Nick & Scott's new Dubai restaurant: What we know
Set to open next month at Madinat Jumeirah, folly by Nick & Scott will feature a secluded two-seat table on the top floor.Meryl D'Souza January 17, 2017
Six years ago and after a 10-year association, Gordon Ramsay ended his partnership with Hilton Dubai Creek and its restaurant Verre, the celebrity chef’s first overseas consultancy. Scott Price and Nick Alvis, two young British chefs employed by the restaurant, took a gamble and took over from Ramsay.
In the ensuing two years – give or take a few months – the two chefs turned the rebranded Table 9 into one of the best restaurants in the region, before leaving with manager Viktorija Paplauskiene to open their new project, Taste Kitchen, in Dubai’s Mercato Mall.
Now the duo are back once again with their latest venture, folly by Nick & Scott. Filling that Rivington Grill-shaped hole at Madinat Jumeirah, the new restaurant will have prime position overlooking the magical Madinat waterways, Burj Al Arab and Arabian Gulf. The 120-cover restaurant, that’s due to open next month, is comprised of an indoor dining area, an outdoor bar and terrace and will feature an interactive kitchen.
So what about the food? We know that it will be an informal take on modern fine dining, with the contemporary menu driven by quality produce and ingredients. Dishes will range from smoked paprika monkfish cheeks and Omani shrimp to lamb saddle, whipped pine nuts and salsa. We’re fairly certain you won’t be miffed with a menu prepared by the popular duo but just in case, guests will be allowed to create their own tasting menu, if you really think you know better.
There’ll also be Paplauskiene’s carefully curated wine list – where lesser-known biodynamic bottles are placed next to more classic choices – to complement your hearty meal. Just be sure you’re not woefully oblivious when it comes to wine tasting.
If all that isn’t enough to get you hyped for the opening, know that guests will be allowed to sit at the eight-seat Kitchen Bar, which doubles as the kitchen pass and gives a unique insight into the drama that goes on inside a busy kitchen. We’re personally hoping the two chefs have picked up a few Gordon Ramsay takedown traits.
In case you’re looking for a more private setting, there will be a "Communal Table” that accommodates up to 12 guests. The clincher though is a special occasion table for two on the second tier of the restaurant called “The Windtower”. This secluded spot will come with a bespoke drinks and dinner menu tailored specifically to guests’ wishes – with Valentine’s Day around the corner, it's a new romantic restaurant that's worth keeping in mind.