Restaurant Review: PLAY Restaurant & Lounge


PLAY Restaurant and Lounge is a Mediterranean and Asian concept by Ex-Zuma Chef, Reif Othman bringing Dubai a truly unique and carefully cultivated culinary concept that transports guests on a gastronomic journey like no other. Spoiled with a concoction of exquisite flavours that fuse East and West, guests are introduced to Mediterrasian Cuisine.

Cuisine: Mediterranean and Asian.

Where: PLAY Restaurant & Lounge, H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road

Perfect for: A chic night out in Dubai.

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Service: Very impressive! Our server was very polite and helpful when it came to the selection of the dishes. Chef Reif also came by to see how everything was going, and so upon us asking about the menu being only Asian as we noticed, he explained to us how he uses Mediterranean ingredients to produce Asian dishes and hence PLAYS cuisine is Mediterranean an Asian.  The manager was also very welcoming. Although, there was this one server that wasn’t too well versed with the dishes so it really depends on who you get as your server.

What we loved:  The quality of Ingredients! The presentation of every dish is definitely a 10/10.  PLAY Restaurant and Lounge is by far the best food we’ve ever tasted in Dubai. To be very honest, I have no idea why there hasn’t been a lot of hype about this place because it’s simply amazing! A random dish we selected from the menu, turned out to be delicious, every dish just melts in your mouth. By melts in your mouth, I literally mean MELTS. Everything about PLAY was just incredible, from the interiors to the food, they have 3 full pages just for appetizers and same for the mains. I don’t usually eat lamb in most restaurants because of how much I dislike the taste of it, however, I decided to give it a try at play and it completely changed my opinion of lamb (definitely going back for that dish.) You need to try out the whole menu only because of the quality of food !

What we didn’t like as much: Surprisingly, there wasn’t anything we didn’t like about this restaurant and its food other than the fact that it wasn’t the easiest to order from the menu as there are countless number of dishes to order from & if you aren’t too well known with Asian dishes, it’s even worse so make sure you get a server to help you with the order.

What we recommend:

  • Almost everything!

Ambiance: Full house. Their interiors are marvelous, every table was made of marble with a gold center which was very eye catching & innovative.

More on PLAY: Play restaurant & lounge is on the 36th floor and takes up the whole floor overlooking Dubai’s skyline. As you enter, you see the bar & lounge area straight ahead and then as you walk to your right, it’s the restaurant area with an elevated private dining areas as well. Make sure to make a reservation beforehand as this place is always busy. The concept is very interesting as they use Mediterranean ingredients to produce Asian dishes which is something very unique. Their food is just out of this world, and it’s surely a MUST VISIT. (Timings: Bar and Lounge: 6pm – 3am. Restaurant: 7pm – 1am)


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#TSDreviewsPLAY: 5 / 5