21 Grams is an amazing little Balkan bistro in Umm Suqeim. Located in the Park Regis Boutique Hotel on the corner of Jumeirah Beach and Al Thanya roads, its interior is a refreshing exercise in elegant, unpretentious minimalism (so lacking in Dubai these days). The soul food served at 21 Grams is, as described by themselves, a modern execution of traditional Balkan recipes. It is nothing less than sensational.
I loved their oven-baked seabass which is served with green chard puree and baby potatoes. My partner for lunch, who is no stranger to the Balkans, thoroughly enjoyed his starter of stuffed vine leaves. It is one of the best I have had in Dubai. He skipped his mains to indulge in some wickedness for dessert. And believe me, the sinfully delicious chocolate hazelnut baklava he had could tempt the devil himself – unbelievable.
Service at 21 Grams is warm, friendly and accommodating. This is a gem of a restaurant equally suited to mornings where their breakfasts are becoming quite popular, as afternoons and evenings, or simply for a coffee. Its simple, wholesome ambience is warm and inviting, and a pleasure to spend time in. And then there’s that amazing food; it’s almost like homecooked food in a fine dining presentation. This is a restaurant well worth a detour.
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