Let's face it, in Dubai we are not short of five star eateries. In fact, we have veritable smorgasbord (or maybe, that should be mezze...) of fining dining establishments to choose from. And yet, do you sometimes find yourself yearning for something a bit different? Of course, you still want top notch food, elegant surroundings and superlative customer service, but sometimes, to paraphrase Cyndi Lauper, don't you just wanna have fun? Sometimes, don't you want something that titillates all your senses, not just your taste buds. Well, ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you, Supperclub.
Supperclub is a dining concept that started in Amsterdam and has since spread to London, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Istanbul. It has recently opened in the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray hotel on the Palm. According to the Supperclub website, its owner, Bert van der Leden claims that "at Supperclub, everything revolves around stimulating your senses and releasing your creativity." Needless to say, my curiosity was piqued.
The entrance to Supperclub is very impressive. "Supperclub" spelt out in big metallic letters is mounted next to the doorway and a plush red carpet beckons you inside, but not before you have snapped a quick Instagram of it and posted it on Facebook. (Part of the fun of coming to a swanky venue is ensuring your friends know about it, after all.) The 'wow' factor continues inside as you are ushered into a cavernous white room with white table and chairs, in fact, pretty much everything is white. There are even rows of white day beds lining two walls, which is a tad baffling. Maybe, some people need to lie down to release their creativity?
Foodwise, Supperclub ticks all the boxes. Our meal was cooked perfectly and exquisitely presented. My cod with gnocchi was lovely, with the fish falling away into succulent opaque flakes at the touch of the knife. My dessert of peanut butter parfait was sensational. It was cool and creamy with an intense peanut butter flavour which brought a smile to the face. I didn't want to share and could very easily have devoured another one.
But it is the entertainment that separates Supperclub from your regular five star eatery. Performers drift in and out of the dining area throughout the evening. It felt as if we were dining in a circus canteen, albeit a very posh one, with superb food and impeccable waitress service. Thus, a magician levitated table napkins before our very eyes as we waited for starters to arrive. A series of extremely bendy women and men performed aerial gymnastics above our heads whilst we tucked into our mains. Then we had a pleasant chat with the ghost of Louis XVI over desserts. (The ghost of Maria Antoinette didn't really join in the conversation, probably because of the furore that was caused last time she mentioned cakes.) Come to think of it, I am not sure it was the real ghost of Louis XVI anyway. He had a distinctly British accent.
At about 11:30pm, the vibe changed. Dining tables and chairs were cleared away. The DJ cranked up the volume, upped the tempo and 'ta-da,' we suddenly found ourselves in an uber-cool night club!! The performers continued to pop in nonetheless. A dancer in a spangled silver top boogied energetically on top of a catwalk table in the centre of the room, to be joined by a few members of the public who had evidently decided this was the way to release their creativity. When they liked the sound of a song, the aerial gymnasts came out and sashayed and swayed to the beat above our heads. Sadly, Louis XVI didn't make a reappearance, possibly because the DJ's music collection didn't include Mozart or Vivaldi. On the plus side, the daybeds now made more sense as people sprawled on them chatting and watching proceedings.
I would like to end with a couple of words of warning about Supperclub. Firstly, it is not a cheap experience. Expect to shell out the price of a posh brunch. Secondly, food portions are on the small side and may not satisfy heartier appetites. Finally, a friend went mid week and said there was not much by way of entertainment, so for the full Supperclub experience, it is best to go at the weekend.
So, did the Supperclub live up to its website claims? Were my senses stimulated? Yes, yes they were. Was my creativity released? Not so much.