I have long wanted to try the new restaurant that now occupies the space where Mango Tree once sat and with the new year in full swing, we finally found a Friday to indulge in a ‘traditional Dubai night’ – an evening spent watching the fountains, browsing Souk Al Bahar and having a delicious dinner (instead of your standard day-time brunch). The new-comer (which has probably been open nearly a year now), The Atlantic Dubai is the first international outpost of the flagship restaurant in Melbourne helmed by dynamic culinary duo Nick Mahlook and Sam Hocking, renowned for their culinary flair.
Located in the heart of downtown Dubai, The Atlantic Dubai is set against the backdrop of the beautiful Burj Khalifa, and situated along the Souk Al Bahar’s extensive waterfront promenade overlooking the majestic Dubai fountains – it is probably the best views of the fountains you will get (unless you stand on the promenade, which let’s be honest, is no fun without a drink!).
Whilst Mango Tree looked a bit tired, the new The Atlantic interiors are definitely nothing short of snazzy! The light and airy decor is in shades of white, blues, greens and golden, with marbled walls, long sofas breaking up the room and amazing light fixtures dotted around the room. Green ombre coloums stand tall throughout the room and the bar, with open kitchen views, provides entertainment all night long! Outside is the main star of the show though and when we stepped onto the terrace of The Atlantic, we were blown away by the views.
Staying true to the concept of its Australian sister restaurant, the Souk Al Bahar eatery is also based on an ‘Ocean to Plate’ philosophy, and features an oyster bar as well as a collection of meat dishes. This sophisticated and contemporary dining destination pays homage to the very best produce from around the world, sustainably sourced from the ocean.
As it was a Friday, we started with a quick drink at the bar, eyeing the kitchen up carefully. I am not going to lie, I was slightly disappointed by the cocktails.. Not only was the presentation less than appealing, the taste was not great. The wine selection on the other hand was impressive – and let’s be honest, wine is always a better match with seafood. Once outside, we began our seafood extravaganza with three Warm Oysters baked with parsley crumbs, parmesan and mustard. They might look bright green and quite unappealing from the offset, but they taste delicious – my favourite dish of the night.
From there, we moved onto Garlic Prawn with garlic chip, olive oil and parsley – even thought they weren’t overly original, they were cooked well with a great garlic ratio (which I always think is key!).
Our final starter was the Yellowtail King Fish ceviche with citrus fruit, pickled ginger and shaved fennel salad – a sucker for ceviche, I was not disappointed!
From there, we moved on to mains starting with the Pan Roasted Cod with mussel, clam and vegetable a la grecque and The Atlantic Fish & Chips with tartar sauce. Both were tasty but not overly exciting in terms of taste – however, portion sizes were generous and we definitely didn’t leave hungry! We did however love Atlantic’s Gratin Dauphinoise with parmesan and nutmeg!
A great option for visiting friends and family – if the food doesn’t wow you, the amazing service and spectacular fountains definitely will!
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