Palm Island has a little secret and a mustard trolley ….
Yes you have read it right, a mustard trolley, don’t all good steak houses have mustard trolleys? I have to admit I was already aware of said mustard trolley at West 14th but seeing it for real was amazing. The husband is a serial collector of mustards, if that trolley ever goes missing I can guarantee you it will be found at Casa GA
Well today we found ourselves at West 14th Steakhouse which, for those of who don’t know is located at the Oceana Beach Club on Palm Island. Not sure what to be expecting I was quite surprised to find a Mini outside, dressed up as a cow. I just knew this was going to be a great dining experience, it had a personality before we had even stepped inside. Greeting us was a big, high ceiling, leather clad restaurant which was 100% masculine, this place felt like the home of meat. We wasted no time in grabbing the lunch menu and placed our starter orders. The lunch menu is comprehensive with everything from salads to focaccia, steaks (of course), seafood and desserts.
Mr GA likes a good bowl of soup and he wasn’t disappointed with his hot Joe’s roast tomato soup with grilled local lobster (I ate the lobster). A rich thick tomato soup, just the ticket on a cool summers day You can also order the cold version of this soup. I of course had to have the sticky calamari, with sweet chilli sauce, roasted nuts and coriander, which was outstandingly sticky. The calamari was beautifully tender, and the batter perfectly crisp. I really enjoyed the dish.
For the main course we both opted for the steak, logical in a steak house. He went for the grass-fed Donald Russell rib eye (21 days aged on the bone) and I chose the US Black Angus 180 day corn-fed ribeye. Both of choosing hand-cut chips as a side dish. What can I say, the meat was absolutely beautiful and so tender!! the mustard trolley paid a visit and Mr GA tried out a few new mustards he hadn’t tried before. The trolley has mustards from around the world, we were particularly amused to see mustard from the Isle of Arran, the home of Mr GA’s late great Aunt. Most of you are aware that I like my hand-cut fries a lot, and have on occasion had a few words to say about frozen fries, well today I could have cried when I saw the West 14th hand-cut fries, AMAZING!! The best fries I have had in months.
Neither of us are ones for desserts but I am so pleased that Mr West 14th talked us into trying the deconstructed kahlua mud pie. I am not a fan of traditional mud pie, it is too sweet, and too heavy. Deconstruct one so it has the appearance of a mini garden and you have a gastronomical delight!! Mr GA ate the whole lot. Chef Cinu, I like your style, try a lemon meringue pie next The vanilla ice-cream was gorgeous.
West 14th boasts an amazing dinner menu too, with a huge selection of steaks. There is meat hailing from America and Australia, everything from the ribeye to the tenderloin and there is even an Australian tomahawk steak weighing in at 500g! I also noticed that there is a seafood platter with jumbo shrimp, oyster, crab meat, grey shrimp, tuna tartare and local lobster, I will be going back to try that one out. Mr GA has his eye on the drunken ribs, Jack Daniel’s whisky soaked short rib with glazed green beans and sweet potato, mwuah!
West 14th is located at Oceana Beach Club, The Palm Jumeirah (follow signs for Fairmont the Palm). You can find more information via their website, their full menu’s are listed. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter. You can find more photos on my Facebook page, hit the like please All it remains for me to do now is thank the team at West 14th for inviting us for what was a more than pleasurable dining experience