When it comes to fine dining, Dubai’s DIFC plays host to some of the world’s most iconic and exclusive eateries with the likes of Zuma, Marea and La Petite Maison being the preferred haunts of the region's elite. Just when you thought DIFC’s stellar restaurant line-up couldn’t get any better, in comes the legendary New York hotspot: Indochine.
The lndochine Wall of Fame in the lounge area
For those who aren’t familiar with the storied establishment, Indochine has been the famed Manhattan hangout for the rich and the famous since its inception in 1984. From the likes of Andy Warhol and Valentino Garavani to Kaia Gerber and Kendall Jenner (and just about everyone in between) the star-studded venue continues to maintain its undisputed appeal even at a time when almost everything is fleeting.
So what is exactly is Indochine’s draw? BAZAAR paid a visit to the institution’s newly opened Dubai location to find out.
The dining area features Indochine’s signature tropical décor, and the iconic ‘Martinique’ wallpaper
From the minute you enter, you are transported into the world of Indochine. The vibe is undeniably hip and the service is possibly the best we have experienced in Dubai. The atmosphere is relaxed, moody and chic; every detail has been meticulously thought out to deliver the iconic New York experience with an authentic Dubai-inspired flavor.
The French-Vietnamese menu has been carefully developed to cater to the local palate; signature dishes from the New York branch are of course featured as well. “It’s all about sharing”, explains our waiter as he expertly makes thoughtful suggestions on what to order. We go with his recommendations and are delighted to learn that he pretty much nailed it. The absolute highlights were the Seabass Carpaccio, Vietnamese Ravioli, Crispy Scale Amadai and Matcha Coconut Short Crust.
The dish that's remained on the restaurant's menu for 35 years: Vietnamese Ravioli
“Come on a Thursday,” said the bartender. “We are flying in a DJ from New York for a residency here and the place is always packed.” And we don’t doubt it. We were looking to book a table for Wednesday but were unable to get a spot. Even on a Monday, the place was buzzing and we understood just why Indochine continues to dominate as one of the world’s most celebrated dining destinations.
The verdict? Totally worth every bit of the hype – we will definitely be back on the weekend.
Indochine is located at Gate Precinct Building 3, Level 2, DIFC Dubai, UAE
For bookings please call +971 4 208 9333
Images courtesy of Indochine Dubai