Hells’ Kitchen should require little introduction. Based upon the popular television show of the same name and fronted by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay the concept has spawned restaurants in both Las Vegas which opened in January 2018 and now Dubai. Taking up residence in the new Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai hotel.
The second global outpost and first Middle Eastern foray for the brand provides an exciting dining experience in a spacious dining room within the heart of the hotel. Large double doors mark the entrance to the restaurant and are emblazoned with the signature ‘HK’ logo and the eponymous pitchfork which eagle-eyed diners may recognise from the television show where budding-chefs compete head to head in a bid to impress Ramsay.
While the restaurant itself is delightfully refreshing with its open plan layout and central show kitchen which is visible from every seat in the house. In a nod to the show, staff are dressed in blue or red uniforms and bandanas, indicating which dishes these members of the kitchen team prepare – blue for cold starters and desserts and red for hot starters and mains. It’s a fun and interactive concept which also boasts a pleasant outdoor terrace offering views of the hotel pool and making for a perfect spot to enjoy the sunset.
Attention to detail is key in the world of Hell’s Kitchen and a number of devices are used to recreate the feeling of being on the Emmy award-winning television set. From the napkins and stamped cutlery which are sourced directly from Las Vegas through to the intricate plating and the menu, which incorporates both regional specialties created specifically for the UAE market alongside signature dishes such as the Pan Seared Scallops and Lobster Risotto.
Multi-Michelin-star chef Gordon Ramsay may not be present on the evening we dine though his portrait hangs proudly on the wall as if keeping a watchful eye over the restaurant. Instead we’re in the capable hands of Head Chef Craig Best who after a brief stint in Vegas now heads up the kitchen and ensures the perfect execution of the British classics and elevated pub grub.
We begin with the Heritage tomato burrata salad which is a generous portion of the creamy Italian cheese topped with chunky heirloom tomatoes, crystallized basil and a 20 year aged balsamic. It may not be as popular as the grand shellfish tower, a towering mix of lobster, shrimp, crab, oysters and clams, or the scallops with an English pea puree that appears to be the order of choice for the majority of tables. Instead we are met with a dish of harmonising flavours, mixing sweetness with a slight acidity from the tomatoes and a dish where each individual element helps to complement the focal burrata.
For mains we can’t resist the signature beef Wellington and though a touch pricey at AED250 the restaurants signature dish is executed well. The medium rare beef is cooked beautifully resulting in a thick but tender piece of meat, surrounded by a layer of pastry which is crisp and flaky without any sign of moisture. Lined with mushrooms and herbs the culmination of flavours impresses as does the potato puree and glazed root vegetables that the Wellington is served with. We also order the Crispy Skin Salmon which offers another large portion with the delicate fish sat upon a mixture of puy lentils, shaved fennel and a citrus herb beurre blanc. Braised short rib, slow cooked chicken and the Hell’s Kitchen Burger are also strong hearty choices.
Hell’s Kitchen offers six indulgent desserts including peanut butter fudge cheesecake, Jaffa Cake sundae, banana toffee cake and another signature in the form of Sticky Toffee Pudding. This dessert could well be the must order dish at the restaurant with the British pub classic taken up a notch thanks to a soft sponge, lashings of warm toffee sauce and a scoop of Speculoos ice cream which helps to enhance a dish which was made famous on the television show.
Hells Kitchen is already proving a popular choice (so make sure you book ahead) and complements Ramsay’s other Dubai endeavor, the gargantuan Bread Street Kitchen at Atlantis. Hell’s Kitchen looks set replicate the success of that restaurant thanks to an exciting theme, strong service and a concise menu with a stance on quality over quantity. With the Hellicious Brunch having just launched and a special Iftar menu for Ramadan set to feature the same combination of show-stopping theatre and world-class cooking but with an Emirati twist.
As one of the hottest spots in town right now we’d highly recommend a visit to Hell’s Kitchen.
Location: Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai, Bluewaters Island, Dubai
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Hours: 7am – 10:30am / 12pm – 3:30pm / 6pm – 10:30pm
Phone: +971 4 556 6466
Out & About UAE were guests of Hell’s Kitchen. All views are our own and photographs are © Out & About UAE.
The Verdict: Hell's Kitchen
Showmanship and an exciting atmosphere. Hell’s Kitchen certainly makes for an eventful dining experience and while the menu may not be breaking any boundaries, the elevated pub grub offers plenty of British classics done well.