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Restaurant Review: Prime 68 at the JW Marriott Marquis, best steaks and the tallest hotel in the world?

Posted on 23 January 2013 with no comments from readers

To say Prime 68 is a restaurant with a view is a bit of an understatement. You are on the 68th floor of the world’s tallest hotel, the JW Marriott Marquis. You can go higher in Dubai and perch in the restaurant at the top of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building as ArabianMoney did when it first opened (click here). But where do you get the best steak in Dubai?

Always up for a challenge for dinner we ascended to Prime 68 to review its finest. The first comment to make is that this is easily the most impressive steakhouse interior in Dubai. It’s spacious, all-white and yet cosy, perhaps recalling the famous white room of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. It tops the super-yacht finish of Burj Khalifa’s pinnacle.

Growing wine list

This does feel like a new restaurant. The staff are all very young and keen to impress. The wine list presently only has 200 bottles. Our efficient young waiter newly arrived from Portugal informed us it would soon be 280 bottles and eventually have 1,000 and be the longest wine menu in Dubai.

Well if you are a hotel with 1,600 rooms then you need a lot of wine. There will also be plenty of in-house guests to fill a large steakhouse. We sat by the window in the rear with a full length view of the Burj Khalifa at night. That’s already a sensational plus point.

The meal did not disappoint us either. The chef is not fumbling with his new equipment. For starters the duck rillettes were perhaps not testing him very much although my wife’s magnificent lobster claw out-of-the-shell in the avacado and mango salad was apparently as beautifully cooked as it was presented.

Australian Wagyu

I chose a small Blackmore Australian Wagyu steak for the main course, the premium cut of the house. It was expertly done and mouthwateringly delicious. Sides of steakhouse fries, truffle gratin mashed potatoes, wild mushrooms and creamy spinach could not be faulted, nor the fine port and stilton sauce.

If only there had been some foie gras to put on top but it is not on the menu. That would be our only reason for not giving the Prime 68 top marks. On this criterion it was beaten by the old JW’s steakhouse which we reviewed only a week ago (click here). Still it is true foie gras is a bit controversial and banned from sale in restaurants in California.

We just about managed to share a bread and butter pudding in bourbon sauce with ice cream. It was a very good steak dinner in an unique ambience. We overheard a guest from Kuwait grumbling about the minimalist white interior as being too Western. They should have told him the interior was actually designed by a UAE national lady.

Tastes in interior design have moved on but you can’t beat a classic steak dinner, and indeed the guy from Kuwait seemed very happy with the food.

Posted on 23 January 2013 Categories: Business Travel

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