Upping the Steaks

Where to find perfect prime cuts in a city that’s serious about steakhouses

Caveman Steak at The Rib Room

At veteran city-center restaurant The Rib Room {Ground Floor, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road; 971.4.319.8741} sophisticated decor and booth tables provide a simple yet elegant backdrop against which to showcase some seriously stunning cuts of meat – from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Ireland, and the USA. The ‘meat sommelier’ is on hand to help with your selection, whether your tastes err towards a classic tenderloin or hulking Caveman Steak: a whopping 1.2kg of meaty goodness. If you’re after both size and substance, try the flavorsome 950g Double Cut T-Bone, which is big enough for two to share. Creative extras such as bone-marrow bread, table-shaved truffle, and fried oysters ensure this suave steakhouse a spot on every committed carnivore’s wining and dining wish list.

Jumeirah Emirates Towers - The Rib Room - Beef-T-bone steak

Fillet tenderloin at The Exchange Grill

Giving a tip of the cap to New York style, The Exchange Grill {Second Floor, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road; 971.4.332.5555} is a sleek affair with button-backed leather chairs, warm lighting, and gleaming wood floors, plus a menu that ticks all the right boxes. This US-style steakhouse boasts a vast array of classy cuts, from Premium Gold Angus to succulent Stockyard Wagyu. There’s a selection of grilled seafood such as lobster and octopus available for those hankering after something more piscatorial. But for the meat lovers, this is all about big flavors from the Big Apple, and you can’t choose better than a classic fillet tenderloin.

Fillet tenderloin at The Exchange Grill

 

Steak Tartar at La Môme Dubai

Steak tartar is not for everyone: but anyone who does appreciate it is a true steak lover. Rich, flavorsome, and unashamedly raw, this classic French dish is made from extremely high quality finely diced raw beef, served with select seasonings and garnishes. Think finely chopped shallots, capers, salt, pepper, and an egg yolk. Whether you’re a veteran tartar taster or a newcomer, try the classic style: à la française. The place to do this is at La Môme Dubai {Floor 49, Nassima Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road; 971.4.308.0470}. Launched in September 2016, the elegant eatery offers classic fine dining courtesy of executive chef Johann Dudemaine and his team, in a vintage 1950s setting contrasted by jaw-dropping views over marvelously modern Dubai. The menu promises the best of French cuisine, including ‘the original steak tartar’. Don’t miss it.

La Mome Dubai - Steak

 

Wagyu Beef Tenderloin with Foie Gras at JW’s Steakhouse

If it’s an old school steak dinner you’re after, look no further than JW’s Steakhouse {Lower Lobby Level, JW Marriot Dubai, Abu Baker Al Siddique Road, Deira; 971.4.607.7009}. With its picture-covered walls, overstuffed leather chairs, and polished dark wood, this is more like a sumptuous gentlemen’s club than a restaurant. JW’s has a tradition of honoring regular guests by putting their names on brass plaques at their favorite tables. It isn’t just a token gesture; returning guests know they’ll always receive a warm welcome from the team. This year marks Chef Mohammad Iqbal’s 21st at the restaurant. He’s been cooking in the hotel since it opened, and knows its customers like the back of his hand. Newcomers overwhelmed by the menu can safely seek his advice. One of his top recommendations is the Wagyu beef tenderloin topped with pan-fried foie gras: an indulgent and intensely satisfying selection.

JW Marriott Hotel Dubai - JW's Steakhouse - Steak

 

Australian Wagyu Grain Fed Tenderloin at West 14th

For a buzzing beach-front dining experiences with a modern take on the steakhouse theme, check out West 14th {Oceana Beach Club, Palm Jumeirah, Jumeirah; 971.4.447.7601}. Located on The Palm, the restaurant’s pool deck bar is the perfect spot for a pre-dinner aperitivo. If you can tear yourself away from the spectacular sunset, the menu is pretty spectacular as well. A dedicated team of chefs ensure superlative cuts are done to perfection over hot coals, while the effortlessly cool restaurant of exposed brickwork and oxblood red leather chairs steadily fills up with a chic crowd of discerning diners. The meaty must-try is the Australian Wagyu grain-fed beef followed, if there’s room, by a zesty key lime pie.

West 14th - Steak

 

Rhodes Twenty 10 Burger at Rhodes Twenty10

Does a burger count as a steak? It does when it’s as special as this one. Gary Rhodes brings his culinary expertise to bear at the fabulous Rhodes Twenty10 {Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort and Spa, Dubai Marina; 971.4.317.6000}: a British steakhouse with Dubai swagger. The high-style cream and black interior, with its accents of rich purple and orange, is a design buff’s dream. And yet the idea behind the world-famous chef’s second UAE outlet is very straight-forward: keep things simple and delicious. So if you fancy a burger, you got one: a burger made from minced fillet combined with finely chopped bone marrow for extra richness. It’s served on a crisp and golden potato disc and topped with a slice of seared foie gras. You’ll wonder why you ever ate them any other way.

Rhodes Twenty10 - Steak