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The D Bar & Grill – two hotspots in one location

We all know the McGettigans Irish Pub in Jumeirah Lakes Towers.The Pub has been awarded many times, one of their achievements was “Best Pub in Dubai, 2011” by WhatsOn.

The place offers a great atmosphere and very nice live entertainment as well as show casts many sport events. Due to its great success, another McGettigans Irish Pub opened up recently, this time in down town, next to the World Trade Center.

The Pub has the same concept, the same lovely interior design and offers great entertainment as well. However, the property in downtown is more than just a pub – it now hosts even two hotspots in one location.

The D Bar & Grill, opened its doors last week.

The D Bar, The D

A fine dining restaurant, with amazing décor, featuring many elements from past and modern Ireland, well trained and friendly service and a mixture of authentic Irish cuisine prepared gourmet style.

The menu at The D, has been developed and designed by Executive Chef Richard. “… It offers a selection of contemporary Irish and European dishes made with fresh and carefully sourced produce. The D is the first venture into fine dining by the McGettigan’s brand. A wealth of thought, care and culinary expertise has been poured into the creation of the menu and restaurant itself in order to provide guests with the best possible dining experience. As said, the menu places a strong focus on Irish ingredients and traditions. The kitchen is showcased in an open plan style, featuring a large char grill where delicious meats such as Irish Black Angus beef and Wicklow lamb will be griddled to perfection. The best of Irish produce including fresh meats, seafood and artisan cheese are openly displayed throughout the restaurant…”

We could not resist any longer and finally went all the way to down town to check out how the new venue might look like and what the service would be like, having in mind that they only recently opened their doors.

As The D Bar & Grill is located on the first floor of the building. One can take the stairs or the elevator up to the next level after entering through the Pub.

It seems like you have entered a whole different world, once you step into the restaurant. In comparison to the authentic, cozy and busy Pub downstairs, The D Bar & Grill is a luxurious, modern and very classic place. Opulent yet elegant at the same time. It features space for more than 100 guests at the same time, and offers three Chef’s tables looking onto the open kitchen, as well as two private dining rooms featuring a huge wine display.

Upon arrival we were greeted friendly by Shaun, the Restaurant Manager and Chef Richard himself, both Irish of course. We had a little show around and were offered a welcome drink at the bar. David, the French Bar man, was very friendly and prepared a sweet yet refreshing mock tail for us, as well as a glass of chilled Chablis.

After a couple of minutes we were accompanied to our table. We were offered the menu, however, the waiter also explained to us that the Chef would prepare a three course set menu for us if we decided to go for it. He handed over the wine menu, and left us alone to decide what to choose for the evening.

Finally we made up our mind and placed our order, Foie Gras with roasted Veal on sweetbreads Almond Veloute, Ballydehob Crab Scotch Eggs with Aioli and Avocado, as starters and Steak and Kidney pudding and a Sea bass for our mains.

We were offered water and a selection of fresh bread such as brioche, lemon and pepper bread.

The service was very smooth and excellent. Waiters were friendly, attentive and made us feel very welcome. Despite the fact that The D Bar & Grill recently opened up, we were surprised about the high standard of service and food we enjoyed the entire evening. The food, without exaggeration deserves one comment only – excellent.

Lobster and salmon as amuse bouche, followed by Foie Gras and Ballydehob Crab Scotch Eggs as our starters.

Amuse Bouche, The D

Being a great fan of  Foie Gras , I was very much looking forward to taste Chef Richard’s new creation and interpretation of the same, and it was simply delicious.

Foie Gras, The D

Prior to the main course we were served a sorbet to clean and refresh our palette. To be honest we expected Vodka Lemon sorbet, like everywhere else. Chef Richard surprised us again, when we were served a Gin and Tonic Lemon sorbet. Great, something new. And the mix of lemon served on Gin and Tonic tasted fantastic, not too strong not too light.

Gin Tonic Sorbet, The D

The sea bass, served as one of the mains, was crisp and served on a bed of steamed vegetables, just as it was supposed to be. The Steak and Kidney pie however, was another highlight of the evening. Being Irish and being talented in his profession, Chef Richard knows how to prepare a proper Irish pie or pudding, and we did not expect any less of his talent. The Kidney pudding, served with a small portion of French fires was great. Well done.

Steak Kidney Pie, The D

Chef Richard, passed by personally to check up on us, and was very pleased to hear that everything was excellent. He was happy to hear that we liked the pie, as he said, to him the pie is a mix of authentic Irish cuisine, gourmet style.

We were offered the desert menu and decided to dig in one more time for a Chocolate Fondant with Guiness Ice Cream, to share. Just as expected the fondant was amazing and the rich chocolate mixed with the Guiness Ice Cream, just about the right desert to end a great evening with.

Chocolate Fondant, The D

Now and then, Shaun would also pass by to see if everything was up to our expectations and our waiter for the night, treated us very nicely while he kept filling up our wine and water glasses regularly and changing the ashtray, immediately.

All of them seemed to be very happy that the restaurant has finally opened up, and you could feel, that all of them were proud about being part of such a modern and beautifully designed fine dining restaurant.

The D

The Bad:

The music from the Pub downstairs can be heard in the fine dining restuarant and distracts from the music played in the restaurant itself. A bit unfortunate, as the choice of  Swing Republic and Bart & Baker fit perfectly to the overall ambiance of The D.

The Good:

Well done to the kitchen and well done to the service team as well. We were very impressed about such a great evening, despite the fact that The D Bar and Grill has been open for a week only.

Service staff is friendly, attentive and well trained. We will be back and eat our way through the menu, while checking if service standards remain just as high and excellent.


Keep up the good spirit,



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