Dubai- Obeli, an exhilarating new addition to Dubai’s dining scene, is set to open its doors on Saturday, 13th May, in the heart of City Walk. This all-day dining destination is poised to be your sanctuary from the fast-paced routine of daily life, where you can indulge in a culinary journey that will awaken your senses.
Guests are invited to step into a world of tranquillity and rejuvenation, where the beauty of the outdoors meets the elegance of contemporary design. The interior incorporates natural elements, such as wood, stone, and organic textiles, that imbue a feeling of harmony and equilibrium. The colour palette is dominated by soft, nude earth tones that create a serene and tranquil atmosphere with a refined and enduring vibe.
Large floor-to-ceiling windows allow natural light to pour in, filling the space with a warm, inviting glow. Delicate navy chiffon hangs from the ceiling, evoking the graceful undulations of ocean waves that harmoniously blend into the sandy-coloured walls. The chic lounge chairs, featuring abstract designs and irresistible textures, showcase a playful elegance. In contrast, the accent sofas upholstered in rich, tan leather add a layer of depth and luxury to the space.
At the helm of the kitchen is Head Chef Niazi Al Badri, whose menu is an exploration of new-world cuisine, an exciting and innovative concept that will take diners on a culinary journey around the globe. Guests can anticipate discovering a concise breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu, featuring familiar favourites that have been reimagined, and signature dishes that boast surprising pairings.
Highlight dishes include Obeli’s Signature Shroom Dhs87 (fried portobello mushroom. salsa verde. pulled beef, sautéed peas, poached eggs, hollandaise sauce, chives oil), Potato Pave Caviar Dhs68, White Mermaid Dhs132 (sea bass, white chocolate sauce, green apple salad, ginger, chili), The Garibas Dhs87 chef’s specialty dish which is a fusion of his Mexican and Lebanese origins (three cuts of beef, two types of cheese, herb mayonnaise with chipotle, caramelised onions, avocado spread, home-made cucumber pickles), Island Crème Dhs80 (pina colada creme brûlée, coconut ball), Date Night Dhs68 (caramelised brioche, date filling, vanilla ice-cream).
Noteworthy drinks on the menu include imaginative mocktails (Dhs38) such as Karkadeh (hibiscus, elderflower), Rose Petal (rose tea, strawberry, lemon, elderflower), and Moroccan Bliss (Moroccan tea, strawberry cherry, elderflower, lemon, mint), alongside other beverages such as Mango Matcha Latte, Obeli Spanish Latte, and Cold Brew Coffee.
Head Chef Niazi Al Badri said, “I am thrilled to introduce my new menu which explores the exciting and diverse world of new world cuisine. Drawing inspiration from a wide range of global flavours and cooking techniques, my team and I have crafted dishes that are both familiar and innovative. We’ve taken classics and given them a unique twist, incorporating unexpected ingredients and flavour combinations to create a truly unique culinary experience.”
Obeli is the creation of Emirati businesswoman Aisha Al Tamimi, whose design and project management company, Studio Untitled, was responsible for bringing her captivating vision to reality. Al Tamimi commented, “Obeli has been a passion project for me for the last few years. My vision was to create a welcoming and elegant space that offers new and exciting dishes. From our innovative menu to our carefully curated interior design, every aspect of Obeli has been crafted to provide a memorable experience. I can’t wait to see guests enjoying our delicious food and warm hospitality in our beautiful new space.”