The Loft promises brasserie-style dishes, live music and a new Friday brunch… 

Only 16 months after opening, the award-winning chef, Sean Connolly announced that his Dubai restaurant, Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera, was closing its doors this month.

But, just two weeks later, a new concept called The Loft has opened its doors.

Officially opening on Sunday January 20, The Loft describes that it offers customers ‘a glamorous experience’, and will begin operations by offering complimentary bubbles and canapés on arrival for all guests who head down between now and Saturday January 26.

On the menu, guests can expect a similar array of upscale brasserie-style that were previously found at Sean Connolly, such as oysters and their signature dish – king prawns. The Loft also serves dishes such as wagu truffle carpaccio and seafood platters on ice.

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As well as boasting a raw bar and lounge area The Loft will also soon introduce a new Friday brunch.

According to the Loft’s Instagram page, the restaurant will also be hosting live music on its outdoor terrace which offers spectacular views of the Burj Khalifa with thanks to its unique oyster shell-like shape.

Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera is the latest in a string of restaurant closures that shook up the Dubai dining scene in 2018 which saw popular restaurants including Catch, Axe House and Crazy Fish all close their doors.

The Loft at Opera, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Sat to Thurs 5pm to 2am, Fri 12pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 362 7312.

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Words: Ben Welham