While the beachside haunts and rooftop rises of Dubai’s nightlife scene will always hold their enduring appeal, the more frequent of evening socialites would be forgiven for, on occasion, finding it all a bit ‘samey’.
It’s perhaps this feeling of bar-orientated ennui that goes a long way to explaining why we like The Act so much, or more specifically, the dinner show concept the venue offers.
Their new theme for this season’s show is a satirical, behind the scenes look at the production of a musical. Branded SHOWTIME! as you’d expect it’s big on the razzmatazz and perhaps a little too big on the comedic dialogue, making the narrative between the acts a little cheesy and unnecessary at times.
That said, you don’t go to a concept like this to pick holes in the script, so that should take nothing away from the irreverent, but highly entertaining musical numbers (performed by the most part by four, uniformly striking female dancers) and audacious acrobatics efforts, some of which wouldn’t look out of place on a Vegas stage – praise indeed when you consider the relatively small scale space on which SHOWTIME! unfolds.
The whole theatrical experience is also underpinned by some excellent Peruvian cuisine, where diners can chose individually off the menu or from three set group set meal options, (naturally entitled Applause, Ovation and Encore) that range in size according to the number of your booking. We went for the Ovation, four starters, four mains, two sides and two deserts. Very reasonable at 390 dirhams, enough for four but a veritable feast two or three diners. The original menu warrants special mention for the particularly tasty braised short rib, and the oven roasted duck breast is superb. If red-meat isn’t to your tastes, we recommend either the grilled scallops or pollo al miso, where the white wine and cream cheese sauce works wonders.
Though The Act more than works as a standard bar venue in its own right outside of these theatrical fixtures, if you fancy something a little bit different and really want to experience the best that this tucked away Shangri La hotspot has to offer, we highly advise plumping for the SHOWTIME! dinner dates while you can.