Brasserie Quartier, The St. Regis Dubai (supplied image)
Have you ever wondered what it must’ve been like to live in New York City in the early 1900’s? Where men lifted their top hats in greeting, women wore trailing skirts and jazz music played just around the corner. It was in this historic decade that John Jacob Astor IV, one of the wealthiest men in America who ultimately saw a tragic death onboard the Titanic, opened a hotel in 1904 called The St. Regis New York.
Known for its luxury and understated elegance, it was only fitting that this brand finally made its way to Dubai. Walking into the French beaux-arts inspired building, you’re transported into the glitz and glamour world of the elite who lived in that time, with a noticeable touch of the Middle East. As you take in the grandeur and soak in the luxury, it’s easy to be believe that you’ve gone back in time, into a beautiful mansion, if only just for that moment.
A dazzling chandelier with 1,200 pieces of hand-cut crystals illuminates the grand staircase, a signature of the St. Regis which can be seen in all properties around the world. In true Dubai fashion, this one has more gold than others. (supplied image)
Even the art has a story, and don’t we all love a good story? This one is about an Emirati man who travelled the world and brought back pieces with him, which are elegantly placed in key vantage points across the hotel.
Old New York, old Dubai
At She Said though, we’re all about the food. And at the St. Regis, there’s plenty to choose from with eight dining venues. Here we’ve handpicked seven reasons why you should go see for yourself.
Signature raspberry croissant with raspberry purée. Made by Executive Pastry Chef Ludovic Audaux, its flaky on the outside and when you cut through, a wonderfully sweet, tart purée oozes out. Available at the Patisserie.
Risotto aux Champignons. This mushroom risotto deserves to be on the hall of fame which we need to update. Light Parmesan foam, herb purée and a mild citrus flavor that cuts well through the creaminess. Available at Brasserie Quartier.
Black truffle comté cheese fritters. Posh, deep-fried cheese balls. Need we say more? Available at J&G Steakhouse.
Poulet Fermier ‘Label Rouge’ au Truffle (serves 2). A whole roasted free-range chicken with herbs, aromatic chicken juice, and black winter truffle. Real soul food. Available at Brasserie Quartier.
Bone-in Rib eye. All beef here comes from St. Regis’ own bovine farm in Queensland, Australia. This 560 grams, MB4 category is a real treat, not for the faint-hearted. Definitely don’t miss the homemade black pepper jam. Available at J&G Steakhouse.
Steak Tartare. Hand cut beef, black olives, cornichon, basil. Available at Brasserie Quartier
Golden Mary. The St. Regis has a tradition where all hotels around the world make their own version of my favourite cocktail – the Bloody Mary – which did you know was first created at The St. Regis New York? The Dubai version is a spicy savoury version made with yellow tomato juice, rose-infused vodka, date paste, red pepper flakes, brine from jalapeños and gherkins, and the icing on top – gold leaf flakes! She’ll take two please. Available at the St. Regis Bar.
LOCATION – Al Habtoor City, off Sheikh Zayed Road.
All breads and pastries are made in house. Look at these beauties. Available at Patisserie
Chef Sofiane Kaced, Executive Chef – Brasserie Quartier
DISCLOSURE: We were given an exclusive tour of the St. Regis Dubai with a food tasting. This is NOT a sponsored post and all opinions are our own.