Chef Sean Connolly gets set to open his first restaurant in the Middle East, Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera
November 6, 2017
29th August 2017, Dubai: The finishing touches are being put to Dubai’s hottest new restaurant, Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera, as it gets set to open its doors on the 1st September, ahead of the Eid-al-Adha holiday. Details of the anticipated opening have been one of Dubai’s best kept secrets to date; but now the British-born culinary maverick is ready to lift the curtain and invite guests to visit his first UAE restaurant.
Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera is located on the top floor of the iconic dhow-shaped Dubai Opera, which has the capacity to host up to 350 guests. Designed with versatility in mind, the brasserie offers pockets of dining experiences with four main areas to choose from; the Raw Bar, the Fire Bar, the central Pearl Bar and the outdoor rooftop terrace, which boasts spectacular views of the Burj Khalifa. The restaurant will be home to an intimate private dining room along with an exclusive chef’s table that offers eight guests the best seats in the house.
The steak and seafood brasserie menu is uncomplicated and produce driven. Whether it’s a classic pizza from the wood fire oven, signature steaks from the grill or glistening oysters from the raw bar, every ingredient has been hand-picked for its quality and gets treated with the care and attention it deserves. Music is a huge part of Sean’s signature style and this restaurant is no different, playing out a nostalgic soundtrack that is heavily influenced by his youth. Expect an acoustic journey of funk, blues and disco that injects an unmistakable energy in to every dining experience.
Sean Connolly comments on the opening: “I’m honoured to have the opportunity to open my first restaurant in the UAE and at this landmark location, it’s something seriously special. I plan on letting the produce speak for itself, keeping the food super-simple, and the floor all-singing and all-dancing. I want people to feel good – that’s what really counts!”
Jasper Hope, Chief Executive of Dubai Opera: “Finding the perfect restaurant partner for Dubai Opera was something we knew was vital to complete the customer experience we’ve worked so hard to craft and deliver throughout our first year. In Sean we have an outstanding chef who knows exactly how to create a fantastic atmosphere using the best quality and variety of ingredients, a sense of fun and contemporary style and, essential to complement Dubai Opera’s unique dhow shape, a consistent and proven delivery of incredible seafood.”
Prepare to be blown away by the striking design features throughout the restaurant. The stunning Pearl Bar that takes centre stage in the impressive space is inspired by an oyster, one of Sean’s signature dishes. Grey marble and pops of pink leather reflect the delicate contrasts of the ocean corals and sea creatures, while blue dappled carpet tones depict the ocean waters.
Boho-chic staff set the tone with a welcoming smile and a casual attentiveness that makes everyone who walks through the door feel part of the family. Whether its pre-theatre snacks at the Balcony Bar, post-show drinks at the rooftop terrace or gearing up for a fun-filled night with friends in the main restaurant – Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera welcomes guests with open arms.
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