Mark and I got to spend another Friday night over some drinks and chill music after a filling dinner, a couple of weekends back. Special thanks to our friends from Carter's Bar & Restaurant for having us over.
Carter's Bar & Restaurant, located at Pyramids Wafi, is one of the gastro pubs in Dubai which is perfect for a chill night. Its interiors radiate a colonial charm which evident in its extensive bar, elevated dining areas reminiscent of a cozy house, and a focal stage.
Mark and I were greeted when we arrived and ushered to our seats. Thankfully, the table reserved for us is in the elevated dining area, which gave us an ample view of the place and the stage. I loved how the tables were stationed far from each other, still giving that private space for the guests even when the whole place gets occupied.
We started the night with some filling dinner. Complimentary hot bread and butter were served after we placed our orders.
We were also provided with the menu for the drinks, so I thought of ordering food that will go well with our drinks. We had Crispy Calamari for our starters, and for the mains, I had the Slowly Braised and Smoked Beef Short Rib, while Mark opted for the Fillet Steak.
Though it looked like the same old calamari dishes, I couldn't stop munching on this baby squid rings coated with light and crisp well-seasoned batter. It wasn't oily at all and had that crispy outer crust with tender and mildly sweet baby squid. The shichimi togarashi and spicy tartar sauce was also a perfect addition. I loved how I can tolerate its spiciness.
I also liked how generous the serving was, it felt like I had been munching non-stop but there was still enough squids left for Mark and I to share and pair with our cocktail drinks.
Mark's Steak Fillet included an 8oz beef slab cooked medium well, grilled tomato and roasted mushrooms, plus a choice of one side dish--mashed potato as per Mark's choice. Although tender and maintained its juiciness, the meat didn't have something impressive taste-wise. I found it a bit on the salty side. Mark also noted how it was decent but a bit pricey considering its taste and quality.
While most steak dishes would make you drool the moment it is served, I don't know but I just thought there's something missing in this dish. Maybe Carter's should work on their food presentation. :p
For a more adventurous gal, the Bull Frog is highly recommended. It is a mixture of vodka, gin, Bacardi, Blue Curacao sweet and sour mix, and Red Bull. Served in a huge glass, this sure made me feel dizzy when I gulped it down.
While I am (not that adventurous but) definitely the more adventurous type than Mark when it comes to alcoholic drinks, Mark always sticks to his all-time favorite Jaiger Bomb, a mixture or Jaigermeister and Red Bull. I call this one the traitor drink, as it would make you feel hyped because of the energy drink but then will suddenly knock you down. I bet Mark already felt like it that he begged off after his glass. :p
For the less adventurous chic, a variety of mocktails are also available just like this Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri which had that perfect sweet and citrus blend. It also comes in lemon flavor.
All throughout the evening, we were also serenaded by Feti Blue & the Blues Train, Carter's in-house band.
I was already feeling dizzy and needed something to tame it all down, so I obliged when the staff offered us the dessert menu. When I read that they have something like chocolate fondant, I knew I had to get it.
Just by looking at how the hot rich chocolate oozes out, I already felt revived, more so when I had my first spoonful. The cake base was moist and decadent and the filling was rich and chocolaty. It just had the right amount of sweetness too. And with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, aaaahhh..I can have this all day! Mark also approves of it!
If you're eyeing a relaxed night where you can still be intimate with your date or where you can still chat with your family and friends over some drinks, decent food, and chill music, go ahead and give Carter's Bar & Restaurant a visit and let me know what you think. :)
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CARTER'S BAR & RESTAURANT
Level 1, Pyramids Wafi
Oud Metha District
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
+971 (0)4 324 4100
We were guests at Carter's and our meal was complimentary, but as always, this post is sincerely written and all views and opinions are my own.