Dubai is home to a number of tempting steakhouses, and one of the most recent to join the group is Chicago Meatpackers, located at The Pointe on the Palm Jumeirah. Per their website, the team says, “We’ve just arrived in Dubai and are still sourcing new ingredients and are working on new recipes for you. In the meantime enjoy a selection of our favourite dishes and watch this space for developments.”
With ample seating, we’re able to walk in, however, if you prefer to call ahead, reach the team at on 04 580 7983, or visit http://www.chicago-meatpackers.com/dubai-the-pointe/ for the reservations page.
If you’ve not been to The Pointe, there is plenty of parking. However, as we’re going to try some of the cocktails, we arrange for drop off on the East end (nearest to Chicago Meatpackers).
Greeting and Seating
Like some of their neighbors at The Pointe, Chicago Meatpackers is spread over two spacious levels. The downstairs is open to both indoor and outdoor seating (with awnings to block out afternoon sun). Although we’re non-smokers, we head upstairs to the smoker-friendly bar and dining area for better views of the Atlantis. Filtration is working just fine here, and there is no residual smoke in the space.
We seem to be on a lucky streak when visiting restaurants recently, as this is another visit where the team knows their product and is receptive to feedback. The menu is clearly explained to us, and appealing suggestions (including an awesome dessert) are given with a smile.
We approach the menu - a straightforward approach to classic dishes - with a sharing concept, which works out for the best. Almost immediately, a small bowl of popcorn is placed on the table, which is nice to munch on while making decisions about dinner. To start, we order Fried Pickles, Burrata, and a half order of Chicken Wings. Along with this, I have to try the ‘Home Alone’ cocktail, which is infused with popcorn flavoring (yes, you read that right). Our drinks arrive first, and while I like my Chicago inspired cocktail, I think I’ll stick to my standard orders. Our starters are all hits, and we’re happy the burrata is locally sourced. Although we’ve tried fried pickles on several occasions, our only note is to change the size and cut of the pickles (as the breading and blue cheese sauce are excellent). The burrata and wings both get the job done (although we don’t want to indulge too much as we’re already eyeing the main courses).
Speaking of, although a difficult decision, we finally decide on one of the USDA sharing cuts, the Porterhouse. Arriving a beautiful medium rare, the 500g portion is carved at the table, which we both feel is a nice touch. Although the steak on its own is filling, we decide on sides and sauces. It’s Bernaise for me and Herb Garlic Butter for my guest, along with Grilled Asparagus and Chipotle Cheese Fries (heaven) to share. The portions are perfect for two people, and we appreciate that the seasoning is simple, without anything unnecessary getting in the way of the flavors.
For dessert, although there is plenty to tempt us, we let our server choose for us, and he knocks it out of the park. The Carrot Cake (with carrot cake ice cream!) disappears in a matter of minutes. While not exactly on the level of Lime Tree Cafe, Chicago Meatpackers still puts out a great cake that we would happily order again.
No complaints whatsoever. Our starters and drinks arrive nearly straight away and the rest of the meal is paced leisurely after. Plates and other things are promptly cleared, with requests and suggestions whenever we finish our drinks.
Chicago Meatpackers has spacious booths and other comfortable seating, so larger groups will be easily accommodated. Appropriately recognizable pop tunes played on the sound system (although I wouldn’t mind a jukebox somewhere). Keep an eye out for the motorized train that runs around the interior, and take advantage of these last pleasant evenings before summer to dine al fresco.
When reviewing the bill, we feel the prices are fair (or at least in line with others in the same range). Without drinks, the cost of our food comes to just over AED600.
Overall, would you return?
Yes. With excellent service and dishes delivered above expectations, I would be happy to go back.
Considering we would order everything again, I think this is an excellent place for meat lovers.
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