So last Thursday was my first date night of 2018, where I actually got myself dressed up (out my pj’s) and indulged in some glorious wine for the first time in 2 weeks. I’d booked the hubs and I tickets to La Perle, which, if you haven’t seen MUST be added to your list of Dubai to-do’s this year. I’d bought tickets for the early show which finished at 8.30pm and wanted to go somewhere close by for dinner afterwards so booked a table at The City Grill, ideally located in the Atrium and right next to La Perle.
Let’s start with the beautiful interiors. They’re dark, classy and cosy with a fireplace glowing away on one wall. Don’t worry, it’s not a real fireplace (no one needs that in Dubai) but it was a lovely touch and added to the whole ambience of the restaurant. It was already pretty busy and had a great lively atmosphere with a mixture of couples on dates nights and groups celebrating birthdays or just the fact that it was Thirsty Thursday.
The South African steakhouse prides itself on its meat and encourages you to embrace your carnivorous side. Who am I to argue with this? You know how I feel about a good steak! To begin we decided to share a couple of dishes as we couldn’t decide so selected the scallops and beef carpaccio. The scallops were beautifully presented with a lovely green pea puree and drizzled with truffle oil. They were perfectly cooked and super succulent. The portion size was really good too. Is there anything worse than ordering a scallop dish and only getting 2?! My heart actually breaks when this happens to me. The beef carpaccio again came out well presented on a wooden block, with cute enoki mushrooms and mustard mayonnaise which worked amazingly with the meat.
Next up, of course, we went for steaks and as always my yardstick is the tenderloin. The City Grill offers an Argentinian grass-fed tenderloin so we gave this a whirl. It comes in 2 sizes, 250 grams or 350 grams. In a majorly rookie move I went for the 250 grams as I wanted to ensure I had enough room to treat myself to dessert but was kicking myself halfway through for not going large. Please learn from my mistakes. The steak itself was divine. I always have my tenderloin rare and I’m pleased to confirm it was perfectly cooked. I love that in true Saffa-style the restaurant gives you the option to add a glaze to your steak so I chose the BBQ while the husband went for the pepper. They were both delicious and added so much flavour to the meat. My only complaint is after such fab presentation of the starters I felt the plating of the steak could have been a bit more sophisticated. But it tasted like happy so I really can’t complain too much.
As I alluded to earlier, for two weeks prior to this evening I’d pretty much lived on rabbit food and dust so I fully intended on going all out and getting dessert. On a friends recommendation we ordered the profiteroles and Amarula Malva Pudding. The profiteroles came out in a cute jar filled with chocolate at the bottom for all your dunking desires. The only issue is I’d have liked more chocolate, you know me. But let’s talk about the Malva Pudding. Considering I was born in South Africa and spent my early years there I’m ashamed to admit I’ve never tried Malva Pudding so I was VERY excited about this dish. It did not disappoint and was actually even better than I thought it was going to be. It was perfectly sweet with an amazingly rich texture. I was genuinely gutted I had to share it with the husband. But don’t worry; I definitely managed to get in a few more forkfuls than him. YAS!
Overall we had the perfect date night and I’d definitely return to The City Grill. Everything was fantastic, from the ambience, the friendly waiting staff and the fab food. I’ll also be sure to skip both breakfast and lunch that day so that I can indulge in the Malva Pudding again too. Do not miss it.
Also don’t forget if you are going to La Perle you get 20% off your bill.
For more information please visit http://thecitygrillsteakhouse.com/or call +971 (0) 56 503 6230