A Paleo Night @ TriBeCa Kitchen, Dubai
Since I started the Whole30 diet a couple of weeks ago, I have banned myself from eating out in fear of getting weak knees in the face of creamy carbs and delicious sugar. So you can imagine how I was jumping up and down when I heard that TriBeCa, an uber cool nightspot in Dubai, has a new Paleo menu to offer. A fun night out while staying healthy? Count me in!
Having had one of the busiest weeks at work, I decided that a Paleo night at TriBeCa with my friends would be the best way to kick start a fun weekend. So we put on our best lipsticks and highest heels and headed towards Ocean Views Hotel in JBR, Dubai, where TriBeCa has taken as its home a little over a year ago.
As we walked through the massive doors, we immediately felt a relaxed and upbeat cool vibe about the place. Its spacious with interiors that are possibly the most creative I have seen in a restaurant before. Every chair, table, lamp, wall, is made with such creativity that it is a piece of art on its own.
It was 9 pm when we got there, and although the place was not very full yet, I noticed that almost all tables are occupied. 1990's and early 2000's music blasting through the (slightly louder than a normal restaurant's) speakers, casual and cool waiters helped us take our seats and I couldn't help but notice how their happy attitude and industrial-inspired uniform fit right well within the entire theme of the place. Starved, we happily take our seats and start to take a look at the menus to get this food party started.
The fact that such a place added a Paleo-friendly dishes was quite simply, smart. They are catering for a niche that has grown so popular in Dubai yet restaurants are still focused on classic diets with a Low fat/calorie dishes. So Well done TriBeca for this!
TriBeCa offers various delicious organic and clean dishes with a few paleo-friendly ones such as; Salmon tartar with Avocado puree and grilled prawns in olive oil and lemon from the starters menu, Chicken kale and Mango from the Salads selections, the popular Zucchini noodles with macademia nuts pesto and Paleo Lasagne from the mains and even the Whole30/Paleo popular side dish of Cauliflower rice!
Although the menu does not offer a vast selection of dishes, I have to say its focused and there is something for everyone. Unfortunately, Menu has no pictures so you gotta use your imagination for picking your dish.
I went for the Grilled Prawns as a starter and the Paleo Lasagna as my main dish. While my friends went for other (less Paleo friendly) items: Bruschetta and Burrata for starters, and the Organic Steak with cherry tomatoes with Pesto and Mushroom Risotto for the mains.
Barely a few minutes later, our dishes arrived which is always impressive in such busy nights and tells a lot about the service standards of the place.
The Prawns: 'AMAZINGNESS ON A PLATE!' is the only way I can quite simply explain this dish. Everything from how fresh the prawns are, to the marination in lemon, garlic and herbs to being cooked perfectly, just screams delish! And that coming from someone who is not that much into seafood (me) says a lot!
The Paleo Lasagna: The lasagna was made of eggplant as the base, with zucchini and perfect ground meat on the top, finished with a sprinkle of colored bell peppers with a side of wild green tossed with olive oil and lemon. I loved it. It was light yet very tasty and fresh. I finished all of it and felt so so fulfilled afterwards.
Dessert: TriBeCa also offers a Paleo friendly dessert in the form of Paleo Banoffee Pie (which looked so delicious from what I have seen) unfortunately I couldn't try it out this time around but the mix of coconut, honey pecan nuts ans chia seeds sounds like a Paleo dream!
Non Paleo Dishes: All starters disappeared in a bout 5 minutes. Each dish was just the right amount with the perfect combination of flavors. As for the mains, The organic beef steak was so tender and perfectly cooked. The cherry tomato on top might be a bit too much but the pesto went along perfectly to tone the taste down. The Rissotto was ok as well, however, I saw that the masterpiece of the night was the Cheese Cake tower, which is basically a tower of a bottom plate with cheese, topped with another plate of crumbs and finally a small plate of caramel. You gotta mix it yourself and my friends had super fun doing it all night and they kept shouting "Nada you are missing out!!" every 5 seconds, so I take that as a big thumbs up from my foodie besties.
Ending the night
It was only after dessert that we noticed we cant hear each other anymore. Music got so so loud and glancing around, I could see the place has filled up pretty quickly, especially around the bar. By 12 am, having concluded that this was a perfect, fun, (yet healthy) night, we were ready to leave; stuffed, happy and ready to roll with our weekend.
Overall Rating: 4/5 (only due to the super loud music at the end of the night)
Perfect for: After work drinks, a cool friends catch-up over dinner and drinks, or a casual date night.
Best Qualities: Atmosphere, Music, Food...everything!
Any low side? Yes, keep down the music just a little bit down please.