Dining indecisions are behind 80 per cent of arguments while shopping. OK, we made that stat up, but what is true is that one venue offers 12 cuisines across eight restaurants.
Todd English’s Food Hall at The Dubai Mall covers 12,000 square feet of the new Fashion Avenue extension. That’s one huge seating area and a massive terrace with an impressive view of the Dubai Fountain.
The concept is clever and from what understand, similar to the set-up the American celebrity chef Todd has in New York and Manilla. Indecisive diners can choose from The Greenery salad bar, Italian station Figs for pizza and pasta, the Chop Shop for amazing steaks, the eponymously named Noodle for dim sum and noodles, juicy burgers from Pound and seafood at Blue Zoo. There’s a nice touch of local flavours at Mezza House and Kishmish.
Between two of us, we managed to spend AED 220, devouring popcorn chicken and honey fried pickles from Pound (AED 42), more-ish masala fries served by Kishmish (AED 22) and a homemade potato roll stuffed with creamy Maine lobster at Blue Zoo (AED 52). If you have a sweet tooth, seek out the milk cake. We decide not to get involved with the stomach busting burger challenge (AED 209 for eight patties and sides, but free if you finish in 20 minutes or less).
In our experience, it takes a while for a new restaurant to get up to speed, but Todd’s team are already firing on all cylinders service-wise.
A classier take on a food court (though we’ll still head there for our Jolibees fix), Todd English’s Food Hall is sure to defuse the tension when retail hanger strikes. It’s also the perfect pitstop when you take yet another guest to witness the watery glory of Dubai Fountain.
For reservations call 04 526 9086. Open 10am-12am. Ground Floor, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai. www.facebook.com/toddenglishdxb