Dean & Deluca is an f&b outlet that features open kitchens dedicated to delivering freshly prepared food especially created by their chefs every single day. It was originally founded in 1977 and is one of the world’s most beloved and iconic gourmet markets committed to the exploration, discovery, and celebration of outstanding food.
We visited the new outlet in the expansion floor of the Mall of the Emirates and I’m sure that if you have been a regular visitor of the mall, you must have seen the Dean & Deluca shop.
From outside, it looks very open but there are actually some interesting things to see inside. For starters, there are 3 kitchens and I have learned that in other bigger branches, they have more. In the Mall of the Emirates branch, the 3 kitchens are divided into shawarma & grill, cafe kitchen and the pizza kitchen. There is also a separate one just for the drinks.
I think this is the reason why the food came out really fast. We were surprised because we said we’re really hungry and we hope that they can serve the food quickly and they did. I’m amazed at how efficient they were and I believe that’s because they have a nice system in place.
We started with some juices, prawn, mango and avocado salad and mac and cheese croquettes with truffle sauce. To say that it was delicious would be an understatement. The cooked it perfectly, crunchy on the outside but soft and tasty inside.
We ordered the main courses shortly and since we didn’t really know what to have because of the vast selection, we asked for help from their restaurant manager, Hassan. He was very knowledgeable and knew the history and what’s best to order depending on the mood of the customer during that time.
We told him we wanted something light so probably seafood and so he suggested we have the baked fresh salmon filet and the wood-fired baked prawns.
Both were served piping hot and you can really tell how fresh they are and considering how fast it took for them to serve it, I was really in awe because the quality was not compromised, at all.
To end our meal, we ordered some desserts such as the carrot cake and the vanilla brûlée cheesecake.
The carrot cake was honestly simply good and it might actually one of the best versions I have ever had and the cheesecake was delectable as well.
To sum up, I think that sometimes it’s worth it to try a new place and be amazed at how good it is. To be honest, I only tried Dean & Deluca because I always see it busy and full and now I know exactly why that is the case. The food is great, service is too and the price ranges from affordable to reasonable. I am definitely going back to this place and probably take my friends with me so they can experience it too. You can never be too spoilt for choice especially if the choices are as good as what Dean & Deluca offers.