After months of anticipation, Palazzo Versace, the designer luxury hotel, has finally opened itâ€™s doors to Dubai. Located in Culture Village, this little piece of paradise is quite lavish. This hotel is home to Enigma, the avant-garde restaurant which is the first of its kind to change the dining concept and Michelin star chefs four times a year, taking you through an unexpected multi sensory journey by the worldâ€™s best culinary masters.Â Well, I was among the fortunate few to experience Dubaiâ€™s one of a kind ephemeral dining spot a few weeks back before itâ€™s official opening.
Quique Dacosta is the first of Enigmaâ€™s culinary masters who has heightened gastronomic imagination to culinary masterpieces as part of the unveiling of his story, Vanguard.Â His restaurant in Valencia, Spain has three Michelin stars and is ranked 39 on the list of Worldâ€™s 50 Best Restaurants.Â It’s exciting to know that this ever evolving city has opened its arms to a new dining concept. As the name suggests, the theme of the restaurant is all aboutÂ untold story and mystery.
Location: Palazzo Versace Dubai
Ideal for: If youâ€™re open to experimenting and if you want to experience one of a kind culinary drama
Food:Â The menu is a masked in secrecy and I would like to maintain that mystery, definitely donâ€™t want to ruin the surprise for future guests. All I would suggest is that you mention your allergies and preferences during the time of booking. If youâ€™re not open to experimenting with different meats then stick to a vegetarian meal.
There is no menu and no choice here, you just have to sit and guess whatâ€™s going to show up on your plate next. Served dramatically with a story, each course of the 10 course meal is quite a masterpiece.
At once, you will be eating your rose, finding notes under the table, playing guessing games about the ingredients or you might be served on plate of diamonds in the dark by bull headed men. It was my first time eating items like charcoal, plants, pebbles, paper and pigeon. Doesn’t that sound interesting?! ( See pictures below)
-What I loved was the drama, the story behind every dish, the personal touches added by the chef and the fact that the immaculate presentation makes you picture the tale that was going on in the chefâ€™s head.
-The food is cleverly crafted, visually stunning, rich in flavours, colours and textures, leaving you wanting for more. Since each dish is presented so dramatically, its not only about food, this meal will involve your emotions and senses all at once. Itâ€™s a whole dining experience!
-Donâ€™t expect to leaveÂ this place totally satiated with all the dishes, there will be one or two that you might not like as much, but you will surely go back home with a fun experience, stimulated senses and stories to tell. Itâ€™s a place for a wild journey where you donâ€™t know what youâ€™re going to eat .
-Honestly, you might be a little surprised to see an empty table with no fancy cutlery as expected, but the concept is of a blank canvas being filled with an array of stories and colours. Also the dim lights add to the ongoing mystery.
-For some the price might be a little too steep but remember itâ€™s a one of a kind experience and a multi sensory dramatic culinary journey. To experience gastronomic delights from globally renowned chefs, aÂ trip here is a must.
– Try and be there before time so you can relax and enjoy your drinks and the stunning property.
Service: The staff gave us adequate information about our dishes and at the same time maintained the mystery. With fun stories and facts, we were totally entertained.
Dress Code: Elegant Casual (A dress with heels would do)
Early Bird Ticket: AED650pp
Contact: You can book your experience at www.enigmadxb.com /045568888, 7pm to 10.30pm (closed on Sundays)
It is a place where unique experiences are forged and captivating stories are told through the cuisine of the best chefs in the world. Iâ€™m already anticipating the next offering Enigma has for us!
Hereâ€™s a little glimpse of my meal!
Our welcome drink
TheÂ Edible Rose
Quite a mystery to find out what’s edible here, but that’s the fun right!?! Charcoal, pebbles and plants on my plate.
Red Chilled Berry Gazpacho- My favourite
When food looks like art!
A walk in the foggy forest!
Foggy Forest Floor
These men in bull heads served us one of the courses…
Breakfast at Tiffany’s- Palate Cleanser
That happy moment when the Chef leaves a note beneath your table!
And the note is edible!!!
Represents the rice field of Valencia
This Lychee dessert was like a party of different flavors and textures!
Chef Quique Dacosta
With Chef Quique Dacosta