The hottest Act in Dubai
June 12, 2014
Whatever you’re expecting when you step out of the elevator on the 42nd floor of the Shangri-La Hotel and walk through a nondescript door marked ‘no photography’ – it probably isn’t a two-story, pseudo-baroque theatre, made out to look more like the galley of a pirate ship than a glitzy Dubai-style bar.
A scattering of dark wooden booths, leather banquettes and marble tables – all lit up by candelabras – encircle a small wooden staging area where the evening’s entertainment takes place. For those looking for a touch more privacy there are several intimate tables set up on the mezzanine balcony overlooking the stage.
In true Vaudevillian style, there is something in equal parts intriguing and intimidating about The Act. The ‘theatre club’ hosts weekly dinner shows on Monday to Wednesday with cabaret-style performances on stage, while the diners have their food.
Best with a relatively small-sized group of friends, the atmosphere is very intimate and the entertainment, truly spectacular.
Another unexpected treat is the Peruvian-inspired menu. Head Chef Roberto Segura Gonzales, has created a special compartido menu – three fixed price menus offering an assortment of Peruvian starters, mains and desserts – where the more dishes you share, the higher the price you pay. We warn you, it is not cheap.
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The dishes themselves are, in large part, excellent. The classically Pervuian trio of cerviche (think carpaccio) were infinitely more-ish, while the white fish tiraditos, succulent beef ribs called for second helpings. It also didn’t hurt that the burrata was some of the creamiest that we have ever tasted.
It is a truly unforgettable night of dreamlike performances with excellent food in a memorable setting.
Details: Monday to Wednesday, Shangri- La, Sheikh Zayed Road. For more visit theactdubai.com