Maher Murshed Icon Legacy Hospitality’s managing partner introduces Canadian concept, Weslodge Saloon to Dubai’s JW Marriott Marquis
Please describe the concept in your words?
It’s creatively cool, elegant and modern; we wanted to create an upscale yet inviting atmosphere. The music, design, food, drink and attitude captures the essence of those individuals who dare to be different.
What are they signature items on the menu?
Our menu is a sharing concept, so while we have our signature classics, we should not overlook our smalls, raws and salads. We have Canadian classics like our lobster poutine, Scotch quail egg and lobster roll, while our raw section includes ahi tuna ceviche and our hamachi. Signature dishes are the Weslodge chop, from our salad options, it’s got so much going on yet it’s still light and flavorful; the Weslodge burger and of course our southern fried chicken, brined for 24 hours, soaked in Laban then dredged in seasoned flour, and drizzled in our home made Tabasco & honey sauce. We have six different steak options and a variety of other great dishes!
What is interesting about the beverage offer?
A hand-selected team of expert mixologists have been brought in from across the world, all originally Canadian. They’ve created unique interpretations of classic drinks. My favorites have to be the orange spiced Old Fashioned and the barrel aged Negroni, which we actually have on tap.
Who designed the interiors and how do they reflect the concept?
The interior was designed by a Canadian company, Navigate Design. We have floor-to-ceiling windows and views of Burj Khalifa and The World islands. We have everything from faux animal skulls to hand crafted portraits to mini lounge designs in every booth opposite our bar.
Fact box (post-it idea please):
Venue: Weslodge Saloon
Date opened: 14 April 2016
Head chef: Ben Heaton
AGMs: Craig Fawcett and Marene Wentzel
Fun fact: All of the quirky vintage pieces and picture frames have been sourced from Canadian vintage stores.