The acclaimed Mezzanine is every bit as pretentious as it looks, but in this case the pretense is worth it. Michelin-starred chef Gary Rhodes of London fame has brought a new level of sophistication to Dubai, his ultra-modern dining room a mesmerizing blend of white hues, baroque-style furniture, and contemporary lighting. The atmosphere is clearly celebratory and playful, yet very much refined. Rhodes's British classics taste heavenly (though he sometimes borrows a French idea to get them there); a couple suggestions include filet steak with kidney pie served on a bed of sautéed spinach, and roast monkfish on confit potatoes. If you've been to the chef's Rhodes 24 in London, then you know to expect food that is exquisitely prepared and presented. The dessert selection is just as fabulous. This is not a place for a quick meal; you should allow 2 1/2 to 3 hours for the complete experience. Two drawbacks: The service is sharp but a bit stiff, and the wine list expensive and not particularly inventive.
- © Frommer's 2013
- Highly Recommended 2010