Dinner in the dark, under an aquarium, in a hot-air balloon, or suspended from a crane 50 meters above ground – you name it, someone’s done it in Dubai. Coming up with new and interesting ways to keep the city’s fickle – and frankly, spoilt – diners entertained is a feat made even more difficult by the fact that you’ll be treading a very thin line between unique and gimmicky. Molecule, the latest F&B outlet to open its doors in Dubai Design District, however, has successfully struck that delicate balance.
Merging the concept of an art gallery with that of a restaurant, Molecule is introducing a new format – as well as a new word, “bistronomy” – to the Dubai scene. From a 3D wall to a cut-out wave ceiling that is unlike anything you’ve seen before, the space itself already offers plenty to talk about. But Molecule’s focus on design doesn’t stop there. The hoarding was designed by Nadine Kanso (look out for Bil Arabi’s calligraphy on the bread plates), the restrooms are by Lebanese architect Fadi Sarieddine, and the tableware is the brainchild of Design Ras Al Khor.
By way of a collaboration with Dubai’s Third Line Gallery, Molecule will also be shining a spotlight on a different regional artist every three months, offering them an entire wall in the restaurant to transform into a piece of art.
As for the menu, it follows the principles of bistronomy, offering fine dining-worthy dishes and ingredients in a casual setting. Expect delicate flavors and beautiful plating in keeping with the theme of art and design. We recommend the ‘Molecule Salad’ and burrata to start, followed by the insanely juicy lamb rack – and, of course, don’t forget to leave space for dessert.
Building 6, Dubai Design District
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