The Restaurant at Address Downtown: French and British fare in an elegant, upscale setting

The Restaurant at Address Downtown offers a relaxed and sophisticated spot to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner in the Burj Khalifa Area. Join The Huntr as we present our full review…

The first thing that strikes you about this new Downtown Dubai gem is the beautiful contemporary interiors. Designed to emulate a chic home living space, The Restaurant at Address Downtown is full of books, framed artworks, luxurious table and seating arrangements, beautiful natural lighting and an elevated, yet casual ambience. A lounge area offers the perfect spot to catch up with friends, catch up on emails or take a business meeting over tea, coffee and nibbles, whilst the chef’s table hosts a salad bar and cold cuts buffet that’s open to all, 24/7. There’s a VIP private dining room featuring a round table set up for 6, a library that serves as a licensed bar, an indoor cigar/smoking room and a meeting room space that offers the opportunity to meet with clients or colleagues in private and dine at a set price per head.

To kickstart our culinary journey, we ordered some refreshing and appetizing cocktails and mocktails, which were handcrafted by a passionate and talented barista called Nima. We were left mesmerised by his acute attention to detail and thoroughly enjoyed his creations.

The Restaurant’s menu features the heroes of British and French cuisine. And there’s an all-day breakfast menu on offer (The Restaurant opens daily from 6:30 am). The Huntr visited for a weekend lunch. We whetted our appetites with the complimentary bread and butter and the unlimited salad bar, which also features cold cuts, cheese and nuts. To start the meal, we opted for three starters to share. Seabass Ceviche (75AED), which is made with coconut, lime and coriander – simple but maybe a little small in size when considering the slightly-steep price. The Duck Foie Gras Terrine (85AED), which comes with a fig marmalade, gingerbread and mulled wine jelly. Divine. And Le Salade Primeur (65AED), which is as pretty as a picture and is comprised of tomato, oregano, seasonal vegetables and pecorino cheese. Onto the main event and we opted for the British classic – the Beef Wellington (195AED). The meat melted in our mouths and the dish featured deconstructed puff pastry, mushroom and a rich, comforting gravy. Don’t miss it. We also tried the Scottish Salmon (120AED), which is placed on a bed of blanched Chinese cabbage, bok choy and finished with a soy caramel and sesame seeds. It’s a simple dish that lets the salmon stand out in all of its moist and tender glory.

Never ones to push away the dessert menu, we ordered the Eton Mess (45AED) and the Profiterole (45AED), both of which were delectable, featured just the right amount of sweetness and ended the meal on a (sugar) high.

The staff were friendly, knowledgeable and not at all intimidating and the service was prompt and scrupulous – everything you would expect and want from an upscale dining destination.

Insider tip: There are vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options on the menu. Reservations recommended. Dress code: Smart/Casual. 

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