Rhodes W1 celebrates its 10th Anniversary this October at Grosvenor House Dubai Marina.
Rhodes W1 has been surprising and satisfying its guests since opening its doors to the public in Dubai ten years ago. A staple of Grosvenor House Dubai’s impressive F&B line-up, its founder, legendary Chef and restaurateur Gary Rhodes OBE, admits in the lead up to its upcoming October anniversary that there is more to his fine-dining establishment than first meets the eye.
Chef Gary Rhodes brings his very own “je ne sais quoi” to Rhodes W1, Grosvenor House Dubai. The Anglo-French-inspired menu takes diners on a culinary journey, giving them the opportunity to sample innovative pairings and fusions.
Over the past 10 years the restaurant has constantly kept things fresh with changes to its decor and menu. Rhodes recently updated the W1 menu and there are many new items to look forward to but some of its classics staples will stay on the menu, including Rhodes W1‘s signature white tomato soup. When asked about how it is made, Rhodes is notoriously secretive: “There’s a method of drawing all of the natural juices out of the tomato. These juices, which are absolutely clear, are where all of the flavour is. People taste it, expecting it to be red in colour and wonder – how do they do this? If another Chef or restaurant tries to mimic what we do, they won’t know the true method so won’t get the maximum flavour.”
The restaurant design transports you to a summer’s day in the English countryside. W1 is set in contemporary surroundings, with wooden floors, sleek furnishings and splashes of colour and greenery. Perfect for British expats, or anyone who enjoys travel to the UK.
Its terrace has panoramic, interrupted views of Dubai Marina and on a winter’s evening, it’s the perfect place to unwind after a long day at work. “In the evenings, when the Marina is lit up, and beautiful boats are coming up along the water and you’re sitting out on the terrace, enjoying a cold drink – you’re thinking – this is heaven,” relished Rhodes.
The bar and restaurant boasts a happy hour that lasts for four hours, six days a week. From 19.30-23.30 diners or bar goers can indulge in a wide selection of beverages from just 25 AED each. The happy hour bar menu is also not to be missed, with a range of gourmet mini-bites to share.
During the festive season, Rhodes is one of the only celebrity chefs known for personally cooking for patrons in his restaurant – which he has done for the past six years at W1. He said: “Last year, on 25 December, we hosted around 135 people at Rhodes W1 for a festive lunch. I always go to talk to the tables afterwards and that took me almost two hours with the number of people, it was absolutely cracking!” Rhodes W1 transforms into a spectacular and unique event space for up to 90 people. “It’s great for events,” Rhodes commented. “You have all of your own space, totally private, and not open to anybody. Of course having the terrace and two bars – one inside one outside – there’s entertainment all around.”
Towards the end of 2017, the restaurant will throw a party with a signature menu designed specially in celebration of its tenth birthday. Details will be announced in due course, but guests can expect to reminisce from the day the restaurant opened in October 2007 and relive some of the most popular signature dishes Rhodes has created there in the last ten years.
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