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The Experience by Reif Othman is a boutique restaurant that seats just 12 people and serves a one off menu designed specially for the attendees, prepared and served by Reif Othman himself.
What Is It?
Situated on the 37th floor of the H Hotel, the space has a Manhattan loft-style apartment vibe with bookcases, low slung couches, chocolate-coloured armchairs and a panoramic view of Jumeirah to lounge near. The restaurant feels like stepping into someone’s house and Reif says this was the exact intent. The aim was to foster a sense of community that lets one relax, engage and enjoy a meal with the other guests, similar to a dinner party at a friend’s house. Guests are welcomed in the lounge with flutes of bubbling champagne and once seated, they are greeted with a bread basket and butter dollop embellished with the chef’s name.
What’s In It?
With a handwritten menu scrawled on by the chef , the menu changes everyday revolving around the taste preferences made during the booking, Reif’s mood and the freshest produce handpicked from the market. Made to sit around an open kitchen, the diners watch their dishes coming to life with Reif working his magic on it. There are no set number of dishes per meal and could vary from anything between 12 to 25. Each plate comes with an anecdote on its creation and is an immaculate creation of beauty and bold flavors.
Going against the ethics of fine dine, there is no dress code imposed and children are more then welcome. The distinct homeliness of the atmosphere is something that lingers even days after the experience. There is casual fluidity and exchange of witty banters with the chef during the course of meal that makes Reif your all time favorite when you think “chef”. Funnily enough, he repeatedly addresses himself as a ‘cook’ and not ‘chef’. Such a humbled soul with exquisite talent is bound to steal your heart and taste buds forever.
To book a table you need to give the your details and preferences and when other like minded people have done the same, you’ll get your date for the meal. Otherwise, you could book all 12 spots for your friends/family and make it a private affair. This restaurant does not have WiFi, so get ready to enjoy a meal around a table with conversations flowing. They do not serve alcohol either, barring the welcome champagne.
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