|Sundowners at West 14th|
Many claim that West 14th offers the best steak in Dubai - quite an accolade....
Marketing itself as a 'New York steak house' hence the name, West 14th is based at Oceana residences on the Palm Jumeirah and actually belongs to the Movenpick hotel group.
The venue is certainly an impressive location to take out of towners, the poolside terrace showcasing panoramic views across the water towards Dubai Mariana.
Everything about this restaurant screams "You are here to eat M.E.A.T and drink W.I.N.E!"
It's interior is designed with this single focus in mind - dark wood, exposed brickwork with 'feature' wine racks accented by blood red upholstered chairs. Even the subtle lighting has a hue of red to compliment the enormous goblet of Malbec you'll be glugging.
Inside, they have live music which I'm a massive fan of in general and a dance floor flanked by the bar area which can get pretty crammed post their aptly named 'Butcher's Brunch' on Friday evenings.
It's a great steak eating atmosphere....sophisticated yet warm and service is friendly and accommodating.
The hot loaf you will automatically be presented with when seated is scrum-diddlie-umcious. However the chain saw knife you'll get to cut it with, whilst looking cool is actually quite annoying as a bread cutting tool.
Now, if I know I'm due to consume a huge chunk of flesh for my main I always opt for fish or seafood to start to somewhat balance the heaviness of the meat and bread.
Starters of note include the Sticky Calamari with a sweet chili, nutty sauce, Crab & Avocado salad, Seared Scallops and the Hot Smoked Mackerel.
On the menu there are no less than 12 steaks to choose from which come listed by country of origin, cut, weight and what they ate!
I very much like this approach as I've a 'free-range' or 'grass fed' preference, wherever possible and there is 1 'Grass fed' tenderloin cut available.
Of the rest there's 2 Rib Eye, 4 Tenderloin , 2 Striplion, 2 On the Bone, a Flank Steak and a mammoth 550g Tomahawk sexistly listed as 'the mans choice'.
Quality and prices are high ranging from 175 for a lesser cut to 495 Dhs for the Tomahawk.
And here's something controversial - I'm not a fan of the now homogenous 'Wagu' beef either.
Wagu is meat from a cow that's been artificially fed on beer (?!) and is often perceived as the best at trendy eateries. However, I believe that this is just due to it usually being the most expensive rather than based on flavour and quality.
But if Wagu is your poison of choice there are 3 variants to choose from .
In addition to the steaks there are also some other great menu choices - The Drunken Short Ribs are mouth melty amazing, there's half a roast Organic Chicken, 2 Lamb, 2 interesting sounding Vegetarian options and quite a good Fish and Seafood selection.
Although why anyone would order Fish at this blatant bovine temple is quite beyond me.
For main I always go one of two ways Drunken short ribs which I have with a side of creamy mash or the Irish Grass feed Tenderloin with béarnaise sauce and sautéed mushrooms - both are excellent!
Hubsy always threatens he's having the Tomahawk but usually looks twice at the 495 Dhs price tag and eventually plumbs for the more moderate 300g Black Angus Striplion.
What makes West 14 particularly good is the small touch's.
Steaks are cooked to six tastes ranging from 'Blue' to 'Well done' you get assigned the specific steak knife to match your cut and the huge condiment cart that comes around hosts some real treats, the plum mustard for example was a revelation with my tenderloin.
I have to confess West 14th is a favourite meat haunt - especially when they were still included in the entertainer they now are not!! I've been many times and always default to the same menu items because they're just so damn good...I don't want to take a risk trying something new and being disappointed!
A little know fact is that they also do breakfast on Friday and Saturday and I'm desperate to go and sample the Braised Beef Short Ribs Benedict - phwarrrrrr!!!
It's certainly not cheap eats but imo you get what you pay for.
West 14th offers a great steak in a glamorous setting - for best results patron during the winter months sit outside enjoy the view with sun downers followed by Steak-Magificanto- Al fresco!
West 14th might just be the best steak in Dubai....the bar is high watch this space!