Al Seef is fast becoming a favourite destination for locals and expats alike and so we were very excited to be invited to one of its newest venues, Doors Dubai.
Calling itself a freestyle grill, the menu is a carnivore’s heaven with a whole list dedicated to different meats and cuts. But never fear there is also an array of fresh seafood and a huge selection of Turkish/Middle Eastern inspired salads on offer for those of you who shy away from eating a whole cow for dinner.
The restaurant itself has the perfect vista with views overlooking the stunning creek. Set over two floors with a shisha bar on the first floor, the restaurant has spared no expense on décor. Expect plush velvets, and rose gold touches, Swarovski lighting and beautiful crockery and cutlery. Its stunning terrace is perfect for these gorgeous winter months.
Chef had very kindly prepared a tasting menu of some of their signature dishes so we were very excited to kick the night off. The venue isn’t licensed sadly (it would be perfect for post work sundowners) but we opted to try a couple of the mocktails and were very impressed. I normally find mocktails far too sugary and sickly but the Silk Road and Blurred Habibti were refreshing and delicious.
We began the evening with a couple of salads, the presentation of which was absolutely beautiful. The pomegranate salad was full of colour and packed with well, pomegranate (duh), tomatoes, lettuce and feta topped with some edible flowers ready for its ‘gram debut. We were pleasantly surprised by the eggplant salad and its deep smoky flavour which we were not expecting and was probably our favourite.
The theatrics of the evening really began after this with the smoked beef sushi which was prepared at our table. Avocado, asparagus, chillies and special sauce are piled into thinly sliced beef and rolled into sushi rolls which were then torched and served up. They were a little messy and tricky to eat but we loved the idea and the flavour was fantastic.
One of my favourite dishes of the evening had to be the grilled king prawns which came out yet again beautifully presented with a spicy garlic sauce. These were shelled and then served up with a fresh squeeze of lemon. The fish was perfectly cooked and lovely and fresh. I absolutely loved the sauce and was glad they provided extra on the side. I could have quite easily eaten 10 of these.
Next up we were treated to more meat in the form of the lamb chops and lamb striploin which were all clearly of very high quality. I was told most of their meat is brought in from either Turkey or Australia. Both came with a sauce delivered on top as they were dished up to us at the table. My one niggle is I would have liked to have the meat seared at a higher heat and with a little bit more char on the outside for flavour but that may just be me being picky.
The piece de resistance came out in the form of the dinosaur bone that I’m sure a lot of you have seen on Instagram. Ok, it’s not really a dinosaur bone, it’s a cow’s shin, but close enough. This is heated up on a plate to over 300 degrees and brought to your table where a mixture of orange juice, butter and spices is poured down the bone and onto the sizzling plate where a pre-cooked steak is then finished off and topped with Turkish bread. It’s quite the showstopper and definitely not one for the vegetarians in the room but the flavour that this added to the meat was divine and I LOVED dunking the left over bread in the butter. I’m such a glutton. Again my one complaint is I would have preferred the steak more charred on the outside.
After all the meat I was about ready to go vegan when our dessert was brought out in the form of a beautiful platter and I was delighted to see it was kept very light with a selection of fruits, a crème brûlée which was caramelised at the table (of course) and a tres leches which was deliciously fresh.
Doors certainly isn’t one for the faint hearted but perfect for those hard-core meat-eaters out there. Actually some of my favourite dishes were the salads and the prawns so I guess you don’t have to be all about the red meat. It is one to impress though if you have an out of town guest visiting. The theatrics at the table, the beautiful setting and the views make it a fantastic venue. The staff were all unbelievably friendly and really knew their stuff too.
For more information please visit http://www.doorsdubai.com/en/ or call +971 5070 00375