Dan Fahy tucks into some fishy fare at Souk Al Bahar’s latest high end eatery…
Since Rivington Grill closed last year, Souk al Bahar has been missing that flagship restaurant with world-beating views of the Fountains and Burj Khalifa. The wife and I went along to see if The Atlantic – Dubai’s latest export from Melbourne – could compete with the other top eateries in town.
The first thing that struck us when entering was how beautiful the interiors were – it’s a shame that the main selling point is the balcony, because inside it really is stunning. With a bright, airy feel and luxurious finishes, I really hope that as the venue evolves, more guests decide to eat inside to create the atmosphere it deserves.
We started with the Moreton Bay Bug (an Australian classic), the Garlic Tiger Prawns and the Crab Bisque; the Bug was tasty with a mild touch of spiciness, the Prawns were quite enjoyable and the bisque was delicious with the ravioli executed perfectly.
I’m a big gin fan, so was impressed with the variety on offer and the reasonable pricing (at least compared to my other favourites, Ginter and The Scene); the specialty tonics were unfortunately not included in the price, but it didn’t spoil the wonderful experience of my liquor of choice. The wine list was strong and priced fairly, with a big emphasis on Australian wines. James the Manager (and trained sommelier) was able to recommend some fantastic pairing options throughout the night.
For main, I went all out and tried the Lobster Thermidor. The chefs claim to use only the best seafood, and that was evident by the freshness and size of the lobster. The wife on the other hand had the Dover Sole. Both dishes were cooked and seasoned to perfection. The thrice cooked potatoes and Kale were a great addition to an already great meal.
The Executive Chef is one of the leading chefs in Australia, so we were hoping for something special, particularly with prices competing with the top, high-end restaurants in the region (main courses 220 AED on average, starters 80 AED). Although there are a few kinks still to work out, it was nonetheless a most enjoyable experience.
The Atlantic, Souk Al Bahar, 04 442 5662 facebook.com/TheAtlanticDubai