Atelier M Dubai Marina - Love at First Bite

 

 

I rarely use the term love. Love is something special, to be cherished and not to be used lightly. However, in this case I can say that Atelier M is a restaurant and lounge that I instantly fell in love with at first sight, bite, and beat.

 

 

The restaurant is in the new center of dining and entertainment in Dubai Marina, the Pier 7 complex. The moment your exit the elevator at the top floor, you will find that your mood instantly changes. The atmosphere is refined and elegant without being pretentious.  You’ll see a tasteful combination of mirrors, white and gold décor reminiscent of the old world, Art Deco era gone by. But the soulful lounge music let’s you know that you are in for a most current and cosmopolitan evening.  There is a sexy crowd of 20, 30, and  40 something jetsetters in groups celebrating a special occasion or just a fine meal with friends.   Near the windows there are couples sitting on gold couches chatting in whispers in the uber-romantic setting.  Outside there is an expansive terrace with more people dining al fresco while looking over the Dubai Marina as the yachts pass below.

 

 

The word atelier is a French word for a workshop. It is a place to create something new or for artisans to practice their craft. Atelier M is the chef driven culinary workshop of its Chef and CEO Mohammad Islam. This is not an outpost or a franchise of a successful restaurant somewhere else in the world. This is his restaurant and you’ll see him there most nights supervising the kitchen, chatting with guests or upstairs in the lounge. The dining area is built around a raised open kitchen so it’s like you are watching a performance on a stage.  Chef Islam is often at the front of the stage, like the maestro conducting his orchestra. He switches from looking over the dining area and turning to the kitchen to see that every dish is prepared per his direction. He is passionate about his restaurant and this passion and attention to detail is evident in each creative and delicious dish served. It is also evident in the service of the staff and the general mood of the place.

 

 

Atelier M was created from the vision of Chef and Entrepreneur Mohammad. He set out to create his vision of a chef-driven extravagance based on his culinary pedigree from exceptional restaurants around the world.  He was previously the driving force behind the celeb favorite Chateau Marmont in Hollywood as well as The Mercer in the heart of Soho, New York.  So after overseeing Versace and Capital Club and opening other restaurants in the region, it was time to bear the fruits from this wealth of experience. And the delicious fruit is the artisan cuisine and dining experience that his team at Atelier M produces each evening.

They must be doing something right. After being open for less than one year, Atelier M was recently voted among the top two French restaurants in UAE. Considering the field of competion of fine dining restaurants in UAE, this is an astounding feat. 

The service is all that you would expect and an integral part of the dining experience. Our waiter Sam was very friendly and quick with a joke and laugh. He walked us through the menu, asked about our likes and dislikes and was ready with a suggestion when asked.   Our sommelier, Sam, was very knowledgeable and gave us excellent wine suggestions that complimented our meal. Like many of the staff, Sam had an interesting background graduating from the Danish Wine Academy but having learned his love of wine while working at his family’s vineyard in Russia.

 

 

 

Atelier M is first a foremost an epicurean delight. The cuisine is a mélange of French, Asian and Mediterranean and a lot of seafood dishes which have been broken down are recreated into something fresh and new.

 

 

I began my meal with the tiger shrimp salad that was flavorful with its taste complimented with avocado, shallots and truffle vinaigrette. For the main course I went with the butter poached lobster, with tarragon oil, accompanied by wild and red rice and mushrooms. Again it was imaginative, prepared to perfection with an appealing presentation. For a sweet ending I finished my meal, like any good New Yorker, with the blueberry cheese cake.  The meal was fabulous. There is a passion that is evident at Atelier M to provide a memorable dinner experience with every fork full or interaction with the staff.

 

 

So just as I thought my night was winding down, I was reminding that the night would not be complete without a visit to the Atelier M Lounge. 

 

Up the spiral staircase above the restaurant, and past the velvet rope, you’ll find an expansive lounge with Tiffany lighted walls, huge mirrored bar and plush seating areas reminiscent of a prohibition speak easy from the 40s. 

 

Atelier M  is a proper lounge. It is not a bar and not a club but a perfect combination of both with comfortable places to sit and share time with friends.  The music created a euphoric ambiance with a soulful combination of pop, dance, urban, and the unfamiliar.      

 

 

The sexy crowd moved to the pulsating beats while sipping on creative cocktails from the lounge’s worldly mixologists. Couples sat on comfy couches and grooved to the up tempo music. In other areas, the music mesmerized groups of friends who danced at their tables as the bottle service with sparklers flashing arrived at tables. The Atelier M Lounge has different themed nights and special events where the music format from the talented DJs changes. They also have a jazz night with live jazz music. 

 

Atelier M is a spectacular dining experience. It is a sexy evening with a desirable ambiance, fine food, and entertainment overlooking the picturesque Dubai Marina.  It is a creation from the vision, passion, and experience of Chef Islam who brought his world of talents from New York, Los Angeles and the Middle East to create an exceptional epicurean experience in Dubai.  Hat’s off to Chef Islam and the entire Atelier M team. Well done.  

 

 

 

Reservations +971 44 507 766

Pier 7

Dubai Marina

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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