About R Trader:
Finally a restaurant in DIFC that isn’t all about the fancy food with heavy price tags. R Trader (or Rouge Trader), located at the heart of DIFC served British cuisine with an international twist. We loved the atmosphere of the restaurant that somehow protruded a vibe of the Prohibition Era and the dim lighting and dark hues definitely ticks all the boxes for us when it comes to a relaxing night out.
The menu is broadly divided into four sections – Raw, Sea, Birds & Beasts and Land; each section having numerous dishes of starters and mains to choose from. We’ve referred to our lunch at R Trader as a “feast” since there were four of us at the table indulging in a starter, main and dessert EACH. That’s twelve dishes, conceivably the entire R Trader menu.
Our medley of starters included;
– Hand Dived Scallops with Grilled Leeks, Tater Tots and Dill from the Sea Section. When the dish was placed at our table, we can assuredly say the presentation was nowhere close to what we would’ve imagined (take the beautifully made potato rosti for instance with its cage-like structure that concealed the scallops beautifully). We also admired the simplicity of flavors that complimented the perfectly cooked scallop thus enabling the scallops to be the hero of this dish.
– Yet another perfectly executed starter was the Foie Gras and Brioche Sandwich with Fairground Onions, Toffee Apples and Popcorn that celebrated a burst of textures and cooking techniques with simple ingredients. The crisp and crunchy textures of the crumbled popcorn and candied apples were the highlight of this dish. It’s also safe to say that the smooth and silky Foie Gras itself is one of the best we’ve ever had. A very well executed dish.
– The Rare Roast Venison with Single Bean Chocolate, Parsnips and Preserved Blackberries was most definitely the most beautifully presented starter on our table. The venison was cooked beautifully and the addition of chocolate and berries added a mild sweet and tart flavor that seemed to work well with the meat.
– For our final starter we indulged in a Cauliflower Risotto with Summer Truffle and Banyuls (a type of dessert wine). We weren’t swayed by the presentation of this dish; it was a bit of a letdown. The sweetness from the wine and the strong aura from the truffle are the two constituents that saved this dish.
R Trader definitely set the bar high with our first course of appetizers. Not only were the flavors well executed but the presentations of almost all the dishes we tried were effortlessly flawless. Before we knew it, it was time for mains and we couldn’t wait to see what R Trader whips out for us.
– First up was a simple yet intriguing looking dish of Twelve Hour Braised Beef Cheek with Amandine Potatoes, Raclette Cheese and Pickled Onions. We loved everything about this dish – the perfectly glazed beef cheek that was tender and juicy, the silky smooth potato puree (mashed potatoes), the delicately thin layer of raclette that combined beautifully with the potatoes and the beef jus that wrapped the entire dish impeccably.
– The Steamed Sea Bass that is inspired by the flavors of the Colombian coast y patacones de Claudia tasted simple, light and faultlessly cooked. The highlight of this dish was definitely the fish that looked beautiful and tasted incredible. If you don’t like your mains heavy, then this dish is definitely for you.
– The one dish that totally amazed us in terms of fusion of cuisines and flavors was the BBQ Welsh Lamb with Aloo Gobi, Onion Bhaji and Chaat Masala. We loved the Indian tinge to a British dish ended up looking and tasting delectable. Needless to say the lamb was cooked perfectly; but what stood out for us were all the other components of this dish was wound up the flavors brilliantly. We’re definitely ordering this one again when we’re back!
– Our final main was a beautiful serving of Duck Siu Mei with Quince (type of fruit similar to a pear) instead of Plum and Stuffed Bun. We admired the Asian play of flavors that seemed to work well with the duck. The sweet flavors in the Bun and sauce elevated the dish, however we feel the portion was a bit too small.
The desserts at R Trader tasted delicious, but didn’t astound us as much as the previous two courses did. Also, we wished for more variety of desserts to chose from and for a more theatrical presentation of the desserts.
– If you aren’t a fan of chocolate and love tart flavors in your dessert, then the Lemon & Lime Tart with Frangelico ice cream and Meringue Sorbet is a must have. Definitely one of the best Lemon Tarts we’ve had that wasn’t too sweet nor too sour. We also loved the addition of Meringue Sorbet that lightened the dessert up
– Next, we opted for the Single Bean Chocolate with Aztec flavors and Smokey Churros. This dessert was probably the best looking of them all, and tasted sinfully good. The spice, cinnamon, rich chocolate and churros seemed to work perfectly well together. For chocoholics – this dessert is for you!
– We also had the Tropical Mango with Coconut Sorbet and Yuzu. We loved the burst of mango as we tucked into this dessert and the coconut sorbet tasted refreshing and light (almost like a palette cleanser).
– For our final dessert, and the most beautifully presented of them all was the Savarin Of Pears with Caramac and Golden Raisins. A savarin is a type of cake that is dense and soaked with syrup. The cake along with the caramel, pears and raisins makes for a beautiful dessert and the addition of gold added a nice hint of “royalty” to the dessert.
Address & Contact Details:
Al Fattan Currency House
Hand Dived Scallops with Grilled Leeks, Tater Tots and Dill – Dhs 130
Foie Gras and Brioche Sandwich with Fairground Onions, Toffee Apples and Popcorn – Dhs 90
Rare Roast Venison with Single Bean Chocolate, Parsnips and Preserved Blackberries – Dhs 80
Caulflower Risotto with Summer Truffle and Banyuls – Dhs 90
Twelve Hour Braised Beef Cheek with Amandine Potatoes, Raclette Cheese and Pickled Onions – Dhs 100
Steamed Sea Bass – Dhs 195
BBQ Welsh Lamb with Aloo Gobi, Onion Bhaji and Chaat Masala – Dhs 160
Duck Siu Mei with Quince instead of Plum and Stuffed Bun – Dhs 120
Lemon & Lime Tart with Frangelico ice cream and Meringue Sorbet – Dhs 40
Single Bean Chocolate with Aztec flavors and Smokey Churros – Dhs 45
Tropical Mango with Coconut Sorbet and Yuzu – Dhs 45
Savarin Of Pears with Caramac and Golden Raisins – Dhs40