This supper club in Dubai bridges art, style & food in a unique setting.
Words by Aneesha Rai in The Lifestyle · Jun. 20th, 2019
Taste art, drink passion & feel music at the Phoenix Social Club located close to the DIFC area within the H Hotel. Replacing high-end Japanese eatery Okku, Phoenix Social Club offers a refreshing change with its 1930s-40s style.
As soon as you enter the club, you will immediately be impressed by the design-led venue & bar. Move over to the bar and enjoy a selection of delicious cocktails. Even though there are the classics like Manhattans & martinis, I urge you to try their unique nine cocktail list. My personal favourite was the 'Forest Lane' - a pine seed, lingonberry, grapefruit and carbonated apple with gin. There is some theatrics involved with serving your cocktails, and this one, in particular, is a visual treat as well as tipples down very easily. A brief look at the bar will indicate special attention to the ingredients - a lot of ingredients are aged in barrels and in clay pots, infused with herbs, spices and fruits served in bespoke glassware and crystal from a bygone era.
The music choice at Phoenix Social Club is unique and puts you in a great mood. It's refreshingly different than the usual thump-thumps of other clubs, and the music during happy hours is loud enough so you can still have a conversation - something Dubai's tippling places still struggle with. Phoenix Social Club has it down though, with the music spanning high-energy jazz, funk and soul - all remixed and played within the deep house, acid jazz, bossa nova and Afro-Cuban beats genres.
The decor is tasteful, but the screen showing black and white movies is distracting. The food is distracting too - in a good way. An eclectic array of flavours and multi-cultural cooking techniques is served as art. Our favourite dishes include the tandoor flatbreads made of pizza fought (the signature starter) with roasted capsicum cream, the chicken liver parfait with creme fraiche, caramelized yoghurt, pickled shallots, endives & rose, the beef cheek Tortellini with Porcini Beurre Monte, chargrilled octopus with yuzu kosho, and to finish off, the saffron & pear sorbet.
The chef, Robert Fairs arrives with experience setting up the London Project in Bluewaters Island. His broad culinary curriculum includes having worked alongside Chefs from the world’s leading restaurants such as Noma, Amass, El Celler de Can Roca and Mugaritz.
Chef Robert spent 3 years honing his style at award-winning Roots Restaurant – a restaurant renowned for sourcing, and often foraging for - the most locally grown and seasonal produce. During his tenure, he won the accolade of 3 Chef Hats the first year as Sous Chef and then retained them 2 years running as Chef de Cuisine. Robert also spearheaded an intensive research and development program which doubled as a countertop private dining room serving 6 guests up to 25 courses. He was also a ‘San Pellegrino Young Chef of the Year’ finalist for the Pacific region in 2017 and won ‘Up and Coming Chef of the Year’ for Christchurch 2017.
Offering great price points for 'fine-sharing' food, Phoenix Social Club is well worth the visit.
Address: 1st Floor, The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Trade Centre Area, Dubai
Reservations can be made on Reserve Out