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CARINE DUBAI, EMIRATES GULF CLUB

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A fan of French food? If yes, then this might just tickle your fancy. There is a new restaurant in town and my oh my, it’s amazing – possibly my new favourite eatery in Dubai. Conceptualised by the legendary Chef Izu, a name that is known throughout the restaurant industry, Carine has opened in Emirates Golf Club, offering a mouth-watering selection of French Mediterranean inspired dishes and unique cocktails.

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The chef, who is famed from his time at some of the city’s top restaurants including La Serre and multiple Time Out Dubai award winner La Petite Maison, has launched his own beautiful, bright and airy Mediterranean bistro filled with all of Carine’s (Izu’s wife) personal favourites, from freshly baked breads, inspired by the bakery she used to work at in northern France, to her own homemade plum and apple jam. The back-story to this little eatery is actually quite cute and has been created purely as a tribute to Carine.

A restaurant that celebrates good honest food, made with outstanding ingredients, Izu’s new restaurant is perfect for all occasions. Oozing French charm combined with an atmosphere that is sunny and bright with welcoming service, the restaurant is made up of two distinctive spaces, a cosy interior with a gorgeous bar plus an expansive terrace doling out fabulous views of the golf course and framed by Dubai’s famous skyline. With floor-to-ceiling windows ensuring that indoor diners can also take advantage of the views, tables are quaint, dressed with a lemon (used to combine with the olive oil for your bread) and a candle.

A dinner that is delicious from start to finish, begin with one of Izu’s cocktails –the unique mixology offers region-specific cocktails incorporating a special selections of herbs, shrubs and bitters for special cocktail-paired dinners. 

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Following the cocktails comes the bread, a highlight of the meal. Fresh baked and full of doughy goodness, the crusty loaf came with Izu’s concentrated olive oil, squeezed fresh from his vineyards in Greece. Mixed with lemon and balsamic, this concoction was truly addictive.

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Next up, fragrant harissa prawns, tuna carpaccio with citrus dressing and the buratta with marinated and grilled peppers. All were outstanding, but the buratta was the showstopper – possibly the best I’ve ever tasted.

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Mains came in the form of a gorgeous seafood risotto with pistachio, Izu’s signature Lamb Cutlets (which are served at Le Petite Maison) with smoked aubergine and sea bass roasted in tomato. The risotto definitely offered a spin on the traditional seafood risotto, whilst the cutlets were just as tasty as I remember them. We finished with the passion fruit cheesecake, which was simply sublime.

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Thanks to a combination of thoughtfully sourced ingredients and expertly executed dishes, Carine has found the recipe for success. From long lazy family dinners to romantic date nights and large gatherings with friends, you will find us returning again and again.

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Carine is open daily from 7 pm until 11 pm and is now taking reservations. For more information please visit: www.carine.ae. For reservations please call 04 417 9999 or email reservations@carine.ae

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