The first Mandarin Oriental hotel to open in the United Arab Emirates, this Jeffrey Wilkes-designed masterpiece is the height of overstated extravagance. The stylish spa sprawling over 2,000-square metres, daringly designed swimming pool with an underwater music system and gathering of bronze metal trees showcasing over 12,000 twinkling lights, are only the beginning.
When it comes to dining in Dubai, this blissful beachfront resort has become the city's go-to gourmet destination. Whether your palate craves caviar and Champagne, or saporous sushi and sashimi platters prepared before your eyes, the fresh flavours served up at Mandarin Oriental's six dining venues promise to tantalise your taste buds and ignite your passion for epicurean experiences. Sample a taste of our favourites below - no globetrotting gourmand will be left disappointed!
Tasca by José Avillez
Hidden on the hotel's sixth floor with inspiring skyline views, Tasca - named after the Portuguese word for 'tavern' - is an exciting new culinary venue from acclaimed chef José Avillez, the gourmet genius behind Michelin-starred Belcanto and other celebrated restaurants in Portugal. The menu intertwines traditional flavours with contemporary twists to serve up plenty of delicious dishes, best paired with a tipple from the wine list, which features the largest selection of Portuguese wines in Dubai, or a tempting craft cocktail.
Merging the streets of Portugal with the white-sand shores of Dubai, the restaurant also indulges foodies with Dubai's first Portuguese brunch. Set to lively music just moments from the sea, the special tasting menu is served in an imaginative and inventive way, with plates comprising fresh seafood, meticulously marinated meats and flavoursome vegetables, ending with a theatrical dessert platter starring the dreamy Portuguese favourite, Pastel de Nata.
"I had the most tender Wagyu steak at Netsu with equally delicious accompaniments, including hot stone-cooked rice and house-made soy sauce."
Amy Henderson, Product Content Specialist
Netsu by Ross Shonhan
A steakhouse with serious style, Netsu is centred around the traditional Japanese cooking technique of Warayakiya - translating to 'straw fire' cooking. Inside, there's an almost theatrical ambience as flames reflect in the kitchen counter and chefs impressively prepare their authentic dishes, while the poolside seating and invigorating sea breeze on the alfresco terrace may be more tempting on those especially balmy evenings.
The chef behind the clever concept and indulgent menu is Ross Shonhan, who once headed up kitchens at Zuma and Nobu, too. Indulge your senses with perfectly rolled sushi, local fresh fish, and of course, traditional Japanese meat dishes flawlessly flamed on the Warayaki grill. Chef Shonhan recommends the Wagyu beef short rib cooked in the Korean bossam style, and don't forget about the restaurant's Sake Sommelier who'll recommend a handpicked selection of artisanal sake, served in unique sake pots.
The Mandarin Cake Shop
Since the opening of Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai, the cakes, chocolates, sweets and patisseries at The Mandarin Cake Shop have quickly become the hottest haute treats in town. When it comes to satisfying your sweet tooth, there's plenty to choose from, with every exquisite sweet made in-house by acclaimed pastry chefs. Decadently delicious highlights comprise petits gâteauxs, including a delicious blueberry cheesecake and pistachio strawberry sponge, artisanal chocolates and freshly baked favourites like croissants and muffins, best savoured with a rich, creamy coffee or - more suited to Dubai's exotic climate - a refreshing iced tea.
Mandarin Cake Shop
The first caviar-dedicated restaurant in Dubai, this effortlessly elegant venue in the hotel's lobby is adorned with lavish marble countertops and understated gold detailing, for an air of undisputed sophistication. Named after the sought-after Beluga caviar, the restaurant is staffed by connoisseurs for an intriguingly insightful, appetite-pleasing experience.
The sumptuous menu is inspired by French cuisine with a modern twist; choose from the impressive Caviar selection, including Almas, Oscietra and BelugaXX paired with traditional ingredients, or splash out on the spectacular showstopper Gold Almas caviar - the most expensive in the world, best accompanied by a glass (or two) of perfectly chilled Champagne, or a signature cocktail made using handcrafted caviar bitter.