First look: Babiole opens in The Westin Al Habtoor City

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The Mediterranean fusion spot is home to what we’re tipping as the best new terrace in the city…

At What’s On, we like to keep an eye on the top new openings in the city. From the Shoreditch-cool Axe House, to cocktail club Barbary and the licensed La Mer spot Masti, if there’s a new restaurant, bar or party spot opening, we like to be there first.

And now another new opening has caught our eye, Babiole. The contemporary Mediterranean spot has just opened on Level 44 of The Westin, Al Habtoor City

It joins new super club Dome on Level 44, with gentlemen’s club The 44 set to open soon.

But back to Babiole – while we’re eagerly awaiting the first glimpse of the self-described ‘modern eatery’ menu, we’ve got the first look inside the space.

Split into a restaurant and bar area, there’s a contemporary dining space with white tablecloths and navy leather couches where guests can enjoy an a la carte offering of fine dining sharing dishes.

Adjacent you’ll find the bar space, dimly lit with subtle spotlights and a focal dining table that seats up to 10, which serves an array of classic cocktails and inventive signature drinks.

But we’re most excited to check things out outside, and we’re already calling it: The 44th floor terrace has some of the best Downtown views in the city.

It serves up an array of drinks from a long outdoor bar that stretches down one side of the terrace, with high tables pulled up next to it.

For a cosy spot, tuck in to one of the cushy low leather sofas spread out across the terrace. They’re nestled between leafy plants, fairy lights and some small, fancy water features.

This may well be our favourite new city-watching spot…

Babiole, The Westin Al Habtoor City, daily 7pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 437 0077. More info on Facebook

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