24 Karat opens at the JW Marriott in Jadaf
As I sit down to write this restaurant review, I never in my life time thought that I would say the following words … Jadaf has a hidden gem. Yes you heard right, the industrial area of Jadaf has got itself an absolute gem of a restaurant quietly hidden in the JW Marriott Hotel. Hidden gems crop up everywhere these days, I remember a few years ago when I wrote about Tom & Serg in Al Quoz, never did I think I would be talking about Jadaf of all places.
People who like food love restaurants, it’s the highlight of their day when they enter a new one. The buzz of expectation is always there for me. What will it look like, what will the menu be like, how good will the food be? Its food lovers adrenalin. When you know the Chef in charge of the kitchen your adrenalin truly hits overload. I am a long time fan of Chef Glady who I originally met when he was working at Per Te in Jumeirah. Chef Glady honed his skills with the great Italian Masterchef, Antonio Carluccio.
The restaurant is a good size and very tastefully decorated though I do feel it could do with more light. There is a stunning view of the Burj Khalifa, which I wasn’t expecting. Once we were seated along came the menu’s, my heart sank, they were on iPads. Regular readers will know I am not a huge fan of iPad menus. However on this occasion I became quite addicted, there was a little video of every single dish on the menu, I quite happily played them all! The menu is split into easy navigable sections with good clear descriptions and as I mentioned little videos of each dish. In case you didn’t know 24 Karat is an Italian Restaurant.
It was no surprise that I was drawn immediately to the lemon scialatelli fruitti de mare; lemon scialatelli pasta with mixed seafood with cherry tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil and basil. Italian restaurants are not always the easiest ones for Mr GA as he is not a lover of cheese at the best of times. Chef Glady was on hand to suggest the roasted lamb chops; roasted lamb chops with tagliotini truffle, roasted la ratte potatoes and balsamic shallots. Before our dishes arrived we shared some absolutely amazing starter dishes, the fresh tuna with caviar and grapefruit was outstandingly good as was the beef carpaccio.
Even thought I had watched the video (many times) for my choice of main course, I was truly shocked at how big it was when it arrived. Crammed full of prawns, calamari, mussels, clams and king prawns, all served on a bed of the most amazing rich tomato and basil scialatelli pasta. Truly the best plate of food I have eaten in as long as I can remember. Mr GA tells me the lamb chops were perfect, tender and cooked to perfection.
Miss GA however had already seen many photographs of Chef Glady’s dessert and she knows that he keeps the best til last. We couldn’t resist heading into the kitchen (always my favourite place) to watch Chef assemble her golden bomb; a golden chocolate bomb surrounded by an edible forest. Slowly it all came together, each and every Chef being involved in creating what can only be described as the most amazing dessert we have ever seen. A chocolate bomb packed with all things delicious and then wrapped in a spun sugar nest. The hot white chocolate sauce was poured over the bomb, we sat in silence and watched it melt before our eyes. Absolutely unbelievable.
24 Karat was an absolutely amazing dining experience and I can’t recommend the restaurant enough. I want to wish Chef Glady and his team all the best for future servings, and thank you for inviting us not only into your restaurant but into your kitchen too. It was a truly memorable experience. (The outlet is currently unlicensed).