Sofitel Dubai Downtown reveals F&B concepts

Eight outlets, including two signature restaurants will be on offer
Sofitel Dubai Downtown general manager Klaus Assmann.
Sofitel Dubai Downtown general manager Klaus Assmann.

Sofitel Dubai Downtown, which is due to open on May 1, 2014, will operate eight food and beverage outlets, general manager Klaus Assmann told Hotelier Middle East.

The hotel’s signature restaurants will include The Green Spices, a Thai restaurant with a Japanese twist in some aspects.

“There are two very special things about the restaurant. One is, the kitchen is a hut, and you sit at the counter, and the chef cooks right in front of you. It’s fun to watch. It’s basically a twist on Japanese teppanyaki, but with Thai food,” said Assmann.

Another thing we've done is we've taken the idea of sushi – the idea of having a rice roll and stuffing something in it. But it will be Thai ingredients stuffed inside and you get Thai sauces. I don’t want to call it sushi because people associate it with Japan; maybe we can call it a rice roll, but in principle that’s what it is,” he added.

The second signature restaurant at the hotel will be The Red Grill, a steakhouse specialising in French cuts.

“The French cut is something that not a lot of hotels have paid attention to. And so we thought as a niche, that is something we could focus on, since the company is French as well. So it just naturally made sense for us to link that,” said Assmann.

Both restaurants will open in September, a decision Assmann explained saying: “There is probably no point opening now because the summer is coming soon and visitors are leaving soon.”

F&B outlets due to open in time for the launch include The 31, a rooftop bar with views of the coastline, old Dubai, as well as the Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai.

A second bar in the lobby – Op-Art – will pay homage to the leader of the optical art movement, Victor Vasarely.

A modern Arabic lounge in the second tower of the complex will take inspiration from nightlife concepts in Beirut, and an outdoor pool deck located over the building’s parking area can be used for private events.

In the lobby, the patisserie and lobby lounge will offer traditional French pastries, and Assmann says the hotel hopes to offer the best pastries in town.

“We have a French pastry chef, a French executive chef, so I like to believe that we could potentially have – and I'm going to drive them very hard on this – the best pastries in town because I want to have that authentic French experience,” he explained.

Sofitel Dubai Downtown will also introduce a champagne and tapas brunch at The 31, while a second brunch concept on the pool deck will focus on street food, with various carts offering street food from around the world. The brunch is due to launch after the summer.


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