Room for another Dubai steakhouse? The Rib Room at Jumeirah Emirates Towers

Dubai; Jumeirah Emirates Towers has relaunched its steakhouse restaurant yet again; now by the name of The Rib Room. Quite cleverly, the hotel’s Agency wine bar has relocated right next door which am sure helps pull in the punters.

The Rib Room at Jumeirah Emirates TowersMustard satin seating, mahogany walls and a glass bottled centerpiece make for a slick, masculine feel. Gotta love a restaurant with plenty of banquettes, and The Rib Room has eight to be precise; perfect seating for our small group. Pretty buzzy for a mid-week dinner during Ramadan – but perhaps dimming the lights a tad will add to the atmosphere.

With Venezuelan lady Ana Maria Gasperi as head chef, who moved across from sister restaurant, Al Qasr’s MJ steakhouse, FooDiva’s culinary expectations were set high. Ribs, steaks and all things beef-like aside, the menu tempts with its diversity; plenty of fish and shellfish, chicken, lamb, veggie main courses, soups, salads and oh so many appetisers. Where does FooDiva start?

The Rib Room - prawn cocktailThe traditionalist in me called for the prawn cocktail, which arrived as a timbale layered with prawns and sliced avocado doused in Marie Rose sauce (a rather scrumptious blend of mayo and ketchup harking back to the 70’s) on a slice of rye bread. Whilst the prawns were juicy, the avocados were a tad unripe. Personally I would have preferred the ingredients served in a coupe or cocktail glass, without the rye holding it together. The Australian Blue mussels meuniere and a foie gras duo (pan fried and terrine) were popular choices at our table.

The Rib Room - Australian Wagyu Stockyard rib eyeThe Rib Room imports its steak from Australia, US and Canada. I opted for the Australian Wagyu Stockyard cattle in a 200gm rib eye; the fattiest yet tastiest part of the cow, as my father has always preached. And I must admit, this cut was a beauty; not too thick, with the fat evenly spread thanks to being wagyu. And it was indeed served rare as confirmed by the potato crisp. A slither of butter was all it required, even though the menu comes armed with plenty of sauce options. I was tempted by the side order dish of tempura wasabi fries; basically French fries fried in a wasabi infused tempura batter. Could fries get any more unhealthy? So unbelievably moreish and hands down the table’s favourite dish of the night. The usual side order suspects of French beans, broccoli, and grilled asparagus, whilst not very innovative, were fresh and al dente. The cream crab sauce with a friend’s grilled dover sole main was too overpowering a choice; but you do have plenty of options for accompanying meat and fish sauces.

The Rib Room - Cheese platterWhat better way to end the evening than by sharing a very appealing cheese platter from The Rib Room’s menu, but in the Agency, which the staff were more than happy to accommodate. You have a choice of five out of eight sheep, goat and cow artisanal cheeses from Italy, France, Spain and the UK, and good chunks too, including my favourite, a Colston Basset Stilton.

Whilst the waiters were obliging and smiley, they lacked authority that comes with a deep understanding of the menu, good command of the English language, and of course the proverbial training.

Dinner for two including wine and water AED 1,080. To-be-expected prices from a five star hotel establishment. I do think this reincarnation has the utmost potential, but to compete with Dubai’s multitude of steakhouses, Jumeirah’s included, The Rib Room, please focus on streamlining the service so we can really see value for money. Here’s to a three out of five FooDiva knife rating.

The Rib Room is located on the lobby Level of Jumeirah Emirates Towers. Open daily for dinner, and for lunch on weekdays only. Licensed. T; +971 4 3198088 E;


So tell me, do you have a Rib Room dining experience to share? Do you think it competes with Dubai’s other steakhouses?

A bientôt!

FooDiva. x

FooDiva Rating: Knife Rating: 3
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11 Responses to “Room for another Dubai steakhouse? The Rib Room at Jumeirah Emirates Towers”

  1. Drina C August 16, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    i have been to the rib room a couple times and the food has never failed; not once! The taste of foi gras along with the juicy wagyu I ordered still lingers in my mind as one of the fondest foi gras memories.. hahahaha! but food aside; the service was terrible. the complementary bread that was brought to out table was cold and hard and needed at least 2-3 reminders for a refill. my experience was further crushed by waiters who found it a priority to gaze into the distance instead of catering to tables with empty plates. So yes as you mentioned; service has a long way to go.

    • foodiva August 17, 2011 at 10:57 am

      Thanks Drina. Unfortunately, service is the biggest issue in this town when it comes to F&B, mainly due to the transient work force and lack of training. Let’s hope The Rib Room takes note!

  2. sarah August 16, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    I thought it used to be called the rib room also – went there a couple of years back, and loved it. Have no idea why I haven’t returned. Those wasabi fries might get me there!

    • foodiva August 17, 2011 at 11:02 am

      Those wasabi fries are definitely worth trademarking 🙂

      • Peter Cooper September 18, 2011 at 5:33 pm

        $294 for two – it is a lot for a steak dinner even a wagyu – and it does not sound as though the waiter could communicate in your language!

        Why don’t Dubai steakhouses bring down their prices and work on volume as they do in North America? They seem to find that this is a formula that makes the restaurant more money, not less by overcharging for a steak that you can buy in a local supermarket (and actually it often is exactly the same steak as importers are limited) for a fraction of the price.

        People don’t go out so much because the prices are way too high – and they would do so a lot more if the prices reflected the cost of the food a little more closely!

        • FooDiva September 18, 2011 at 6:45 pm

          Hi Peter. I don’t think we can compare the Dubai or even UAE market with North America in terms of volume. Clearly this is a smaller market. The majority of produce, beef included has to be imported allowing for a certain escalation in price. But I don’t think the price hikes are entirely justifiable. Dining out overall is much more expensive in this town than other cities, not helped by licensing laws and the extremely high cost of wine.

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