Hidden in the Al Fattan Currency House in the city’s financial centre is Sass Cafe Dubai. It may take a mini trek through office buildings and escalators until you eventually find it but the restaurant, which originates from Monte Carlo, is a gem worth searching for. And after a night in this plush venue you’ll be grateful it’s hard to find because you’ll want it all to yourself.


Thanks to its Monte Carlo origins, Sass Cafe Dubai is sleek and sophisticated and  a whole lot of trendy. While all the walls are black, the design is not brooding. In fact, red accents, including ruby chandeliers, and unique art work (we love the Kate Moss collage print) ensures the look is noir glamour. Velvet chairs and white tablecloths bring a touch of Monaco-chic to Dubai.



The in-house DJ spins tunes, which consist of an amazing mix of soul, retro and hip hop, from the ground floor, yet the sound levels, refreshingly, aren’t at a deafening level meaning you can still converse with your dinner guests while enjoying his playlist.

With incredibly amiable and informative staff, who are all to ready to get involved with your jokes, and present their own offerings, the atmosphere is jovial, relaxed and satisfying – one of the few places in Dubai where you can experience five-star quality but not feel on edge by over attentiveness or pretensions.


The Dubai menu is derived from the Monte Carlo menu, for the most part, but there are some menu additions that are be exclusive to Dubai. Either way, will vegetarians are catered for, it’s all about the seafood and the meat.


Grilled tiger prawns in Soanish chillies is actually down as a main course but it’s relatively small and works excellently as a starter. Thick and meaty, the marinade is full of flavour without being too spicy.
For main course your visit should really be to try the house speciality of Filet de Boeuf a la Sassa – beef fillet with smoked garlic and tomato relish. This is actually the favourite of owner Sammy Sass, too and it’s easy to see why.The relish is simply out of this world and slices of garlic thickly cut into it, not to mention the whole cloves on the plate, combine so well that you’ll be hugely disappointed when the meal ends.Sassa-Beef-Fillet-with-Smoked-Garlic-and-Tomato-Relish
When it comes to dessert, their are some decent options to choose from, but we’d recommend the cigars au chocolat with three or four small and tightly wrapped cigarillos combining with a warm and rich chocolate sauce.


Great music, fabulous cocktails and exquisite food… It’d be easier to answer why not.


Fine dining but with a trendy edge.


Sass Cafe | Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC | Dubai | (04) 3527722