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BREAD STREET KITCHEN, ATLANTIS THE PALM

Straight from the heart of London, Gordon Ramsay’s infamous Bread Street Kitchen has arrived in​ Dubai and thankfully it wasn’t a long wait before I had the chance​ to try the newest foodie hotspot in town. Serving a delectable British European menu and hailing from an​ extremely successful and well known chain, Monday lunchtime was set to be an exciting affair!​  I was looking forward to tucking into some good ol’ British classics (which can sometimes be hard to find in the desert!).

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Located in Atlantis on ​The Palm, it is a statement venue, taking over a huge space with around ​400 covers in the avenues with a vast, vault-like feel to the interiors. The seating is laid out in leather booths and long wooden tables, however, even though the features are relatively dark, the space breathe​s light. There are two open kitchens, a cold kitchen counter, a hot open kitchen, an ice-cream parlour (genius!), a bar and an outdoor terrace that​ houses its own small bar. The menu can be interpreted in a number of ways – it screams family friendly from the selection of fish and chips and burgers, but it can keep the health conscious​ quiet with a very green kale salad. It​ also airs a certain sophistication with Gordon’s signature scallops and the Sirloin surf & turf – there is no ‘mousse’ or other fancy ‘non-foods’ present on this casual menu – its all hearty (and heavy) favourites.

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After ordering, the table presented a vast selection of starters before moving onto an​ even more impressive assortment of main courses. Up first, the table gorged on a red cabbage and kale salad, which was light and tangy, a perfect little palate pleaser, and the burrata and baby artichoke was simply delectable – a creamy, rich texture with a light aftertaste of tomatoes and olive oil! The crisp bread that was placed on the side complemented it perfectly. We also had a side of the infamous signature scallops, which sadly, presented as only four scallops for a whopping 95 AED were small and to be honest, had nothing special about them.​ ​

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Next up was the melt-in-your-mouth braised beef – filling and fantastic – and the larger than life short rib beef burger. As it turned out, the​ beef Wellington platter for two was the star of the show! Imagine an ​upscale roast dinner (but bigger!), with beautiful rare blocks of beef covered in a flavour-packed mushroom and puff pastry shell. On the side, there was bone marrow (which isn’t really my cup of tea to be honest – so I am ​not one to comment!), caramelised roast carrots (sadly these were FAR too salty!) and rich, intensely flavoursome truffle mash which was possibly the highlight of the entire meal! I am a total sucker for truffle mash.

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The lunch was washed down by a few scoops of rich vanilla ice cream and a piping hot​ peppermint tea – the​ perfect end to a long luncheon. ​The verdict?​ This newbie is well worth a try but order wisely to avoid disappointment.

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