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“Excellent sushi”
Review of GQ Bar

GQ Bar
Ranked #853 of 9,608 Restaurants in Dubai
Price range: US$8 - US$12
Cuisines: Japanese, Mediterranean, Contemporary, International
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Dining options: After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Set within the JW Marriott Marquis, the world's tallest hotel in the heart of Downtown Dubai, GQ BAR is a sophisticated restaurant and lounge that combines stylish interiors, upbeat music and a delectable food menu with an innovative cocktail list.
London, United Kingdom
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“Excellent sushi”
Reviewed 1 August 2014 via mobile

I visited GQ bar for an evening drink with a colleague. The entrance in unassuming, but we were very impressed by the outside seating area- and most of all the cocktail and dinner menu. Both were a really pleasant surprise. The sushi was very very good, and the wine list really focussed. I will be back!

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Naiinspired, General Manager at GQ Bar, responded to this review, 28 October 2014
Dear Daryll1982,

Thank you very much for sharing your review following your experience at GQ Bar Dubai.

We are pleased to hear you enjoyed outdoor ambience, Sushi and Wine.

We hope to have the pleasure to welcoming you back very soon.


Warm regards,


Thomas Haring
General Manager
Thomas@GQDubai.com
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“It was dead”
Reviewed 26 July 2014

Some friends and I were going to eat/drink there but after a couple of drinks it was still dead so we went on to somewhere else. It was a Wednesday night so that may have influenced it perhaps but we were there at 8/9pm. Staff seemed OK wasn't the cheapest spot but good a for a drink if you are staying in the hotel I would assume.

  • Visited March 2014
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Naiinspired, General Manager at GQ Bar, responded to this review, 28 October 2014
Dear Macs-on-the-move,

Thank you for sharing your review with us.

We tend to get busier slightly later on Wednesdays from 10PM onwards. Hope you would consider coming again and this time having a much livelier experience at GQ Bar.

Sincerely,

Thomas Haring
General Manager
Thomas@GQBarDubai.com
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“Excellent sushi”
Reviewed 20 July 2014

GQ was quiet due to it being Ramadan but the sushi we shared was really excellent as was the desert selection. The service also must get a special mention...very knowledgeable and friendly so we were happy to take our host's recommendation. The bill was very reasonable by Dubai standards given we enjoyed a nice bottle of wine. Will definitely be back during lively winter season

Visited July 2014
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Naiinspired, Public Relations Manager at GQ Bar, responded to this review, 28 October 2014
Dear Pmclondon,

Thank you for your 'Execellent Sushi' review following your recent visit at GQ Bar.

We are happy to have accommodated you with excellent Sushi, good service and nice wine. We look forward to hosting you again with the same or even better experience.


Sincerely,

Thomas Haring
General Manager
Thomas@GQBarDubai.com
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Miami Beach, Florida
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“A Place for Sharp and Smart People”
Reviewed 24 June 2014

Gentlemen’s Quarterly. I remember it from my youth when my dapper older brother would go through it each month to learn about the latest trends in style and fashion that would often find their way into his wardrobe. When I began reading I also remember the GQ don’ts such as never wear a matching pocket square and tie. GQ is a magazine for men about the best in fashion, personal style and taste. This icon of uber style, a refined palate, and sex appeal has manifested itself in a new expression of taste in the GQ Bar Dubai, where I spent a spectacular evening in a stylish ambiance, enjoying cocktails, and an exquisite dining experience.

The newly opened GQ Bar Dubai is not just a bar or restaurant; it is an experience. From the moment you enter past the flaming candle feature at the door you know you are in a special place. It is dark and sexy with larger than life GQ magazine feature photos at the entrance and the magazine’s brand tastefully placed about the venue. The hosts were hired for their model appearance as well as their hospitality and with a smile escort you inside. You’ll then enter the GQ Bar which is masterfully set up with lounge seating where sexy couples and groups of friends share cocktails and conversation. The vibe is perfect for Dubai but could easily be transplanted in New York’s Meatpacking District or London’s Warf. Upstairs there’s more space for additional guest or for a corporate function. There is also a huge outdoor terrace. Edgy up tempo lounge music played by the DJ further adds to the sexy vibe.

