Rhodes W1 has gained quite the reputation in Dubai, not only for its delectable Anglo-French menu from eponymous chef Gary Rhodes, but also for the venue’s striking interiors. It’s bright, zesty hues of yellow and green aim to evoke the feeling of a glorious summer’s day in the French or British countryside. The space is unapologetically bright and contemporary – designed to give the ‘wow’ factor as soon as guests step through the door. Art-deco furnishings, wacky light installations and huge leafy houseplants create an atmosphere that’s fresh and uplifting. Outside, the sprawling Pimms Garden offers up stunning panoramic views over the city- the perfect spot for enjoying a traditional British afternoon tea spread or a glass of something stronger.
Starters from the a la carte menu comprise a tempting selection of classic European flavour combinations. An innovative foie gras éclair comes with truffle mashed potato and a sweet sheery jus; seared smoked salmon is served atop a fresh pea pancake with candid lemon, spring onion and a sweet lemon dressing; and a roast globe artichoke comes filled with a wild mushroom duxelle with a warm poached egg and hollandaise sauce.
Mains are equally rich in their ingredients but refined in their presentation. Stand out dishes include the roast cod with cider steamed cockles, new potatoes, peas and crispy Parma ham; lamb cutlets with spiced aubergines, confit new potatoes, baby carrots and sweetbread croutons; and white asparagus risotto accompanied by a green asparagus salad with hazelnut and apple dressing.
Finally from the desserts list, few could resist the heavenly allure of the British pudding plate; apple and blackberry crumble, strawberry shortcake, sticky toffee pudding, and toffee ice cream. Alternatively for those who prefer a savoury finish, a plate of four cheeses comes with an unusual Stilton ice cream, quince jelly, grapes, apple and celery.
Whatever the occasion this tranquil haven in the heart of the city is sure to leave guests feeling satisfied and refreshed in both body and mind.