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!).
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 breathes 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.
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.
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.
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.