Only at The Pointe

You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to dining options at The Pointe – numerous restaurants are already open for business, serving up an exciting array of global cuisines, with more to follow in the coming months.

But while you’ll find all the global names you’d expect at a foodie destination, The Pointe also has a raft of home-grown brands, exciting new restaurateurs, talented young chefs and innovative new fusion menus that you won’t find elsewhere in Dubai – or any other city for that matter. 

Read on for a taste of the future, served up exclusively at The Pointe.

The place
RUE ROYALE BY MATHIEU VIANNAY

The story 
The concept for Rue Royale is a stunning rendition of French cuisine to please
a Halal-dedicated audience – and to truly appreciate the essence of its excellence, a little European history is necessary. Back in 2008, chef Mathieu Viannay – winner of the ‘Meilleur Ouvrier De France’ (the nation’s highest creative honour) – acquired a little French restaurant called La Mère Brazier. The Lyon-based bistro dated back to 1921, and was created by Eugénie Brazier – the first female recipient of three Michelin stars. The restaurant had long since closed, but the building still possessed plenty of charm, so Viannay went to work, and restored La Mère Brazier to its former glory – creating a modern-day Michelin star-experience in an historic setting. Fast forward to 2019, and the acclaimed chef has brought his name (and culinary genius) to Rue Royale – a pioneering fine dining project at The Pointe. “In Lyon I was building upon storied heritage, whereas the restaurant in Dubai is a different prospect entirely,” he says. “There is a new story to be told.” 

The food
Viannay was faced with a new challenge: to craft an entirely Halal menu inspired by classic French fare. “Rue Royale is fine dining for a different palate,” he details. “A menu comprised of hearty French bistro dishes.” For months, the chef “Put a lot of thought into creating new tastes,” he explains. “For example, the beef filet rossini dish traditionally incorporates alcohol in the accompanying sauce. I worked on a replacement that combines beetroot juice, balsamic vinegar and cranberry juice. For pain de brochet, another of the signature dishes I brought from Lyon, I created a juice of fennel, reduced with anise. In every instance the taste is as exquisitely balanced as the original, while being sensitive to local cultural requirements.” Produce is flown in fresh from France, as well as the likes of Australia, Africa, and New Zealand. Viannay did incorporate some thoughtful touches from the region, however; the must-try hot French madeleine dessert, for instance, is accompanied by camel milk ice cream. The pate en croute (of chicken breast, veal, duck liver, foie gras and sweet bread) is a highlight, and save space for the pièce de résistance: a sublime souffle aux agrumes.

“The Rue Royale team delivers ‘exceptional’ inside the restaurant, and the breathtaking views of The Pointe deliver ‘exceptional’ on the outside”

The setting
Viannay visited The Pointe many times on its journey to completion, and says the end result “Is better than I ever imagined. Nakheel has placed The Pointe in an exceptional location, and with the low-rise buildings it has an intimate feel; it is a well-realised vision.” As, too, is Rue Royale – a soon-to-be gem of Dubai’s dining scene where one can savour authentic French dishes created by a Michelin-acclaimed expert of his craft. “Being associated with The Pointe from its inception means we are woven into its fabric; a part of its first chapter,” Viannay enthuses. “Our restaurant team delivers ‘exceptional’ inside the restaurant, while breathtaking views deliver ‘exceptional’ on the outside.”

The details
Open Sat-Wed, 8am-10.30pm; Thurs & Fri, 8am-11.30pm.  

Main image credit: Chef Mathieu Viannay – winner of the ‘Meilleur Ouvrier De France’

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Palmetto

The place
PALMETTO

The story
A licensed lounge and fusion restaurant that offers up a live DJ post sunset and stirring views of Atlantis, The Palm from the outdoor terrace. It’s a great spot for sundowners.

