Helio Lounge: 110 degrees of cool opens in Dubai Marina
A menu of fusion food in a laid-back waterside setting with an extended shisha terrace
24 March, Dubai – Helio Lounge, a lifestyle led culinary concept inspired by laid-back glamour, opens its doors in Dubai Marina today. The idea behind Helio is to offer a unique vibe and attitude inspired by Egyptian heritage, where people are invited to drop by, dine-in and hang out. To give an international twist and versatility, renowned celebrity Chef Joe Barza, one of the top chefs in the Arab world, has carefully put the menu together and crafted some innovative mouth-watering recipes.
The concept behind Helio was conceived by a group of passionate food experts, trying to capture a unique lounge culture model for the Emirates that fosters a sense of belonging. The menu offers a twist on traditional Egyptian items as well as international dishes that are lighter, fresher and more contemporary than the original recipes. Helio is not only about starters or mains, it is about a new dining experience – it’s about trying and sharing with friends. It’s simple, laid-back and sociable.
A must-try item on the menu is the Helios, an exciting adaption of “fiteer”: one of the most popular Egyptian dishes that is baked freshly to order on the premises – they are shareable, small and colorful. The Helios come in fun bite size forms and in a range of exquisite fillings, from an exceptional blend of beef and beans to a sweet delight of desiccated coconut and caramelized apple. Delectable vegetarian options are also available to suit all tastes.
The main focus of the menu is on the shareable favourites – irresistible classics that are enjoyed the world over. Food patrons can satisfy their palate with an exotic mix of white cheese and avocado or opt for a more traditional ‘Babghanoug’ which is a mix of grilled eggplant on a bed of sliced potato. If one is looking for comfort food, Helio has plenty to offer. The flavours induced in the Egyptian ‘Bsara’ and mousakaa will take customers back home and right into their comfort zone. On the menu are some grilled options as well, such as ‘shish tawook’, ‘kofta’ and other favorites. Customers can enjoy some cool blends of freshness and select from a thirst-quenching array of fresh juices, cocktails and milk shakes. And to finish off a meal, one can choose from some delicious desserts that are freshly prepared on the premises or select one of the sweet Helios.
Tapping into the ‘shisha’ culture of Dubai, Helio Lounge also boasts a vast variety of shisha flavours, blended to perfection to offer a high-quality smooth and rich shisha that can be enjoyed on a large outdoor terrace overlooking Dubai Marina. The music selection offers a hip vibe with a blend of Western and Arab inspired tunes, as well as live entertainment and Karaoke nights.
Helio Lounge is set in a hip, laid-back space in Dubai Marina with a contemporary design that reflects the wonder of the ancient Egyptian culture. Substantial in size, the venue extends over more than ten thousand square feet and has an indoor as well as an outdoor terrace sitting that gives a spectacular 110 degree view of Dubai Marina. Buzzing with vibrant enthusiasm, the Lounge is a perfect place to hold private events or parties.
The Helio service team comes from varied countries and speaks eight languages, catering to the diverse origins of the guests. Helio Lounge is open from 8 am until 1 am on weekdays and 3 am on weekends and also offers valet parking. Take-out, delivery and catering services will be available in the near future.