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Mina Brasserie review

Words by Nathan Irvine

Dining on cruise control.

Heading home in a cab after our visit to Mina Brasserie, the chat was focused on one thing. No, not the fantastic attention to detail in each dish. Nor was it the eclectic drinks menu that has a little something for everyone. All of our conversation was about just how excellent the service was.

As the old cliché goes, you’re more likely to tell people about bad service than good. On this occasion, we feel it would be remiss of us not to mention it.

Mina Brasserie has a reputation for serving up exceptional European cuisine from its spot at the Four Seasons DIFC. But it’s the warm welcome and culinary knowledge of the staff that will see us come back soon.

Such was our confidence in our friendly servers, that when it came to our mains, sides, desserts and drinks we let them make the big decisions for us. Obviously, they got them all spot on. It was like dining in cruise control.

So, what did we have?

Cruise control

Well, for starters we had the potato gnocchi with artichoke, asparagus and parmesan, and a hearty helping of wagyu beef carpaccio with truffle, rocket and more crispy parmesan.

Both were light enough so that we didn’t feel bloated heading into the mains, yet tasty enough for us to want another helping.

The gnocchi in particular was a delight. Served with a light sauce and seasonal vegetables, it was one of the stars of the entire meal.

The mains on the evening menu all sound great. It’s part of that signature style of world-renowned chef, Michael Mina and offers a diverse approach that manages to tick the boxes of every type of foodie. And this is where we leave our selections to the staff.

A brief chat about our likes and dislikes, and our server is sure that they know what we’ll enjoy. Roasted Norwegian salmon and a 250g wagyu fillet are served up alongside parmesan truffle fries, truffle macaroni and cheese and crispy Brussels sprouts.

The combination of flavours throughout were impressive. It was the salmon that leapt off the plate (not literally) with each soft and flaky forkful an absolute delight on the palate.

Just pipping the salmon to the best dish award was the wagyu fillet. Every discernible carnivore will tell you that if a cut of steak is cooked and seasoned well enough, you don’t need a sauce to drench it in. And that’s just what we have here.

Picture of a tomohawk steak that has been sliced off the bone and surrounded by vegetables.

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Supplied The tomahawk steak for two is quite the showpiece.

Upping the steaks

The medium cooked fillet at Mina Brasserie is the type of steak to write home about. It’s the type to write an ode about. So many places in Dubai – many of them steak restaurants – purport to be the best, but you won’t find many as delicious as the one at Mina Brasserie. The peppercorn sauce just watched on, untouched.

We do need to give a special nod to the Brussels sprout. Cooked in honey soy sauce, these crispy veggies will convert even the most stoic sprout hater. They really are a game changer.

By this point we were fit to burst, but ploughed on with dessert – even if we did just grab one chocolate soufflé between us. Again, it was another decadent dish that caps off our meal well.

Mina Brasserie is a gem. Outstanding food at the lush indoor or outdoor setting is a great combination for a date night. And knowing that you’ll be in safe hands with the superb waiting staff, it’s a place you’ll be talking about for as long time afterwards.

Mina Brasserie
Where: Four Season Hotel DIFC
Tel: +9714 506 0100
Web: www.minabrasserie.com

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