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From beetroot and goat’s cheese salad and tender veal striploin, to beautifully glazed crème brulee, learn how to make recipes from Carine, Emirates Golf Club at home, or choose to visit the restaurant and experience chef Izu Ani’s dishes firsthand. text SOPHIE VOELZING recipes IZU ANI


ewlylaunched at Emirates Golf Club, Carine serves French Mediterranean cuisine that oozes perfected simplicity. Dishes here are uncomplicated and pay attention to showcasing the natural flavours of high-quality ingredients – many of which sit on top of a well-stocked, attractive counter as you walk in. Opened by locally well-known chef Izu Ani from his previous roles at La Petite Maison and La Serre, Carine is named after chef Izu’s wife, who has placed her personal touches all around the restaurant, from her favourite freshly baked breads by the bakery she used to work at in Northern France, to her homemade plum and apple jam. Choose to be seated indoors or outside on one of two terraces that overlook the manicured golf course with skyline views of Dubai Marina in the background. Like the food, Carine’s interiors are simplistic and charming. The atmosphere is relaxing, social and homely – it’s the type of place you could pop for a drink and dinner after work and not feel out of place. To start, homemade focaccia comes warm and beautifully baked to be served with olive oil from chef Izu’s farm in Greece as well as sweet, fresh lemon that sits on the table for you to use as desired. Highlights on the menu include creamy burrata with marinated grilled peppers, and citrusy tuna carpaccio with grape relish to begin. For main, the whole grilled seabream is a delight, while the lamb chops with spiced eggplant puree atop pita bread are succulent and taste fantastic. Ending on a sweet note, don’t miss the incredibly light tiramisu, or the passionfruit cheesecake. From the food to the décor, Carine’s offering is fresh and clean, while the ambiance exudes understated French charm that’s welcoming and relaxing. Want to dine out? Contact Carine on 04-4179999, e-mail or visit 22 BBC Good Food Middle East June 2018

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