This was my second visit to the Beef Bar as I had previously been invited to an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour. Executive Chef Luis Ezqueta Figueroa gave me my first insight into his gastronomic world.
What is striking about this venue is the entrance; you could easily be fooled into thinking you were walking into a high-end fashion boutique. The floor-to-ceiling chillers display some of the city’s finest and most exclusive cuts of meat.
The owner is Flavio Briatore, an Italian businessman who has ties with Formula One, the UK’s Queens Park Rangers Football Club, and Cipriani London. The venue’s Monaco vibe is very evident; however, the main attraction, as chef Luis explained, is the Kobe beef, valued for its flavour, tenderness, and fatty, well-marbled texture. A highly regarded cut, it comes from the Tajima-gyu breed of cattle found in Japan’s Hyōgo Prefecture, of which Kobe is the capital and the meat’s namesake.
Tonight was jazz and beef night, with live singers, transporting guests into an exclusive London gentleman’s club. The decor exudes luxury, with low-seated leather seats and dim lighting, within seconds you feel relaxed and cosy.
Scouring the menu, my eyes stopped at the Kobe beef and the kale salad, which might feel a little offset, but the flavours and textures I’d experienced before made this a must. If you’re on a cheat day, this is the place to be. The first dish to arrive was circular thin beef slices arranged on small plates.
The waitress then blasted the slices with a blowtorch, a real highlight and added drama. Once the beef was cooked, a garlic mayo was used to write the letters BB on the meat. This was a show, and I’m sure the most Instagrammed part of the night.
Kobe beef, homemade flatbread with tahini was a perfect starter, having watched Chef Luis prepare this on our previous visit, this simple dish was delicious – the bread made to order, it doesn’t get fresher than this!
Scouring the menu, my eyes stopped at the Kobe beef and the kale salad, which might feel a little offset, but the flavours and textures I’d experienced before made this a must.
Trying not to commit carboside, we ordered the French truffle fries, parmesan with rosemary and the creamy mash, beef tacos, wheat tortilla, Kobe butter, habanero and filet mignon; we were about to enter beef heaven.
On the menu, the mash is described ‘classic plain mash’, but there was nothing plain about it; smooth, creamy and utterly delicious.
We enjoyed our meal to the backdrop of live music. The dishes all worked, but the highlight was the mash and the truffle fries. The highlight of the evening, though, was a welcome from Chef Luis, towering above our low leather seats, he was very humble and secretly proud of his recent royal guest. I had seen online a picture of him towering over Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, a surprise visitor to the restaurant. He very much played down the situation, but I think it’s a fitting testament to what is a fantastic restaurant serving quality-approved meat in a very intimate environment.
Building 10, Gate Village, DIFC, Dubai.
Daily noon-midnight. Tel: (04) 3470 003
Phone: 04 352 2223