November 11, 2016 / Leave a Comment
Choosing where to dine at the mall is always a difficult decision – now that I’ve levelled up my guac skills I have less of a Rosa Mexicano habit, and at the moment I’ve got no favourite restaurants with a view at Souk al Bahar. Dubai Mall shopping however requires significant fuel so with visitors in tow, we decided to take Social House for a spin.
Firstly, Social House is huge. Don’t let the small section that you can see inside the mall fool you, there’s another expansive section past this with indoor and outdoor options, including views of the Burj Khalifa – a big plus for visitors. Secondly, the menu is also huge, split into options influenced by East and West cuisines respectively. Given that I find Asian food extremely hard to resist, we mainly stayed on the ‘East’ side – but there’s plenty of options no matter your preference.
What we ordered…
Kamikaze Roll – 56
Rice paper wrapped spicy tempura chicken, cucumber, dynamite sauce
Baby Spinach and Seaweed Salad – 49
Hiyachi wakame seaweed salad, fried tofu, ginger dressing
Soho Eco Roll – 47
Romaine wrapped tempura asparagus, avocado roll
Sake Salmon Sashimi – 49
I can’t say I would have associated Social House with sushi before dining here, but let me tell you they do it rather well! I’ll admit I didn’t love the dynamite mayo topping but on the whole the Kamikaze Roll was pretty good – it certainly drew looks of food envy from around the table, and was a decent serving size at 8 pieces. Hubs ordered the Salmon Sashimi (no seafood for me) and seemed pretty happy with the quality and portion size served up.
The wheels came off a little with the Baby Spinach and Seaweed Salad – the tofu had a very strange (read: not pleasant) flavour, and there really wasn’t much to this salad for the 49dhs price. It was essentially just a pile of baby spinach, topped with some wakame salad a la Waitrose frozen section, and ginger dressing that tasted like it also could have been purchased at the supermarket. It’s a dish that would take you a few minutes to put together at home. Huge props to the Social House team however – when we mentioned the tofu was not up to scratch they immediately offered to replace the dish with an alternative of our choosing. The dish in question may not have been great, but the service certainly was! This is how it should be done, so top marks for keeping the customer happy here.
We chose the Soho Eco Roll as a substitute and were very glad we did – it was delicious! I’d definitely reorder this one, plus it’s vegan friendly (the menu clearly marks out vege options and dishes that can be made gluten free – hooray!). Fab sushi all round really. The serving size was also pretty good by Dubai sushi serving standards (take note, Manga Sushi!!).
Our guests ordered the Nasi Goreng and Social House Chicken Salad – both were happy with their dishes and the serving sizes looked good for the money.
Social House is definitely a safe bet for Dubai Mall dining – it ticked the boxes when it came to quality, price, service and even boasts a Burj view. No matter who you’re dining with I’m sure there’s something on the menu that will put a smile on their face! Definitely a top pick to refuel so you can carry all those shopping bags…
What’s your favourite Dubai Mall dining destination? Let me know in the comments below!