Dress to impress.