When an invite in my inbox arrived for a tasting session for Pots, Pans and Boards by Michelin starred chef Tom Aikens, mom and I jumped for joy and better yet the event was being held on my birthday (in-case you were wondering the 9th of September)!
Finding the restaurant might be a little tricky since it’s right at the end of The Beach Mall facing the beach. But the interiors alone are worth the walk, breathtakingly rustic and every piece has been hand-picked – large wooden tables with pots and pans hanging overhead and shelves brimming with different jars. The walls covered in kitchen knives and cleavers, reminded us of the old-fashioned especially with the open kitchen. Absolutely loved the interior and all the detail that went into it – we’d love to take it all home, pictures definitely don’t do it justice!
A lot of options in the drinks menu, the strawberry balsamic daxon is a refreshing sweet and sour medley, whereas the ginger lemongrass cucumber benedict is the perfect pick me up! We also loved the lemongrass and ginger herb infusion tea and the trade jade sword jing tea.
Since Pots, Pans and Boards has a sharing concept, all the dishes are made to be shared which we absolutely loved. Also everything is presented on a pot, pan or board, look at how cute the bread basket is!
For starters we were served the ice packed gordal olives topped with orange zest.
White bean and black garlic hummus was a welcome spin on a household classic served with a crisp bread.
A table favorite was the ricotta with dry herbs and aged balsamic, creamy cheese with a strong kick from the balsamic.
Shrimps lemon & ailoli served with garlic mayonnaise.
The smoked cod meets the sweet oranges, black olive pesto and boiled potatoes with micro greens an interesting combination with stimulates all the senses.
Another table favorite was the cecina de leon with pickled mushrooms and manchego cheese. The strips of beef were tangy, the pickled mushrooms and manchego cheese complemented the dish perfectly.
A beef tartare masterclass with Tom Aikens himself *shriek*, it was quite a flavorful dish which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Did someone say malt glazed short ribs with onions rings and a celeriac truffle mash? Yes you heard that right, the tender caramelized beef that just falls right off, it also comes with a drench worthy gravy.
My personal favorite was the perfectly cooked roasted salmon with black squid ink rice and baby squid. Sigh if I could have this everyday I’d be a happy camper!
There were some meaty lamb meatballs with mint, harissa, and a roasted tomato sauce. #spicy
Another favorite was the ratatouille with creamy strained yogurt and herbes de provence.
For sides we’d recommend the fantastic mac n cheese, green beans and shallots and the simple roasted vegetables.
The best part of any meal and something compulsory on birthdays – DESSERT!
Lemon zest cheesecake with berry ice cream, the cheesecake was creamy and not too heavy. The combination of lemon and berry was delicious.
Milk chocolate and caramel tart, addictive, has a super hard base to break but you will want to gobble the entire thing down with no regrets.
Mmm pavlova with mixed berries and a passion fruit curd, might just be my favorite dessert of all time, yes all time! A crispy meringue, creamy base and not too sweet!
Red fruit and apple crumble with toasted almond ice cream, the crumble is served warm but that ice cream stole the show.
And finally the homemade Chelsea buns with salted caramel, warm soft bits off heaven, vanished in seconds.
Overall I think Pots, Pans and Boards is a great new addition to the Dubai food scene. Meticulous attention to detail which shows through the food, ambiance and of course the chefs! Officially open on the 17th of September 2015 with lunch, dinner and all day dessert. Open from 12 pm to 12 am.