Market Kitchen - Celebrating One Year - Le Royal Merdien Hotel, Abu Dhabi
I love the homely but stylish feel of the restaurant. Earthy tones create a relaxed feel, while wooden floors add to the sense of earthy simplicity.
The Salted caramel ice cream has been my favourite dessert. It is more than the contrast of sweet and salty. The textures take it to another level. As for the caramelised popcorn, the connection to happy times and childhood is a recurring theme inspired by executive chef Justin Galea.
This was part of a significant moment for Market Kitchen when they collaborated with Peter Lloyd from London's Spice Market. It showed me that the restaurant was willing to be bold and bring something very different to its guests. The celebration of south east Asian spices on the menu caught people by surprise, but for me it paved the way for future creativity with its menu. The real success for me was that felt I was still dining at Market Kitchen.
|Char-grilled chicken courtesy of Spice Market, London|
My daughter, usually squeamish (just like her father) when it comes to creatures that move, came away as the big winner when we went to Mena with Chef Jordan. I could not believe it when I saw her hold the giant prawn pictured here. Educate children today and tomorrow they will be good eaters, eschewing junk food - Spending time with Chefs Justin and Jordan the past year showed me that a chef who cooks without a philosophy that underpins everything is simply putting food on a plate - nothing else. Here you can expect more than just a dish.
Le Royal Meridien, Khalifa Street,
02 674 2552