Why 101 Lounge is quite the catch


Why 101 Lounge is quite the catch

Dubai may have its fair share of excellent seafood joints but Janice Rodrigues discovers why a visit to 101 Lounge at One & Only The Palm is a must

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Published: Fri 21 Jun 2019, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Fri 21 Jun 2019, 2:00 AM

We have the privilege of living by the coast and, from Bu Qtair on the beach to Ossiano at Atlantis The Palm, there is no dearth of scrumptious seafood options for all budgets. Perhaps it's because of this 'problem of plenty' that I had not heard of 101 Lounge at One& Only The Palm - but I'm glad to have discovered it.
Located at the end of the West Crescent of The Palm, the restaurant is reachable via buggy from the hotel entrance. So, we piled into one and were rewarded with stunning views of New Dubai. The restaurant itself is gorgeous - an over-the-water jetty with indoor and outdoor seating, and sparkling views to boot. Just the place for a romantic dinner, or relaxed sundowners.

Onto the food: 101 Lounge's menu is predominantly seafood (to go with its water views) and they recently introduced a new menu. Service was everything we could hope for from a fine dining establishment, and we got started with an amouse bouche - fish puree with potato millefeuille. Quite a mouthful but it set the stage for the creative and thoughtful dishes to come. After recommendations, our table grew heavy with picks from both the bites and main menu. Fresh fare, incredible views and top-notch service - could this be Dubai's best hidden seafood gem?
From Mediterranean to Mexican, the food is a mix of cuisines. The Prawn Ceviche and Pan-Fried Scallops were a treat to the senses. My main of Wild Seabass was exquisitely complemented with asparagus puree. Meanwhile, dessert of a giant profiterole (as big as my face) sealed the deal.
There are water views on all sides, with Atlantis the Palm and the buildings of New Dubai shimmering across the distance. We chose to sit outside for the view - although you get a great glimpse inside as well through floor-to-ceiling windows.
When it comes to fine dining establishments, it is all about attention to detail. Our waiter, Jisar, was friendly, gave us recommendations for every course, made sure we were never waiting for anything and served us a little glass bowl for the prawn shells.
Thought has been given to the presentation. I quite loved the Prawn Ceviche which was served with a hard bread through which sauce was poured. From the Seabass decorated with asparagus puree to the enormous Profiterole, it was all good.
Appetisers and a main course for two can easily add up to a Dh600 bill. It is a tad expensive but that is the kind of money one shells out for a quality seafood fine dining experience with a view. It is worth the money - but perhaps for a special occasion.

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