A few days ago, I was invited to discover the new Oberoi hotel and it's 3 restaurants. Now as much as I love intimate and genuine B&B's, Dubai doesn't offer a lot of them so if I can't have charm and authencity, I'll go with what the UAE does best: luxury and high class service (life is tough...). So this is the Oberoi's first chapter: the Nine7One (in reference to the emirati dialling code).
First thing I need to say is that the welcoming was impeccable: warm and personal. The team was joyful and professional, I had a lovely time discussing gastronomy, travel and culture with them. Now the Nine7One offers international cuisine in a bright space (I usually like seeing what's in my plate): the entrees are served through a buffet but the main courses come directly from the kitchen. Most of the ingredients are flown from Europe and the german chef loves experimenting with molecular gastronomy. In true french style I spent 2h eating and chatting with the team but when the deserts arrived, they literally had to beg me to try the chocolate souffle and the mango juice pearls... and I am grateful they insisted. As you can see on the pictures, the mango juice pearls are made right behind the counter. Obviously, A. and I couldn't resist. After a feast of flower and beetroot salad, cod and flock of deserts, my stomach welcomed the tour of the hotel as a digestive saviour!
Merci to the Oberoi team, looking forward to seeing you for the second round!
A. experimenting molecular cooking first hand.
Today I'll just eat flowers!
Tea time! Can we please talk about that adorable tray? Very 1920's.
Rose petal bath... Luxury at it's best.
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