There are just some nights when you want to do something different, but you don’t want to pay an arm and a leg. That’s where Tribeca comes in.
Tribeca Kitchen & Bar features wholesome and organic food, a bar with a generous happy hour, and an impressive collection of art from local artists, which is also for sale. They also happen to host live entertainment, and they’ve kicked off 2016 with the launch of a new free comedy night which takes place every other Monday.
If you’ve never been to Tribeca, you’re in for a treat. The vibe of this place is spot-on. They’ve transformed the old Fogo Vivo into a happening bar and restaurant that makes you feel like you’ve been transported from Dubai to NYC. From NYC-inspired artwork (such as a massive mural ode to Robert DeNiro’s Taxi Driver) and exposed brick walls, to filament bulbs hanging from the ceiling and the odd pair of high-tops strewn from the exposed ceiling pipes. Oh yeah, and there’s an AC/DC pinball machine – that works!
There are a few distinct parts of this restaurant. There’s a small bar area, a dining area, a lounge area around a performing space, and an outdoor terrace.
Here’s the dining area before it filled up with punters.
But what really sets Tribeca apart is the entertainment. To one side of the restaurant, there are a few coffee tables and sofas oriented around a small stage and screen where they host live music, comedy, and open-mic nights. We were there for the launch of the bi-weekly Tribeca Comedy Night hosted by Canadian comedian and stalwart of Dubai’s comedy scene, Dave Marosi. They had 6 short acts over an hour, including locally-based talents such as the Scottish-Emirati Omar Kazim and headliner Simeon Goodson from Brooklyn. Despite a few teething problems with the sound system, there was a good diversity of acts, which provided much needed comedy value.
Foodwise, Tribeca’s focus is on healthy and organic. The chef uses organic produce wherever possible and the menu is full of naturally and humanely sourced ingredients from regional farmers and fair-trade cooperatives.
For starters, we shared the baked organic Greek feta with oregano, black pepper and watermelon. We were pleasantly surprised by this unusual combination of watermelon which was slightly warm and a thick piece of grilled feta that we kept mistaking for halloumi.
We also shared the organic ravioli stuffed with beetroot and mascarpone served with pea foam and sage butter, which was presented on an oblong plate and had subtle, delicate flavours.
The superfood salad was uber-healthy with kale, carrots, chickpeas, cherry tomatoes, avocado, wasabi peas and goji berries.
My favourite dish of the evening was the organic beef tenderloin tagliata (sliced steak) with roasted cherry tomatoes with a side of sauteed spinach. The beef was tender and flavourful and served on a bef of rocket, with roasted cherry tomatoes on top.
One of the most popular dishes at Tribeca is their Tribeca burger and fries – organic ground beef, cajun mayonnaise, tomato, beetroot, caramelised onions and cheddar. Open wide!
The healthy theme also carries through to the desserts. I ordered the coconut and chia seed pudding with homemade sugar-free berry jam. Most people I know eat this for breakfast, but it was still the perfect sweet treat to cap off my meal.
Mr. S opted for the slightly less-healthy Tribeca cheesecake – a steamed cheesecake made with almond crumble and passion fruit served in a 3-tier glass tower.
The cheesecake comes deconstructed, so you can eat it in separate bites or combine it as you wish. Mr. S devoured it all.
Verdict: All in all, an evening at Tribeca makes for a great night out with its relaxed atmosphere, wholesome food and live entertainment. Tribeca adds much needed diversity to Dubai’s nightlife.
Note to self: Time your visit around the entertainment schedule and happy hour (50% off drinks from 5pm to 8pm). And don’t forget to reserve a table early.
Ocean View Hotel, Level 1
Jumeirah Beach Residence
Tel: 050 345 6067
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