Opening in 2019, the restaurant will be the third Dinner site in the chef’s portfolio, alongside his London and Melbourne outposts. The original London restaurant was awarded two Michelin stars in 2012.
The restaurant will be located in the centre of the hotel resort, and will comprise a bar, two outdoor terraces and a private dining room.
The menu will consist of “contemporary dishes inspired by historic gastronomic recipes dating back to the 1300s.”
Blumenthal works alongside chef director Ashley Palmer-Watts to create menus for all Dinner outposts. In London, the menu includes the likes of roast cod and smoked beetroot flavour savoury porridge; spiced celeriac sauce and oyster leaf accompany chicken cooked with lettuces (circa 1670); and a slow-roasted pineapple on a spit, which is the 17th-century equivalent of a tipsy cake.
The Dubai restaurant will launch in the Royal Atlantis Resort and Residences, located next to the Palm Atlantis resort. It will sit alongside 231 luxury apartments; skycourts; penthouses; an infinity pool 90m off the ground; and sky-high garden suites.
“I am truly excited about opening in this incredible location”, says Blumenthal.
“It is not often that an opportunity in such a perfect space comes along. The backdrop is outstanding and the views of the Dubai skyline over the Persian Gulf are quite unique. Ashley [Palmer-Watts] and I are looking forward to creating something quite special for our guests to enjoy”.
The antipodean version of Dinner is faithful to the menu of the London original, but with some local twists including lamingtons and the use of kangaroo meat. It is likely that the Dubai menu will follow suit, and will be somewhat influenced by the food culture of the area.