The KAYTO Pop-up at Jumeirah Al Naseem is al fresco fine-dining but not as you know it

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The KAYTO Pop-up at Jumeirah Al Naseem is al fresco fine-dining but not as you know it

Winter in Dubai opens up a range of possibilities and pursuits, but one of our favourite aspects is our ability to eat almost every meal outdoors.

And this winter season, there’s a new kid on the al fresco block in the form of KAYTO pop-up at Jumeirah Al Naseem.

Nestled into the rooftop of The Palmery, the restaurant which is set on different levels is essentially indoors, but lends itself perfectly to the incoming beachside breeze thanks to open floor-to-ceiling windows. A separate outdoor area provides the perfect, almost private locale, for sipping on an after-dinner drinks, and the setting is so secluded, you almost feel like you’ve been transported to a luxury hideaway treehouse.

The indoor bar area

But that's about as rustic as it gets. 

The décor – blush pink velvet chairs, marble table tops unadorned by fussy tablecloths, dusky mid-century lighting accents - features all the Instagram staples needed to create the perfect shot, and create enough buzz to secure restaurant bookings, and when you combine that with the stunning views of the Burj al Arab, you soon realise that whoever’s behind this restaurant is nothing if not social media savvy.

That being said, a really pretty restaurant is rendered redundant if the food doesn’t live up to the highly stylised surrounds and social media hype, and thankfully KAYTO has plenty of substance (and sustenance) to back up all that interior style.

Yellowtail cevice

The Peruvian-Nikkei menu which has been created by Argentinian-Japanese chef, Christian Goya, translates as visually stunning food featuring Peruvian flavours and Japanese culinary techniques, and has been prepared with wow factor at the forefront.

But that doesn’t equate to figurative bells and whistles – instead a focus on simplicity means delicately balanced mouth-watering dishes, designed to be shared around the table, are the ultimate takeaway from a meal here.

As we poured over the menu, forsaking conversation to focus on the task of choosing what to eat, our waiter offered us the welcome reprive of a selection of some of the chef's signature dishes instead of ordering a la carte. Some of our highlights included the crispy tuna, sea bass ceviche, selection of sushi nigiri, melt-in-your-mouth Wagyu beef tataki, and the Saikyo Miso Black cod.

Mochi 

In a nutshell, almost everything we ate.  

Open for lunch and dinner, the pop-up will run until May 2020, so if you’re looking for the perfect setting for a special occasion, or simply want to remind yourself why winter in Dubai makes the summer swelter worth it, KAYTO caters to all of the above, and then some.