One thing that can’t be said about Dubai is there are not enough places to eat. With thousands of restaurants and more opening, there's always somewhere new to try.
What about restaurants that have stood the test of time or have been around for a while? Restaurants like Table 9 at Hilton Dubai Creek.
Table 9 has had its share of talented chefs. Created by duo Nick Alves and Scot Price, who launched the fine dining restaurant when they took the space vacated by their mentor Gordon Ramsey. The two moved on and left Table 9 to another Ramsey mentored chef, Darren Velvick, who also left and for the last 12 months Table 9 is under the stewardship of 24 year old Head Chef Enver Can Gumus.
Table 9 still has a modern minimalist look and feel and looks deceivingly bigger than it is, mainly due to the long mirrored walls. The menu however has evolved and offers the right amount of choice with 39 dishes from soups, salads, cold and hot starters, meat, fish and vegetarian options.
Our starter of Slow Cooked Octopus was an amazingly tasty dish of bite sized pieces of tender octopus, cooked to a Mediterranean recipe and served with baby potatoes and onions and accompanied with Hollandaise Sauce. No one flavour over powered any other and together the combinations complemented each other.
The main of Pistachio Crusted Lamb Loin with polenta, confit fennel and plum jus did not disappoint. The lamb was cooked to perfection and the coating of crushed pistachios worked. The sides of zucchini sticks in parmesan and Brussel sprouts, ensured the expectation set by the starter was matched.
Our deserts were tiramisu and macaroons, and white chocolate parfait. The tiramisu, a desert lover’s idea of heaven, a dark chocolate shell encasing macaroons, coffee mouse and berries, each mouthful made you want more. The white chocolate parfait was as tasty with the added surprise of raspberry in the centre.
With many places to eat in Dubai and the hub of the city moving, it is easy to forget some places. Table 9 is certainly one not to forget and with the passion and enthusiasm of Chef Enver, it is safe to say it will continue to be a favourite for some time.
A 3 course meal, not including drinks, is around Dhs 270 per person.
For reservation call 04-2127551.