Normally an open air garden in the Winter, when the temperatures goes up, so does the roof and this outdoor tent, complete with portable air conditioners and screens to watch the football, not only serves, food from Jones the Grocer and shisha, they also serve alcohol.
It’s rare to hit the jackpot and find a place which serves all of the above in one location and that also has free parking. View does that and then some. The staff go above and beyond and know the menu like the back of their hand. Shout out to Michael for recommending and assisting us in selecting our cheese board but also for making sure we never went thirsty.
They have a huge selection of drinks including draft beers but we started off with some sparkling rose and a glass of prosecco and enjoyed their orange & mint flavored shisha too. Not long after our cheese board arrived, 2 hard and 1 soft cheese accompanied by some crackers, a toasted bread basket, strawberry jam, purple globe grapes and giant green olives.
It was enjoyed over a nice catch up whilst we bopped along to some classic RnB tunes and it wasn’t until we neared the ending that we asked for the mains to be sent.
A creamy seafood pasta with de-shelled prawns and a handful of mussels arrive for my friend whilst my seabass atop of soba noodles with stri fried bok choy with sheets of nori looks very appetising also. We share both and are equally impressed by the mains.
It’s not until dessert time comes that we discover quite a few are unavailable. The reason is understandable though as they are brought in fresh daily from a bakery. We are recommend both the lamington (an Australian sponge cake for those unfamiliar) and the carrot cake, the latter being utterly divine, moist without being too rich. The evening comes to an end with a pot of peppermint tea.
Oh and I did I mention how the restaurant got it’s name? It’s got views of the Burj Khalifa also. Not a bad spot at all. I will be back.
NB. What Nossy Ate was a guest of this restaurant. All opinions are honest and my own.
So we finally managed to book a short 6 night trip covering Istanbul (the country’s largest city) and Cappadocia (one the prettiest regions I have ever seen).
We spent the afternoon exploring the local town, eating our favorite salad, having a traditional Turkish hammam and then drinking wine with some locals. We then had one last mesemerizing morning watching the sunrise with the hot air balloons before packing our bags and heading back to Dubai.
Watch my YouTube video of my Turkey trip below.
We traveled August 2018. The temperature averaged 30 degrees during the day.
Flights: AED 1960 with Pegasus from DXB > SAW (Istanbul) ->ASR (Keyseri in Cappadoccia) > SAW > DXB
AED 497pp based on twin share for bed & breakfast at the Vault Karakoy for 3 nights. Read my review here.
AED 1300pp based on a double occupancy including breakfast for 3 nights at Mithra Cave Hotel. You can read my review here.
Visa: USD 60 payable upon arrival for Australian passport holders
Currency: They use Turkish Lira and Euros.
Until next time,
Never judge a book by its cover. Or in this case, a restaurant by your first visit. Although Dubai restaurants do lack consistency my second visit to SLAB is one that I’ll remember most and will also make me want to return.
Don’t get me wrong, I know sometimes people have off days, or ingredients don’t arrive, or whatever the case may be so when the owner of the restaurant invited me back I willingly accepted, ready to give such a highly regarded restaurant amongst my local foodie friends, a second chance.
SLAB is located right near SALT at La Mer and has a cute patio with geometric patterned chairs, with an open kitchen inside. Albeit small, this place did start out as a sandwich shop.
The menu although it’s straightforward, changes seasonally and inspiration comes from the head chef Omar Rodriguez’s roots so you’ll see a hint of Peruvian and New York on the menu but SLAB doesn’t classify itself under just one cuisine. This contemporary restaurant likes to keep things fresh with weekend specials too.
Their mocktails are outta this world and even though we wish they contained alcohol, are so impressive without too. If you’re a fan of sour opt for the yuzu grapefruit sour and for something unusually surprising try the hibiscus chicha cooler.
The ceviche wong arrives and disappears as if some kind of magic. Which was impressive considering my friend doesn’t like raw fish. It’s thinly sliced seabass cured in a sour orange juice with aji limo koshu and topped with chopped pecans. It’s a dish that definitely gets the tastebuds dancing.
The burrata isn’t served with your standard tomato medley and instead comes surrounded by preserved lemon juice and chopped green olives with a generous basket of warm sourdough.
The KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) is the second time I’m trying this dish and it’s still not my favorite wings. The twice fried crunchy pieces are coated in a honey soy & garlic coating but too sweet for my liking.
The beef tataki comes served as medium rare with chichurri sauce dotted around with swirls of crema asada & crispy chili oil. The 3 sauces compliment each quiet well regardless of their different tastes.
However it’s the crackling short rib that comes up trump when it comes to the main course. Tender on the inside with that a thin crackle on the outside pairs nicely with a side of white stewed beans. It reminds me of a hearty Sunday roast and a dish I’d definitely order again.
The coconut panna cotta although it’s missing the coconut taste is made up for with a passion fruit purée, shards of meringue, basil leaves and a sprinkling of crunchy fried quinoa.
Their weekend strawberry dessert with Yuzu custard, fresh strawberry granita and biscuit crumble was also pretty special, although only available for a limited time. If they get a good response from the customers, they will consider adding it to the menu.
For those that live around the area they have delivery options although for obvious reasons not all dishes can be delivered.
However there’s no reason not to dine in, with free parking at La Mer and the seaside only a few steps away it makes for a great non-pretentious casual dining restaurant with quality food.
SLAB – La Mer North
04 298 8899