Black Tap Dubai JBR Review
In 2013, Joe Isadori was the head chef of a fine-dining restaurant in New York.
As culinary trends began moving away from posh food to feel-good meals and sharing-style concepts, Isadori noticed that while his dining room was left for dead most evenings, the bar area was full to the brim. Sensing an opportunity, he whipped up a simple burger that would be sold only to bar patrons. He sold hundreds of them.
Sensing an opportunity, the chef took a year off to study what was going on in the world of cuisine, and in 2015 opened up a little 15-seat burger spot in Soho called Black Tap.
Realizing that an entire generation of people spread the word about what was good to eat via social media, Isadori served delicious burgers as well as ‘Freak-shakes’, over-the-top milkshapes in colourful glasses with totally incredible garnishes (some come with an entire slice of cake on top).
Social media went wild, and soon Black Tap was never without a large line of people at the door. The runaway success led to the opening of another New York restaurant, as well as a global expansion to Singapore, Geneva and here in the UAE.
Today, Black Tap has four locations: the original at Jumeirah’s Al Naseem Royal Hotel, another in Dubai Festival City, one in Yas Mall in Abu Dhabi, as well as at The Rixos Premium JBR.
Black Tap Dubai JBR: what’s the vibe?
The Rixos branch of Black Tap is similar to the rest. Think dark tables, black painted walls, and all manner of Americana-type bar flair stuck to the walls.
Obviously, the UAE versions are a tad bigger than the 15-seater original (more 150) but the restaurant is segmented enough that it always looks rather busy.
Burgers are now ubiquitous, and with Black Tap also serving up a load of specialty hops alongside, Black Tap in JBR tends to have a unique buzz about it. It tends to be busy (but not too busy) most evenings, really ramping up on Thursday and Friday nights.
Black Tap Dubai JBR: how’s the food?
The place is known for two things: its burgers and milkshakes. Yes, the menu has other things on it, like tacos, fish and chips and a kale super food salad, but why you’d stray from the main event is beyond us.
The burgers are good, in a subtle way you can’t quite put your finger on. Perhaps it’s the patty (that is only ever served to medium temperature, there’s no point arguing) or the supple soft bun, but they are a cut above your standard two-buns-meat-and-cheese.
The restaurant also deserves props for having one of the best vegan/vegetarian burgers in Dubai right now.
The milkshakes are more made for Instagram than your mouth, and getting one down by yourself is nigh impossible. But, people have got to feed the ‘gram too, right?
Black Tap Dubai JBR: the verdict
You’ll go for the burgers and stay for the drinks.
Black Tap Dubai JBR: where is it?
Black Tap Dubai JBR is located at the Rixos Premium Dubai JBR.
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