Hurricane’s Grill Dubai – Review
Unique and absolutely inviting, Hurricane’s Grill, the newly opened well-loved Australian restaurant is probably the best news for foodies at the start of the year. Located at the Dubai Mall facing the iconic Dubai fountains with spectacular views of the dancing fountains the restaurant offers gourmet food with palatial servings and a price point that is just right. Known for its world-class steaks, ribs, and the famous house basting, Hurricane’s Grill goes a notch up to bring a menu complete with the customizable option for the young and old. You can tweak your order to your palate, the choices are innumerable and exciting.
Since the weather was great and inviting we headed to the Dubai Mall to check out the restaurant and its offerings. The restaurant is located at the new extension of the Dubai Mall near the water fountains in a quiet corner facing the extended veranda and the dancing fountains. It is perfect for alfresco dining when the weather is good or when you simply want to enjoy the dancing fountains while savoring your food. Inside the restaurant has cozy semi-circular family style seats that are super welcoming for families and large groups. As soon as we were seated we instantly felt the laidback vibes of the restaurant with light music and soft ambiance. While we placed our orders we were served with popcorns that came along our drinks. The drink I ordered had an interesting story behind it and came as a unique visual treat. The Marikoriko – a mellower version of pina colada with creamy coconut cream, came in a glass shaped like a horse complete with a head and wings made with a pineapple slice. The drink tasted divine but it is the artful presentation that just blew us away. The name also came from the Maori mythology tracing its roots back to New Zealand. We also ordered Mint Lemonade the icy green concoction had the perfect zesty flavor that goes well with steaks and burgers.
For the starters, we ordered two different types of dishes. BBQ Chicken Wings and Cheesy Garlic Rolls. The Chargrilled Chicken Wings came drenched in Peri Peri sauce sitting on a mound of pilaf rice sprinkled with micro herbs. The result was insane. The chargrilled chicken had a smoky flavor and peri peri sauce effortlessly hit the right notes of spice, the side of rice actually made it almost like a light meal and went great with the wings and the sauce. The Cheesy Garlic rolls were made fresh and had a melt in the mouth softness, which needs no further adjectives to define, it was simply superb and appetizing.
For our main course, we ordered Australian Rib eye steak with the side of baked Potatoes. And the classic beef burger with peri peri dressings and the side of fries. Since being primarily a steak house Hurricane’s Grill takes it steak rather seriously. The restaurant’s F&B Director gave us a verbal tour of the beef industry and the aging process of meat, and the South African inspirations. Our steak came hot medium to rare (exactly how we like it soft and chewy) covered in the special basting sauce. The meat was perfect. Juicy, chewy and above all huge! You could taste the meat fiber and could feel the whole expertise behind the steak. The side of baked potatoes went almost unnoticeable as we were too busy devouring our perfect piece of meat. The second main was Hurricane’s classic beef burger and we opted for the peri peri sauce. The burger was a delicious hybrid between sloppy joes and classic beef burger. The generous peri peri sauce on top of the thick beef patty gave the burger the sloppy joe feel while the beef patty retained the wholesome classic taste of a traditional beef burger. The burger is certainly unique and a must try for those who like a twist in their food.
After a very filling main course, our dessert came complete with all culinary aesthetics. The South African delight, Malva Pudding is a spongy caramelized cake with apricot jam, came with homemade custard and vanilla ice cream. The dessert was delectable and surpassed our expectation, for it didn’t feel like we are eating out in a restaurant but at the comfort of our home. The taste was homey, organic and pure.
First opened on Australia’s legendary Bondi Beach in 1995, Hurricane’s Grill drew inspiration from South Africa’s tradition of grill and steakhouses. It is no wonder that the restaurant brings a mix of unique and exciting flavors in the best settings in Dubai. The serving size is exceptional, the value for money is great and the staff is extremely nice as they literally spread a smile on your face rather than hovering around uselessly, there’s no doubt that Hurricane’s Grill is the ultimate diner to visit with friends and family time and time again without being ever disappointed.
We got a chance to speak to Mr. Joe van Jaarsveld the F&B Manager of the Hurricane’s Grill Dubai and took some shots of the restaurant, check out the video link below for more…