As an ardent fan of the first CE LA VI in Hong Kong. I was a bit on the fence about this one, though a part of me was extremely thrilled at this prospect too. As it turns out, they didn’t fail to impress me. What is wonderful about the Address Skyview location is that it has its own quirks which make it all the more unique. Chef Howard Ko brings to the table several years of gastronomic experience, an astonishing flair and a renewed novel viewpoint. Many have tried to give a new twist to Asian classics, but only few have managed to accomplish this feat as successfully as Chef Ko. Humble dishes are carried off with intelligence and expertise. Its à la carte menu is indulgent, stylish and gutsy.
Highlights from the menu include the simple sunchoke coconut soup which is creamy with a hint of sweetness. The miso chickpea hummus, Korean chilli oil and yuzu labneh are lighter than air and, thanks to the seaweed parker rolls, disappear from the table before we know it. Make sure you try the lettuce salad with the ginger sesame dressing or the crispy kale salad with a Thai lime vinaigrette. Whatever you choose, I recommend you pair it with the luxurious Togarashi and garlic French fries with a wasabi aioli. Finally, it is the desserts that take me by surprise with the sticky date pudding emerging as refreshingly delightful.
From lacquered bone marrow with teriyaki and smoked vinegar to crispy potato hash okonomiyaki style, CÉ LA VI gives a whole new meaning to Asian-fusion fare, one that makes you wonder why this has never been done before. Unmissable and memorable. Take a seat at the sky bar and sample their innovative list of cocktails. My advice: make a reservation in advance.
Where: CÉ LA VI, Dubai
Tower 2 - Level 54, Address Sky View Hotel, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Blvd, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
• Open all days; 12pm to 4pm and 6pm to 11:30pm; the sky bar is open from 12pm till 3am on all days