Fortnum & Mason
Fortnum & Mason is one of the most Instagrammable eateries in Dubai. With a prime spot beside Dubai Mall, its glass front looks directly across the lake to the Burj Khalifa. But it’s not just the view that excites shutterbugs – the restaurant is also frame after frame of beauty. Mirroring the Fortnum brand’s flagship colours, the dining area is a whiteout, save for turquoise accents and bright pink flowers.
Being as Fortnum is famed for its tea, it’s no surprise that the tea menu is bigger than the food menu. We’ve never seen such a large selection of loose leaf beverages – somehow it makes you sit up straighter and mind your manners, as if you’re visiting your grandmother. It makes for a quiet atmosphere, so serious conversations should be left at the door.
Although the afternoon tea is touted as one of Downtown’s finest, we were pleasantly surprised to find a full restaurant menu at lunchtime. As the brand dictates, everything is very British. Welsh rarebit with roasted tomato; lobster omelette Victoria with lobster bisque & shaved truffle; butternut squash risotto with tarragon – you could easily be meeting a long-lost acquaintance on London’s Bond Street, rather than Downtown Dubai.
As with everything here, image takes priority. Our starter of beetroot tartan with goat’s cheese tasted fresh and creamy, but the presentation was worthy of a Masterchef finale episode. The salmon fishcake main is served on a bed of spinach and, although quite heavy for a fish course, it tasted delicious. Our top tip is to save room for dessert – the cakes are what made this place famous for good reason.
Three dishes to try:
Fortnum’s Prawn & Crab Cocktail
A British institution, the standard prawn cocktail has been given a Fornum’s twist with the addition of crab.
Seared Wagu Beef Fillet with Pan Roasted Baby Potatoes
Only the best beef is served here, so we recommend having it cooked medium or medium/rare to make the most of it. Served with Portobello mushrooms & béarnaise sauce, this is one of the menu’s best-sellers.
The king of puddings, this mound of popping candy, cream and ice cream is sprayed with an orange mist when served. We dare you to finish it… or leave without uploading a picture to social media.