The Act Dubai is one of a kind venue featuring eclectic decor, an animated staff, and some of the most unusual performances I've ever seen. I wasn't really sure about what to expect in terms of the quality of the cuisine at this supper club style concept, since the focus is usually more on the entertainment than the food. The Act Dubai serves up a "Peruvian Alta" menu created by Chef Roberto Segura Gonzales. He describes this as contemporary Peruvian. Having a long standing flare for the culinary arts, Chef Roberto's passion "grew from his soul" at a young age and evolved throughout the years. He now brings to Dubai a cuisine from his native country with a modern spin to captivate the diverse palates of the region.
On the menu one will find the items categorized from ceviche, tiradito, ensaladas (salads), enrollados (rolled items), de las calles a la mesa (street food), del fogon (from the fire/stove), and accompanamientos (sides). The extensive variety made it difficult to decide, but nonetheless we narrowed down our choices based on some suggestions and flavor combinations that sounded the most appealing. To begin with we enjoyed this Pulpo al Olivo, octopus with olive sauce, rocoto sauce, togarashi, herbs and olive oil. Clearly inspired by the Japanese influence in Lima, this dish captured the best of both worlds. The olive sauce with its sharp, salty, semi-bitter taste contrasted beautifully against the sweet octopus and spicy rocoto sauce. The presentation alone was a work of art, presented on the long black stone platter with edible petals, herbs, and a balance of gorgeous colors, this was one of my favorite dishes of the evening.ceviche was next on the menu. This one in particular was made with salmon, coconut, Peruvian mango, and the famous aji limo chilli (a super hot chilli from Peru). Plated in a gorgeous antique style vessel, the ceviche was fresh, clean, and sweet. I enjoyed the quality of ingredients used here, but would really have liked a touch more coconut and chilli to enhance the ceviche eating experience. The Leche de Tigre floating on the bottom of the plate was a sign that the ceviche had been marinating for just long enough. This liquid contains the run off of fish juices, lime, onion, chillies, salt, and pepper and is considered a hangover cure as well as an aphrodisiac in Peru.
Suspiro de Limena translating to, "a Limean woman's sigh". It couldn't have been more accurate, because upon first bite, this unassuming little scoop of ice cream took my breath away. The cool caramel against the warmth of the coffee sponge and the nutty cocoa powder all played into each other magically. Simple in execution, it was the perfect way to end this meal against the back drop of the unusual performances at The Act.
Overall an evening spent at The Act will be filled with fun surprises every hour, whether it's the bouncing seven foot tall rabbit man creeping up behind or the gravity defying acrobats that swirl around the stage. Let's not forget the Peruvian treats prepared at the hands of Chef Roberto who has redefined South American cuisine for the Dubai market. The quality of the food in this atmosphere is above standard and has changed my perception of dinner theater with a menu that is worth a try.
The Act is open every Sunday and Thursday from 9pm-3 am. Make sure you call ahead for reservations to this unique dining and entertainment experience!