Adding a glamorous twist to the traditional British cuisine, Great British Restaurant (GBR), DUKES Dubai’s signature dining outlet, is serving up the best of British food in a dramatic setting overlooking the beautiful Gulf.
Headed by DUKES Dubai’s Executive Chef, Martin Cahill, GBR uses quality produce to create a meticulously planned menu of much loved dishes, with all food seasonally prepared and a new menu of classics every four months.
Delicious mains on the first GBR menu include cod and chips, Lancashire Hot Pot, Colchester Oysters and Dover Sole, plus calorific sweet treats taken straight from the kitchens of the home counties, with jam roly poly and walnut whip set to tempt even the most restrained appetites.
Infusing tastes from the UK’s rich culinary history, GBR also serves produce from a select number of heritage brands including Paxton & Whitfield Cheese, which dates back to a cheese stall in Aldwych market in 1742, and was provided to Queen Victoria under Royal Warrant from 1850.
Abdulla Bin Sulayem, CEO, Seven Tides, said: “GBR is a blend of casual style cuisine and British tradition. It is stylish yet understated with a brasserie feel and I am convinced that it will stand out in Dubai’s highly competitive dining scene.”
The space is constructed around the iconic bar, which stands in the centre of the restaurant, and boasts a stunning double height roof with large floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing spectacular resort views.
Diners can watch the DUKES culinary team preparing a repertoire of iconic British classics at the two live cooking stations or observe the bustle of the brasserie from the dedicated Champagne and oyster bar.
The venue has the capacity for up to 390 guests, including up to 200 seats inside and 190 on the terrace. The open plan, spacious design lends itself well to special celebrations and group dining, creating privacy in the midst of the restaurant’s signature British buzz.
The restaurant is headed by British born Martin Cahill, Executive Chef at DUKES Dubai who worked for The Savoy and Dorchester Hotel before taking up his first international role in Toronto, Canada. This was followed by senior positions with such high-profile names as Hyatt Hotels in Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Hong Kong and Taiwan, and Mandarin Oriental Taipei where he headed a team of 171 chefs across eight popular outlets.
Debrah Dhugga, Managing Director, DUKES Dubai, said: “The British are well known for their love of good, hearty food. Chef Martin will be putting his stamp on popular dishes like battered cod and chips while introducing a number of elegant menu items such as Colchester oysters and hock and foie gras terrine served with Piccalilli. The dishes will make the most of seasonal ingredients available in Britain, with the menu being refreshed every four months.”
In addition to GBR, Cahill will also oversee five further exciting dining and lounge venues as well as catering for extensive meeting and events space at DUKES Dubai, which is set to open later this month.
Centrally located on the trunk of Palm Jumeirah, DUKES Dubai features 279 guestrooms and 227 hotel apartments. The property offers world-class leisure, conference and entertainment facilities including a stunning private beach, indoor pool, outdoor infinity pool and state-of-the-art gym, along with a number of food and beverage outlets.