Restaurant Review – Intersect By Lexus

A Hybrid Of A Luxury Car Showroom And A Fine Dining Restaurant:
A few days ago we found ourselves back at Dubai International Financial Centre (one of our favorite dining spots in Dubai) to experience a concept that’s relatively new around the entire world. The concept was debuted in Tokyo around three years ago and  the one located at DIFC is the second of its kind globally. The entire motive of Intersect by Lexus is for the guests to experience the Lexus brand without getting behind the steering wheel.
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First Impressions:
As we walked in, we were amazed by the revolutionary and ultramodern design of the restaurant. Intersect by Lexus is divided into two floors – the lower floor that gives you a very “garage effect” with a gorgeous Lexus GS – F grandly displayed in the centre and the upper floor that’s comprises a very comfy and gorgeously set restaurant.  Each element in the dining room was strategically placed with a resemblance of Lexus elements. Throughout Intersect, the signature Lexus Spindle Grill design runs through the walls and staircase of the restaurant.
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Our Meal:
We decided to try out the three course Iftar menu where you get a selection of salads, soup of the day , a choice of one starter, main and dessert. To begin with, a selection of freshly prepared salads are vibrantly displayed at the counter. The selection of salads include Kale and Avocado Salad, Chickpeas and Hazelnut Salad, Heirloom Tomato Salad. We loved the freshness and flavor of the Tomato Salad and the texture of the Kale and Avocado Salad. However, the Chickpea and Hazelnut Salad did not impress us. We loved the crunch provided by the hazelnuts, however we felt the dressing did not do much for the salad. Our soup of the day was the Potato Soup that was perfectly seasoned, had a wonderful consistency and tasted absolutely comforting.
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For starters, we opted for the Quail with Freekah and Walnut Croutons & Roasted Eggplant with Date Spice Puree and Pickle Salad. We absolutely adored the Quail. It was cooked perfectly and the flavors were simple yet delicious. We also loved the addition of Freekah that complemented the Quail well. However, the Roasted Eggplant wasn’t well received at the table. We found the presentation a bit sloppy and the flavor of the date puree overpowered the flavor of eggplant, making it an overly sweet dish.
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For mains, we opted for the Pan Fried Salmon with Green Pea Puree with Pickle Salad and Wagyu Beef with Asian Mushroom and Black Bean Sauce. Let’s just start by saying we loved both mains! The salmon was perfectly flaky and had a thin crispy skin on top which added an amazing texture. We also loved the vibrancy, smooth consistency and flavor of the pea puree that elevated the dish to a whole other level. We also liked the way the Wagyu Beef was cooked and the portions were generous. The addition of black bean sauce was perfect, however we wished there was more of to drench our steak in.
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Finally for dessert, we had the Chocolate Cake with Hazelnut Sabayon and Apple Terrine with Star Anise Ice Cream and Cinnamon Crumble. Unfortunately, both the desserts were a letdown. Although we loved the flavor and taste of the chocolate cake, the Hazelnut Sabayon had an odd consistency and didn’t do much to compliment the cake. As far as the apple terrine is considers, the apples were undercooked and the presentation was a bit bland. We did however love the Star Anise ice cream that tasted unique and perfectly spiced.
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Address & Contact Details:
Building 7
Gate Village
Dubai International Financial Centre
Dubai, UAE
Tel: 04-3559524

The Bill:
2 course Iftar Menu package : Dhs 180
3 course Iftar Menu package: Dhs 200

Ratings:
Ambiance: 4.5/5
Food: 3/5
Service: 3.5/5
Value: 3.5/5

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