“I always say, it’s like putting your feet up on an insanely expensive couch,” is how Natasha Sideris describes the sophisticated yet relaxed ambience at Flamingo Room in Jumeirah Al Naseem.
The founder, managing executive, and creative director of the newly opened restaurant is the talent behind the immensely popular outposts of Tashas in Dubai and South Africa. Flamingo Room is her third venture in the city, and we’re officially touting this dining concept as the definitive spot to host a girls’ night out in Dubai. Here, Savoir Flair lists seven reasons why.
Pink walls, pink tables, pink seating, pink ceiling – we’ll shamelessly admit that this is what prompted our love at first sight. Adding more personality to the already stunning setting are potted plants, gleaming gold accents, turquoise bar stools, zebra-print chairs, and a gorgeous marble floor.
Details, Details, Details
Blink-and-you-miss-it details come in the form of miniature meerkats by Donald Greig, starfish-embellished cushions, flamingo-stamped butter, and elements reminiscent of the flora and fauna in Africa. The botanical-inspired lighting overhead is particularly intriguing, so don’t forget to look up.
Ricotta hotcakes with fresh berries, honeycomb crème, and a lime and honey drizzle for breakfast. Mussels with crème fraîche and grilled garlic bread for lunch. Lobster topped with tarragon and brioche crumbs for dinner. There’s a multitude of reasons to return to the restaurant at different times of the day, with the extensive menu of elevated classics being the definitive one on this list.
Guilt Not Included
If you’re getting the girls together for a night out, chances are that at least one of them is currently on a vegan/vegetarian/no-carb/dairy-free/gluten-free diet. Luckily, the chefs have created the menu with picky palates and dietary restrictions in mind, so you’ll see wholesome options such as ‘Green Bowl with Poached Egg’ alongside ‘Nutella French Toast Puffs’ on the breakfast menu, and a host of soups and salads in the mains.
When Calories Don't Count
You know those desserts that taste as good as they look on Instagram? Well, Flamingo Room has them in spades. The chocolate mousse “for the table” is designed to share and is an easy crowd-pleaser every time, but if you’re feeling adventurous post-dinner, order the ‘Tropical Flamingo’. The dish pairs pineapple granita with liquid marshmallow, coconut crumble, pineapple and chilli confit, and chantilly cream for a dessert that has an unexpected kick.
Men Need Not Apply
The predominantly girly drinks menu is an extensive one, with freshly squeezed juices, granitas, summer carafes, and cordials all making an appearance. Start with the ‘Turkish Delight’, a bright-pink concoction featuring rose syrup, cranberry juice, soda water, cubes of Turkish delight, and pistachio nuts. Looking to caffeinate? Order the Nutella-doused espresso shot, and thank us later.
Because Why Not?
Onsite is an outpost of Collective by Charles Greig Africa, a unique concept store that “celebrates an Africa that is sensual, multitalented, and at the cutting edge of global design”. Exuding an air of glamour, the space stocks everything from vibrantly printed kaftans and dainty jewelry to designer objets d’art to cater to the very natural impulse of ending the evening with a little retail therapy.