Only one step into this noble restaurant is enough and you will immediately see that it is one of the most exclusive restaurants in Dubai. Noble design, stately nod of the maitre, works of art on the walls, intimate lighting and soft background music radiate the elegant understatement of the Fairmont Hotel, in which the Exchange Grill resides. The menu contains everything one can expect from a high-end steakhouse (lobster, Wagyu beef, Angus beef). The best choice is a steak. Along with it various mustard types and sauces are served on a tablet. One can even choose between a selection of several hand-made steak knives. Who doesn't eat beef, can order fish, chicken filled with pistachios, ravioli with ricotta filling or lamb with honey crust. In addition, there is an elegant wine list to round of the delicious meal.
The first few seconds decide a new acquaintance. In the case of Kabab-ji, it is a nice encounter; one feels as if at home. The atmosphere: comfortable and trendy at once. The walks are kept in warm orange and red tones, matching the brick wall at the grill. The cuisine focuses on Lebanese dishes. Restaurant founder Toufic Khoueiri says the usual programme is too boring though; what he really wants is to offer traditional cuisine in a contemporary design. Fast, healthy and fresh are the pillars. Frozen ingredients are a no-go and one can taste this. Mostly it is interesting dishes that open new horizons to flavour explorers. Mouhamara, for instance, is a thick, orange paste with pomegranate, chilli and walnuts. Cheese Fatayer is similar to a pizza with cheese and chilli. Grilled chicken and lamp or very tender veal kebab round it off.
Noble, this atmosphere with varnished wooden floors, basket chairs and -mats. Feels like in a James Bond film. The Pai Thai is located in the complex of the three hotels of Madinat Jumeirah, accessible with a buggy or the Abra-boat over the waterways. The restaurant's location is incredibly idyllic: a big terrace projects into the waterway and offers a lot of space for tables. The view over the calm canals and the contemporary Thai cuisine are a successful combination. The meals are light and fresh with intensive aromas of herbs and spices such as chilli, lemon grass, garlic, Thai-coriander and coconut milk. Whether classic curry, scampi-spits, chicken in bay leaves or beef salad, the Pai Thai serves one of the best, even though not the best, Thai cuisine in Dubai - many insiders claim.