Restaurateurs Nick Alvis, Scott Price and Viktorija Paplauskiene, in partnership with Gates Hospitality, this month open the doors of Folly by Nick & Scott at Dubai’s Madinat Jumeirah
Please describe the concept of the venue in your words?
Comprised of an indoor dining area and open, interactive kitchen, as well as stunning outdoor bars and terraces, Folly by Nick and Scott offers an informal take on modern fine dining, in a relaxed yet sophisticated atmosphere.
What are the signature items on the menu?
The contemporary menu is executed with technical skill and finesse, driven by quality produce and ingredients, and presented at a range of price points. Dishes such as smoked paprika monkfish cheeks and Omani shrimp, marjoram and lime gremolata sit alongside lamb saddle, whipped pine nuts and salsa, allowing guests the opportunity to create their own tasting menus.
What is interesting about the beverage offer?
Viktorija’s carefully curated wine list places lesser-known biodynamic wines next to an array of more classic choices, with the option to match drinks to individual dishes. The eclectic and inventive cocktail menu is inspired by natural elements – cane, agave, juniper, grain and malt – and retro-style punch bowls served in sharing barrels provide a fun, social alternative, ensuring that Folly by Nick and Scott will become a go-to place for drinks as well as food.
Who designed the interiors and how do these reflect the concept?
Nick and Scott worked closely with their design team to create the desired look and feel. The restaurant consists of many different areas, with stunning outdoor bars and terraces a major part of the venue. For example, on the Folly Rooftop, the view is the focal point, so it has been maximised with the use of elevated seating so guests can take in the stunning skyline. In terms of materials, wood, brick and the existing, traditional architecture have been utilised to create a welcoming atmosphere reflective of the food and ethos of the restaurant.
How will the venue compete on the Dubai marketplace?
Folly by Nick and Scott is a homegrown concept and therefore will act as something of a pioneer in the market. We believe it will fill a niche in the fast-growing hospitality landscape. The restaurant offers an alternative to classic fine dining. It takes a very modern approach, with a unique, unpretentious feel.
Venue: Folly by Nick and Scott
Opening date: February
Menu and concept development: Nick Alvis and Scott Price
Operations manager: Viktorija Paplauskiene
Fun Fact: Nick and Scott met while working for Gordon Ramsay