Delicious round-the-world dining in Dubai
Wednesday nights aren’t usually mega exciting (almost the weekend but not quite!) – but our night at The Collective really was the perfect mid week treat!. Tucked away within the Grand Hyatt near Dubai Creek and complete with waterfall features and impressive skylines – not to mention delicious round-the-world dinging, this beautiful spot was well worth the trip.
The Collective is all about laid back open plan dining where you can have a culinary tour of 4 different cuisines – by visiting 4 distinct foodie zones with decor to match. It’s buffet style but not at all like a Friday brunchThere’s something for everyone here. And you know you’re going to be in for a good night when the bakery section with café style seating next to the indoor river complete with koi carp, shrubs and trees are your first port of call. The Leavantine and Arabic corner has more decadent seating overlooking the grill stations, with Arabic style lighting, colourful plates and a stones throw from the salad bar with the classics Fatoush/tabbouleh and most vegetables and grains you can think of. The server will mix you up a combination, or you can serve yourself. You feel a bit like you’re at a bbq in a taverna. A melting pot of Syrian, Turkish, Arabic all on one plate…seriously good flavours and my favourite of the night ‘Turkish cheese grilled and melted over Turkish bread with honey’ so so good!
Following that you will see the American section, complete with diner style booths so you can peek at more cooking stations….cheesy meaty burgers, calamari, USA style baked potato, pulled pork, fries to die for, king prawns, needless to say the chefs were working hard to reboot supplies which were going down fast.
Finally the Bombay kitchen with more eclectic seating and quirky colourful chairs with dahls, indian lamb burgers, Paneer, spiced chicken cooked fresh while you watch.
Yup, you’ve got to be hungry to come here – especially when there are freshly made crepes, hand made deserts and fresh-out-of the-oven plum tart and cookies to top it all off. Or you could just keep it simple with strawberries and nutella out of a tap (yes, out of a tap!). The menu changes daily, so each visit will be a different experience. Service is awesome too and attention to detail really fab – plus you’ll be brought cheeky must try milkshakes or home made mixed fruit lemonades to sample between courses.
You’ll leave The Collective wanting more but with no room for any (even another turn of the nutella tap – as tempting as it is). We had a really great night – and I can’t wait to see what’s on the menu next time.