Homegrown hero John Buenaventura hosts a new monthly chef’s table at Zabeel House Al Seef. Here’s why you need to book it now…

You’ll feel a little bit like you’re in Goodfellas when you show up for your chef’s table dinner reservation at Skafos restaurant. You (and up to four of your friends) are immediately whisked through the dining room where you’ll be seated at the stainless-steel booth that’s literally the kitchen’s service counter (AKA The Pass).

The dinner – which occurs just once a month – has an ever-changing menu, but on our visit, it included terrific fare like a seared yellowtail tataki with thin radish discs, coconut oil and a sprinkle of pink pepper; the exquisite burnt leeks with browned butter, hazelnuts and truffle paste; and an inventive black onyx fillet with popcorn foam.

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Each of the five courses is served by chef John Buenaventura (of Cuisinero Uno fame), the new executive chef of Al Seef Hotels. The dinner lasts about three hours and is broken up with lively conversation from the enigmatic chef John and wine-pairing tête-à-tête with a charming sommelier.

It even includes a participatory dessert course where you’ll make your way to a different kitchen space across the outdoor patio and indulge in several desserts. Entertaining, delicious, and a novel evening night out. It’s perfect for a private party.

The price is Dhs555 per person (including wine pairing) and takes place once a month. The next one is Sunday October 27.

Zabeel House Al Seef, 7.30pm, days vary each month, Dhs555. Tel: (04) 707 7077. @skafosdxb

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