The latest branch of American-born steak brand STK launched with a bang on Wednesday, July 18 at Address Downtown.
Internationally acclaimed, STK Downtown is the second of the concept to be opened by Solutions Leisure in Dubai, following on from the successful first launch of STK JBR The Walk at the tail end of last year.
The new restaurant has an indoor seating capacity of up to 180 with a glass wall leading to the large outdoor terrace that will allow for al fresco dining for up to another 120 guests during the cooler months of the year. Overlooking the Burj Khalifa it offers quite a view.
150 of Dubai’s socialites and tastemakers were invited to the opening and were greeted at the door by two ‘walking cherry blossoms’ to give a taste of the decadence that would be on display. Following a cocktail and champagne reception at the bar area, and snaps at the press wall for those wanting to show off their outfits, guests proceeded to the dining area.
Executive chef Rob Rathbone, assistant executive chef Bruce Grobler and head chef Kay Gottloeber of Solutions Leisure crafted an elaborate menu of classic steakhouse options with a modern twist to capture the STK experience.
The evening’s culinary journey started with entrées including soft shell crab sliders and prawn cocktail with chicory, baby gem, tomato, cucumber concasse and green apple. Naturally the main event brought the signature STK steaks to the fore, with a selection of everything from smaller fillets and tender striploins to ribeye and T-bone. The three course meal ended with a spread of desserts such as New York cheesecake with mango sorbet and dark chocolate mousse served with raspberry gelato.
After dinner, resident DJ T hit the decks to turn it from glamorous dinner into extravagant party. The STK team got involved as always, climbing up on the furniture and swinging their napkins to get the livelier portion of the night underway, with the entertainment continuing to the small hours.
STK Downtown is celebrating its opening with a number of special offers and events in the coming months. It launches Dare to Brunch on Fridays from July 27, costing AED499 ($135) per person from 1pm to 4pm while Tuesdays are for the girls, with a two-course set menu at STK in the City costing just AED199 ($60), or a three-course menu for AED239 ($65) with three house beverages.