It may be one of the world’s most well-known and loved steakhouses but I’m ashamed to admit that I had never actually been to Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Dubai.
As a dedicated carnivore I’m partial to trying a large steak or two and decided it was about time that I descended upon Dubai’s branch of the self-proclaimed ‘world’s premier upscale steak house’.
Located on the ground floor of The Address Dubai Marina Hotel you could be forgiven for passing this off as yet another hotel restaurant but as I was about to discover Ruth’s Chris more than holds it own in a saturated market.For a restaurant that has been constructively voted the best fine dining restaurant in the United States, my expectations were nonetheless high from the offset.
The interior of the restaurant is as dark and moody as you’d expect from a masculine steakhouse yet the ambiance being casual enough to be suitable to all manner of occasions. It’s inviting rather than intimidating. A nod to feminime design takes the form of an oversized crystal chanelier hanging above the dining space. A long bar lines one side of the venue, with well-healed hotel gracing the dotted bar stools, content in their company of both their companion and their swirling whiskey. Couples scatter the open plan dining area, hushed in their intimate conversation distubed only by sparadic animated laughter and I was pleased to note that each individual set had been seated throughout different areas of the dining room, allowing them their stolen evening of privacy before each table inevitably gets occupied post 8pm. The restaurant gives way to a beautiful yet bijou al fresco terrace that hangs dramatically over the marina; a perfect spot to make the most of Dubai’s ever-changing skyline as night falls.
One thing you need to know about Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse is that it serves only the very finest, aged, corn-fed USDA prime beef. Broiled in a trademark 1,800 degrees oven and served on a sizzling plate, your steak is presented still cooking at your table, about as hot as a steak could be; something that in my three years in Dubai I had not yet experienced.
The menu is large but not over extensive with a solid selection of traditional dishes and specials. The Veal Osso Buco Ravioli came highly recommended and is a aesthetically pleasing dish consisting of saffron-infused pasta stuffed with baby spinach and fresh, cream mozzarella cheese. At the time of dining one of the special appetizers was Lobster Bisque, perhaps my favourite entrée of all, so naturally I indulged myself gleefully on this. A fragrant, creamy dish that is definitely an acquired taste due to its richness and unsociable fishy aroma – that saying, I almost wept when it was over, desperately scooping up the last of my bisque with the warm, crusty bread that is served for the table – for someone who rarely finishes a full meal, I nothing short of devoured this dish.
Naturally in a steak house as good as this it is practically compulsory to order beef, however if you’re partial to some fresh seafood, Ruth’s Chris offers this in abundance.Choose from Chilean Sea Bass, an 8 oz pan-roasted fish dish accompanied by healthy sweet potato, pineapple hash and drizzled with citrus coconut butter or indulge in the Sizzling Blue Crab Cakes – a firm favourite here – with three jumbo lump crab cakes served up with zesty lemon butter.
If like me, you’re a meateater by nature then you’ll be pleased to know that as its name suggests, Ruth’s Chris steakhouse really does know how to serve up an excellent steak. From a full-bodied 16 oz New York Strip to the tender 80z Petite Filet, each offering is seemingly better than the last. Meat-loving couples can rejoice in ordering the Porterhouse for Two which consists of an enormous sliced 40 oz USDA prime filet, succulent with juices and rich in its strip flavour. We challenge you to get through it all!
There are also three delicious speciality cuts to choose from here including the Tomahawk Ribeye – 40oz of USDA Prime bone-in ribeye broiled to perfection and hand-cut tableside and Ruth’s own favourite cut, the Bone-in New York Strip which has been described by the founder herself as “190z of sheer perfection, full-bodied and full of flavour”.
The unique thing about Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse is definitely the cooking technique as mentioned before, and the ingenious decision to serve your steak on a 500 degree sizzling plate so that it remains hot throughout the entire meal, is one that many other restaurants should take note of.
Of course, every mouth-watering course requires a selection of equally delicious sides and you won’t be disappointed. There is the traditional such as the Grilled Asparagus with its buttery hollandaise sauce and the practically obligatory Hand-Cut French Fries and Creamed Spinach and then there is the innovative, such as Sweet Potato Casserole, topped with a pecan crust. In fact, there are so many dishes to choose from, it’s almost simpler to do what we did and ask the waiter for a recommended selection.
There is a large selection of wines to complete the dining experience and the wine menu have been lovingly created resulting in a specially curated collection of exceptional wines the perfect pairing to your meal.
The thing about Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse is that the core has always remained the same and this timeless recipe for unpretentious ambiance coupled with warm hospitality and excellent cuisine is what gives the chain its universal appeal. The original passion for service that the founder Ruth possessed translates even across the pond in Dubai and this service and perfectionism is paramount in creating the memorable dining experience that each and every guest inevitably gets.
It’s rare that a restaurant lives up to our expectations but Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, more than does. In fact every bite is as delicious as the first.