Let me tell you about the best kept secret in Dubai (and hopefully after I’m done it won’t be a secret much longer). Nestled all the way in the back in Century Village, Garhoud, is Soho Bar & Grill, home to some of the best meat dishes I’ve had the pleasure of ravaging. This includes my personal favorite the Fat Cow Burger! What’s the Fat Cow Burger? You’ll see.
The restaurant is designed to be extremely casual with some outdoor seating as well. There are booths if you fancy a bit of privacy or, if you like to flaunt your food and company, then there’s a long table with high chairs which is where we decided to make camp. The casual interiors and welcoming staff put us at ease which is exactly how we prefer to dine. We don’t like places that are too uppity and we were glad Soho Bar & Grill did not take itself too seriously.
Head Chef Jean Strauss decided to pay our table a quick visit and we decided to leave our evening in his capable hands. Probably the best decision we made that day.
We started the evening with a bucket of steaming hot chicken wings lathered in gorgeous barbecue sauce. What we loved was that the wings were piping hot. Too often you get those pre-fried wings that are warmed up at the last minute. Not these! Our wings looked and tasted like they had been freshly prepared literally ten seconds before hitting our table. Smacking lips and stained fingers were all we had to show after two minutes!
Right, on to the real stuff.
The ribs arrived covered in a creamy barbecue sauce giving off a lovely smokey aroma. The meat falling off the bone is always a good sign and was evidence of the hours of braising and smoking that the meat goes through before being marinated for over 24 hours. The meat was tender and succulent with the barbecue sauce being the perfect accompaniment. Highly recommended!
The medium-rare Centre Cut Fillet was next on the list. Now we pride ourselves on recognizing a good steak when we see one and there was no doubting the Centre Cut was just that. It had a nice char on the outside while the inside was a perfectly cooked pink. Juicy and moist to cut and even more so in your mouth. This is how a steak should be!
On the side was a ladle of creamy mushrooms and potatoes made four ways. Four ways, you ask? Boiled, grilled, shallow fried and baked before getting on the plate! Yup, all that just for potatoes. These guys take their food seriously!
Not satisfied with just the Centre Cut fillet we demanded more steak. And we got. Three pieces of medium-rare Sirloin Strips covered in creamy sauce with a side of juicy char grilled Jumbo Prawns. Now I know we like our meat but there’s something sexy about large jumbo prawns on your plate. The meat was, once again, perfectly cooked and the seafood was fresh with a lovely smokey char to it. This was accompanied by thick, nicely salted, french fries.
Right. On to the main event. The FAT COW BURGER! This is what we had been waiting for all this while. Now this is no normal burger. This is over 300 grams of ground Angus beef with a filling of roasted red peppers, melted feta and goats’ cheese, garlic and fresh basil leaves. Yup! All that’s INSIDE the patty. The real treat is cutting right through the middle of the burger to see all the juicy fillings ooze out and settle on your wooden board. Now beware. You need to be able to unhinge your jaws to get this monster in your mouth but the effort is worth it.
And this is what the inside of that burger looked like.
Soho Bar & Grill is a beautifully relaxed dining experience. The staff are friendly and helpful. The ambience is chilled out. But the food here reigns supreme. Innovative Chef Jean Strauss has made sure of that. If you want to go out with a bunch of friends and chill out over awesome food then Soho Bar & Grill is a must.
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That’s all from the Dubai Meat Club for now.