Renowned chef-restaurateur Nathan Outlaw has announced that he is to open a restaurant at the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai this September.
The new venture, based at the luxury hotel’s Al Mahara restaurant, is his first opening outside the UK. Al Mahara, which translates as “the oyster shell”, celebrates seafood and hosts a floor-to-ceiling aquarium inside the restaurant. Outlaw’s menu will take inspiration from his restaurants throughout the UK, which all carry his name. It is not known at this stage whether Al Mahara will include the chef’s name.
The menu will be dominated by Outlaw’s trademark fish and shellfish cooking, however, some meat-based dishes will also be included on the menu in a similar approach to his restaurant at the Capital in London. Al Mahara is open seven days a week and serves between 100-120 covers.
Outlaw, who relocated his two-Michelin-starred, four-AA-rosette flagship Restaurant Nathan Outlaw to Port Isaac last year, commented: “Working with Burj Al Arab speaks for itself – it’s the most luxurious hotel in the world, and a once in a lifetime opportunity. This is my first venture outside the UK, and what an iconic property to partner with.
“Dubai itself has very much claimed its spot on the world food map, and can definitely compete with the highest of culinary standards from around the world. As a chef, it is one of the cities you want to work in. I am so impressed with the quality and service I have experienced here.”
Kent-born Outlaw has established Cornwall as his home and now runs several restaurants there in addition to an academy at Cornwall College. In addition, he also operates Outlaws at the Capital hotel in Knightsbridge which holds one Michelin star. He recently relocated Outlaw’s at St Enodoc hotel head chef Tom Brown to the Capital. St Enodoc has since opened a new restaurant at the hotel under chef James Nathan.
Outlaw told The Caterer: “Initially, we will be serving seafood from the UK and Europe, but we will have access to local and other seafood. For me, the exciting part will be learning about the local species of fish and incorporating those species into what we do.”
On commenting on the appointment, Burj Al Arab general manager Anthony McHale said: “To have Nathan on board for his first collaboration of this kind outside of the UK is extremely exciting for us as a hotel, and Dubai. His experience and creative flair for seafood is second to none and we are delighted to welcome him to the new-look Al Mahara restaurant.
“Nathan will be here in Dubai several times a year to consult with his head chef and team, guaranteeing consistent high standards of mouth-watering seafood at every sitting. He has an outstanding reputation in the UK and we are confident that his experience and professionalism is the perfect combination for ongoing culinary success at the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah.”
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