Rib Room review: Why the Jumeirah Emirates Towers steak house is the real deal
While steakhouses are a fil-a-dozen in Dubai, each of which claims to be the place for carnivores, finding one that delivers on its promise is, well, rare.
Rib Room, however, hits the mark. From moody fine dining décor to dishes that will have you savouring every last bite, the Jumeirah Emirates Tower joint is the real deal.
We enter the restaurant and are immediately shown the meat trolley that’s packed with cuts of raw beef. Under the glass are marbled rib eyes, tempting striploins and a gigantic tomahawk steak, complete with bone, that looks like something lifted from a meat eater’s wildest dream.
We sit in one of the many leather seated booths that line the walls of the restaurant. The vibe is so stylishly laidback it could James Bond in venue form. Ordering from the menu is about as stressful as things get at Rib Room, but that’s just because there’s so much choice - we’ve already seen a bunch of dishes we’d like to get stuck into whizz by to nearby tables.
Our starters come in the form of tomato burrata and black Angus beef carpaccio. Paired with the host of warm breads and a delightful apricot butter, the pair go down a storm. The burrata, surrounded by tomatoes of different colours, oozes creamy goodness and is perfect for dipping in to. And although parmesan and raw beef is a timeless combo for a carpaccio dish, Rib Room’s spin of crisping up the cheese is a delicious masterstroke.
After a palate-cleansing sorbet we head into the main event with Australian lamb chops and wagyu rib eye that also comes from the land Down Under. Our sides? Triple cooked hand cut fries, broccolini, potato gratin and sautéed wild mushrooms. We order the peppercorn sauce and lemon and tarragon butter to go with the meat, but we needn’t have bothered as both the lamb and beef taste exceptional without it. Each dish is soft, succulent and oozing flavours. Our rack of lamb is well presented and has the flavours to match. On the beef front, the rib eye is cooked to perfection (medium rare, anything else is a waste of quality beef) and a joy from start to finish.
By this point, the moist and moreish cheesecake is somewhat overkill on the feasting, but we manage to tuck it away. You’ll find hundreds of steakeries in the emirate, but when it comes to serving up the high quality fare with the presentation to match, you won’t find much better than Rib Room.
Three dishes to try
A bulbous delight that will have you reaching for the breads to dip into again and again.
Sure, it’s a steakhouse by trade, but these chops are top drawer and not to be missed.
Australian wagyu rib eye
The main reason you come here – premium cuts of beef – do not disappoint on the flavour front.
Where: Jumeirah Emirates Towers, DIFC
Contact:+9714 432 3232