Intersect By Lexus in Dubai is the world’s second outlet for the brand to be opened after Tokyo in 2013. The next outlet will be opened in New York next year. Developed by Masamichi Katayama, the world-renowned interior designer, Intersect By Lexus is a lifestyle and creative hub, like no other place in the city.
It is neither a dealership, nor a traditional retail space. It is a place where people can meet, work, read and eat. You don’t have to be behind the steering wheel to experience the brand.
Located in the the hip district of DIFC, Intersect By Lexus offers a small, contemporary and arty dining space. There are elements of the Lexus brand everywhere in the restaurant-from the leather dining chairs to the table top and the bamboo wall. Each and every thing is aesthetically done up. A visual treat for the eyes.
Hubs and me were invited to experience an unique gastronomical journey of Middle Eastern cuisine curated by Michelin Star Chef Greg Malouf. It was a 4 course dinner with wine pairing. It was an unforgettable culinary affair.
The First Course was the crisp and fluffy Arabic Kharc bread with sesame seeds accompanied with Dukkah, the nutty mixture with aromatic herbs and spices. We were also served Saffron Labneh, one of Malouf’s recipes. The hint of rose water added an exotic taste to the Saffron Labneh.
For the Second Course, we shared a variety of appetizers like crispy fried Leek Tempura with Ras El Hanout spice mix, Sultans Eggplant Delight with Cumin Gouda and Chilli Brik Wafers, Autumn Tabbouleh and Spinach & Cheese Fatayer. Each of the appetizers was deliciously different, gently spiced and full of flavors. As we were vegetarians, they gave us a vegetarian alternative of all the dishes. In one word if I have to describe this course, it will be Amazing!
White wine from Château Musar, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon was paired with the second course. This wine was fruity, floral and light, it went very well with the starters.
For Main Course, we were served Porcini Freekeh with veggies and Salad Greens, Organic Chickpeas with pomegranate dressing. The porcini freekah was not only healthy, it tasted delicious too. The salad was hearty and wholesome. The pomegranate dressing gave the salad a refreshing, tangy and slightly sweet flavor. I am sure even a hardcore meat lover will love this salad.
Shiraz Red Wine from Australia’s Two Hands Winery was paired with the main course. It was good, but we preferred the white wine.
The last course was the dessert and we were served Lime Posset with fig and rose caramel. The Lime Posset topped with tiny bits of figs was super creamy, velvety and tangy whereas the berry compote with rose petals was sweet. It was like a marriage of flavors, together they tasted fantastic.
With the dessert we were served Berry Soda as a Digestif. It consisted of Cuban Rum, Port wine, berries, rose water and soda. This drink was pretty strong and a perfect drink to be served after a meal.
Overall, we had a wonderful experience. The food, the service and the ambience was great. In love with this classy and creative concept and can’t wait to come back.