While the proliferation of steakhouses in Dubai may leave even the most carnivorous of meat lovers feeling a little jaded, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take the time to champion the establishments that execute this populist food genre especially well. And, tucked away adjacent to the overflowing indoor gardens of the Grand Hyatt in Dubai Creek – the Manhattan Grill certainly deserves to be a categorised in the ‘steakhouses you should know about’ pile.
The restaurant has actually been one of the Grand Hyatt’s flagship eateries since the hotel’s opening 12 years ago, but along with the arrival of new chef, Jon Savash, the space has enjoyed something of a refresh, transforming into the slick product you see today.
The decor is redolent of most Dubai steakhouses , heavy on the monochrome detailing, white table cloths and polished lines- though offset nicely by a few intimate booths one side of the restaurant, a welcome homage to the Grill’s New York moniker. A glass-walled private private dining room at the back also provides a stylish enclosure for a group gathering, though you do run the risk of looking a little mafiosi doing this, so perhaps avoid dark suits and cigars if you want to keep the sideways glances to a minimum.
While perhaps a little light on the appetizer options, the meat-packed menu is huge. Should you require a little schooling on your steak, the manager will come out with a raw selection of the cuts to facilitate your decision, explaining in layman terms the difference between each of the Tenderloin, Ribeye and Sirloin cuts, from Wagyu (which features heavily on the mains selection) to Angus.
In honesty, they’re all pretty fantastic – but if you want to sample a bit of everything, the Meat Platter for two option is a smogasboard of Manhattan Grill’s finest. Side options are strong, the Idaho potato fries being a stand-out though a little guidance with the sauces is advised…the smokey BBQ sauce for example can drown out your steak a touch, so simply enquire what goes with what best and your golden.
If you want to steer clear of red meat, the fish selection is decent, especially for a predominantly steak orientated affair, ranging from Boston lobster, red snapper, salmon and freshly shucked oysters.
A particularly welcome addition nestled in the middle of the food menu was an individual wine recommendation to partner with the Grill’s special dish – changing each month and available by the glass, bottle or carafe.
While the Manhatan Grill may not have been bandied around in steak-joint chit chat as much as the likes of Gaucho over the last few years, it’s worth noting that even before it’s revitalised overhaul, it already had commended a fair few awards in the region. And with a new chef at the helm, stellar food and service, as well as the recent addition of live music, you can expect this slick Creekside spot to continue its upwards trajectory.
Current deal: Spend a minimum of AED100 at Manhattan Grill on the à la carte menu and receive a gift certificate worth half the value of the total bill, to be redeemable at Manhattan Grill upon your next visit. Validity of the offer: 1st day of Eid al Fitr until 30 September 2015.