Once upon a time, not too long ago Dubai welcomed another global Asian restaurant cum lounge to its shores. China Grill Dubai set foot in the UAE over a year ago. But with great pride they’ve managed to conjure up a tempest around The Westin, Mina Seyahi area where the restaurant is located.
I’d happily say this is one eatery I personally wanted to check out, and I am so glad China Grill Dubai invited me to experience their chic Al Fresco dining area. The restaurants interior wing is already sexy and sleek, and attracts a lot of diners even on a lazy Saturday when I visited them. However winter in Dubai is perfect for outdoor seating and that’s why my family and I decided to be seated in the outdoor terrace area.
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In an orderly fashion my family and I choose to start off with some tempting appetizers, which we could somehow apprehend to be really good. Our friendly waitress took us through all the different options (salads and small plates), which were all good to be shared as per the brand concept. Rumour has it that Jeffrey Chodorow was the pioneer restauranteur who introduced the sharing concept in the Big Apple where it all began.
Funnily enough I bet the sharing concept of eating is more Cantonese considering all the time I spent growing up with all my cousins in HongKong. Any Asian festival, you name and food was on the table good and hearty, just the right way you’d like to share with each family member present.
Going back to the table where some of China Grill’s divine appetizers were laid. I couldn’t believe my eyes on the importance of food display, which the restaurant took up seriously. Beijing Duck Salad, Salt & Pepper Soft Shell Crab, Dragon Futomaki, Crispy Shrimp Purses and miso glazed Aubergine Burrata. Each appetizer was bustling with its very own flavor and what seemed convincing was the usage of Asian-fusion in every possible serving. What caught my taste buds attention was the Aubergine Burrata, which were miso glazed, such an interesting combination and it tasted even greater. However my co-reviewers and I also enjoyed the Soft Shell Crab, Duck Salad and the Dragon Futomaki.
We thankfully crossed level one of our culinary feast, and were gearing up for level 2. Within minutes our lovely waitress was back again telling us some interesting tales on each of the main courses that were on the menu. And I believed everything she said, and with all her might. Of course this was level 2 of the Oriental feast, it was time to decide on choosing something delicious yet exquisite that would be a great fit for everyone at the table.
What arrived on our table was the amazing Szechuan Wagyu Striploin (Medium done) that partnered itself with the ocean loving Black Tea Smoked Cod. All of these were served alongside vegetable noodles (you need to order these separately), and Lobster mash potatoes. Have you ever heard of some real fusion – well taste the Lobster Mash, you’d run straight across the road and want to be seated beside me. Believe me, they were really good. We’re fans of the Wagyu Striploin & Smoked Cod. They were magnanimously offered on to our table with such finesse that one could never get tired of using their chopsticks.
All dishes were accompanied by bar style beverages and there’s plenty to choose from. We tried the Mexican Beer, regular Virgin Mojito and the usual flavoured drinks.
Desserts are always the nicest part of a review. Hence my dad and I were super excited to try them all. We ended up feasting on the ‘Banana in a Box’ and ‘Cheesecake Pops’. However my excitement to sample the ‘Cheesecake Pops’ surpassed my expectations. And I’m certain to be going back there soon.
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Among Dubai’s party-restaurants this one at The Westin, Mina Seyahi is definitely top notch when it comes to getting the food right and of course before I forget to mention the amazing ambience that makes up for an everyday party at China Grill Dubai.
See you on my next culinary adventure!