Restaurant Review in Dubai: Intersect by Lexus

Good morning and Merry Christmas folks!

Well Christmas’ Eve has passed and I had absolutely no time to update a review or recommendation of a new eatery. The good thing is that the festive holiday is not over, today is the actual Christmas day. Do you have anything in mind? Hmm, there is a new dining, boutique , high-end restaurant in the heart of downtown Dubai, DIFC – owned by the reputed luxury car automaker Toyota, Lexus vehicle division.

I can not describe how impressive I am with this concept, lifestyle restaurant that has been recently launched at the beginning of December 2015. The creator and developer of the interior design, Masamichi Katayama, opted a bold and contemporary approach by crafting and blending the design, culture, fashion, music, technology and gastronomy. On the basement level, the restaurant offers a sneak-peek of Lexus’ concept cars. On the ground level, Intersect by Lexus provides compelling culinary grandeur with a clever utilisation of space. The design elements consists mainly of bamboo wall, leather and wood which bear resemblance to the Intersect by Lexus flagship restaurant in Tokyo, Japan. I believe it will soon gain popularity among the locals and expats living in the city.

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The basement level
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car miniatures
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The design of the restaurant level
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Dining corner
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Inspired by the Japanese design

Guests to the restaurant enjoy high-quality Japanese fusion specialities. I can not stress how delicious the food was. From the presentation to the taste itself, every bite was on-point with the right balance and unique texture. The menu is concise and limited, yet it was still difficult for us to choose what we wanted. The staff took a proactive approach and spoke for a good 10 minutes to explain every item on the menu. We were extremely impressed by their knowledge and understanding of the cuisine. Every dish was explained in details of how they have been cooked, the taste of each, the underlying idea or inspiration. The menu consists of two sections, small plates and large plates. The concept has well introduced the sharing concept adopted from Asia-Pacific. Coincidentally, it also gave a very family-like atmosphere during Christmas.

We ordered three small plates and a large plate. They have all blown our minds.

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Love the unintended Christmas colour combination
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Overview of our small plates
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The Kale and Avocado salad is always the perfect combination. The crunchiness and flavour were a fresh start to our culinary experience
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The signature Portuguese Octopus – The smokey romesco sauce was the flawless companion that enhances the crispiness, the taste of the charred octopus (So crunchy!!!)
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French Duck is the closest we got to turkey! Believe me, I don’t regret not roasting a turkey on Christmas’ Eve anymore! Love the cuts and the warm spices.
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Delightful cheesecake to end the meal


Once again, I can not stress that this has been one of my most highlighted experiences in Dubai. The aesthetics and architecture are clean and unique. I really do recommend and encourage you to  explore the restaurant before it gets crowded!

And they close on Saturday!

Anyways, so ratings for Intersect by Lexus (when I rate a restaurant, I compare it to the restaurants in the similar category)
Food : 5/5 (quality is tip top but lack of variety)
Design: 5/5
Service: 5/5 (not only are they friendly and attentive, they also develop a passion and knowledge about the culinary concept)

Much love from Dubai,

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