Pots, Pans and Boards is UK Michelin-starred chef Tom Aikens’ first restaurant in Dubai, created especially for families and guests looking for a relaxed dining experience.
The name comes from what he truly love about food; sharing delicious meals with friends and family, enjoying the moment in an informal and joyful atmosphere; childhood memories of I big earthenware pans being baked in the oven, simmering pots of meat, baked fish straight from the pan, and old kitchen boards that were used for carving or preparing on.
This idea of relaxed sharing extends through to the design of the restaurant. It takes inspiration from natural, open, rustic style home kitchens, featuring reclaimed wood and mismatched furniture. With a range of hanging copper pots and pans, shelves full of spices and condiments set in the middle of the dining area, old kitchen knives and large heavy cleavers stuck into the walls of antique kitchen tiles, this restaurant is meant to be a home away from home.
It is the ideal place for big families and large groups of friends, with its large communal wooden tables, as well stools along the kitchen pass. It is all about sharing great food in a laid-back fashion, family style, in pots, pans and on boards.
Menu highlights include black squid tempura, lamb meatballs with harissa, malt glazed short rib, duck confit with mustard, treacle marinated salmon. A selection of grilled fish, meats and steaks will also be available, such as tenderloin, strip loin, rib eye, tiger prawns, whole grilled lobster and spatchcock baby chicken with barbecue sauce. A range of tempting desserts includes sticky toffee pudding with date ice cream, and Tom’s mum’s favourite, the red fruit and apple crumble.