This happening hotspot is a must-visit for a fusion of flavours.
A new year means new restaurants, and Dubai is brimming with openings. The Pan Asian restaurant Agatha recently opened in Al Habtoor City, offering an elegant experience that combines a vintage British and French aesthetic with a fusion-inspired menu.
As you step into Agatha, you’re immediately enveloped in an ambience that marries a vintage British feel with a touch of modern French elegance. The interiors, adorned in shades of deep blue and red, offer dramatic décor which oozes old-world charm. The stunning space includes high ceilings, white tablecloths and windows with a view. Take a seat on the plush velvet seating and witness the elaborate display of drinks at the Hollywood-esque bar.
At the helm of Agatha’s kitchen is Chef Lendl Pereira, a maestro in the art of fusion cuisine. Having previously worked alongside Chef Izu Ani at Eunoia by Carine, Chef Pereira brings his culinary expertise to the menu, curating dishes that leave a lasting impression.
We kick-started our meal with refreshing mocktails. The Golden Temple balanced passion fruit and orange juice, resulting in a refreshing, tangy, and utterly delightful drink. The Geisha’s Secret offered a playful twist on a classic with its fruity sweetness and tempting raspberry garnish. It’s the perfect choice for those with a sweet tooth.
Culinary magic unfolds when the starters arrive. The Salmon Tartare offers a winning combination of freshness and flavour. The tender salmon melds with the zesty passion fruit ponzu, creating a harmonious pairing that leaves you yearning for another bite.
The Scallop Carpaccio, adorned with pickled star fruit and topped with caviar was nothing short of divine. The textures thrill your senses and provided pangs of childhood nostalgia. We were also served the Spinach and Foie Gras Salad, where crisp spinach leaves envelop velvety foie gras topped with crunchy hazelnuts and edamame.
From the hot starters, we indulged in two mini skewers of lamb. Traditionally, this dish is dressed with egg yolk and soy sauce, but Agatha flips the script, serving it with an irresistible blend of egg yolk and tamarind. With hints of kofta-like magic, each bite offers perfectly balanced flavours and a light texture.
Moving on to the mains, the Sea Bass stole the spotlight. The tender and succulent flesh melted effortlessly on the palate. Accompanied by a tangy green sauce reminiscent of South Asian flavours and a tomato-radish dip. And then, there were the fries — fried thrice — crispy, golden, and utterly irresistible.
Now no culinary adventure would be complete without indulging in desserts. The Mille Feuille, a traditional French dessert boasting dainty layers, stole our hearts with its delicate balance of cream and the tanginess of mandarin.
Impeccable service adds to the dining experience, with attentive wait staff ensuring guests’ needs are met with genuine warmth. And despite the restaurant initially feeling a tad empty, the crowd starts to trickle in after 9pm, after which the atmosphere of Agatha comes alive, justifying the choice of music.
From stunning service to delectable dishes, Agatha invites you to savour every moment. For a night on the town, head to Al Habtoor City’s latest and possibly greatest.
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