Michael Caines reveals new Abu Dhabi restaurant
Celebrity chef Michael Caines has revealed more details of his new restaurant venture with Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi.
The British two-Michelin Star chef will open Pearls by Michael Caines on 1 October, after a soft launch in mid-September, on the site of the hotel’s former Scott’s restaurant.
Caines told Caterer Middle East that the “affordable and accessible” menu would feature eight starters, eight mains and six desserts, as well as a nine-course tasting menu, matched with wine.
There will also be a desserts bar at the front at the front of the restaurant, serving cocktails and champagne.
A bar with a DJ booth on the upstairs deck (not previously used by Scott’s) will serve bar food, including beefburger marinated in misu paste, Singapore chicken satay, and other retro dishes.
“I’m conscious of the local supplier market, and also local tastes. The food will be subtly spicy without heat, there will be vegetarian options and non-alcoholic drinks,” said Caines. “Specials will include oysters and smoked salmon. And although seasons don’t really exist here, we do want some seasonality in the menu.”
The menu will change four times a year to coincide with visits by Caines. “I’m obviously not going to be here cooking all the time. But in my absence, I need to ensure the quality and style of service I want,” he said.
Caines is looking to install web-enabled GoPro cameras in the kitchen so he can keep an eye on operations.
The chef has links with the Williams Formula 1 motor racing team, and he hinted at an exclusive event with them at the restaurant in November around the time of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.