Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12.30 – 14.30, 17.30 – 23.00, Sat 12.00 – 24.00, Sun 12.00 – 21.00
There’s a big communal table at the front and smaller tables, dimly lit, at the back. The decor is the legally mandated industrial-steel-and-concrete-meet-rustic-wood. Service was charming and friendly. There’s a reasonably priced cocktail list but this kind of food is better with draught beer (Brooklyn Lager or Camden Pale Ale).
‘Korexican’ sounds like a kitchen-worktop material, or a sicko’s name for a drug used in treating eating disorders. In fact it means Korean + Mexican. The mixture is weird but somehow it really works And the flavours are splashed on with vigour. To eat here is to surf on wave after wave of umami flavours.
We had the ”KFC” – which was Korean Fried Chicken, Soy Garlic, Grapes & Rosemary – fantastic and Wagu Slider burger (with red onion jelly, cheddar cheese in between a brioche bun and truffled mayo on the side) together with Rice Cakes (not very impressive) for starters all really great.
For mains we had the Smoked Rib Stack, which was spicy and nice with a lovely smoked sweet chestnut wood asian BBQ sauce and a Sirloin Tatami (file) which is aged 35 days and taste fantastic – which came with a truffled shiitake and tofu cream….
Yuan is located just outside the Atlantis waterpark at discrete entrance. Tables are hard to get so you should book a few days ahead. In 2015 this was rated the best Asian Restaurant in Dubai!
Upon entering the restaurant you’ll find a Superb decor with atmospheric lighting. There are 6 distinct styles of seating from low round table, to high long tables. There are large round booths for bigger groups so I would advise visiting first to choose the style most suited for your occasion. Also there is a trendy bar (se picture) which serves oriental style drinks (and normal ones too).
The staff fantastic – attentive and helpful. They were always available without hovering around the table and were smiling.
We had dim sum platter, more dim sum (steamed shrimp) and fried tofu. Everyting fresh and awesome
As a main we went for the pork in Sweet n sour sauce with jasmine rice and green steamed cabbage. Everything cooked to perfection.
and we also hade szechuan chicken with cashew nuts (on top of a plate is a dragon made of sea salt…not eatable).
If you ever have been to Hakasan or Buddha bar this is the same style, but more stylish in a way.