The drink menu changes every month and they employ wizards from the farthest reaches of the world to concoct new and tasty elixirs. A word to the wise, let them do their thing and bring you’re the beverage they’d recommend. Chances are you’ll be delighted you did. They’ll ask your cocktail preferences such as fruity, citrus, or sweet drinks, bourbons or vodkas. For me, it was a tossup between the Thyme Will Tell which was Campari, agave syrup and pomegranate juice, shaken with fresh lime juice and a thyme sprig, topped with Valdo Prosecco or the Crime of Passion which is Grey Goose le poire vodka, fresh passion fruit juice and fresh lemon juice, topped with Valdo Prosecco. I went with the Crime of passion and was glad that I did. After a cocktail in the lounge, my wife and I went for dinner on the dining side of the establishment.

Our waiter Maxim was more of a dining consultant than a waiter. He was funny, very knowledgeable and had worked at some of the best restaurants in Dubai before coming to the GQ Bar. In between the humor and conversation, he really wanted to make sure that our evening was a special one. He talked about the intricacies of the menu asking about preferences and making recommendations. Before the end of the night, we found that he was truly a culinary expert and each of his recommendations were spot on for us.

GQ is about style and taste and they blur the line of food as art and art as food with each dish. The presentation of every dish was only surpassed by the taste of the food itself. For the starter, we went with the sushi. They have an extensive sushi offering with a wide variety of imaginative and tasty creations. We went with some of their specialties including the ‘Shredded King crab roll, ‘'BBQ Eel and Avocado, 'Calamari and Leek roll, they were imaginative, flavorful, and a fantastic way to begin the meal.

For the main course, my wife chose the rosemary seasoned rack of lamb with date and orange cream couscous with dried fruits and pine nuts. The garlic and thyme mash potatoes were an excellent compliment. Kudos to the chef and staff for creating this masterpiece.

After a discussion with our dining consultant Maxim, I opted for the Grilled Wagyu beef rib eye with crushed garlic thyme potatoes. The taste was beyond words so suffice it to say that it was fantastic. Each bite was juicy, full of flavor and incredibly delicious. The meal must have been prepared by culinary warlocks casting spells in order to prepare a dish that could taste this good.

And to bring the meal to a close, we both chose sweet endings. With a visual braggadocio in the presentations, we experienced the Orange and vanilla creme brûlée . It was as much a work of art as is it was a dessert. Same held true for my choice, the Valrhona chocolate fondant. It was one of those dishes that we were slow to finish as we savored each morsel.

The GQ Bar is a fantastic place to meet up with friends for cocktails and conversation as well as a place for dinner. It is dining pleasure with a sexy ambiance, passionate service, and scrumptious dishes with a presentation that is nothing less than art. I can’t imagine a better venue for a date or to celebrate an anniversary. It’s also a great venue to go with friends, host an event or while traveling to bend the elbow with locals or fellow jet setters.

  • Visited May 2014
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GQ-BAR-DUBAI, General Manager at GQ Bar, responded to this review, 7 July 2014
Dear Glenn,

Thank you very much for your “A Place for Sharp and Smart People”

As we are working very closely with the Condé Nast International team (who developed GQ Bar brand), we ensure the venue incorporates as many elements from the GQ Magazine as it possibly can: style, fashion, design, elegance, quality and substance. We are glad you felt the spirit of your favourite magazine!

Our culinary, mixologist and service teams are working hand in hand to deliver the best possible experience to our guests, we feel rewarded you loved your time at GQ Bar and truly hope to welcoming you back in the near future.

Warm regards,




Thomas

Thomas Haring
Acting General Manager
Thomas@GQDubai.com
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“Culinary experience like no other!”
Reviewed 22 June 2014

GQ Bar is centrally located and convenient, to add to that the food is brilliant and the ambience is spot on, great place to meet the cream of the crowd. If you looking for a midweek night cap, this is the place for you.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank TamaraKing
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GQ-BAR-DUBAI, General Manager at GQ Bar, responded to this review, 7 July 2014
Dear Tamara,

Thank you very much for taking some time to share your experience with the TripAdvisor community.

The team and I are glad you loved the experience and trust we will see you back very soon.

Sincerely,




Thomas

Thomas Haring
Acting General Manager
Thomas@GQDubai.com
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