The Dubai audiophile neighborhood has been rising in numbers and stature in current occasions, and with the launch of Honeycomb Hi-Fi, they could lastly discover a home-away from-home.

Located on the Pullman Hotel in Business Bay, Honeycomb Hi-Fi brings to life a reliable report retailer, a High-Fidelity sound system, heat and minimal interiors designed for high quality acoustics, and an izakaya kitchen to spherical out their imaginative and prescient. It is the primary listening bar to open within the Middle East.

Honeycomb Hi-Fi has turn into a ardour mission that has taken the workforce on a inventive expedition. VKD Hospitality Group’s Creative Director Serge Becker designed and conceptualized this restaurant alongside his companions Varun Khemaney and Khalil Dahmash. Additionally, Hong Kong-based Canadian chef of Yardbird and Ronin, Matt Abergel, curated the Honeycomb meals providing. The workforce’s journey gathered tempo by collaborating with Flip Side Records to curate a vinyl program to get the most effective out of their commissioned Ojas audio system by Devon Turnbull.

VKD Hospitality accomplice Varun Khemaney says, “Many inventive minds have come collectively to collaborate and create this idea. We are excited to indicate our appreciation for music and design in a brand new manner for the area people and introduce an area that we felt was very a lot wanted on this metropolis.”

VKD Hospitality accomplice Khalil Dahmash says, “Honeycomb Hifi is about sharing; whether or not that’s sharing meals, drinks, or music.  We actually wished to create an authentic idea that’s inclusive and permits like-minded folks to really feel at residence.”



Following a swift elevator experience to the second ground of the Pullman Hotel, visitors will initially be not sure if they’ve arrived on the proper location, as an genuine vinyl report retailer is all that appears to be current. It is right here that the Flip Side Record crew from Al Serkal avenue have curated a fantastic showcase of vinyl collectables and classics to browse or buy. Aside from vinyls, there are additionally music-related books, magazines and Honeycomb Hi-Fi merchandise on the market.



After the quick transition from the report storefront, a set of Noren curtains open to disclose the primary space often known as “The Listening Room.” The bespoke sound system and vinyl library instantly command the eyes (and the ears) while the nice and cozy inside lighting brings a honey hue to the perforated wood wall panels resembling a honeycomb – therefore the title. The intimate up to date really feel is balanced with nostalgic touches just like the retro Bruno Rey barstools and Tobia Scarpa-inspired chairs. The Takumi-style carpets and clear traces inform you about Honeycomb Hi-Fi’s fashionable Japanese sensibility, and the acoustic foam-covered ceilings reaffirm that that is an audio-centric eating and drinks expertise. Adorning the wall behind the bar is “Muji” the Honeycomb Mascot bee within the type of a neon mild, giving a face to the title.

“The Gallery” is a smaller elevated house off the primary room that creates its personal stage of intimacy with the choice of hiding behind the delicate shutters. The Gallery will showcase rotating artwork exhibitions that includes international music cultures by the ages. For the launch, the VKD Hospitality workforce have collaborated with photographer Bill Bernstein to show a number of photographs from the artist’s seminal exploration of New York City nightlife of the late 70’s. A Honeycomb particular version of his e-book “Last Dance” and two restricted version posters can be found on the market on the HC Record and Book store.

Outside on the terrace, the house referred to as “The Garden” has a low-key industrial materiality with a nod to Japan and its legendary inexperienced Bamboo gardens. A floating plywood bar stands elevated on the finish of the terrace, the place visitors can benefit from the open air and waterside views of the canal by the dramatic bamboo cage grid.

Across the venue, VKD Creative Director and Partner Serge Becker curated the feel and appear together with his fellow companions Varun Khemaney and Khalil Dahmash. With their selections, the trio made it clear that this mission is a labor of affection that was years in gestation.



Music and readability of sound are of utmost significance to constructing the Honeycomb Hi-Fi neighborhood. As self-confessed music lovers, the workforce scoured the globe for the best ears and advisors to assist create the continued dwelling tradition of the Middle East’s first listening bar. The room was designed for optimum acoustics throughout the confines of a restaurant.

At the beating coronary heart of the venue are the bespoke Ojas audio system created by Devon Turnbull. A frontrunner in his area, Devon has constructed sound programs for the likes of Mark Ronson, Virgil Abloh and Supreme and collaborated with Brian Eno on a sound set up. It is the primary and solely Devon Turnbull Ojas set up within the Middle East.

The rotation of DJs and music curators can be serving a transferring audio feast. Guests can count on something on the turntables, from digital to jazz, to soul, to world music. The weekly sounds program is being constructed with contributors of among the greatest DJ’s and notable vinyl collectors within the area.



Honeycomb Hi-Fi guarantees an off-the-cuff Japanese menu impressed by a conventional izakaya. The workforce has partnered with Chef Matt Abergel to design the alternatives. Matt’s expertise working with Japanese flavours, elements, and cooking strategies is current all through Honeycomb Hi-Fi’s menu. It encourages sharing throughout each class; the menu is damaged down into chilly/uncooked, sizzling, binchotan grill and rice/noodles sections. Each binchotan grill merchandise is priced per skewer, and most parts should not giant, permitting visitors to discover a wide range of dishes to share. In true izakaya model, service is pleasant, swift, and approachable.

Signature dishes embody:

Scallop Siu Mai with Hokkaido scallop and kizami wasabi

Mochi Stuffed Wings with yuzu chilli salt and inexperienced sauce



VKD Hospitality group has labored with their workforce of gifted bartenders to create a seemingly easy however subtle vary of cocktails. The drinks program is crisp, balanced, and never too fussy. Classic Japanese staples just like the whisky highball or sochu bitter are offered with a contemporary twist and might work in isolation or be sipped to cleanse or dry the palate between bites.

Signature cocktails embody:

Quartett – malt whiskey, umeshu, inexperienced apple, inexperienced tea

Manga Rita – tequila, umeshu, pineapple vinegar, sudachi, chilli



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