Dubai is a city for foodies – from super street food to fancy fine dining, there are so many incredible dishes to try. While I have tried everything from gold-dusted burgers and the like, I could say for a matter of fact that it’s not all extravagant dining here, though that’s not to say it’s not available if you’re after a blow-out meal. There’s quality food from top chefs at restaurants spanning low-key sushi joints to high-end French icons. The food scene in Dubai is one of the best in the world, peppered with famous Michelin-starred names as well as exciting homegrown eateries. Yet from my culinary experiences here, a recent one at Café Society definitely stands out.
By the looks of it, I love how it combines art deco glamour with artistic expression. The interiors of the venue give off a contemporary and glamorous vibe. Think velvet and gold furniture sprawled across marble floors, while the walls are adorned with mirrors and artistic images of high-end fashion brands. Located in King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street’s beautiful neighborhood, the vive says a thing or two about how the restaurant in Dubai Marina is a throwback to the golden years of socializing.
As soon as I enter, my nose is teased with the smell of warm bread and freshly baked goods, with the café baking to order. With offerings ranging from dumplings to burgers, the menu leaves you spoilt for choice. As I enter, a polite staff member immediately comes over and checks on how he could kickstart my culinary journey here.
I start with the Classic French Onion Soup- a personal favorite. I loved the caramelized onions’ sweet slipperiness; the bright, winey-tasting broth; the crispy-edged bread growing marvelously broth-logged; the nutty, creamy cheese pulling in strings from the spoon- each element of the soup enhancing and complementing the other. I totally devoured it, and it sure seemed like a product of immense thought and craftsmanship behind it.
Next up was the Crispy Prawn Tempura. It was served with mango sauce and butter and was the rather addictive and crispy goodness I couldn’t get enough of! The oh-so-crunchy and perfectly-cooked kind of tempura. I also loved the Trio Greek Pies that served up the deliciousness of chicken, kalamata, cheese, and traditional spinach- another stellar recommendation by my server.
For the mains, I put to the test- the Beef tenderloin with portobello risotto and mustard sauce.
I love how risotto is well crafted, and the portobello adds a smokiness and earthiness to the whole dish. My companion enjoyed his Penne A La Vecchia with tomato, herbs, chili, and mascarpone. I tried it out; although the starters and the tenderloin filled me up, I have to say that it has made it to my list of the best pasta I have had in recent times.
The finishing touches were the delectable laid out artistically like pieces of art on the plate. The Art deco tiramisu and melting chocolate fudge cake were both top-notch in their own ways. The cream of the tiramisu was fresh, the sponge was soaked in just the adequate amount of cocoa powder, and the balance of the dish made it taste just divine while the sinful chocolatey, moist melting fudge cake is what dessert dreams are made of. bA celebration of living, Cafe Society is the perfect place to dine in style, grab a bite, eat solo or unwind with friends in luxurious settings. It definitely served me many reasons to keep going back. The most important reason remains the culinary mastery it dishes out in just about every bite.
Where: Tamani Marina Hotel, King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street, Dubai Marina, United Arab Emirates
Timing: open daily from 9am – 11pm (Sunday-Saturday).
Phone: +971 4 318 3755
Website and social media: www.cafesociety.ae, or follow @cafesocietydxb.
Note: the restaurant hosted the critic, but all the opinions expressed herewith are her own.