The food
The menu here sticks to a select number of signature dishes, with standouts including the come-with-a-kick dynamite tiger prawns and a corn-fed chicken dish for which the chef’s secret blend of ingredients is used as a marinade (he let slip to us that one of them is duck fat) before the chicken is then cooked for up to eight hours in the oven.  

The details
Open Sun-Thu, 9am-1am; Fri-Sat, 9am-3am. 

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Fat Chow

The place
FAT CHOW

The story
From the clubby ambience (aided by a neon dragon on the ceiling) to the black and white posters lining the walls (created especially for the venue), Fat Chow recreates the vibe of Hong Kong’s fashionable foodie spots. The sister restaurant to Mama Pho, its playful design is sure to bring a smile to your face.

The food
The many and varied types of street food from across China feature prominently here. Try an authentic steamed dim sum platter before tucking into the most popular dish, the Cantonese Peking duck – both great options for sharing with friends or family. 

The details
Open Sun-Thu, 10am-midnight; Fri-Sat, 10am-3am.

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Fitzroy

The place
FITZROY

The story
If you’re looking for a place to chill with friends and enjoy French cuisine (with a dash of other Western European flavours thrown in for good measure), Fitzroy is your go-to. In the evenings the terrace takes on a romantic vibe, with glowing flame heaters and candles creating a cosy ambience – be sure to book in advance to bag a seat closest to the water.  

The food
Chef James Gurung, from Nepal, is the main man of the kitchen with a “no shortcuts” approach to cooking. The menu is influenced by the venue’s waterfront location, with locally-caught fish, such as sea bream and red snapper, with clams and mussels featuring prominently. For meat eaters, we rate the confit duck leg.

The details
Open daily, noon-midnight. 

The place
A CAPPELLA

The story
The brainchild of Chef Himanshu Saini and beverage maestro Sherin John, this ambitious dining concept by Passion F&B Management – which also boasts the highly-rated Tresind and Carnival in Dubai – brings a whole new dining experience to The Pointe. Guests enjoy an interactive and personalised experience, as they are exposed to chefs and barmen through the live kitchen and bar island. Open courtyard seating overlooks the shimmering sea and also offers stunning views of Atlantis, The Palm. Dine here for a unique experience that is unlike any other in the city.

The food
The tapas-style menu offers a wild ride of eclectic, progressive and innovative street-style dishes inspired by European, Asian and South American cuisines. And while the menu, devised by talented young executive chef Paritosh Sharma, has been carefully curated for connoisseurs of fine dining, award-winning drinks specialist Sherin John has also personally handpicked an extensive list of beverage options. Handcrafted signature aged-jar cocktails feature a range of exotic Asian flavours and infusions, along with in-house blends that are a first in the region. It’s a combination that further heightens the immersive dining experience.

The details
Open Sun-Thu, 10am-12am; Fri-Sat, 10am-3am.

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Amira’s Deli

The place
AMIRA’S DELI

The story
Inspired by the bustling streets of Europe, Amira’s Deli brings the outdoors in with its street lamps, bright red phone booth and social vibe. Grab a seat by the entrance and soak up the European style café culture. 

The food
Open for breakfast through to dinner, the menu here has plenty to pick from, including some trusty kids’ options. Something a little different is the chicken waffle cones (stuffed with cheesy chicken popcorn). It makes a generous starter – the portions are on the larger side in general – and a novel choice for little ones. 

The details
Open daily, 10am-midnight.

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Classic Rock Coffee

The place
CLASSIC ROCK COFFEE

The story
This American brand offers robust coffee blends with added attitude. Served to a backdrop of music from the classic rock era, an outdoor terrace offers stunning views of the waterfront and Atlantis, The Palm. 

The food
Inventive ways to get your caffeine fix include the coffee cone and chemex pourovers. For sugary snacks, rock on with a soufflé black and white topped with vanilla ice cream, or the cookie in a pot, served with ice cream and a pistachio, lotus or Nutella spread.

The details
Open daily, 9am-midnight.