This is officially my first blog post for the year, and hopefully, there are many to follow. For all those following my social media accounts, Instagram mostly, you’ll know that I still exist and am totally not out of the picture like how the website would show. Rather, what I’ve started doing is carefully selecting restaurants to review and feature, especially those that really make it for me.
The latest steakhouse to join the Dubai dining scene is none other than The Hide. And what a wonderful place to open up! Al Qasr, which means ‘the palace’, is beautifully decorated. With low chandeliers and all things gold, The Hide kind of stood out of place.
Although, locating the restaurant was pretty easy and we were ushered in immediately. Walk in, and you can almost feel like you’re no longer under the dim gold lights of Al Qasr. The interiors include a lot of leather, and being a steakhouse, the menu is meaty, so obviously not a place recommended to vegetarians.
Our friendly host took us through the menu, giving her suggestions with every dish. We finally settled down for a Hot Artichoke Dip and Lobster Roll. From their meat market, we chose The Hide “Manwich”, and a Tenderloin from their dry aged beef selection.
The beef from The Hide is specially brought in from Spain, and they specialize in dry aged beef. This involves hanging the beef to dry for up to 14-21 days.
The Artichoke Dip is a must try for someone who’s a fan of cheese. Though the flavours aren’t quite distinct, the menu said it included four types of cheese. I liked the idea of dipping vegetables into it, sort of like a cheese fondue.
Sadly, the Lobster Roll was forgettable, which made me question why I even ordered it in the first place. Same could be said for the “Manwich”. A perfect example of “don’t judge a book by its cover”. The pictures online looked great, but it didn’t taste the same. Made with smoked brisket, Iberico beef, dill pickles and two eggs sunny side up, it, unfortunately, did not taste good, even with these ingredients. Also included was a bun with a generous layer of vintage red cheddar.
Another recommended dish would be the dry aged beef. The tenderloin was a good portion of beef that complemented the Montreal sauce. Also served was some salad to go with the meat.
Like all good endings, our dessert was comforting. Campfire S’mores would be a perfect sweet for those who like marshmallows and peanut butter. I wish I could have had another helping, as I couldn’t take my hands off it. The dulce du leche, peanut butter cookies and burnt marshmallows would be a perfect sweet to have on a cold day in. We also ordered the Cheesecake Soufflé which was served warm, on the side was a small scoop of sour cherry ice cream. A nice way to play with the palate by providing sweet-tangy and hot-cold flavours.
Being a steakhouse, it looks like The Hide takes it very seriously and only sticks to what it stands for. Order their steaks, and you will be more than satisfied.