Maine Oyster Bar & Grill, Hilton Double Tree, JBR

On 22 February 2016, the UAE Bailliage was up for a treat at Maine Oyster Bar & Grill. Tucked away on the edge of Dubai’s sprawling coastline, is a restaurant devoid of any pretension or gimmickry. The seaside brasserie pays homage to the immortal charm of the state whose slogan is justly ‘The Way Life Should Be’. Blending a post-industrial design aesthetic with a laid-back New England extravagance, the retro-vintage feel is abetted by circular black wood banquettes, tan leather chairs, geometric terrazzo, crackled white tiles and steal beamed ceiling. Head chef, Liam Breen, served up a slice of culinary nostalgia for those jonesing for a memorable dining experience.

grid-160219-maineThe night started with a cocktail reception at the terrace featuring Laurent-Perrier Brut NV Champagne accompanied by an impressive selection of Amuse-bouche. This was followed by a four course menu paired with a carefully selected matching wine as seen in the menu.

Amuse Bouche
- Reception Cocktail -
Fresh Shucked Oysters
Drunken Scallop Ceviche
Beef & Fried Oyster Tartare
Colossal Shrimp Cocktail
Laurent-Perrier Brut Nv, Champagne, France

First Course
Dungeness Crab Cake
Old Fashioned Mustard Cream
Loosen Blue Slate, Dry Riesling Kabinett, Germany

Second Course
Butter Poached Lobster Tail
Bisque, Garlic Aioli, Sturgeon Caviar
Bourgogne Rouge, Nicolas Rossignol, France

Third Course
Wagyu Sirloin 9+
Blackmore Wagyu 9+ Marbling, Bone Marrow, Rosemary Madeira Jus
Liar’s Dice, Zinfandel, Murphy Goode, Sonoma County, California, Usa

Final Course
Chef’s Dessert Selection
Lustau Capataz Deluxe Cream Sherry, Spain

There were many favourites in the menu making in hard to just select a few the service was swift and unobtrusive. The members and their guests all thoroughly enjoyed the menu selection, ambience and service. It was hard to believe that the restaurant opened only 2 months earlier.

Thanks to:
Head Chef: Liam Breem
Sous chef: Saradhi Dakara
Directors of Service: Deborah Guiterrez & Octave Le Liard

You can view Photo Gallery for the event here