Hell’s Kitchen review as Gordon Ramsay opens second Dubai restaurant in Caesars Palace Bluewaters
The original Caesars Palace in Las Vegas is the world’s most famous casino. But a visit to Hell’s Kitchen – the flagship restaurant of Caesars’ newly opened Dubai incarnation – is anything but a culinary gamble. Gordon Ramsay is as synonymous with quality as his acerbic tongue and if his name is above the doors, expect something special.
Hell’s Kitchen is named after Ramsay’s legendary TV cooking show, in which he rigorously puts amateur chefs through their paces. Thankfully, all of the staff in Dubai are consummate professionals. They are led by head chef Craig Best, previously of Marina Social, who ahead of the opening had a “crash course in Hell’s Kitchen”, serving 1300 customers a day at the Vegas restaurant.
The menu in Dubai is split evenly between some of the Vegas classics and Best’s own creations, with vegetarian and vegan options included (Ramsay is a notorious herbivore skeptic), as well as more pasta choices.
There are many iconic dishes but we’ll start at the end as Hell’s Kitchen’s sticky toffee pudding is perhaps as big a star as its celebrity creator. It’s no exaggeration to say that 95 percent of all desserts that leave the kitchen on our visit are said sugary sponge. Piping hot, with lashings of salted caramel sauce and a generous scoop of speculoos ice cream – it’s an extremely well-executed English classic.
A quick glance at a ‘worst ever burgers’ montage from Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares tells us all we need to know about the Scottish chef’s exacting standards. It is little surprise then that the Hell’s Kitchen Burger matches his, and our, lofty expectations. The sizeable, juicy patty has a fantastic charred barbecue flavour from the kitchen’s top-of-the range robata grill; it is topped with beef bacon and Monterey Jack cheese, plus avocado, crunchy onions and the gentle heat of fresno pepper jam. The fries are thin, crispy, and at their best when dipped into the accompanying pot of Sriracha aioli.
Other items of note on the menu include the braised short rib, the meltingly good pulled beef and mixed root vegetable bearing hallmarks of a traditional roast dinner. The lobster risotto is both a substantial and delicious appetiser, with the buttery poached tail sitting on a creamy, rich saffron rice risotto – laced with sweet confit tomatoes.
Whether Hell’s Kitchen can emulate the success of Ramsay’s first, hugely popular, Dubai restaurant Bread Street Kitchen remains to be seen. But with a glamorous setting at Caesars Palace and a menu packed with crowd-pleasers, the odds seem firmly stacked in his favour.
Three dishes to try
A velvety, decadent appetiser. One of the best we’ve ever tried in Dubai. No, seriously.
Hell’s Kitchen Burger
Beef’s perfectly charred on the outside, moist on the outside, and smothered in delicious toppings.
Sticky Toffee Pudding
Comforting and warming dessert that will guarantee you end up coming back for more of the deliciousness.
Where: Caesars Palace Bluewaters Island
Contact: +9714 556 6666