I’ve not been ‘restaurant hopping’ lately. You know, checking out new, interesting restaurants around the city but I had to get out and go as far as Al Qasr Madinat Jumeirah for The Hide – a meatery and bar that brings a modern twist to the Dubai culinary scene and serves up a fresh take on American cuisine. The concept has been inspired by the coolest modern meateries in gastronomic capitals such as New York, Chicago and LA.
It was the word ‘meatery’ that got me.
What does ‘meatery’ mean, well, aside from the obvious that this place could only mean business in terms of meat? And they are seriously serious. The Hide is Dubai’s first restaurant to offer dry aged beef, aged 14 and 21 days. Concept development chef Nick Cuadrado is especially proud of the dry-aged beef from the Spanish mountains where cows roam freely, grazing on sloping mountains.
The ambiance of the restaurant has that rustic, vintage feel but not overly dim.
There’s a stone oven that made me wonder whether they serve pizzas as well. Turned out, there are no pizzas at The Hide, only this bread, baked fresh and in house. I don’t eat bread as much as I can but I do make exceptions and this? This definitely was worth it! There’s something with oven-to-table bread freshness and taste.
The name of the appetizers in the menu were interesting: Crispy Calf’s tongue, Oxtail & Ale Soup just to name a few but our server suggested the Hot Artichoke Dip – a creamy combination of four cheeses and cream with artichokes and spinach. It came with a fresh, crispy vegetables to dip. We are thankful of this suggestion as this wasn’t only delicious (my dining partner absolutely went crazy with the creamy dip), it was not too heavy too, despite how it looks. We definitely need space for the mains!
We also had Smoked Iberico Beef Salad – a refreshing combinations of greens with black quinoa, puy lentils, barrel aged feta cheese and bits of mango fruit!
We were starting to get full. I almost sabotaged this whole review experience when the server asked if we would like more bread because I was so tempted to say yes! It was a smart decision to say no even if my whole being wanted to say yes. LOL. Our mains:
I had the American Prime Time Ribeye because although I was so tempted to try out what’s unique from this restaurant (the aged beef), I had to try the classic. If the classic steak is great, then everything else should follow, right? Maybe. My dining partner selected one of the “forgotten cuts” – also known as “the butcher’s best-kept secrets”, flank steaks with thyme portobello mushrooms.
The US rib-eye, from a cow that lived for somewhere between one and two years, and, sure enough, it is succulent, juicy and has a beefy flavour. My classic ribeye medium cooked steak was faultless – flavorful and juicy, as I expected a steak to be.
The meats were already tasty as they are but you can have an addition of sauces (for a separate price) too.
Lastly, no lunch with my sister would ever be complete without dessert. We had apple pie with vanilla ice cream on top. It was a perfect ending to the tasty, hearty lunch and I love the nice play of hot and cold in my palate. The serving is ample, it can be shared for two. Or three.
We had a great time at The Hide and my only regret was that I wasn’t too adventurous to try out the dry aged beef, which was the trademark/whole point of the restaurant!
Never mind, it could mean only this: I shall be back.