Intersect By Lexus in Dubai has nothing to do with cars

If Donald Draper set up an advertising agency in Tokyo, it would look like this.

November 30, 2016

Intersect By Lexus in DIFC is paradise for design nuts. Light fittings look like brandy glasses; the ceiling is undulating ridges of white wood to reflect the UAE’s sand dunes; wooden lattice grills cover walls; while cylindrical bookcases are lined with books on architecture, design, and furniture as well as film makers such as Woody Allen and Francois Truffaut.

One corner is filled with shelves of beautiful Japanese-designed objects available to buy. Raffia hats by Sashiki, leather bags by Roberu, sunglasses made from high-grade binchotan oak charcoal (whatever that is) and pottery from One Kiln will tempt you. 

We haven’t even mentioned downstairs yet where a burnt yellow LF-C2 concept convertible Lexus stands on a see-through floor. Around the corner is an amazing hi-tech Japanese toilet with a control panel that activates all sorts of washing and drying – let’s not go any further. 

But what about the food? EDGAR has not had a better lunch in Dubai for a long time. The Japanese theme continued with clean and lean organic dishes that use raw ingredients where possible.

EDGAR tried the three-course business lunch for a very reasonable AED 110 and had a red cabbage salad, pearl barley risotto with mushrooms, and a lemon mousse. Light, fresh, interesting and absolutely delicious. 

We asked for coffee and along came a tiny gas stove with two glass beakers stacked on top of each other, joined by a test tube. The barista set to work on a ‘water vapour pressurised’ cup of flowery Ethiopian coffee that had zero bitterness.

Don Draper never really ever ate lunch – he preferred more of a liquid midday meal – but he’d love it here.