Marco Pierre White’s Titanic restaurant in the Meliá Hotel, Bur Dubai, either heralds a new beginning for an old district, or a new failure to respect an old adage…
One of the first things anyone’s going to ask for when it comes to planning a night out will be the location. It’s a simple question, but one dictates whether your intended group sign up or sign off. With many in ‘New Dubai’ unwilling — or seemingly unable — to travel anywhere beyond Mall of The Emirates for dinner, any restaurant located in Bur Dubai is already closing off a large proportion of potential clientele. It’s massively unsurprising therefore that many fine dining options are to be found in the Marina, or other popular neighbourhoods; that’s just companies following the ancient adage of location, location, location.
But Titanic restaurant
and the Meliá Dubai have strode confidently off that well-worn path, locating themselves near to Port Rashid, a lesser visited corner of Old Dubai. Is this a bold step or a bad step? Only time will tell, but once you find it you’ll be treated to a slick, relaxed, modern hotel that boasts Dubai’s only Marco Pierre White restaurant, Titanic, which itself is Cavalli meets Gastro-pub, with flat lighting thrown in (which we’re ensured is being fixed shortly to enhance the experience).
Titanic’s menu covers everything, without focusing on any specific type of food. It leans towards a steak restaurant, but the waiter ensured us there were no ‘specials’ to pick, as everything is ‘special’ at Titanic. There are many starters to choose from,
the seafood ones dominating the list, with the Crab Rolls being the standout choice. And seafood won
for the mains list too, as a vast Lobster Thermidor oozed flavour, accompanied by an array of good, solid side orders.
The trouble is that there really should be some ‘specials’ to choose from.
A signature dish might entice more people to make the journey, whilst better lighting will also improve
the ambiance. Final judgment awaits as the restaurant is still new, but in a crowded fine dining scene this out-of-sight offering will have to battle hard for its cut of the market.
In 7 words:
Location is important, but good lobster rules.
What I liked:
The lobster thermidor.
What the date didn’t like: The location.
Restaurant best for: Business meetings,
Cost for 2: Dh400
(approx. without drinks).
Did you know?: The 100-year anniversary of the sinking of HMS Titanic was this year, back on April 14th
Contact: Titanic, Meliá Dubai, 04 386 8111