I finally made it to this relatively new offering at the Shangri-La Hotel and am happy to say that the city’s live entertainment is slowly coming of age. With Revue and Burlesque shows being very popular in many countries around the world, it was time that this kind of entertainment came to Dubai. The ACT, with its tastefully done quirky interiors, offers top notch entertainment and incredible Peruvian cuisine that far exceeded my expectations.
For those looking for an alternative dinner experience in the city, especially on a week night, The ACT currently offers a theatrical dinner show called ‘Showtime’ every Tuesday and Wednesday night. It’s a behind the scenes look into a theatrical production with lots of song and dance and a little bit of cabaret. The incredibly talented cast of singers, dancers and aerialists makes it hard to take your eyes off the stage, even as your dinner begins to arrive.
The menu offers Peruvian cuisine with a sharing concept where a set menu priced per person must be chosen for the entire table. The three set menus are priced differently and specify the number of appetizers, main courses, side dishes and desserts that will be served. Portion sizes are adjusted according to the number of guests on the table. I must appreciate that there are many great options for vegetarians. The different ingredients are paired together quite unusually but the outcome is sheer culinary joy. We started with Ceviche de sandia, a refreshingly light salad of watermelon, palm heart, avocado, white onion and sumac, Eggplant carpaccio, very original with a generous sprinkling of crispy quinoa, Beterragas y naranja, a lovely salad with perfectly paired beetroot and goat cheese and a soft and slightly sweet Empanada de choclo or filled Peruvian pastry. Main course was Pollo al miso, tender miso marinated grilled baby chicken with truffled sweet potato, white wine and cheese, Ravioli de cabra or goat cheese ravioli, Quinotto, quinoa risotto with wild mushrooms, asparagus and black truffle and Tagliatelle a la huancaina, especially delicious because of the Peruvian chili sauce. Arroz chaufa, star anise and lemon grass infused rice came as a side and was simply one of the best dishes on our table. The Mousse de maracuya, passion fruit mousse was my favorite of the two desserts, the other being the fluffy Granadilla cheesecake with its Digestive biscuit base. Our meal came recommended by the staff and was outstanding. This was a great introduction to Peruvian cuisine.
With friendly and attentive service, world class entertainment and a delectable menu, I don’t think there’s a better place in Dubai to be entertained as you dine or celebrate a special occasion on a week night. The ACT is a unique experience that comes very highly recommended. Tip: Photography is strictly prohibited inside the venue. Reservations are recommended. They have other shows on Sundays and Thursdays, so it’s a good idea to call them in advance to get more information. The ACT is closed on Fridays and Saturdays.
Disclaimer: This is an independent review of The ACT. All opinions expressed are my own.
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