On my Plate: Ketchup, Dubai
My good friend has been hearing about Ketchup, which is co-owned by Ashton Kutcher that recently opened in Dubai (4 months to be exact) so we decided to go out for a catch up dinner – especially as we were craving Burgers and fries…
Restaurant name and location: Ketchup, Emaar Boulevard, Dubai.
Cuisine: American Diner
Atmosphere: Sad to say – the restaurant was quite dead, the restaurant had quite a few tables and only two were taken. It’s one of those restaurants I see buzzing, but maybe it’s just the early days. The food did make up for it… Perfect for a casual dinner.
What they say:
Ketchup adopts not only LA’s pleasure-seeking philosophy but also the classic American cuisine that has long been a staple of the Beverly Hills dining scene and catapults them both into the modern age and beyond. The typical American grill, tired, boring and predictable, is totally recast as something young, vital and completely new.
What to order:
-Threesome (three kinds of fries, skinny, fat and sweet. Sweet potato was my favourite! with a range of five ketchups from Curry ketchup, bbq ketchup, to spicy ketchup)
-Ketchup burger sliders (The burgers were juicy, tasted like gourmet, high quality burgers and a whole lotta flavour. – my favourites included Ketchup old timer the classic, New Yorker and Smoked BBQ)
-First kiss mocktail (passion fruit, lemon juice and agave syrup topped with ginger beer)
-Chicken sampler (BBQ Chicken wings, Chicken Quesadilla, cajun chicken, and hand scooped potato skins)
-I had no space for dessert, but I would’ve tried the Banoffee pie.
Service: I wasn’t happy with the service. Both waiters mentioned they were new – they were both great servers and super sweet but knew nothing about the dishes or the menu.
What I loved:
-The burgers were moist and everything tasted super fresh. A place to go if you’re craving burgers.
-The variety of menu items – you can have your quesadilla, fries, steak, burgers…
-They have a range of teas, perfect for post digestion.
What I didn’t love as much:
-The restaurant needs some buzz… we need to get the word out because the food is delicious.
-Better trained waiters. I want to know what’s good, how the portions are and the burger for me.
Bill for two: 300 AED