I landed bright and early in Dubai this morning! Expecting the weather to be scorching hot, I was dressed to the part only to realise, upon landing, that it was cloudy and pouring down with rain – so much for escaping rubbish London weather! But weather aside, this is Dubai. Dubai is obviously my kind of place; from dirty burger joints to the finest of dining, they have everything. It’s not just the food though, the immense architecture, to the hot (usually) sandy beaches, Dubai has it all.
A couple of years back, I had visited a steak restaurant that sparked my undying love for steak. The steak was so good and so delicious that whenever I would revisit Dubai, I would make it a priority to visit the restaurant, however things never went to plan and I never got that amazing steak again. 5 years on, I had the opportunity to revisit Entrecôte Cafe de Paris and boy were BW and I excited.
Entrecôte doesn’t provide the standard a la carte you see in many steak restaurants; you are given one set menu in which you can have a choice of tenderloin cut steak sourced from either Australia or New Zealand, but aside from this, everything else is fixed. Yes, literally steak heaven for all you steak lovers.
The first course was a mixed salad with tangy French vinaigrette and was served with warm French bread of your choice. I chose the whole meal bread to be slightly healthy and I’m glad I did – you’ll see why later.
I opted for the medium rare, because you all know how I enjoy the bloody goodness, and BW chose for his to be cooked to a medium. They serve the steak sliced up on top of a puddle of Cafe de Paris style butter sauce, and sat on a hot plate above a flame. The butter underneath the steak then begins to melt and boil, spreading buttery goodness throughout the meat. The heat also enables the steak to be kept hot throughout the entire meal.
For those who have a healthy lifestyle, I must warn you: do not scroll ahead!
I warned you!
So getting a little overexcited with the butter, the steak became absolutely submerged in a huge pool of garlicky butter. Because the butter contains a generous helping of anchovy paste, it instantly added a truckload of saltiness to the steak itself, and this time round maybe a little too salty. However, once the sauce had dripped off, the steak meat itself was soft, tender and so thin meaning it soaked up more juices and butter.
Look I found oil in the desert(!)
The steak fries that were served with the steak were unlimited in supply however were not remarkable, just okay . Well, that is until you dunked them into the melted garlic butter.
Usually profiteroles have a soft pastry case with piped cream as the centre but no, not Entrecôte’s version. Theirs had a slight crisp pastry case with creamy vanilla ice cream in the middle, topped with melted chocolate and crunchy toasted almonds. I enjoyed this so much that I became quite upset when I had finished it.
A large chunk of chewy and soft brownie was served with liquid chocolate poured over the top, a sprinkle of crushed nuts and as dollop of vanilla ice cream on the side. The brownie was sweet but wasn’t even close to the profiteroles.
The total bill amounted to around 200 dirhams each, which is
approx £35, before service. The service was attentive and considerate and the atmosphere was quiet although we were one of just three occupied tables in the entire restaurant (we had gone at lunch time so this was expected as it usually fills up for dinner).
All in all, yes the steak was slightly too salty but that was at our own hand. Otherwise it was a great steak and will always be one of my favourites; steak dripping in hot melted butter, how can you not love it. Even the concept of the meal is unique and while available in London, they do not offer halal meat, even with us having requested in advance. What a great start to a great trip and I can’t wait to show you guys the best of Dubai’s food scene- no Mcdonalds, Burger King etc but a real foodies food paradise!
Ratings (Out of 10)
Therefore the average score is 6.7
Child Friendly: Y
Address: Al Khaleej Palace Hotel, Deira