REPORTING BY Raphael Blet
PHOTOS BY Richard Gordon – www.richardgordonphotography.com
Opened in April 2022, The Rink All Day Lounge is the flagship and most recent addition from Il Bel Paese Group. Well located in DB Plaza extension with a capacity of up to 120 guests, the restaurant abuts the sea on one side and DB Ice Rink on the other. It specialises in international cuisine with a Mediterranean influence, offering diners a wellness-focused journey through Southern Europe, the Eastern Mediterranean and Northern Africa.
Aiming to provide an elevated dining experience for guests, The Rink boasts a classic contemporary decor, combining traditional and modern characteristics. Stand-out design features include a Swiss chalet-inspired ceiling, elegant chandeliers, rustic brick walls, a sleek ‘long’ bar and wine cellar/ wine wall. Upon entering the restaurant, diners are welcomed by an open kitchen, where they can watch the chefs at work before settling into the stylish main dining hall or spacious, pet-friendly outdoor area.
At the helm of the kitchen is Executive Chef Maged Makram, an Egyptian-born chef with 30 years of experience working for renowned hotel chains across the world including Sheraton, Le Méridien and Fairmont. “Travelling helped me gain different skills and diversify my cooking skills,” opens Maged, adding that the use of spices gives his dishes a distinct character.