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CMP Dubai review

Words by Nathan Irvine

High steaks

Chicago Meat Packers is dead. Long live, CMP. The steakhouse on The Pointe has rebranded in the last few months, but is still serving up the choice cuts of meats that will have you salivating within seconds.

Sat amongst the throng of restaurants that overlook the dancing fountains, CMP resists the temptation of using gimmicks to pull in the punters. Instead, it relies on its packed menu and quality food to bring them in.

The two-level venue comes with an American bar feel upstairs and a trendy, laidback dining experience downstairs. The thing that ties it all together is – obviously – the food and drink. CMP’s menu is almost intimidating with the amount of choice you have. In our experience, a menu that’s this hefty usually results in average food that is catered to no particular tastes. Not so at CMP.

Make it large

Almost everything we ordered was packed full of flavour and served in enormous portions. For example, the burrata and seasoned, fresh tomatoes was both delicious and could feed a small family. The wagyu beef tartare was, again, generously portioned and had a wonderfully moreish pickled taste to it. And the clever sweetcorn ‘ribs’, which are chargrilled strips of corn on the cob that you eat like beef ribs, are a delight. And these are just the starters.

On to the mains, and it’s a carnivore’s delight across the menu. Yes, there are plant-based options for those that prefer their food to never have had a pulse. But as it’s a steakhouse, it’s only fitting to give it a whirl.

A chateaubriand is ordered alongside Cajun spiced lamb chops. For sides it’s truffle mash, grilled asparagus, parmesan truffle fries and charred broccolini.

The juicy cut of steak has a superb smokiness to it and, importantly, tasted great on its own and didn’t need to be doused in peppercorn or bearnaise sauce to become palatable. And the succulent lamb was equally impressive and combined well with the truffle mash especially. It was a very impressive round of mains that was only slightly let down by the overcooked parmesan truffle fries.

By the times mains rolled around – sticky toffee pudding and a giant cookie with ice cream – we were stuffed and asked for a takeout bag. But we’re happy to report that even outside of CMP, these were great and a fitting end to the meal.

CMP then is a steakhouse of note. It has a fun and relaxed atmosphere, but is serious about the care and attention it puts into its food. It’s the ideal type of place to take friends and family, or simply drop in with work colleagues for a few drinks. Long live CMP, indeed.

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