Calling all carnivores! There’s a DIFC opening just for you in the form of newly opened premium steakhouse BeefBar.
This new restaurant and its sister venue Crazy Fish have been imported from Monte Carlo and represent the latest ventures from Formula 1 impresario Flavio Briatore. A man who is no stranger to the Dubai dining scene having opened Billionaire Mansion in the Taj Hotel a number of years ago.
On first impression BeefBar appears to be all about marbling, whether that be in the form of the meat it serves or the black stone that makes up much of the decor of this upmarket spot. A premium butchers shop greets diners at the entrance with fridges backed with black marble and hung with a selection of beef. Appearing more like haute couture gowns, we cannot help but be reminded of the infamous ‘meat dress’ worn by Lady Gaga at the 2010 MTV VMAs. An in house butcher on hand to advise on the best charcuterie and premium cuts, which are available to take home too.
A sense of luxury may be the feeling that BeefBar are trying to evoke, but within the confines of the restaurant space (previously home to contemporary Middle Eastern spot Cle) the vibe is altogether more casual. The restaurant space is split into three sections — butchery, lounge, and dining room. The detailing is impeccable throughout, with wicker walls, leather upholstery and hints of gold giving the impression of a colonial safari lodge, except instead of elephants you’re waiting on a different kind of herbivore (the beef!).
Our meal begins with cured bresaola upon crisp bread, before literally lighting up the room with a blowtorched carpaccio topped with a light truffle creme. Theatrics that certainly create quite the first impression.
BeefBar’s menu is divided into three easily navigatable sections with the premium cuts understandably the focus. There’s a quality to the menu that we strongly admire and playing to the strengths of one particular ingredient, founder Riccardo Giraudi has selected each of the included cuts with the utmost precision.
The starters labelled here as ‘street food’ include the popular taste of Kobe selection which brings international flare to the sought after beef in the form of sliders and tartare. This section also encompasses the Dubai street food exclusives, with each of BeefBar’s seven international locations (Monte Carlo, Cannes, Hong Kong, Mexico, Budapest and Mykonos) incorporating Kobe into regional specialities. Here in Dubai it’s Kobe shawarma, tacos and gyoza.
Each of BeefBar's seven international locations incorporate Kobe into regional specialities. Here in Dubai it's Kobe shawarma, tacos and gyoza on the menu. Impeccably seasoned, the meat within the gyoza takes on a subtle char and a texture that’s almost pulled in nature 🥟 . . . #Invited #OnTheTable #BeautifulCuisines #Infatuation #BonAppetit #FeedYourSoull #InstaMood #f52grams #AppetiteJournal #FoodBeast #ScrumptiousKitchen #GetInMyBelly #BuzzfeedFood #FoodShare #DailyFoodFeed #WorldFood #ForkYeah #Delicious #TasteDubai #Foodgasm #FoodGram #FoodLove #Tasty #GoodEats #TasteSpotting #BeefBarDubai #Gyoza #AllTheBeef #MyDubai #OutAndAboutUAE
The tacos are good and blend sweet and spicy together well but are not representative of the most memorable of appetisers. The gyoza fare much better, impeccably seasoned, the meat takes on a subtle char and the texture is almost pulled in nature. With such a masterful interior, it’s a real shame the gyoza wrapper itself is a touch to thick to make this a perfect dish.
The trio of bite sized Kobe sliders are an absolute delight. Sweet brioche buns filled with succulent beef patties that are bursting with flavour via a combination of jalapeño, truffle and habanero fillings. The latter would be our choice and the quality of the meat is clearly evident. Though typical of sharing style portions with their uneven numbers, we’re left fighting over the third slider….
Beefbar’s #raspberryceviche is better than any of the raw dishes we sampled at neighbouring Crazy Fish. Featuring an exceptional sweetness from the raspberry that complements the sea bass and avocado admirably. . . . #Invited #OnTheTable #BeautifulCuisines #Infatuation #BonAppetit #FeedYourSoull #InstaMood #f52grams #AppetiteJournal #FoodBeast #BuzzFeast #GetInMyBelly #BuzzfeedFood #FoodShare #DailyFoodFeed #WorldFood #ForkYeah #Delicious #TasteDubai #Foodgasm #FoodGram #FoodLove #Tasty #GoodEats #TasteSpotting #BeefBarDubai #Ceviche #MyDubai #OutAndAboutUAE
From the raw section the crispy fillet carpaccio with rocket and parmesan is quite the revelation, presented upon a crisp filo base and slathered in a sweet maple glaze this particular steakhouse classic is anything but traditional. Likewise, the raspberry ceviche is better than any of the raw dishes we sampled at neighbouring Crazy Fish (with which BeefBar shares a bathroom), there’s an exceptional sweetness from the raspberry which complements the sea bass and avocado admirably.
For the main course we put our trust in our friendly waiter, dressed in a leather butchers apron to further enhance the butcher-shop theme. With an Emperor cut of Prime Kobe at almost AED 1000 for 200g, an Iberia lamb, one fish choice and a couple of pasta options – we’re unsure of what to order. We’re confidently steered towards the 360 day grain fed Australian F1 Wagyu Cross ribeye and the filet mignon of the same breed. All meats are sliced table-side, meaning there’s absolutely no work for diners, aside from enjoying the meal.
BeefBar offers ELEVEN varieties of mashed potato ranging from classic to caviar adorned (though the AED 220 dirham price tag may be a little too much for some) and zero sauces. The potato is creamy and feels like a direct hug to the heart, comforting and hearty. We select for the smoked beef version (can you ever have too much beef at an establishment named BeefBar) and the lemon and lime which delivers a powerful zesty punch to the palate.
The decision to let the premium beef speak for itself is a wise one and with ample seasoning is transpires that sauces aren’t required. The meat offers a pleasing char on the outside and retains a beautiful pinkness within, resulting in a melt in the mouth texture. The impressive flavours derive from the unique cookery method at BeefBar which utilities three ovens over a twenty-five minute process by way of 800 degree heat, resting time and the josper grill.
BeefBar’s dessert menu is a concise offering featuring the likes of French Toast and cheesecake. Again placing ourselves in the hands of the staff we’re recommended the chocolate soufflé. Expecting it to be a lighter way to end the meal, we couldn’t have been more wrong! A glorious soufflé rising out of a large copper vat that is more than enough for two diners.
BeefBar situated in Al Fattan Currency House is without a doubt a meat lovers paradise. In a market rife with steakhouses, BeefBar does well to assert itself and stand out from the crowd. As the only restaurant in Dubai currently serving certified Japanese Kobe (with a 10+ marbling score) amongst it’s countless beef options, this is likely to be enough of a draw. Though BeefBar may be far from the cheapest place to dine in town, the damage to the wallet is certainly worth it!
This article originally appeared in the July 2018 issue of FACT Magazine.
Out & About UAE were guests of BeefBar. All views are our own and photographs are © Out & About UAE.