Veggie friends look away now. This post contains a lot of chat about meat, meat and yep you guessed it, more meat!
Last week the husband and I were invited to try Graze, the quirky steakhouse located in La Ville Hotel, City Walk. This was our first time visiting the restaurant, which I have to be honest I hadn’t really heard much about despite visiting the hotels other venues, Chival and Look Up. The restaurant has recently employed a new Executive Chef, Moritz Neumann, who has come in and completely overhauled the menu, with exciting dishes and new cuts all from Australia.
The restaurant itself is gorgeous. It’s dark, with lots of wood and leather Chesterfield sofas. I love some of the funky touches which keep it from feeling stuffy or too “Dubai” like the concrete columns and quirky bovine-inspired artwork on the ceiling. It’s surrounded by windows and even has a terrace overlooking one of the main strips of City Walk which would be lovely to sit out on during the cooler months, although do note they can’t serve alcohol on the terrace.
We began our evening with an awesome Aperol Spritz while perusing the menu, which isn’t huge but has a good spread of dishes and options. We were treated to an amuse-bouche of french oysters which were lovely and a really nice touch. After this we went for the Black Angus Beef Tartare (always my go-to starter in a steakhouse because I love to double steak!), along with the burrata, because well, who doesn’t love burrata?! The steak tartare was a fairly substantial portion (which always means Happy Nicole) and was well seasoned with mustard, red onion, capers and parmesan. The meat was tender and of a very high quality and was perfect with the grilled bread we were provided. The burrata was the winner for me however. This wasn’t your typical burrata dish with pesto and tomatoes. It came with a beautiful mix of mushrooms and truffle which worked so well. Definitely a must!
On to mains and the restaurant has an impressive selection of cuts, however my yardstick for a steakhouse has to be fillet. Based on this we chose the Grain Fed Australian Wagyu Filet Mignon which was simply divine. It came out perfectly cooked, beautifully tender and packed full of flavour. When we were deliberating what cut to go for I almost went for the Braised Black Angus Short Rib and only didn’t because I was informed it wasn’t cooked in a smoker. The chef however was kind enough to send this out for us to try anyway. It was huge and pull-apart soft having been braised for 12 hours, but I still would have loved it to be smoked to get that extra flavour into the meat. Failing that a nice BBQ sauce would have added a lot more to the dish. I loved the selection of sides that Graze had to offer and could have ordered all of them quite happily. We managed to restrain ourselves and went for the Sautéed Wild Mushrooms which came out deliciously garlicky, and the Josper grilled greens. For me however the truffle mac and cheese stole my heart. Carbs and cheese, what isn’t there to love!
To finish up, just before we slipped into a food coma we couldn’t resist a couple of desserts. The cheesecake wasn’t quite what I was expecting and came out deconstructed. It was nice but not a patch on the Smores dish which was right up my street. Perfectly sweet and moreish!!
One of the things that really stood out from our evening at Graze was the staff who were extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the restaurant. For me this is something most restaurants in Dubai lack so it was lovely to be able to have a good conversation with them about the concept and the food. We were made to feel right at home and absolutely loved it.
This venue really deserves to be more widely known and I’m hoping that the new chef, new menu and new cuts will really get the word out there.
If you like your meat it is definitely one for the list!
For more information please visit: https://www.livelaville.com/dining/Graze/index.aspx or call +971 440 33111